BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
For Current Year 3 & Year 4 Students
The information shown below is for current year 3 and year 4 students only.
After completing the first year, students in Science Faculty may select BSc (Hons) in Computer Science as their major subjected to the Selection Criteria.
The general aim of BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, with accreditation by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers^, is to prepare students for a career in computer science or information technology related areas. Students will be equipped to work in the Information and Communication Technology industry or pursue postgraduate study in Hong Kong or abroad. Graduates of this programme will have learnt how to learn and, have the skills and confidence to meet the challenges in the rapidly changing information technology world.
This programme offers three concentrations of study# (21 units for each): (1) Computing and Software Technologies (CST), (2) Information Systems and Analytics (ISA), and (3) Data and Media Communication (DMC). The CST concentration equips students with concepts, principles and practices of computing and software technologies to contribute to technological innovations. The ISA concentration equips students with knowledge and practices of information systems design, development and integration, as well as information analytics skills for creative applications in real-world organizations. DMC is an interdisciplinary concentration co-offered with the Department of Journalism, School of Communication. It emphasizes both data analytics and journalistic principles and skills for media organizations as well as related industries. The students will determine their concentrations of study in Year 2 Semester 2.
^ Full accreditation has been granted for CST concentration, ISA concentration and double concentrations (CST+ DMC and ISA+DMC).
# Double Concentration Options: CST / ISA students are eligible to take DMC as the second concentration.
In addition to the university-wide whole person education, the specific objectives of the programme are to equip students with:
- Solid and broad foundation in computer science;
- In-depth knowledge in selected computing technology areas and their creative applications;
- Good problem solving skills; and
- Good communication and interpersonal skills.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- practise as a fully equipped computer science professional and ready for the ICT industry;
- specialise in a selected area(s) that they want to build their career upon if they wish;
- pursue their postgraduate study in related fields;
- apply their computer science knowledge and skills to solve complex real-world problems and to analyse the impact of computing, independently and collaboratively; and
- demonstrate their communication and interpersonal skills in daily life.
The following are the different types of courses offered by CS programme:
- Core Courses - The core courses are the required computer science courses containing (1) key topics in computer science, (2) mathematics as well as (3) general science and technology. These computer science courses can be further divided into four categories: programming and algorithms, computer and communication systems, software development and professional development.
- Concentration Core Courses - 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 Elective Courses - Major electives are courses selected and offered to reflect the advanced and/or contemporary topics in the field for the student’s benefit. It also takes into account the special expertise of individual members of staff currently available. Students are required to select major electives courses in the following five streams according to their interest:
- Web Technology and Data Engineering
- Digital Media and Mobile Technology
- Intelligent Informatics
- Enterprise Systems and Business Intelligence
- Computer Science Theory and Other Advanced Topics
- Projects - 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 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.
General Education Courses (Core Requirement) - They include the English and Chinese languages as well as the public speaking courses 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 Information Management Technology, Values and the Meaning of Life, History and Civilization, Physical Education, and Numeracy, and to participate in activities planned under the programme of University Life.
- General Education Courses (Distribution Requirement) - Related courses include the disciplines of arts, business, communication / visual arts and social science. They are to broaden the students’ knowledge and experience.
- Free Elective Courses - 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.
- Sandwich Mode Option - 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.
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