Frequently Asked Questions

  • career prospects

    1) How can I plan my career path?
    A computing degree opens the door to a wide range of careers in IT companies and in those involving the use of computers and systems in industry, commerce, government service, health care service and universities. Our graduates are enthusiastically sought after by employers and have successful careers.

    2) What are the careers that graduates usually look for?
    BSc(Hons) in Computing graduates can become analyst programmers, software engineer, system analysts, database administrators and software architect

    BSc(Hons) in Enterprise Information Systems graduates can take up such technical positions as business analysts, system developers, Web administrators and IS Managers.

    BSc(Hons) in Information Technology graduates can become game developers, mobile apps developers, IT security specialist and IT architect.

  • Scholarship

    1) Is there any scholarship?
    There are a number of scholarships available for students and you may stand the chance to be awarded attractive scholarship on admission if you possess outstanding academic records. There will be more detailed information for you upon admission.

  • course enrolment & requirements

    1) What is a Broad Discipline?
    A Broad Discipline (BD) is a collection of programmes that allows flexibility for students choosing their own academic programme after completing their BD common first year. Students admitted to a Broad Discipline may declare their target programme of study (within the Broad Discipline) no later than the end of semester one in their second year of study.

    The Broad Discipline of Computing comprises three awards, namely the BSc(Hons) in Computing, the BSc(Hons) in Enterprise Information Systems and the BSc(Hons) in Information Technology.

    2) What are the general admission requirements?
    Students must satisfy the minimum University's General Entrance Requirements:

    - Level 3 - English Language, Chinese Language and two elective subjects (including Extended Modules of Mathematics M1/M2); and
    - Level 2 - Mathematics and Liberal Studies. 

    The Broad Discipline of Computing will take into account the "best" 5 HKDSE subjects for calculating the admission score for initial prioritization of applicants (i.e. P-Score). HKDSE level attainments will be converted to level points as follows:

    HKDSE Level Attainments Conveted Level Points for
    Admission Score Calculation
    5** 7
    5* 6
    5 5
    4 4
    3 3
    2 2
    1 1
    Unclassified 0

    There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subjects for the programme include:
    - English Language;
    - Mathematics;
    - Extended Modules of Mathematics (M1/M2);
    - Information and Communication Technology (ICT);
    - Physics/Biology/Chemistry (Single or Combined Science);
    - Business, Accounting and Financial Studies (BAFS); 
    - Economics

    3) Where can I find the average admission scores?
    The average admission scores of past admission exercises could be found here.

    4) What is the requirement for non-JUPAS applicants?

    - An appropriate Diploma passed with credit or an appropriate Higher Certificate from a recognised institution; or
    - An appropriate Associate Degree / Higher Diploma from a recognised institution.

    5) Can I get 'Entry Credit Transfer'?

    The Department of Computing (COMP) will consider to grant entry credit transfer of Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR) credits to GCE/HKALE students as follows:

    Exam - Subject

    Min. Grade

     

    HKALE – Computer Studies

    C

    COMP1001 Problem Solving Methodology in Information Technology

    GCEAL - Computing

    B

    GCEAL – Information and Communications Technology (Applied)

    B

      

    General Guidelines for granting Credit Transfer of DSR subjects

     i.    Granting of credit transfer is mainly based on the subject contents and the learning outcomes attained. 

     ii.   In general, COMP only considers subjects with a minimum grade of B (or equivalent) for credit transfers.

    6) How many credits do I need to graduate?

    The minimum number of credits required for graduation is 120. Students are also required to satisfy all of the requirements stipulated in the Definitive Programme Document, inclusive of General University Requirements (GUR), Work-integrated Education (WIE), and so on.

    Students can read more about GUR at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/ous/student_GUR.html .

    7) What is the maximum number of credits that I can take per semester?
    The maximum number of credits per semester is 21.

    8) Can I change my Broad Discipline in Computing to another, say, Engineering?

    A student who has not completed his programme of study may apply to transfer to another programme, and may be admitted, provided that the total period of registration does not exceed the maximum period of registration of the programme with the longer duration. However, Year One new students will not be considered for transfer to another programme offered in the same mode of study during their first semester of registration.

  • major

    1) What is a major?
    A major is the major study of an academic programme leading to an undergraduate degree in PolyU. The arrangement is similar to the United States convention. A major study includes DSR (Discipline Specific Requirements) subjects that satisfy the specific requirements for obtaining a degree in a given field. In the BD of Computing, a student can select one of the three major studies: Computing, Information Technology, and Enterprise Information Systems.

