Academic Curriculum of the Undergraduate Programmes

The undergraduate curriculum is built upon a credit unit system, with flexibility and choices both in the selection of courses and in the sequence and pace of electives. Students may, based on individual circumstances and interest, tailor the progress of their studies. Those who have completed the required number of course units, and satisfy the graduation requirements of the major programme and of the University, will be considered for the award of a Bachelor's degree.

The University's Bachelor's degrees are classified as: First Class Honours, Second Class Honours Upper Division, Second Class Honours Lower Division, Third Class Honours, and Pass. Degree classification is based on the students' grade point averages for Major courses and for all other courses.

 

The normative period of study is four years, and students have to complete 120 units and satisfy requirements under separate categories. The overall curriculum structure is as follows:

Component Course Code Subject Units Total
University Core Language
(15 units)
CHI1000 Chinese 3 36
ENG1001(a) English Bridge Programme (EBP) 3
ENG1002(b) English for Academic Purposes I 3
ENG2001(c) English for Academic Purposes II 3
ENG2002B(d)
(For SME students)
English for Business Communication 3
ENG2002S(e)
(For SSE students)
English for Science& Engineering Communication 3
ENG2002T(f)
(For HSS students)
English for Translation Programme IV 3
IT 
(1 unit)
ITE1000 IT 1
PE and Health
(2 units)
PED1001 PE 1
PED1002 Fitness and Health 1
GE (18 units) GFH1000 Foundation: In Dialogue with Humanity 3
GFN1000 Foundation: In Dialogue with Nature 3
GEA Area A: Chinese Cultural Heritage 3
GEB Area B: Nature, Science and Technology 3
GEC Area C: Society and Culture 3
GED Area D: Self and Humanity 3
Major requirement(g) (much of this to be common across several Majors) 72
Free electives 12
Total : 120

Note:
(a)(b) The course title of ENG1001, ENG1002 was English 1 and English 2 respectively for students who study the courses in Academic Year 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and Term 1 of Academic Year 2016-2017. Students admitted in Translation Programme shall take ENG1001T English for Translation Programme I and ENG1002T English for Translation Programme II instead.
(c) The course title of ENG2001 was English 3 for students who study the courses in Academic Year 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and Term 1 of Academic Year 2016-2017. Students admitted in Translation Programme shall take ENG2001T English for Translation Programme III instead.
(d)(e)(f) ENG2002 English 4 was split into ENG2002B, ENG2002S and ENG2002T in Academic Year 2016-2017. 
(g) Reduced for some programmes where students are required to take more GE or free electives.