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Academic Matters

Major / Minor Declaration, Course Registration & Capstone Requirement

Course Registration

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Course selection before semester startsCourse add/drop period

The Course Information System opens for students to preview courses

On-line course selection system available for course selection (add/drop)

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On-line course selection system available for course selection

Students prepare Course Approval Form for courses required special approval (if any) and seek endorsement by Course Selection Adviser(s) of the course offering department(s)/school(s)

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Students seek course advice from Course Selection Advisers and/or for courses that require approval/replacement, application for taking course load deviating from normal load (Note: Students in the first year are not allowed to take more than 72 credits of courses.)

Students select courses on-line

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Students select courses
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Students who have applied for BSc courses required course based approval to check approval status

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Students who have applied for courses required course based approval to check approval status

Students finalize course selection on-line

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Students finalize course selection on-line

Print out “My Course History” from SIS for endorsement by Academic Advisers
(mandatory to all Year I students)

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For all students: submit the signed Course Approval Form by deadline (if applicable) 

For all Year 1 students: submit the signed print-out of “My Course History” to the Faculty Office by deadline

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Check course selection status on-line 

Submit the signed Course Approval Form (if applicable) to the Faculty Office by the end of add/drop period for students who have any course changes

 

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Check course selection status on-line

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Table of Equivalence between HKDSE and Other Qualifications:

HKDSE

Grade

Equivalent Qualification to HKDSE

 

IB

GCE

SAT II

AP

Gao Kao

(高考)

Biology

3 or above

 

Biology (SL/HL)

Biology (AL)

Biology

Biology

Equivalent to fulfillment of all HKDSE requirements

Chemistry

3 or above

 

Chemistry (SL/HL)

Chemistry (AL)

Chemistry

Chemistry

Physics

3 or above

 

Physics (SL/HL)

Physics (AL)

Physics

Physics B or C

Mathematics

2 or above

 

 

 

Mathematics (SL)/

Mathematical Studies (SL)

Mathematics (AL)

Mathematics Level 1 or 2

 

Mathematics + (M1 or M2)

2 or above

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics (HL)/

Mathematical Studies (HL)

Pure Mathematics (AL)/

Further Mathematics (AL)

 

Calculus AB or BC

Notes:
HL: Higher Level
SL: Standard Level
AL: Advanced Level

 

Remarks:

For science students admitted through non-JUPAS scheme, the equivalent subject qualification(s) to HKDSE, if possessed, can be identified by the SIS for on-line course selection.

 

For other non-science students admitted through non-JUPAS scheme, they are still required to obtain the written approval from the Course Selection Adviser of the course offering school/department even they have possessed the equivalent HKDSE subject qualification(s) to meet the course prerequisite requirement. Once approval is given, they need to forward it to their home faculties to add the course on-line.

 

Declaration of Major / Minor

As you are not required to declare your major (or minor) in the first year, you can try out courses that suit your academic interests before you commit to a particular major. You have to declare your primary Science major online during the course selection period in August before the start of your third year of study, the latest. However, even if you have declared your major/minor, you can still change it as long as the online course selection system is opened in the 1st semester of your last academic yearfor graduation. You should take ultimate responsibility to ensure that you have enough time to fulfil the curriculum requirements of a particular major, as well as the pre-requisite and co-requisites of selected courses are fulfilled when you consider changing your major.

 

You should also note that if you fail to fulfill the course requirement of at least one Science major, you are not eligible for graduation. If you fail to fulfill the non-primary major or the minor(s) upon graduation, such major or minor(s) will be deleted automatically from record and you will then have only the primary major listed in the transcript.

 

Some non-Science faculties may set a minimum requirement for their majors and minors offered. You should check with the relevant Faculty for the detailed requirements.

You may optionally take a major or minor(s) offered by any Faculty, provided that you fully satisfy the course requirements.

 

As students are not required to declare any major (or minor) in the first year, you can try out courses that suit your academic interests before you commit to a particular major/minor. You have to declare your intended major or minor(s) online during the course selection period in August before the start of your third year of study, the latest. However, even if you have declared your major/minor, you can still change it as long as the online course selection system is opened in the 1st semester of your last academic year for graduation. You should take ultimate responsibility to ensure that you have enough time to fulfil the curriculum requirements of a particular major/minor, as well as the pre-requisite and co-requisites of selected courses are fulfilled when you consider changing your major/minor.

 

If you fail to fulfill the declared major or minor(s) upon graduation, such major or minor(s) will be deleted automatically from record.

 

Some non-Science faculties may set a minimum requirement for their majors and minors offered. You should check with the relevant Faculty for the detailed requirements.

The Major in Applied Artificial Intelligence has been assigned to you as your designated major at the time of admission.

 

You may optionally take a second major or minor(s) offered by any Faculty, provided that you fully satisfy the course requirements.

 

As students are not required to declare any second major (or minor) in the first year, you can try out courses that suit your academic interests before you commit to a particular major/minor. You have to declare your intended major or minor(s) online during the course selection period in August before the start of your third year of study, the latest. However, even if you have declared your major/minor, you can still change it as long as the online course selection system is opened in the 1st semester of your last academic year for graduation. You should take ultimate responsibility to ensure that you have enough time to fulfil the curriculum requirements of a particular major/minor, as well as the pre-requisite and co-requisites of selected courses are fulfilled when you consider changing your major/minor.

 

If you fail to fulfill the declared major or minor(s) upon graduation, such major or minor(s) will be deleted automatically from record.

 

Some non-Science faculties may set a minimum requirement for their majors and minors offered. You should check with the relevant Faculty for the detailed requirements.

 

Capstone Requirement

Capstone experience is an integral part of the major programme which focuses on integration and application of knowledge and skills gained in the early years of study. Students must complete this for fulfillment of the graduation requirements. The capstone course carries a minimum of 6 credits and is normally taken in the senior years (year 3 or 4) of study. The capstone courses in each Science major may be different but a range of courses (e.g. research project, field work, internship) is offered to suit individual student’s needs and interests. Details of capstone courses and the credit requirement for each major can be found in the syllabuses.

 

If a student takes the second major in Science and the capstone experience in the first major requires the integration or application of knowledge from both the first and second majors, he/she may apply for the exemption from taking a capstone course in the second (Science) major. In this case, students have to complete the form ‘Application for Exemption from Taking a Capstone Course in the Second (Science) Major’ and seek the written endorsement from the Major Coordinator of both majors (contact details can be found at the back of the application form) and then return it to the Faculty Office for approval by the deadline of course selection or add/drop periods. If such application is approved, students have to take a 6-credit advanced level course in the second (Science) major to fulfill the credit requirement of the capstone experience.

 

Please click HERE for the PowerPoint presentation of Briefing Session on Capstone Requirement held on September 12, 2014.