The Service Course Coordination Unit
In November 2013, the University Requirements Unit was created to replace the Department of Arts and Humanities which was under the direction of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 2014-2015, the University Requirements Unit was renamed "Service Course Coordination Unit", and it came under the direction of the King Talal School of Business Technology from the beginning of the academic year 2015/2016. The Unit offers the University's compulsory and elective requirements in the fields of arts and humanities to all PSUT students, with the aim of achieving the following objectives:
·To provide the entire student body with service courses which equip them with language skills, general knowledge, and independent learning skills.
·To raise academic work and achievement to a standard of excellence and high quality.
·To prepare students to study effectively and adapt to modern curricula.
·To raise the study of literature, the humanities and social studies to an advanced level.
·To preserve and highlight cultural and national identity in the face of scientific and cognitive competition and the implications of globalization.
·To take steps to preserve the Arabic language and Arab literary and cultural heritage.
Through these courses, the Unit seeks to contribute to the formation and development of students’ skills and knowledge as follows:
·By helping in the development of critical, analytical, scientific thought, in addition to the development of creative thinking skills.
·By educating students on the most important contemporary intellectual issues and teaching them how to deal with them in an open and objective manner.
·By encouraging students to study the cultures and ideas of other nations.
·By introducing students to the aesthetics of Arabic literature and its rich heritage.
·By introducing students to current Arab issues, and giving them the opportunity to discuss and analyze them in an objective, scientific way.
·By spreading a spirit of tolerance and selflessness, and reaffirming the importance of commitment to higher human values.
·By forming an active critical connection between the principles of human thought, in general, and Islamic thought and civilization in particular, within their historical contexts and chronological development.
·By providing students with a sound basic knowledge of English language and literature.