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    OUHK well set for '3+3+4' reform with new programmes and a broadened curriculum

    OUHK fully committed to implementing the new system
    Institutional outcomes
    Full-time honours degree programmes based on HKDSE entry
    Distribution of credits in the OUHK’s four-year Bachelor’s Degree with Honours programmes under ‘3+3+4’
    General education strengthened to widen students’ perspectives on the world
    Milestones of full-time programmes at the OUHK

    The year 2012 will be very important for the tertiary education community in Hong Kong, with the introduction of the four-year Bachelor’s Degree programmes admitting students based on their Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination results. The OUHK, a local pioneer in running a four-year university education system, is fully prepared for the curriculum reform.


    OUHK fully committed to implementing the new system

    With the change to the ‘3+3+4’ system, students will study for three years in each of junior and senior secondary schools, and four years at university. To accommodate this, the OUHK has been working on the entry requirements for various programmes under the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS), as well as on a new curriculum structure, which includes a review of the general education requirements.

    Vice President (Academic) Prof. Danny Wong said that the University is fully committed to implementing the new system, having offered four-year Bachelor’s Degree programmes via the full-time face-to-face mode since 2003.

    New degree curriculum provides all-round education experience

    In the past few years, the OUHK has adopted the outcome-based approach to the development and delivery of full-time face-to-face programmes and revamped the full-time degree programmes. In June of this year, the University finalized its new full-time degree programme structure.

    ‘Our degree programmes used to be more discipline- or profession-specific. With the move to a knowledge-based society and an increasingly globalized economy, we have designed a new four-year curriculum to provide a well-rounded overall educational experience for students,’ Prof. Wong said.

    The OUHK’s new curriculum is built around its institutional outcomes. These outcomes are in line with the generic descriptors of Level 5 of the Qualifications Framework. Most of these qualifications are also consistent with the philosophy of the New Academic Structure under ‘3+3+4’, which emphasizes the need to foster a broader outlook and inclination to lifelong learning among students.

    Revamped degree programmes

    For a number of years, the OUHK has offered full-time face-to-face programmes to both Secondary 6 students, through direct application, and Secondary 7 students, through JUPAS, on the basis of their strengths in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE). The former are admitted to three-year programmes leading to an ordinary Bachelor’s Degree and four-year programmes leading to an honours Bachelor’s Degree, while the latter are admitted to three-year programmes leading to an honours Bachelor’s Degree.

    With the introduction of the new curriculum in 2012, the four schools — the School of Arts and Social Sciences, the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration (B&A), the School of Education and Languages, and the School of Science and Technology — will introduce four-year honours degree programmes, admitting students with HKDSE qualifications via JUPAS and requiring 160 credits for completion. B&A will continue to offer 120-credit three-year ordinary Bachelor’s Degree programmes to admit Secondary 6 students through direct application.

    Top-up programmes in full-time mode will continue to be offered by way of direct application. As for distance learning, with consideration given to the various backgrounds and learning objectives of students, multiple entry points and early exit options will be maintained for these programmes.

    Well-balanced study areas

    Prof. Paul Kwok, Director of Full-time Programmes, said the University has fine-tuned the curriculum by consolidating and re-grouping existing courses and contents.

    In the new curriculum for ‘3+3+4’, most of the OUHK’s honours degree programmes require 160 credits for completion. Students will pursue the major area of studies, complemented by general education courses, said Prof. Kwok.

    Up to 75% of the credits are devoted to the major area of studies, which involves a certain number of compulsory as well as elective courses. General education, which comprises purpose-designed courses, non-discipline courses and English language courses, will take up 25% of the credits.

    ‘The education experience at the OUHK will be well-balanced, providing a broad foundation and a strong and in-depth coverage of students’ chosen areas of specialization, in order to enable students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world,’ said Prof. Kwok, adding that the University has set up a designated webpage (www.ouhk.edu.hk/2012) to list out the details of the four-year curriculum structure under the ‘3+3+4’ system.

    Institutional outcomes

    The OUHK expects its graduates to be able to:

    • demonstrate competence academically and in related professional contexts;
    • show a commitment to lifelong learning;
    • think critically, analytically and creatively;
    • communicate effectively;
    • contribute constructively in teamwork, including playing a leadership role;
    • act as responsible citizens, ready to contribute to society; and
    • adopt a global outlook and appreciate cultural diversity.

    Full-time honours degree programmes based on HKDSE entry

    Programme

    Duration of study

    Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Psychology

    4 years

    Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Applied Economics

    4 years

    Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Politics and Public Administration

    4 years

    Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Applied Social Studies

    4 years

    Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Chinese

    4 years

    Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Creative Writing and Film Arts

    4 years

    Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Language Studies and Translation

    4 years

    Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Professional Accounting

    4 years

    Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Business Management

    4 years

    Bachelor of Education (Honours) in English Language Teaching and Bachelor of English Language Studies (Honours) (double degree)

    4 years (summer
    session included)

    Bachelor of English Language Studies with Honours

    4 years

    Bachelor of Computing with Honours in Internet Technology

    4 years

    Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electronic and Computer Engineering

    4 years

    Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in General Health Care

    5 years

    Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in Mental Health Care 5 years

    Distribution of credits in the OUHK’s four-year Bachelor’s Degree with Honours programmes under ‘3+3+4’

    General education strengthened to widen students’ perspectives on the world

    General education is an important part of the OUHK’s new curriculum. The University will provide diversified learning opportunities to students to broaden their horizons through a range of purpose-designed general education courses. Each student has to take four such courses (20 credits in total) from among those offered by the other three schools. Some of the courses are:

    • The School of Arts and Social Sciences will offer courses such as Film and Popular Culture and Self-understanding in the Modern World. Additional general education courses will be offered by the School.
    • The Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration will offer courses such as Business Management Fundamentals, Understanding the Business Market and Personal Finance. Courses related to marketing, business law and investments will also be considered.
    • The School of Education and Languages will offer courses such as Personal Development in the Knowledge Society, Society and Interpersonal Relationships, Stress and Well-being and Humour in Chinese Language and Culture.
    • The School of Science and Technology will provide courses including Environment and Health, Digital Lifestyle, Medical Therapy and Technology, and Mathematics in Daily Life.

    Milestones of full-time programmes at the OUHK

    The OUHK has established a solid foundation and substantial experience in the provision of full-time degree programmes.

     
    The University launched the first full-time academic programmes at the Associate Degree level, in response to the objective initiated in the Chief Executive’s 2000 policy speech that sixty percent of Hong Kong’s senior secondary school leavers of the relevant age group would receive full-time post-secondary education by 2010.

     
    The OUHK started offering four-year full-time honours degree programmes to students completing Secondary 6. It also launched full-time degree programmes offering full articulation for Associate Degree holders.

     
    The University celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of full-time honours degree students.

     

    The University joined JUPAS to admit students to a number of three-year honours degree programmes based on their HKALE results.


    The University was granted a plot of land near the Ho Man Tin campus by the Government to build the New College campus. The New College, expected to be completed in late 2013, will offer 2,400 places for full-time programmes in cultural and creative arts, testing and certifications, and medical services, in order to support three of the six pillar industries of Hong Kong.

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