[Print version]

Broad Discipline of Computing

Sept 2019 Entry
Programme code: JS3868

Faculty of Engineering
Department of Computing
Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

120 (plus training credits)

Programme Intake 110
Fund Type Government-Funded

Programme Leader(s)

Dr LEONG Hong-va
BSc, MPhil(CUHK), PhD(California), MACM, MIEEE


  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
  • The Broad Discipline of Computing (電子計算廣泛學科) comprises the following awards:
  1. BSc(Hons) in Computing [電子計算(榮譽)理學士學位];
  2. BSc(Hons) in Enterprise Information Systems [企業信息管理(榮譽)理學士學位];
  3. BSc(Hons) in Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence [金融科技及人工智能(榮譽)理學士學位]; and
  4. BSc(Hons) in Information Technology [資訊科技(榮譽)理學士學位].
  • Students admitted to the Broad Discipline will complete a common Year 1 curriculum. They will select any one of the Honours degree awards and can begin studying the relevant content as early as in semester one of Year 2, or as late as in semester two of Year 2.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

The Broad Discipline of Computing comprises the following awards. It aims to give students the flexibility to decide on the final award in their first year of study.

  1. The BSc(Hons) in Computing aims to equip graduates with solid computing foundations in areas such as programming, computational thinking and data structure to develop professional computer systems and software. Students develop strong problem-solving abilities and become highly competent in software development for virtually all sectors.
  2. The BSc(Hons) in Enterprise Information Systems aims to provide graduates with a good balance of business and technical background. Graduates are equipped with strong competence in investigating business systems, identifying options for improving those systems and bridging the needs of business with the use of IT. They also gain the ability to develop information systems and manage business projects in the commercial sector.
  3. The BSc(Hons) in Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence aims to cultivate financial technologists who can develop intelligent software applications and innovative finance solutions, by equipping them with good fundamental computing knowledge with a focus on AI, sound finance concepts and strong intellectual and practical skills, which enable them to apply computing technologies in finance and related areas. They are expected to be adaptive to the fast-changing technology, economic and social environments of today.
  4. The BSc(Hons) in Information Technology integrates three major IT technologies: software, infrastructure and networking. The programme offers state-of-the-art courses in areas such as game design and development, systems security, cloud computing, embedded systems, mobile computing and social computing. Graduates are trained to think creatively and systematically, ensuring their success in the IT industry.


Programme Characteristics

Broad Discipline of Computing

  • Common first year: students admitted to the Broad Discipline do not need to decide on the final award in the first year of study and can select their study paths in the second year.
  • Rich study pathways: the programme’s relatively few core credits give students the flexibility to take on a Minor study in other disciplines they are interested in, such as Business Administration, Financial Services, Social Science or other Engineering disciplines. They can also take additional Computing subjects to continue or specialise in one or more technical stream.
  • Applied and practical: the curriculum covers up-to-date practical skills in both content and teaching methodology, e.g., iPhone technology.
  • Master’s degree: students can be admitted into the Department’s Master’s programme. They can gain a Master’s degree with one extra year of study.
  • Recognition and Scholarship: many departmental scholarships are available for students, recognising both their academic and non-academic performance.


Computing - BSc(Hons):

  • Features a rich set of Electives that cover real-life applications, such as Data Mining, Multimedia and Game Programming, E-Commerce, Financial and Social Computing.
  • Minor option: students can apply to pursue a Minor study in any discipline.
  • Students with backgrounds in Arts, Science or Business can apply.


Enterprise Information Systems - BSc(Hons):

  • A balanced curriculum that covers technology, management and business and emphasises computing techniques and applications, and software design and development skills in the business sector, such as logistics, customer relationship, audit and control.
  • Minor option: students can apply to pursue a Minor study in any discipline.
  • Students with backgrounds in Arts, Science or Business can apply.


Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence - BSc(Hons):

  • An interdisciplinary curriculum that covers software engineering, systems security, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptocurrency, crowdfunding and e-finance, big data and other related areas.
  • Minor option: students can apply to pursue a Minor study in any discipline.
  • Students with backgrounds in Arts, Science or Business can apply.


