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  • Regulations for the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Administration and Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Public Administration

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    These regulations are made under paragraphs 1 to 4 of the Regulations for the Award of Undergraduate Degrees.

    In these regulations definitions shall apply as in the Regulations for the Award of Undergraduate Degrees and in the Interpretation Section of the Academic Rules and Regulations.

    Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Administration (BSSCPA)
    1.
    To be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Administration, a student shall:
     
    a)
    comply with the Regulations for Admission, Registration and Maintenance of Status; and
     
    b)
    comply with the Regulations for the Award of Undergraduate Degrees; and
      c) obtain at least 120 credits of which no more than 40 credits shall be obtained at Foundation level; and
     
    d)
    obtain at least 100 credits in courses prescribed by the regulations as appropriate to the degree for which notice has been given, including at least 20 credits at Higher level.
    2.
    For the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Administration, the University has prescribed that a student must:
     
    a)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled PAM in Table 1; and

     
    b)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled PF in Table 1; and

     
    c)
    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled PRM in Table 1; and
     
    d)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled AM in Table 1; and

      e)

    successfully complete 10 credits from courses labelled PAH in Table 1; and

      f)

    successfully complete 10 credits from courses labelled PRH in Table 1; and

      g)

    successfully complete additional 20 credits from any Foundation, Middle or Higher level courses offered by the University, provided that, of the total 120 credits*, no more than 40 are at Foundation level.

      * Of the 120 credits required for the attainment of the degree, students can complete up to 40 credits of courses in a language of instruction other than English.
     
    Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Public Administration (BSSCHPA)
    1.
    To be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Public Administration, a student shall:
     
    a)

    comply with the Regulations for Admission, Registration and Maintenance of Status; and

     
    b)

    comply with the Regulations for the Award of Undergraduate Degrees; and

     
    c)
    obtain at least 160 credits of which no more than 40 credits shall be obtained at Foundation level; and
      d) obtain at least 60 credits in courses at Higher level; and
      e) successfully complete the prescribed programme of studies.
    2.
    For the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Public Administration, the University has prescribed that a student must:
     
    a)

    successfully complete 50 credits from courses labelled PAHC in Table 1; and

     
    b)
    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled PFH in Table 1; and
     
    c)
    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled PRMH in Table 1; and
     
    d)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled AMH in Table 1; and

      e) successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled PRHH in Table 1; and
      f)

    successfully complete 10 credits from courses labelled AHH or PRHH in Table 1; and

      g)

    successfully complete additional 20 credits from any Foundation, Middle or Higher level courses offered by the University, provided that, of the total 160 credits*, no more than 40 are gained at Foundation level.

      * Of the 160 credits required for the attainment of the degree, students can complete up to 50 credits of courses delivered in a language of instruction other than English.
    3.
    Each degree with Honours shall be conferred with a classification of First Class, Second Class (Upper Division), Second Class (Lower Division) or Third Class save that exceptionally a degree may be conferred without classification.
    4.

    Subject to the requirements of the relevant programme of study, each person on whom an Honours degree is to be conferred shall be assigned to a classification determined by the University according to its regulations.

    5.

    For the calculation of scores for classification purposes in the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Public Administration, the University has deemed that "Group (a)" shall consist of the best 40 credits in courses at Higher level listed in Table 1, and that "Group (b)" shall consist of the best 40 credits in courses at Higher or Middle level listed in Table 1, where such credits are not taken into account in "Group (a)" . Further, that "X" shall equal one, that is "Group (a)" and "Group (b)" shall be equally weighted. (Refer to the paragraphs on Classification of the Degree with Honours of the Regulations for the Award of Undergraduate Degrees.)



