This award serves as a bridging graduate programme for professionals from Science and Engineering background that may not be necessarily from the Computing. The program is designed and structured to incrementally help students to build a strong foundation in core concepts underpinning IT. The knowledge acquired is further reinforced by allowing students to put into practice the concepts learned in class through solving IT problems in the form of projects. The specific objectives 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 3 core subjects and 2 fundamental subjects) plus a dissertation; or
(B) Complete 8 subjects (at least 4 core subjects and 2 fundamental subjects) plus a project; or
(C) Complete 10 subjects (at least 4 core subjects and 2 fundamental subjects).
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 Engineering or Science disciplines.