The major core courses are the required computer science courses containing (1) key topics in computer science, and (2) mathematics. These computer science courses can be further divided into four categories: programming and algorithms, computer and communication systems, software development and professional development.
This Programme consists of three concentrations of study, namely Computing and Software Technologies (CST), Information Systems and Analytics (ISA) and Data and Media Communication (DMC). The concentration core courses for CST and ISA are the required computer science courses containing the key topics under the respective concentration. The concentration core courses for DMC include data analytics and journalistic principles.
Major electives are courses selected and offered to reflect the advanced and/or contemporary topics under the two concentrations for the student’s benefit. It also takes into account the special expertise of individual members of staff currently available.
While there are class projects or mini-projects associated to individual courses for students to apply what they have learnt from their courses to solve real life problems as well as to experience the importance of teamwork during software and system development, each student from both concentrations of this programme is also required to engage in a Final Year Project which is a highly independent problem solving activity during the final year of his/her study.
They include the English and Chinese languages as well as the Art of Persuasion to help students to improve the communication skills. Furthermore, the University emphasizes the importance of the whole-person education. Students are required to complement the major studies with electives in the category of Quantitative Reasoning, Values and the Meaning of Life, History and Civilization, and Healthy Lifestyle, and to participate in activities planned under the programme of University Life.
All the courses at Level 2 Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses will be interdisciplinary and theme-based. The themes are: (i) Science, Technology and Society; (ii) Sustainable Communities; and (iii) Culture, Creativity and Innovation. For Level 3 GE Capstone, students will have an opportunity to engage in the following learning activities that will further enhance their skills in a variety of ways. Students will have to complete one project or course in any of the following:
- participate in a Service or Experiential Learning Project; or
- attend a Service Leadership Education Course associated with project elements; or
- take part in an Interdisciplinary Thematic Group Project under one of the themes completed in Level 2; or
- conduct an Independent Study which can be an individual interdisciplinary project of his/her own under the supervision of a faculty member.
Students are allowed to choose any other courses in which they are interested and qualified to further broaden their knowledge and experience. On the other hand, students may use these electives units to further deepen the understanding of their major and /or to pursue a minor.
Students who are interested in gaining extended work experience in the information technology or related fields prior to their graduation may apply to take a one-year leave of absence after completion of Year 3 of study for the reason of gaining work experience. As a general guideline, students whose cumulative GPA after completing Year 3 Semester 1 is 2.5 or above are eligible and no more than 30 percent of the group of students in the Department completing Year 3 each year will be approved for such an option. Students shall return to full-time study to complete the final year of their programme after the one-year leave of absence. Alternatively, students may choose to take the one-unit internship course as a major elective.