    Table 1

    Course Code

    Course Title

    Credits

    BSSCPA

    BSSCHPA

    Honours
    Classification
    Group

    Foundation level

    ENGL A101 1,2

    University English Writing Skills

    5

    PF

    PFH

    --

    CHIN A171C

    Practice in Contemporary Language

    5

    PF

    PFH

    --

    LAW L166C 1,3

    General Principles of Hong Kong Law

    10

    PF

    PFH

    --

    SOSC A101 1

    Social Sciences: A Foundation Course

    20

    PF

    PFH

    --

    SOSC A101W 1

    Social Sciences: A Foundation Course

    20

    PF

    PFH

    --

    SOSC A111C 1,3,11

    Foundations of Social Sciences: Psychology and Sociology

    10

    PF

    PFH

    --

    SOSC A111CW 1

    Foundations of Social Sciences: Psychology and Sociology

    10

    PF

    PFH

    --

    SOSC A112C 1

    Foundations of Social Sciences: Economics and Politics

    10

    PF

    PFH

    --

    SOSC A121C 1,11 Foundations of Social Sciences: Psychology

    5

    PF

    PFH

    --

    SOSC A122C 1,11

    Foundations of Social Sciences: Sociology

    5

    PF

    PFH

    --

    Middle level

    ECON A230 1,3,4

    Introduction to Economics

    10

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    ECON A231 1,4

    Introduction to Microeconomics

    5

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    ECON A232 1,4

    Introduction to Macroeconomics

    5

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    ECON A230C 1,3,5

    Introduction to Economics

    10

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    ECON A231C 1,5

    Introduction to Microeconomics

    5

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    ECON A232C 1,5

    Introduction to Macroeconomics

    5

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    MGT B240 1

    Principles and Practices of Management

    5

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    MGT B240C 1

    Principles and Practices of Management

    5

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    MGT B290 1,3

    Organizational Behaviour

    5

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    MGT B290C 1,3

    Organizational Behaviour

    5

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    CHST A201 1

    Understanding Chinese Society

    10

    AM

    AMH

    b

    ECON A202C 1

    Economic Development of Contemporary China

    10

    AM

    AMH

    b

    ECON A203 1

    Hong Kong Economy

    10

    AM

    AMH

    b

    LIBS A201

    The Pacific Century

    10

    AM

    AMH

    b

    MATH S242 1,3,8 Statistics in Society

    10

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    STAT S242 1,8

    Statistics in Society

    10

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    PUAD A201 1,3,9

    Introduction to Public Policy and Administration

    10

    PAM

    PAHC

    b

    PUAD A202 1,9 Introduction to Public Administration
    5

    PAM

    PAHC

    b

    PUAD A203 1,9 Introduction to Public Policy
    5

    PAM

    PAHC

    b

    LESM A201

    Hong Kong Criminal Justice System

    10

    AM

    AMH

    b

    POLS A201 1

    Introduction to Political Science

    10

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    POLS A201C 1

    Introduction to Political Science

    10

    PRM

    PRMH

    b

    SOCI A202 1

    Hong Kong Society

    10

    AM

    AMH

    b

    SOCI A202C 1

    Hong Kong Society

    10

    AM

    AMH

    b

    POLS A211 1

    Government and Politics of Hong Kong

    10

    PAM

    PAHC

    b

    POLS A211C 1

    Government and Politics of Hong Kong

    10

    PAM

    PAHC

    b

    Higher level

    MGT B342 1,3,10

    Training and Development

    5

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    MGT B345 1 Managing in Organizations

    5

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    MGT B346 1,3

    Theories and Practices of Organizational Behaviour

    5

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    MGT B346C 1,3

    Theories and Practices of Organizational Behaviour

    5

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    MGT B349 1,10 Managing Key Functions in Human Resource Management
    10

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    MGT B399 1

    Management Policy and Strategy

    5

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    CHST A300C 3

    Chinese Law and Legal System

    10

    PRH

    AHH

    a or b

    CHST A322 1,3

    Governing China

    10

    PRH

    AHH

    a or b

    ECON A301 1,3,6

    Economic Analysis of Business and Public Policies

    10

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    ECON A307 1,3,7

    Public Finance

    10

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    ECON A311 1,6 Intermediate Microeconomics
    5

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    ECON A312 1,6 Intermediate Macroeconomics
    5

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    ECON A317 1,7 Theory of Public Finance

    5

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    ECON A318 1,7 Economic Analysis of Public Policy

    5

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b

    PUAD A301

    Public Sector Management in Hong Kong

    10

    PAH

    PAHC

    a or b

    PUAD A302

    Government and Business

    10

    PAH

    PAHC

    a or b

    PUAD A303

    Current Issues in Public Sector Management

    10

    PAH

    PAHC

    a or b

    LESM A302 Public Order Management

    5

    PRH

    PRHH

    a or b


    Notes:

    1. Courses form excluded combinations with other courses. Only one of the courses of the excluded combinations can count towards an OUHK award. Students should refer to the attached list for details.
       
    2. ENGL A100 was replaced by ENGL A101. Students who have successfully completed ENGL A100 will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of ENGL A101.
       
    3. Courses no longer available.
       
    4. Students who have successfully completed ECON A230 will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of ECON A231 and ECON A232.
       
    5. Students who have successfully completed ECON A230C will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of ECON A231C and ECON A232C.
       
    6. Students who have successfully completed ECON A301 will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of ECON A311 and ECON A312.
       
    7. Students who have successfully completed ECON A307 will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of ECON A317 and ECON A318.
       
    8. Students who have successfully completed MATH S242 will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of STAT S242.
       
    9. Students who have successfully completed PUAD A201 will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of PUAD A202 and PUAD A203.
       
    10. If students have successfully completed MGT B349, they are deemed to have satisfied the requirements of MGT B342. However, MGT B349 can only be counted as 5 credits for course labelled PRH or PRHH against the programme requirements of BSSCPA or BSSCHPA respectively.
       
    11. Students who have successfully completed SOSC A111C will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of SOSC A121C and SOSC A122C.

     

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