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Scientific & Technical English


  Each of the topic-based modules covers a different aspect of science and technology. The modules contain authentic texts which are up-to-date in their content.


·        Computer essentials

·        Inside the system


·        Display screens and ergonomics

·        Devices for the disabled


·        The operating system (OS)

·        Spreadsheets and databases


·        The Internet and email

·        The Web

·        Internet security


·        Graphics and design

·        Desktop publishing

·        Multimedia

·        Web design


·        Program design and computer languages

·        Java


·        Communication systems

·        Networks

·        New technologies

Teacher: Hanen Dammak

Grammaire Avancée

University of Tunis                                                                                      


Higher Institute of Applied Studies in Humanities in Tunis                      


3rd Year Basic Education




Course Description


This course aims at acquainting students with further grammatical knowledge than that acquired in 1st year, and enables them to know how to form and describe sentences and clauses, which will pave the way for more accurate writing, and facilitate their understanding of syntax in their further studies. By the end of the course students should be able to:


a.       Recognise the sentence constituents and analyse syntactic categories: NPs, VPs, Adj Phs, Adv Phs and PPs

b.      Identify the functions of the various constituents of the sentence: subjects, objects, and complements

c.       Have a good command of concepts such as modification, predication, verb categories, verb complementation…

d.      Identify the simple sentence with its many semantic facets such as statements, questions, exclamations, requests.

e.       Identify the various clause patterns within a compound, complex, or compound-complex sentence and know how to construct and analyse them

f.       Distinguish within the concept of subordination between the adverbial type, the adjectival type, and the nominal type of subordinate clause with all their respective semantic implications


Course Outline


 Semester I: The Simple Sentence

I- Elements of Grammar:

1.      Parts of Speech

2.      The constituent structure of the sentence

3.      Functions of the sentence elements

4.      Sentence patterns

5.      Categories of Verbs


II- The Verb Phrase:

1.      Definition: statements about the Verb Phrase

2.      Finite and non-finite Verb Phrases

3.      III- The Noun Phrase

Pre-modification and Post-modification


IV- Adjectives and Adverbs:

1.      Difference between Adj and Adv

2.      Adjective Phrases

3.      Adjective as head of an NP

4.      Verbless Adjective clauses

5.      Attributive and Predicative Adjective

6.      Adjectives and Participials

7.      Adjectives and Prepositions

8.      Adverb Functions: adjuncts, disjuncts, and conjuncts


V- Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases


Semester II: Clauses and complex sentences

1.      Coordination and the compound sentence: Independent clauses and dependent clauses.

2.      Subordination and the complex sentence: main, and subordinate clauses.

3.      Adverbial clauses.

4.      Adjective/Relative clauses.

5.      Noun clauses and reported speech.

6.      Variation



Evaluation and assessment:


Students will be evaluated according the mixed assessment system (regime mixte): In each semester students will have to take at least one mid-term exam (one exam in 1st semester and one exam in 2nd semester) and a semester final exam. Those who fail any or both of the semester exams will have to take 1 or 2 make-up exams (1for each semester) at the end of the academic year. Each exam bears on what students have seen of theory and practice in each semester. Exam dates will be given later in due time. Regular attendance active class contribution and home assignments are allocated 10% of the global mark.



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Teacher: Hanen Dammak

Cartographie thématique

Cours intégré de cartographie thématique:

Ce cours est dévolu à l’introduction des concepts de base et propres à la cartographie thématique : l’information géographique, sémiologie et langage cartographique, représentation des données qualitatives et quantitatives…


 A l’issue de ce cours intégré, l’étudiant sera capable de 

- concevoir une carte : QUI ? dit QUOI ? dans quels buts ? par quel canal ? A QUI ? avec quels effets ?                                                                                                                                                    

- réaliser manuellement une carte thématique en respectant la grammaire cartographique (étapes de réalisation) : transformations de (X,Y) et de (Z), habillage…                                                                 

- se familiariser avec les méthodes de classification