General Education Curriculum
(As at 17 January 2018)
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.
- 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 (excluding the co-offered GEE).
- 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 (excluding those co-offered GEEs).
- 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 (excluding those co-offered GEEs).
- 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 (excluding those co-taught GEEs).
- Students who have dropped GEC4101 Chinese 1 and GEC5102 Chinese 2 will need to take two extra GEE modules to fulfil the graduation requirement.
- Students are allowed to either take “GEE5304 Nutrition & Health” or “GEE5307 Food in Daily Life” but not both modules to fulfil the graduation requirement.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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, who take “GEE5416 Beyond Hollywood: Introduction to World Cinema”, have to be over 18 years old.