    2) After admitting to the Broad Discipline of Computing programme, when should I decide which major to choose?
    Normally, you should declare your major at the end of the first (common) year of your studies. If necessary, you can defer your decision until the end of first semester of your second year, after getting a taste of subjects under different programmes. 

    3) What are the differences among the 3 programme in the Broad Discpline of Computing?
    The Computing programme, symbolically represented as "Computing+Science", emphasizes on applying computing theories and programming methodologies to design and develop fast and smart computing systems and software.

    The Enterprise Information Systems programme, symbolically represented as "Computing+Business", emphasizes on applying computing technologies and enterprise information to develop and manage business solutions.

    The Information Technology programme, symbolically represented as "Computing+Infrastructure", emphasizes on integrating computing devices, systems and software to design and implement IT architectures for advanced applications.

    In short, Computing is closer to the traditional Computer Science programmes for software development, Enterprise Information Systems is closer to the Information Systems programmes for business applications, and Information Technology is closer to programmes emphasizing system integration with the state-of-the-art technologies.

    4) How many credits do I need to obtain to have a major?
    120 credits are required. For the BD of Computing, all three awards require only 78 credits of DSR. The addition of 30 credits of GUR will amount to only 108 credits. Students may take subjects adding up to 12 credits offered by any department in the university, inclusive of subjects offered by Computing, as well as additional language subjects. It would be wise to plan your studies in such a way as to end up also getting a minor (requiring 18 credits) by making use of those 12 credits and shared minor subjects in Cluster Area Requirements (CAR) under GUR.

  • Minor

    1) What is a minor?
    A minor programme is an additional course of study that is taken either to complement your major discipline of study, or out of interest. At PolyU, the requirements for a minor are 18 credits (usually six subjects). Two of those subjects may be CAR subjects under GUR.

    2) Can I graduate with just a minor(s) without any major?
    No, you must have a major area of study.

    3) When can I enroll to take up a minor and what are the requirements?
    You can apply for a minor in first semester of your second study year. Your major GPA must be at least 2.5. The requirements vary from department to department and you should check with the hosting department for details.

    4) I want to take up a minor offered by another department. Where can I get more information?
    The hosting department (i.e. the department that offers the minor programme) is where you would get the details.

  • work integrated education (wie)

    1) What is Work Integrated Education (WIE)?
    Work-Integrated Education (WIE) is "work-based learning experiences (e.g., internship) which take place in an organizational context relevant to a student's future profession, or the development of generic skills that will be valuable in that profession." All full-time undergraduate students of COMP are required to complete a mandatory WIE component as part of their curriculum. Our students have gained valuable working experiences at international companies as well as government and related organizations, e.g. BNP Paribas, Disneyland, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Hong Kong Observatory, Hospital Authority, HSBC, IBM and Microsoft.

    2) Is WIE graded?
    WIE is graded either as pass or fail. It is credit-bearing, but it is not included in the 120 academic credits required for graduation. The WIE component will NOT be counted in the calculation of the GPA. Students will earn one credit for every two weeks of WIE activities that they have completed.

    4) Is there an opportunity for me to complete my WIE overseas?
    Yes, opportunities exist for students to complete their WIE in companies located overseas.

  • academic advising

    1) Why do I need advising?
    With the new academic structure, students are given the utmost flexibility to choose a subject mix and study awards that best matches their interests. As such, students are expected to put time and energy into planning. There are academic advisers to help you plan your academic path so that you can make the most of your time and experience at PolyU.

    2) Who is my academic adviser?
    All full-time Bachelor's degree students pursuing a 4-year or new currciculum will be assigned to one full-time academic staff who will act as his/her academic advisor throughout his/her course of study.

    3) How do I make an appointment to meet my advisor? Should I approach the General Office?
    You should always make an appointment with your adviser. You can either email or call him/her. If you have trouble contacting your advisor, feel free to send an email to comp.ug@polyu.edu.hk

  • Resources

    1) Where can I find resources and computing facilities?
    Students are well supported with a wide range of computing facilities available in the departmental Computing Laboratories (located at 6/F of PQ Wing and 5/F of P Wing) and the University's Information Technology Services Office (ITS) via the departmental Local Area Network (LAN).