This award aims to provide computing professionals with Computer Science or Information Technology academic background to pursue in-depth studies in software technologies. The award emphasizes in the application of software technologies to solve business/industrial problems and the technical know-how of software engineering and management. The specific objectives of this award are:
The institutional learning outcomes of taught postgraduate programmes consist of:
A. Professional competence of specialists/leaders of a discipline/profession:
Graduates of PolyU taught postgraduate programmes will possess in-depth knowledge and skills in their area of study and be able to apply their knowledge and contribute to professional leadership.
B. Strategic thinking:
Graduates of PolyU taught postgraduate programmes will be able to think holistically and analytically in dealing with complex problems and situations pertinent to their professional practice. They will be versatile problem solvers with good mastery of critical and creative thinking skills, who can generate practical and innovative solutions.
C. Lifelong learning capability:
Graduates of PolyU taught postgraduate programmes will have an enhanced capability for continual professional development through inquiry and reflection on professional practice.
The additional outcome specific to graduates of the Department of Computing is as below:
D. Computer ethics and responsibilities:
Graduates of the Scheme will have critical understanding of ethical problems and issues related to computer profession, technology governance and social responsibilities.
Students can select from a wide range of subjects offered under the Postgraduate Scheme in Computing. In general, each subject takes place once a week in the evening over a 13-week semester. Full-time students normally take 4 subjects in a semester, whereas part-time students usually take 2 subjects.
The programme requires the completion of 30 credits. Students can choose from the following study patterns:
(A) Complete 7 subjects (at least 5 must be core with 3 from core-1 and 2 from core-2) plus a dissertation; or
(B) Complete 8 subjects (at least 6 must be core with 4 from core-1 and 2 from core-2) plus a project.
(C) Complete 10 subjects (at least 6 must be core with 4 from core-1 and 2 from core-2).
While every specialty programme has its own group of core subjects, a wide range of elective subjects is offered. Students are allowed to choose from a common pool of electives within the Department of Computing as well as from other departments, subject to vacancies available.
All subjects are offered at the discretion of subject offering departments, depending on students’ demand and resources available.
Please also visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study for other details of the programme and admission.
Targets degree holders of Computer Science or Software Engineering disciplines.