Programme Structure

(For Year 3 and 4 students in AY2019/20, please refer to the old curriculum here.)

Under the undergraduate curriculum, students are required to complete a minimum of 128 units, with four broad categories, including the major programme, electives, the University Core requirements and the General Education (GE) Programme.

The GE Programme is designed to equip students with integrated broad-based knowledge, transferable core skills, guiding principles, and attitudes that they need in both their specialized studies and future professional and personal lives. Our GE asks students to open up their minds to new ideas and perspectives, imagine possibilities, and acquire a deeper understanding of people and issues through making connections at personal, societal and historical levels. It cultivates our students to become well-rounded persons capable of fully participating in the fast-changing, interconnected global world.

After completing the GE Programme, students are expected to achieve a number of programme intended learning outcomes:

PILO1 Use historical and cultural perspectives to gain insight into the contemporary issues;
PILO2 Apply various value systems to decision-making in personal, professional, and social/political situations;
PILO3 Use data for the purposes of analyses and to make recommendations for strategic implementation of policy on social, economic and business, cultural, and political affairs;
PILO4 Relate their majors with interdisciplinary thematic knowledge;
PILO5 Demonstrate connections among a variety of disciplines to gain insight into contemporary personal, professional, and community situations.

Structure and Category Aims

The GE Programme offers three levels of learning, from foundational courses to courses in themes, and a culminating capstone experience, for a total of 18 units. All courses and independent studies are interdisciplinary.

As a culminating capstone experience in the GE Programme, students are required to complete an interdisciplinary GE Capstone course or an interdisciplinary independent study (Aims of GE Capstone), which will be in the format of:

Interdisciplinary GE Capstone Course Interdisciplinary Independent Study
Courses with structured classes, syllabi, pedagogies and assessment methods, with a project as a key element. These include:

  1. Service-learning courses [1]
  2. Service Leadership Education courses [2]
  3. Experiential learning courses [3]
  1. Interdisciplinary group project under the supervision of a faculty member
  2. An individual interdisciplinary project of a student’s own choice under the supervision of a faculty member

Both the group and individual projects can take the form of a thematic study or an experiential learning project.

GE Programme
All students are required to take two 3-unit courses under any one or two of the following themes:

  1. Culture, Creativity and Innovation (Details)
  2. Science, Technology and Society (Details)
  3. Sustainable Communities (Details)
All students are required to take one 3-unit course in each of the following categories:

  1. History and Civilization (Details)
  2. Quantitative Reasoning (Details)
  3. Values and the Meaning of Life (Details)