General Education Curriculum
(As at 26 Jul 2019)
Objectives of General Education Programme
THEi aims to produce graduates who are not only experts in their specialist professions but flexible with broadly applicable transferrable skills. The General Education (GE) curriculum helps to promote this by having the following major objectives:
- To introduce students to the broad perspectives of the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences and their relationship to contemporary issues and the problems and challenges faced by professional practitioners
- To cultivate broadly applicable transferrable skills, competencies and values that will contribute to professional success, lifelong learning and whole-person development.
GE Programme Intended Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the GE Programme will be able to:
- Demonstrate a capacity for critical thinking, self-reflection, and analysis;
- Recognise ethically, socially and globally responsible action;
- Engage in self-directed learning;
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills;
- Engage in creative problem-solving;
- Demonstrate interpersonal skills associated with leadership and teamwork; and
- Apply the broad principles of the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences to practical problems and contemporary issues.
The GE curriculum consists of two parts, core modules and elective modules. In the core part, we adopt a Common Core Curriculum Approach which provides a single, integrated educational experience for all students, with modules that have been specifically created and students taking the same modules in a required sequence.
Within the Common Core Curriculum are the English and Chinese Language modules to improve students’ spoken and written communication skills, and three compulsory modules, one from each of the domains of Humanities (The Human Spirit), Sciences (Habits of Scientific Thinking) and Social Sciences (Social Dynamics of Organisations), whose broad perspectives will be used to examine issues important to society.
Beyond the common core curriculum, students can select elective modules from areas outside their programmes that interest them. This will further broaden their horizons and contribute to the aim of the GE Programme.
Principles of offering General Education Elective (GEE) modules
- Students are only allowed to take GEE modules that are outside the realm of their programmes as the goal is to broaden their perspectives and knowledge base. The corollary is that students will not be allowed to take a GEE module in the realm of their programmes, even if the module is offered by other Faculties or the School of General Education and Languages.
Please refer to Attachment 1 - the list of “GEEs that Can be Taken by Students in Different Programmes” and note the GEEs you can take to fulfill the graduation requirement.
Please also refer to Attachment 2 – “Year/Sem Students Required to Take GE Electives (including Year 3 entry and part-time programmes)” which indicates the Year/Semester students required to take the GE Elective modules. For those students who have not been shortlisted but want to take GEE module(s) in Semester One, AY2019/20, please contact your Home Faculty immediately for consultation and necessary arrangement.
- Students joining 4-year full-time programmes have to take at least two GEE modules from two different Faculties other than their own / School of General Education and Languages.
- Students exiting with a Higher Diploma have to take one GEE module from a Faculty other than their own / School of General Education and Languages.
- Year-3 entrants are required to take at least one GEE module from a Faculty other than their own / School of General Education and Languages.
- Part-time students sharing same entry requirement with Year-3 entrants are required to take at least one GEE module from a Faculty other than their own / the School of General Education and Languages.
- Students who have dropped GEC4101 Chinese 1 and GEC5102 Chinese 2 will need to take two extra GEE modules to fulfil the graduation requirement.
- “GEE5402 Explaining Our World from the Big Bang to the Future” was phased out in AY2017/18.
- “GEE5401 Between Empires: A Short History of Hong Kong, China & Britain”, “GEE5411 China Through Western Eyes” and “GEE5501 Gender & Design” were phased out in AY2018/19.
- Students of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Surveying are allowed to take "GEE5103 Living with Sustainable Materials" to fulfil the graduation requirement with effect from Semester 1, AY2018/19.
- Year 3 and Year 4 students of Recreation Management specialisation of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management Programme are not allowed to take “GEE5106 Tree Safety Inspection & Climbing”, “GEE5208 Accounting for Non-Accountants” and “GEE5210 Essentials in People Management” to fulfil the graduation requirements. These three GEE modules will not be counted for fulfilling graduation requirement for students of Recreation Management specialisation even they took the module(s) in their Year 1 and/or Year 2 study. This requirement also takes effect retrospectively to the cohorts of AY2012/13 to AY2015/16.
- Students are allowed to either take “GEE5305 The Art & Science of Film” or “GEE5416 Beyond Hollywood: Introduction to World Cinema” but not both modules to fulfill the graduation requirement. “GEE5416 Beyond Hollywood: Introduction to World Cinema” was phased out since Semester 2, AY2018/19.
- Students of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Professional Accounting are not allowed to take “GEE5308 Web Technology & E-Commerce” to fulfill the graduation requirement with effect from the Year-1 and Year-3 entry cohorts of AY2018/19. The students other than the above cohorts are allowed to take this module.
- Students of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Care Programme are allowed to take “GEE5203 Corporate Social Responsibility in Action” to fulfil the graduation requirement with effect from Semester 1, AY2016/17.
- Students of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Public Relations and Management who take “MCC5211 Human Resources Management” as programme elective are not allowed to take “GEE5210 Essentials in People Management” to fulfil the graduation requirement. This requirement also takes effect retrospectively to the cohorts of AY2012/13 to AY2015/16.
- Students are allowed to either take “GEE5304 Nutrition & Health” or “GEE5307 Food in Daily Life” but not both modules to fulfil the graduation requirement.
- GEE5405 offered by SGEL has been renamed from “Modern Europe: History & Culture” to “The Modern World: History & Culture” with effect from Semester 1, AY2018/19. Students who had taken the module "Modern Europe: History & Culture" before Semester 1, AY2018/19 are not allowed to retake the module "The Modern World: History & Culture".
- "GEE5302 Urban Development in Hong Kong" and "GEE5416 Beyond Hollywood: Introduction to World Cinema" was phased out since Semester 2, AY2018/19.
- With effect from AY2018/19, the arrangement for students of Multimedia Technology and Innovation (MTI), Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Surveying (SU) who take "GEE5305 The Art & Science of Film", "GEE5308 Web Technology & E-commerce" and "GEE5309 Housing Policy & Management" are as follows: (a) New students: Not affecting new Year 1 and Year 3 entry students as these three GEE modules will be delivered by FDE since AY2018/19; (b) Progressing students: For those Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 students who took these three modules as GE Electives earlier, these modules will be counted as delivered by FST.
- GEE5415 offered by SGEL will be renamed from “Cantonese in Hong Kong Popular Culture” to “Cantonese Linguistics in Hong Kong Popular Culture" with effect from Semester 2, AY2018/19. Students who have taken the module "Cantonese in Hong Kong Popular Culture" before Semester 2, AY2018/19 are not allowed to retake the module "Cantonese Linguistics in Hong Kong Popular Culture".