Information Technology - BSc(Hons):

  • Facilitation of in-depth learning in the integration of software, hardware and networking, and the development of innovative software.
  • Focused on emerging technologies such as innovative computing, network security and secured computing, mobile and pervasive computing, embedded computing and biometrics.
  • Minor option: students can apply to pursue a Minor study in any discipline.
  • Suitable for students with a background in science.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programmes (except BSc(Hons) in Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence^) have been granted accreditation by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).


Graduates of all programmes can become members of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).


Those with appropriate work experience can become professional members of the ACM Hong Kong Chapter (HK Chapter) and enjoy the right to vote for the LEGCO IT functional constituency representative. Graduates can also join the IEEE Computer Society Hong Kong Chapter (CS Hong Kong Chapter) and be entitled to vote for the IT functional constituency representative.


^ The Department will seek accreditation from the HKIE for BSc(Hons) in Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence.


Career Prospects

BSc(Hons) in Computing graduates can become programmers, system developers, software engineers, sales engineers or webmasters. Our graduates find employment opportunities in sectors such as the government, software houses, e-commerce, banking, finance, public facilities and freight forwarding.


BSc(Hons) in Enterprise Information Systems graduates can take up technical positions as programmers, system analysts, system developers, software engineers and system administrators, and less technical positions including technical sales and sales engineers, project managers, web administrators and web services designers.


BSc(Hons) in Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence graduates are expected to become financial technologists who can fill the talent gap of the fast growing FinTech field. Opportunities in FinTech are extensive both in Hong Kong and worldwide, and include careers such as financial consultants, AI consultants, financial data analysts, FinTech system developer and entrepreneurs.


BSc(Hons) in Information Technology graduates can become analyst programmers, iPhone/Android programmers, network administrators, network managers and system integrators.


All students are admitted to the Broad Discipline of Computing. In the first year, they take a common set of subjects to lay a foundation for university study and gain a taste of the broad discipline. In the second year, they can select the individual awards and study the corresponding content. All these awards feature a Minor option and an individual or a group integrative capstone project in the final year.


Computing - BSc(Hons)

  • Year One: fundamental knowledge, laying the foundation for university study, a taste of the broad discipline.
  • Year Two: generic broad computing skills, and basic business and management concepts.
  • Year Three: strengthening computing technologies and applications in IT.
  • Final Year: specialisation in different areas such as data mining, computer graphics, e-commerce, Internet computing, multimedia computing and game programming.


Enterprise Information Systems - BSc(Hons)

  • Year One: fundamental knowledge, laying the foundation for university study and gaining a taste of the broad discipline.
  • Year Two: basic computing and IT concepts, underlying technologies, business, accounting and management concepts.
  • Year Three: a broadening year featuring various aspects of computing skills and knowledge of enterprise information systems.
  • Final Year: specialisation in areas such as Information System Management, Audit & Control, Decision Support, Knowledge & Project Management, Business Process Management, Logistics and Workflow.


Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence - BSc(Hons)

  • Year One: fundamental knowledge, laying the foundation for university study and gaining a taste of the broad discipline.
  • Year Two: broadening computing skills, basic economics, accounting and finance concepts.
  • Year Three: a strengthening year with core subjects like software engineering, systems security as well as computing/finance electives.
  • Final Year: specialisation in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning & pattern recognition, crowdfunding & e-finance, e-payment & cryptocurrency.


Information Technology - BSc(Hons)

  • Year One: fundamental knowledge, laying the foundation for university study and gaining a taste of the broad discipline.

  • Years Two and Three: basic knowledge in computing and hardware with emphasis on innovative computing paradigm, networking, IT infrastructure design, implementation and maintenance.

  • Final Year: Corporate Networking and Internet Security, System Programming, Embedded Computing and the integration of IT technologies with practical systems and applications.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.comp.polyu.edu.hk.

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Calculus and Statistics)
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Algebra and Calculus)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Business, Accounting and Financial Studies
  • Business, Accounting and Financial Studies (Accounting)
  • Business, Accounting and Financial Studies (Business Management)
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Information and Communication Technology

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2016-17: 20.9 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

2017-18: 20.5 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

2018-19: 20.8 (Any Best 5 Subjects)



For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 2766 7319; email: comp.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk).