Broad Discipline of Computing
電子計算廣泛學科


Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: JS3868

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

120 (plus training credits)

Fund Type
Government-Funded
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

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

Remarks
  • 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. The BSc(Hons) in Computing [電子計算(榮譽)理學士學位];
  2. The BSc(Hons) in Enterprise Information Systems [企業信息管理(榮譽)理學士學位];
  3. The 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. The 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 start to study the corresponding content as early as in semester one of Year 2, or as late as in semester two of Year 2.

Aims and 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 so they can develop professional computer systems and software. Students gain 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 backgrounds. 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 abilities 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. The focus is on AI, sound finance concepts and strong intellectual and practical skills, enabling them to apply computing technologies in finance and related areas. They are expected to be adaptive to the rapid changes in technological, economic and social environments.
  4. The BSc(Hons) in Information Technology integrates three main 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 only need to select their study paths in the second year.
  • Rich study pathways: the core credits of the programme is on the low side, providing a lot of room for students to take a Minor study in their own interested disciplines, such as Business Administration, Financial Services, Social Science, or other Engineering disciplines. They can also take additional subjects in Computing to strengthen and specialize in one or more technical streams.
  • Applied and practical: the curriculum covers up-to-date practical skills, both in content and teaching methodology, e.g. iPhone technology.
  • Master's degree: the Department provides articulation to students for admission into the Master's programme that it offers. They can receive a Master's degree with one extra year of study.
  • Recognition and Scholarship: many scholarships are available for students, recognizing 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 & 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, with strong emphasis on 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 inter-disciplinary curriculum that covers software engineering, systems security, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptocurrency, crowdfunding and e-finance, big data and others.
  • 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.

Curriculum

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 the 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 broadening computing skills, and basic business and management concepts.
  • Year Three: strengthening computing technologies and applications in IT.
  • Final Year: specialization 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: specialization 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: specialization 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.

Recognition and 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 and 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 such 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. Career opportunities in FinTech are enormous in Hong Kong and worldwide such as financial consultants, AI consultants, financial data analysts, FinTech system developers and entrepreneurs.

 

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

 

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.

Enquiries

Office Tel. No.  Office Fax No. Email Address Website
(852) 2766 7319 (852) 2774 0842 comp.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk www.comp.polyu.edu.hk

 

 

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Interview Arrangement


Date: From December every year
Mode: Skype Interview
Aims:

To evaluate applicants' potential for and interest in the programme, and to observe students' communication skills, logical thinking and interpersonal skills.

 

Medium:English
Duration:

Around 20 minutes

Remark:

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview