The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Academic Calendar 1995-1996

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Mission

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology O 1995

Postal Address: The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Clear Water Bay

Kowloon, Hong Kong Telephone : 2358 6000

Facsimile : 2358 0545 (General Enquiries) 2358 0769 (Admission Enquiries) This Academic Calendar is produced by the Office of Academic Programme Administration

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Contents

Principal Officers

Chancellor

The Right Honourable Christopher P A T E N Chairman of the Council Sir Sze-Yuen CHUNG. GBE. JP

Vice-Chairman of the Council Dr CHENG Hon.Kwan.OBE. JP Treasurer of the University The Honourable LAU Wah.Sum. OBE. JP

President

Professor Chia-Wei WOO. BS. MA. PhD. DLitt Vice-President for Academic Affairs Professor Shain-Dow KUNG. BSc. MSc. PhD Vice-President for Administration and Business

Mr Paul Anthony BOLTON. BA. MA Vice-President for Research and Development

Professor Eugene WONG. BS. AM. PhD

The University Introduction

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1 Academic Faculty

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1 Students

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Undergraduate Programmes 2 Postgraduate Programmes

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The Academic Year

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Admission of Students Undergraduate Admission

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Underaraduate General Admission Reauirements

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~ e ~ a r h e n t a l Entrance Requirements ior Undergraduate Programmes 9 Entrance Reauirement Eauivalents

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Requirements for Mature Applicants

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Admission with Advanced Standing

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Application for Admission through JUPAS

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Direct Admission

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Postgraduate Admission

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Application for Admission

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Students from Overseas

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Visiting Overseas Students

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Admission Enquiries

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Fees. Scholarships and Financial Assistance

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Fees for 1995-1 996 Academic Year 16

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Refund of Tuition Fee for Research Postgraduate Students 17 Scholarships

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17 Financial Assistance

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17 Academic Regulations Terminology

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Programme 19 Option

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19 Stream

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19 Concentration

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19 ... Department 19 Major Department

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19 Course

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Course Code 20

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Course Vector and Credits 20 General Regulations

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Student Conduct 21

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Regulations for Student Discipline 21

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Academic Integrity and Discipline 22 Examination Guidelines for Students

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Intellectual Property Rights 25

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Variance from Regulation

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Regulations Governing Undergraduate Studies

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Undergraduate Programmes

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Programme Registration

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Course Registration

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Advanced Standing

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Assessment

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English Language Requirements

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Academic Honours

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Academic Standing 34 Graduation and Degree Classification

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Inter-departmental / Programme Transfer

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Programme Withdrawal

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Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies 37

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Programme Registration 37 Course Registration

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38 Course Exemption

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40 Advanced Standing

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40 Assessment

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Conduct of Thesis Examinations

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Thesis Format

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Academic Standing 45

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Residence Requirements 45

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MSc and MA Programmes 45 MBA Programme

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45 MPhil Programmes

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45 PhD Programmes

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46 Graduation

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Inter-departmental I Programme Transfer

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Programme Withdrawal

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School of Science

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Department of Biochemistry 49 Department of Biology

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56 Department of Chemistry

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66 Department of Mathematics

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76 Department of Physics

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96

Joint Degree Programmes

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11 2 Master of Science (MSc) Programme in Biotechnology

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11 2 Master of Science (MSc) Programmes in Environmental Science and Engineering

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Master of Science (MSc) Programme in Materials Science and Engineering

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School of Engineering

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Department of Chemical Engineering

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11 9 Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

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128

De~artment of Com~uter Science

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138

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management

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161

Contents Department of Mechanical Engineering ... 170

Joint Degree Programmes

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.... Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) Programme in Computer Engineering 178 Master of Science (MSc) Programmes in Environmental Science and Engineering

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School of Business and Management

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... Department of Accounting 187

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Department of Economics 194

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Department of Finance 199 Department of Information and Systems Management

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Department of Management of Organisations

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Department of Marketing 219 Postgraduate Programmes in the School of Business and Management

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MBA Programme 224 Master of Science (MSc) Programme in Accounting

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Master of Science (MSc) Programme in Economics

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MPhilIPhD Programmes 235

School of Humanities and Social Science

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... Division of Humanities 242

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Division of Social Science 247

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Joint Degree Programme 252 Master of Arts (MA) Programme in Chinese Studies

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Academic Services

Centre of Computing Services and Telecommunications

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... Educational Technology Centre 253

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Industrial Training Centre 254 Language Centre ... 255

Office of Laboratory Services ... 256

University Library

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Central and Interdepartmental Research Units

Research Centre

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Research Institutes

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Advanced Manufacturing Institute 259 Advanced Materials Research Institute

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Biotechnology Research Institute

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Centre for Asian Financial Markets ... 260

Centre for Economic Development ... 260

Hainan Institute

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Hongkong Telecom Institute of Information Technology ... 261

Institute for Environmental Studies

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Institute for Micro Systems ... 262

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Institute of Scientific and Engineering Computation 262 Sino Software Research Centre ... 263

Central Research Facilities

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Centre for Advanced Engineering Materials

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Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Centre 264

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THE UNIVERSITY

Materials Characterisation and Preparation Centre

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Microelectronics Fabrication Centre

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Student Services Student Counselling Service

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Physical Education and Sports

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Student Health Service

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Residential Halls

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Student Activities

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Student Amenities

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Undergraduate Course Descriptions 270 Postgraduate Course Descriptions 338 The University Ordinance 407 Statutes of the University 41 8 University Council 424 University Court 425

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University Senate 426 Standing Committees of Senate 428 Advisory Committees Staff List University Administration

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Schools and Academic Departments

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Research Centre, and Central Research Support Facilities

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Administrative and Service Units

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Staff Index 484

I Subject Index 501

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Maps of the University Campus 506

Important Dates in the 1995-96 and 1996-97 Academic Years

Introduction

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) was incorpo- rated in April 1988 and opened in October 1991, as a technological university dedicated to the advancement of learning and scholarship, with special emphasis on research, postgraduate education, and close collaboration with business and industry.

The University occupies an impressive 60-hectare site on the northern end of Clear Water Bay Peninsula at Tai Po Tsai. Situated on the slopes along the shore, the campus grounds are terraced to afford buildings on all levels with unobstructed panoramic views of the sea.

The campus is being built in three phases. Phase I was completed in July 1991 and has a capacity of 2,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate and postgraduate students. Phase II, bringing capacity to about 7,000 FTE students, was completed in January 1993. With the completion of Phase Ill (contingent upon approval of funds), the University will be able to accommodate a student body of 10,000 FTE students.

The major source of financial support for the University is the Government of Hong Kong through the University Grants Committee (UGC) and its Research Grants Council (RGC). Student fees, other sources of research support and donations are also significant contributors to the University's budget, which will exceed $1.5 billion in 1995- 96. Construction of Phases I and II of the camDus was assisted bv a arant from the Roval Hong Kong Jockey Club of almost $2 billion'towards the cost df ocer $3.2 billion. '

The President is the chief executive officer and the three principal branches of the University are Academic Affairs, Administration and Business, and Research and Development, each headed by a Vice-President. Within Academic Affairs are the four schools which comprise the academic heartland of HKUST, each school divided into departments or divisions. There are a number of academic service units and research units located administratively within the branch as well. Administration and Business is concerned with the non-academic administrative and financial operation of the Univer- sitv, and Research and Development focuses on research administration and contrac- tual and applied research relevant to Hong Kong's technological and socio-economic development.

Three of the University's schools - Science, Engineering, and Business and Management - provide both undergraduate and postgraduate education. The School of Humanities and Social Science offers ~ostaraduate education and aeneral education for all undergraduates. As the medium oflinstruction is English, classes aimed at improving English language skills are available to students, as needed.

To complement the schools and their constituent academic departments, the University has set up inter-disciplinary research institutes, the Research centre and the Technoloav Transfer Centre to facilitate collaboration amona the different schools and

between the University and the public and pri;ate sectors. Academic Faculty

With a policy calling for one faculty member forevery 12 students, the University recruits worldwide for faculty who have achieved excellence in their fields and are highly respected as both teachers and researchers. These include both established academ- ics and promising younger scholars. More than 85% have experience at the world's leading research universities, either as PhD graduates, or through postdoctoral studies or teaching appointments.

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The Universitv The Universitv

These men and women care about Hong Kong, its people and its future. They have broad intellectual interests, and wish to work collaboratively with colleagues in other fields and interact with professionals in industry, commerce and t h e public services. Most importantly, they care about their students.

The University began instruction in 1991 with some 100 faculty, a large percentage of whom were in senior positions. By the end of 1995, nearly 500 academics will have been appointed.

Students

The Universityseeks highly qualified and motivated young men and women with - - . wide interests who have received a well-rounded secondah education. In addition to having achieved good grades, they should be active participants in diverse activities and possess great potential.

Most undergraduates enter the University at age 18 or 19. In pursuing their course of study, they are able to learn interesting subjects and obtain both a good general education as well as a qualification relevant to their career. Nearly all undergraduates are Hong Kong residents whereas the number of non-local postgradu- ates is around 20% of the total postgraduate population.

The University's goal is to engage its students in a continuous dialogue, to challenge them intellectually, and to encourage them to think on their own and to learn how to learn. Thus the University's graduates will become competent professionals, innovative leaders in their fields, adaptable and versatile generalists, and sensitive, caring citizens.

Undergraduate Programmes

Undergraduate programmes normally require full-time attendance for three academic years. The curriculum is founded on a credit-based system, and all undergraduate programmes lead to honours degrees. HKUST believes in total education and the credit-based structure of undergraduate academic programmes strikes a compromise between the sharp focus prevalent in traditional Chinese and British universities and the broad approach characteristic of American universities. To ensure breadth of education, undergraduates take about one-third of their credits outside their major department, with at least 12 credits in the School of Humanities and Social Science and the remaining credits spread over subjects offered by other departments. For graduation students need to accumulate a total of 100-105 course credits, as specified for each programme.

First-degree programmes offered are:

Programme Code SCHOOL OF SCIENCE Bachelor of Science (BSc) Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Mathematics Physics Applied Physics SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

Chemical Engineering E320

Civil and Structural Engineering E330

Computer Engineering E380

Computer Science E340

Electronic Engineering E350

Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management E361

Mechanical Engineering E370

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Accounting Economics Finance

Information and Systems Management Management of Organisations Marketing

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Economics

Postgraduate Programmes

The University offers postgraduate programmes leading to master's and doc- toral degrees in all four schools, as indicated below:

Programme Code

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE Master of Science (MSc)

Biotechnology* Environmental Science

Materials Science and Engineering* Mathematics

Physics

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Mathematics Physics M l l O MI20 M I 30 MI40 MI50 * Also available to students in the School of Engineering.

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The Universitv The Universitv Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Mathematics Physics SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING Master of Science (MSc) Chemical Engineering M211

Civil and Structural Engineering M221

Computer Science M231

Electrical and Electronic Engineering M241

Environmental Engineering M519

lndustrial Engineering and Engineering Management M252

Mechanical Engineering M261

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Chemical Engineering

Civil and Structural Engineering Computer Science

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

lndustrial Engineering and Lginee;ng Management M253

Mechanical Engineering M260

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Chemical Engineering D210

Civil and Structural Engineering D220

Computer Science D230

Electrical and Electronic Engineering D240 lndustrial Engineering and Engineering Management D251

Mechanical Engineering D260

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT Master of Business Administration (MBA) Master of Science (MSc)

Accounting Economics

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Accounting Economics Finance Information Systems Management of Organisations Management Operations Marketing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Accounting Economics Finance Information Systems Management of Organisations Management Operations Marketing

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE Master of Arts (MA)

Chinese Studies Humanities Social Science

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Humanities

Social Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Humanities Social Science

The Academic Year

The academic year of the University begins on 1 July and ends on 30 June of the following year. It includes two semesters and two sessions. Normally, the Fall Semester commences in early September and the Spring Semester begins around early February. Each semester has fourteen weeks for scheduled classes. Immedi- ately following the end of the 14th week there is a short study break followed by a week devoted to examinations. There is a one-week break in the Spring Semester around Easter. The Winter Session is scheduled between the two semesters for special academic programmes, research symposia, and other activities. The Summer Session bridges the end of the Spring Semester and the beginning of the following Fall Semester. For most students, attendance for the Winter and Summer sessions is not required.

Important datesforthe 1995-96and provisional datesforthe 1996-97 academic years are found at the end of this Calendar.

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Admission o f Students Admission o f Students

To qualify for admission to the University, applicants must normally be at least 17 years of age by the first day of the Academic Year to which they are seeking admission, meet the general entrance requirements of the University and the require- ments of the particular programme for which they are applying, and apply before the application deadline.

Departmental Entrance Requirements for Undergraduate Programmes

In addition to the general requirements, applicants for 1996-97 entry must also satisfy entrance requirements specific to their desired programmes of study. Unless otherwise specified, AS level subjects referred to below exclude Use of English, Chinese Language and Culture, and Liberal Studies(').

School o f Science UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION

Entry to an undergraduate programme of study at the University requires prospective students to satisfy both the general University and specific departmental entrance requirements. Applicants may be requested to attend personal interviews andlor take additional tests to be administered by the University. Interviews are designed for the purpose of providing further assessment of the applicant's motivation, aptitude and overall suitability for the chosen field of study.

Undergraduate General Admission Requirements

The general University requirements for entry in the 1996-97 academic year include ALL of the following :

A. Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)

passes in at least seven subjects at the first and if necessary second attempt, of which

i. at least five must be passed at a single sitting; and

ii. three must be Mathematics, English Language (Syllabus A or B), and either Chinese or an alternative language

B. Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) i. passes at the same sitting in

a. either one Advanced Level (AL) subject plus two Advanced Supplementary (AS) subjects, or two AL subjects; and b. either AS Chinese Language and C~lture~l).(~), or AS Liberal

Studies and

ii. pass in AS Use of English (UE)")

( 1 ) Alternatively, a pass in AL Chinese Literature is acceptable in lieu of AS Chinese Language and Culture. in which case the student is required to pass in addition either(i) two AL subjects; or (ii) one AL subject plus one AS subject: or (iii) three AS subjects.

(2) For applicants who use an alternative language, rather than Chinese, to satisfy the language require ments in the HKCEE, an AS subject may be used as a substitute for the Chinese Language and Culture requirement.

(3) All students admitted with a UE grade below C will be required to attend and pass a non-credit bearing English language enhancement course during the first year of attendance.

( 1 ) In the case that an applicant obtains a pass in AS Chinese Language and Culture as well as in Liberal Studies, the latter may be used to satisfy departmental entrance requirements.

Programme BSc in Biochemistry BSc in Biology BSc in Chemistry BSc in Mathematics BSc in Physics BSc in Applied Physics

Departmental Entrance Requirements 2AL

+

IAUAS (AL Chemistry

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AUAS Biology

+

one other subject)

2AL

+

1 AUAS (AL Biology

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AUAS Chemistry

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one other subject)

2AL (Chemistry

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one of Biology, Physics, Pure Mathematics orAp- plied Mathematics)

+

IAUAS (Biology, Physics, Pure Math- ematics, Applied Mathematics or Mathematics and Statistics) 1 AL (Pure Mathematics)

+

lAU2AS

1 AL (Physics orEngineering Science)

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1AU2AS

OR 1AL+2AS (AS Physics

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one of AL Pure Mathematics, ALIAS Applied Mathematics or AS Mathematics and Statistics

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1 other subject)

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Admission of Students

School of Engineering

BEng in Chemical Engineering Programme

2AL

+

1AS (AUAS subjects must be chosen from Applied Mathematics, Biol- oav. Chemistry, Engineering Sci- Departmental Entrance Requirements

ence,

ath he ma tics

and statistics, Physics and Pure Mathematics)

OR 3AL (subjects must be chosen from

Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Physics and Pure Mathematics)

BEng in Civil and Structural Engineering

2AL (Pure Mathematics

+

Physics or

Engineering Science)

+

2AS

OR 3AL (Pure Mathematics

+

Physics or

Engineering Science

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one other subject)

2AL (Pure Mathematics

+

Physics or

Engineering Science)

+

2AS

BEng in Computer Engineering

OR 3AL (Pure Mathematics

+

Physics or

Engineering Science

+

one other subject)

BEng in Computer Science

2AL (Pure Mathematics

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one other

subject)

+

2AS

OR 3AL (Pure Mathematics

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two other

subjects)

BEng in Electronic Engineering

2AL (Pure Mathematics

+

Physics

or Engineering Science)

+

2AS

OR 3AL (Pure Mathematics

+

Physics or

Engineering Science

+

one other subject)

Admission o f Students

School of Business and Management BEng in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management BEng in Mechanical Engineering

Programme School Entrance Requirements

general requirements of the University. BSc in Economics

1 AL

+

2AS (AUASsubjects must be chosen

from Applied Mathematics, Biol- ogy, Chemistry, ComputerAppli- cations, Design and Technology, Engineering Science, Mathemat- ics and Statistics, Physics and Pure Mathematics)

OR 2AL (subjects must be chosen from Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Physics, and Pure Mathematics)

1AL (Pure Mathematics)

+

2AS (Physics

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one other subject) OR 2AL (Pure Mathematics

+

Physics or

Engineering Science)

Entrance Requirement Equivalents

Alternatively, the general entrance requirements may be satisfied by obtaining one of the following qualifications :

(a) i. General Certificate of Secondary EducationlGeneral Certificate of Educa- tion at Ordinary Level -

passes in at least seven subjects at the first and if necessary second attempt, including Mathematics, English Language and a language other than English, with five of the subjects passed at a single sitting;

and

ii. General Certificate of Education at the Advanced LevelIAdvanced Supple- mentary Level

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passes at the same sitting in 1 AL subject plus 3 AS subjects; or 2 AL subjects plus 1 AS subject; or at least 3 AL subjects.

(b) at least one year's successful full-time study or equivalent in a bachelor's degree programme at a university or tertiary institution recognised by this University;

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Admission of Students

(c) a professional diploma, higher diploma or higher certificate from a polytechnic or recognised tertiary college in Hong Kong;

(d) an International Baccalaureate.

Notwithstanding the above, the University may recognise other qualifications, or successful study at another recognised institution. In assessing these qualifications, the University will ensure that such applicants have an educational background equivalent to that required of JUPAS candidates. Proficiency in English is also a consideration.

Requirements for Mature Applicants

Applicants who do not satisfy the general or departmental entrance require- ments of the University but are aged 25 or over by the first day of the academic year to which admission is sought may be granted exemption from the entrance requirements of the University provided they can demonstrate aptitude and suitability for admission to a particular programme of study.

Admission with Advanced Standing

Applicants from universities, polytechnics or other postsecondary institutions who have completedlare studying curriculum relevant to the programme(s) for which they are applying may choose to be admitted with advanced standing. However, applications for direct entry to the second year or later will be assessed on a case-by- case basis.

Application for Admission through JUPAS

Applicants who are seeking admission on the strength of their Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination results should apply via theuJoint University Programmes Admissions System" (JUPAS)

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This system enables applicants to apply on the strength of their HKALE results for admission to the undergraduate programmes in UGC institutions. Application details may be obtained from the JUPAS Guide published by the JUPAS Office every year.

Direct Admission

Applicants who are applying for admission on the basis of qualifications other than HKALE results, including applicants from overseas, should apply to the University for direct admission. Applicants who are currently enrolled as full-time or sandwich degree students in any of the seven JUPAS participating institutions should also apply through this route even if they are applying on the strength of their current andlor past HKALE results. However, in accordance with guidelines on the inter-institutional transfer of students, applicants wishing to transfer from the first year of a full-time degree proaramme to the first year of the same or similiar disciplinelstudy area at HKUST will be considered only in iery exceptional cases.

Admission of Students

Copies of the Undergraduate Prospectus and application forms for entry in September 1996 will be available from 2 October 1995 at :

Admissions, Registration and Records Office

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Clear Water Bay

Kowloon Hong Kong

The provisional application fee for 1996-97 is HK$120. The completed application should be returned to the University at the above address by 31 December 1995. Applicants may select up to three degree programmes, to be listed in the order of their preference. Subsequent changes are not normally permitted.

POSTGRADUATE ADMISSION

Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree programme should have obtained a first degree from this University or a recognised institution, or obtained an approved equivalent qualification; and satisfied the school and department concerned as to their fitness as well as their English ability to pursue the postgraduate programme. To be eligible for admission to a PhD degree programme, applicants should normally have obtained a master's degree from this University or an approved institu- tion, or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years; and satisfied the school and department concerned as to their chosen subject of research, as well as their fitness and English ability to undertake the research.

Selected applicants may be invited for interview. Successful applicants will receive an offer of admission from the school or department concerned, and may be required to satisfy specified conditions. Applicants receiving an offer will be expected to accept or decline by a specified date.

Application for Admission

Application forms for admission to postgraduate programmes are available directly from:

Admissions, Registration and Records Office

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Clear Water Bay

Kowloon Hong Kong

The provisional application fee for 1996-97 is HK$120. The closing date for the return of the application forms is 15 March for admission in September of the same year, but late applications may be considered. Items to be submitted with the completed application form include a one-page statement on study plans and career goals; two letters of recommendation mai~eddirectl~ to the ~irector'of Admissions, Registrat~on and Records: and officially certified academic transcripts of underaraduate studies (and postgraduate studies, if any). If official transcripts are in a language other than English or Chinese, a certified translation into English must be provided.

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Admission of Students

STUDENTS FROM OVERSEAS

The University welcomes applicationsfrom overseas students who are seeking admission to full-time studies at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. Applicants should be aware, however, that competition for admission is such that only very well- qualified candidates will gain admission.

Details of the application procedures are given in the section "Direct Admis- sion". However, because of differences between the educational system in Hong Kong and those in other countries, students eligible to enter undergraduate programmes in their own countries mav find that their qualifications are not necessarily recognised for entry to the first year ~ ~ H K U S T . prospective overseas undergraduatestudents should first write to the Director of Admissions, Registration and Records, providing full details of their educational qualifications so that an initial assessment may be made as to their entry qualifications.

If that assessment indicates that the requirements may be met, the appropriate application forms will be sent to the prospective students, to be returned to the Admissions, Registration and ~ e c o r d s office. At that point the formal selection process will beain. Certified true copies of all dearees, diplomas, certificates and other qualifi&tions held should be submitted with the application form. Applicants accepted for admission will be required to produce the original documents on arrival at the University.

Overseas students should carefully consider the financial aspects of their studies in Hong Kong before applying for admission. The provisional tuition fee for 1996-97 (except for MBA programme) will amount to $37,600 per annum and accom- modation in on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate housing will involve approxi- mately $7,200 and $22,500 respectively per residential year (280 days). In addition monies will be needed for subsistence, textbooks, local travel, sports equipment, clothing, and other personal needs. A total of at least $78,000 per academic year (9 months) is likely to be required for undergraduate study and $98,000 for postgraduate study.

Admission of Students

ADMISSION ENQUIRIES

Students requiring copies of the undergraduate prospectus or postgraduate handbook, application forms, advice or assistance on application procedures, choice of programmes, entrance requirements or other related matters are welcome to visit, telephone or write to the Admissions, Registration and Records Office (Room 1376). - - - ,,

which is open Mondays to Fridays from Sam to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm, and on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon.

All enquiries should indicate the degree programme(s) of interest and be addressed to:

Director of Admissions, Registration and Records The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Clear Water Bay

Kowloon Hong Kong Undergraduate Admissions Telephone No. : (852) 2358 6622 Facsimile No. : (852) 2358 0769 Postgraduate Admissions Telephone No. : (852) 2358 6646 Facsimile No. : (852) 2358 2463

Students from overseas must obtain a visa in order to study in Hong Kong. Applications should be made well in advance at a British Consulate or High Commission or Visa Office, or by writing directly to the Hong Kong lmmigration Department, 2/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Applicants will be required to show sufficient financial resources to cover expenses for their period of study. Applicants must also nominate a sponsor who is resident in Hong Kong, aged over 21, to whom they are known personally. Applicants who have difficulty in nominating a sponsor in Hong Kong may indicate on their visa applications that the University's Director of Admissions, Registration and Records is willing to act in this capacity.

VISITING OVERSEAS STUDENTS

Students from overseas institutions who wish to study at the University on a short-term basis, i.e. a minimum of one semester and a maximum of two, may apply for admission to the Universitv as visitinq overseas students. The provisional application fee for 1996-97 is ~ ~ $ 1 2 0 . Visiting overseas students may take courses but are not enrolled on specific programmesof the University. Details on visitingoverseas students can be obtained from the Admissions, Registration and Records Office.

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FEES, SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

This section deals with tuition and otherfees, and financial assistance available for students.

Fees for 1995-1 996 Academic Year

There are a variety of fees as described below. Except for qution money, fees are not refundable.

1. The tuition fee for undergraduate students is $30,750 per annum. The fee is paid in two equal instalments before the beginning of each semester. 2. The tuition fee for postgraduate students (except for those in the MBA pro-

gramme) is $30,750 per annum for full-time students and $15,375 per annum for part-time students. The fee is paid in two equal instalments before the beginning of each semester.

3. The fee structure for full-time and part-time MBA students is described in the School of Business and Management section of the Academic Calendar. 4. Tuition fee for visiting overseas postgraduate students is $15,380 for one

semester of full-time mode of study; whereas tuition fee for visiting overseas undergraduate students is $1,540 per credit.

5. The partial fee for postgraduate students studying taught programmes beyond the normal duration is $1,540 per credit.

6. The tuition fee for undergraduate students studying beyond the sixth semester is $1,230 per credit; but the maximum amount chargeable for a semester is $15,375.

7. Each new student is required to pay a deposit of $300 as caution money on first registration. Charges will be made against this deposit if there are any unpaid claims against the student, such as outstanding library dues. The balance will be transferred towards the graduation fee, or refunded if the student leaves the University before graduation.

8. Students joining the Students' Union are required to pay an initial entry fee and thereafteian annual subscription. These fees areset by the Union and collected bv the Universitv on behalf of the Union. The entry fee, applicable to students admitted for thefirst time, is $100 and the annualsubscription is $100. 9. Students may be required to pay late charges for failure to complete certain

Universitv procedures by stipulated deadlines. These include delays in paying tuition fees and completing registration procedures, and overdue library books. Late charges are levied in accordance with the rules and regulations set by the respective offices.

10. (Note: The charges and dates mentioned in this paragraph are subject to confirmation.) The hall charges are $6,500 per person in double rooms in the underqraduate halls. Students living in air-conditioned rooms are required to pay anair-conditioning fee of $61 0 p6s the appropriate electricity charges. The hall charaes are $1 0.300 Der oerson in sinale air-conditioned rooms and $6,695 in doubleair-conditidned iooms in the halls. These charges cover residence for one residential year of 297 days from 30 August 1995 to 21 June

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1996. Hall charges are paid in two instalments and do not include the cost of meals.

11. Other small fees and charges :

Transcript fee per copy* (excluding registration mail charges) $30 Replacement of Student I/D Card $30 Application fee for retention of place (deferred entry) $200

Graduation fee $300

Late registration $1 00

Testimonial fee $1 0

A free copy will be issued to students upon graduation or withdrawal from the University.

Refund of Tuition Fee for Research Postgraduate Students The amount of refund will be 50% of the tuition fee already paid by the students for that semester, be they in full-time or part-time mode of studv. Such a refund would apply only to those research postgraduates who have met all prigramme and residency requirements of the University within the first three calendar months of a semester.

Scholarships Scholarships and Prizes

The University administers a number of scholarships and prizes on behalf of individual and corporate donors. Most are awarded to students, without application, on the strength of academic merit and the recommendations of a school or deoartment. Other scholarships may have conditions specified by the donor. Further details are available at the Student Affairs Office.

Postgraduate Studentships

The University awards postgraduate studentships to selected full-time research postgraduate students who, consequently, engage in ancillary teaching and/or re- search duties. In 1995-96, these are at the rates of $1 1,750, $5,875 or $2,937.5 per month.

Financial Assistance

Government Student Financial Assistance

Full-time students who have the right of abode in Hong Kong or have resided or have had their home in Hong Kong continuously forthreecomplete years immediately prior to the commencement of their year of study are eligible to apply to the Government Student Financial Assistance Agency for financial aid. Assistance is offered in the form of grants and/or loans. Grants are given for tuition fee and academic expenses; loans are approved for living expenses. Awards are means-tested so that the amount awarded is related to family disposable income. Students are expected to repay their

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loans at an interest rate of 2.5% per annum within a specified period after graduation or upon leaving the University.

Application forms and further details may be obtained from the Government Student Financial Assistance Agency at 9/F, National Mutual Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, or from the Student Affairs Office of the University. Students with financial difficulties are urged to apply for assistance under this scheme at the beginning of the academic year.

University Loans and Bursaries

Students with additional financial needs may apply for loans and bursaries administered by the University. In general, these funds are used to supplement, but not substitute for, Government financial assistance. Details of loans and bursaries are available at the Student Affairs Office.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

All students are responsible for their individual conduct and for adherence to the regulations.

A. TERMINOLOGY

1. Programme

A programme is an official degree programme recognised by UGC (and JUPAS, as appropriate). Each programme is g~ven a unique prog;amme'code, e.g. the Bachelor of Science programme in Chemistry bears the code E440.

2. Option

A programme "nested" within an official degree programme which is handled within HKUST much as if it were a separate, free-standing degree programme, e.g. the Pure Mathematics option within the Bachelor of Science programme in Mathemat- ics.

If the option is administered by more than one department, it will be designated as a ioint option. Currently, only the Mathematical Sciences O ~ t i o n within the Bachelor of science in

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is designated as a joint option. Regulations governing this joint option are described on page 27 of this Calendar.

3. Stream

A programme variation identified in the Calendar, sometimes as a University- approved requirement and sometimes as a departmental recommendation.

4. Concentration

A defined grouping of elective courses identified in the Calendar, sometimes as a University-approved requirement and sometimes as a departmental recommenda- tion.

5. Department

The term "department" is used in the Calendar to include all academicdepartments, the two divisions in the School of Humanities and Social Science, and anv other academic units administering programmes.

6. Major Department

A student's major department is the academic unit which offers the specific programme in which the student is enrolled.

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A course is the basic unit of instruction atthe Universityand is usually taught in either the Fall or S ~ r i n a Semester. Courses are offered bv all academic departments, the two divisions

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the School of Humanities and social Science as well as the Language Centre. All coursesaredesignated by acoursecode, title and vector; e.g. ClVL 271 Geotechnical Engineering 1 [3-1-2:3].

8. Course Code

Each course is identified by a course code which comprises a four-letter code followed by a three-digit number code. The letter code denotes either the area of study or the course offering department. The 23 letter codes currently in use are:

ACCT Accounting BlCH Biochemistry BlOL Biology BTEC Biotechnology CENG Chemical Engineering CHEM Chemistry

ClVL Civil and Structural Engineering COMP Computer Science ECON Economics

ELEC Electrical and Electronic Engineering

ESCE Environmental Science and Engineering

FlNA Finance HUMA Humanities

IEEM Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management ISMT Information and Systems

Management LANG Language MARK Marketing MATH Mathematics MATL Materials Science and

Engineering MECH Mechanical Engineering MGTO Management of Organisations PHYS Physics

SOSC Social Science

The last two digits of the number code represent a departmental coding series while the first digit indicates the course level:

0 = Introductory courses which are designed for undergraduate students without an AL background in the subject area

1 = Undergraduate first-year level courses 2 = Undergraduate second-year level courses 3 = Undergraduate third-year level courses 5 = Postgraduate courses

6 = Postgraduate courses usually in the form of seminars, independent studies, reading courses or master research

7 = Postgraduate courses usually in the form of doctoral seminars or research

For example, ClVL 271 denotes that it is an undergraduate second-year course offered by the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering.

9. Course Vector and Credits

Each course is assigned acoursevector which indicates the number of instructional hours required and credits to be earned. The course vector is presented in the form of [L-T-Lab:C] where

L = lecture hours per week

T = tutorial, seminar or recitation hours per week Lab = laboratory or field study hours per week C = number of course credits

For example, a course vector of [3-1-2:3] denotes a course that requires 3 lecture hours, 1 tutorial/seminar/recitation hour, and 2 laborato~y/field study hours each week, and carries 3 credits.

The credit value of a course depends on the required scheduled hours of instruction. Normally, one credit is designated for one lecture hour, one tutorial hour or three laboratory hours per week. Some sessions will be given less credit per hour if certain scheduled hours such as tutorials reduce the non-scheduled work expected of students.

6. GENERAL REGULATIONS

Regulations described in this section apply to all students. Specific regulations for undergraduate or postgraduate students are found in the respective sections.

10. Student Conduct

The University expects good conduct from all students. Rules and regulations are formulated and enforced to ensure the effective operation of the University, and the well-being of students and staff.

11. Regulations for Student Discipline

11.1 The University may take disciplinary action against a student of the university who violates any rules or regulations and/or commits any misconduct such as:- a. defamation of or assault on or battery against the person of any member of the

University, including conduct which leads to the physical or emotional injury or which threatens the physical or emotional well-being of any member of the University;

b. wilful damage to or defacement of any property of the University; c. theft, fraud, misapplication of University funds or property of any kind; d. plagiarism in written assignments or cheating in tests or examinations; e. an offence in connection with examinations or violation of any of the regula-

tions governing conduct at examinations;

f. falsification or serious misuse of University documents or records;

g. refusal to comply with any regulations or orders by authorised persons and bodies prohibiting any conduct which disrupts teaching, study, research or administration of the University;

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h. misrepresentations or false statements made in any application or document submitted to the University.

11.2 Complaints against a student will be brought before the Student Disciplinary Committee which shall investigate and make findings upon them.

11.3 The Committee may order the imposition upon any student found guilty of any of the offences specified in 11 .l , any of the following penalties:-

a. reprimand;

b. fine (not exceeding one thousand Hong Kong dollars);

c. withdrawal of any academic or other University privileges, benefits, rights or facilities, other than the right to follow courses of instruction and present him or herself at examinations;

d. suspension of all academic or other privileges, benefits, rights or facilities; or e. expulsion from the University;

and where applicable may require such student to make good any damage to property or premises caused by himlher.

11.4 The Committee, in addition to or as an alternative to imposing any of the penalties set out in 11.3, may report to the Council via the Senate the offence of which the student has been found guilty and the Council may if it thinks fit recommend to the Chancellor the deprivation of any degree, diploma, certificate or other academic distinction conferred upon such person.

11.5 An appeal against any finding or a penalty imposed by the Committee may be made within fourteen days to the Chairman of the Senate. Appeals shall be in writing.

12. Academic Integrity and Discipline

Academic integrity is basic to the work of all students at the University, and to scholarly and scientific work generally. Central to academic integrity is the presentation of one's own workas one's own, the acknowledgement of others' work, and the truthful reporting of results obtained. Students should acquaint themselves with the University's policy on academic integrity and discipline.

12.1 Academic Dishonesty

There are a number of ways in which the tenets of academic integrity may be violated. The offences stated below are by no means exhaustive and the determi- nation of academic dishonesty will be based on the broader context of the students' possible intent to mislead an instructor or the University as to their academic achievement, status, or qualifications. 'Students" as used here includes currently registered students as well as those who have graduated or left the University. Plagiarism is defined as the presentation of work which actually originates from other sources as one's own, for credit in a course or programme of study or towards

the fulfilment of degree requirements. It includes the presentation in theses, examinations, tests, term papers, and other assignments, of someone else's work without attribution, including the presentation of someone else's argument in one's own words without acknowledgement.

Cheatingis defined as the unauthorised giving, receiving or utilising, or any attempt to do so, of information or assistance durina a test or examination. Also included are the unauthorised receipt or conveyance, or the attempt to do so, of test or examination questions; giving or receiving assistance on an essay or assignment beyond what is approved by the instructor; im~ersonatina someone else or causina or allowing oneseif to be impersonated by someone else in writing or participating in a test or examination; the submission of any academic work containing a purported statement of fact, or reference to a source, which has been concocted; presenting for credit in any course or programme of study, without the permission of the instructor concerned, academic work for which credit has previously been obtained or is being sought in another course or programme of study in the University or elsewhere; and any other conduct designed to provide a misleading basis for judgement of the student's performance or academic standing.

12.2 Procedures i n Case of Academic Dishonesty

If an instructor suspects that an act of academic dishonesty has been committed, he or she may choose, in the first instance, to discuss the matter privately with the student concerned to arrive informally at a mutually acceptable resolution. How- ever, in cases when such agreement is not possible and in which the instructor has strong reasons to believe that a breach of academic integrity has occurred, the instructor may wish to begin a formal process of enquiry by calling a meeting with the student according to the procedures outlined below. If the offence relates to the activities of an academic department, division, centre or a similar unit, rather than a specific course, an appropriate member of the University staff arranges the meeting. In all cases, the student is informed of the purpose of the meeting in advance and the discussion is on record.

If, after the meeting, the instructor, or other appropriate individuals as noted, is satisfied that no academic dishonestv has been committed. no further action will be -. taken. The decision is conveyed to ihe student. If the student admits the alleged offence, the instructor may recommend an appropriate sanction and the student is informed accordingly. A report will be made to the student's major department. If, however, the student denies the charge, or disputes the sanction, or fails to attend the meeting, and the instructor decides that an act of academic dishonesty has been committed, the instructor forwards the case to the department head for further action.

12.3 Sanctions

The following sanctions may be imposed, singly or in combination, and will be noted in the student's file: verbal or written warning or reprimand; a lower grade or failure on the assignment or test or examination, which may result in a lower course grade including failure in the course; a make-up assignment or test or examination; a reduction of the final grade or a failure in the course as a penalty exclusive of any reduced grade; withdrawal of eligibility for future scholarsl;ips and other academic awards; ineligibility for honours upon graduation; suspension from the University for

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a set period or indefinitely; cancellation of academic standing or academic credits obtained thus far; withholding or rescinding an HKUST degree; any other sanctions, as deemed appropriate for certain offences.

12.4 Student Rights and Obligations

Students have the right to be informed that an academic offence is suspected, to defend themselves against the charges and present evidence, and to meet with the authority imposing asanction forthis latter purpose. They should be informed of the verdict, the sanction, and the appeal procedures and should also be advised to approach the Director of Student Affairs for advice and guidance.

An appeal may be made against either the verdict or the sanction(s) imposed. This must be made in writing within fourteen days of receiving the decision and should state the grounds on which it is made. Normally, appeals will be considered only on the grounds of procedural irregularity or new evidence.

In some cases appeal decisions can be appealed against. At each stage, the student is informed if further appeal is possible and any conditions which may pertain.

13. Examination Guidelines for Students

13.1 Students are not allowed to sit for a course examination if their names are not on the class enrolment list of the specific course concerned, and they will not be awarded any grades for the course.

13.2 Examinees will be asked to show their student identity cards for verification purposes. Students who are unableto presenttheir cards will not be allowed to write the examination.

13.3 Examinees are not allowed to bring into or remove from the examination room anv minted or written matter save with the express permission of an examiner or inig'ilator. Unless expressly permitted by the examiner, no books, paper, calcula- tors, or any information storage and retrieval device will be allowed.

13.4 Normally, no examinees will be allowed to enter the examination room later than thirty minutes after the start of the examination, and no examinees will be permitted to leave the examination room within the first thirty minutes of the examination. An invigilator or examiner may waive this time limit under special circumstances, such as sickness. Late comers will not be given any extra time for the examination.

13.5 Examinees who are taken ill during the examination and have to leave the examination room are advised to proceed immediately to the Student Health Services on campus, if possible, or seek other appropriate medical assistance as soon as possible.

13.6 Examinees should only write on their answer books or on any supplementary answer books and sheets provided for the purpose and shall surrender all such materials in good order on leaving the examination room. Answers should be written on the right hand page only, with the left hand page used for rough work. The examiners may read only the right hand page material.

13.7 No conversation will be allowed during the examination and any questions must be addressed to an invigilator. Any irregularity of conduct in the examination room will be reported. Examinees causing disturbance in the examination room will be expelled from the examination room and may face disciplinary action. 13.8 Examinees must hand in their answer books on leaving the examination room. However, examinees may not be allowed to leave the examination room durina the last fifteen minutes of the examination and must remain seated until

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the examination answer books have been collected by an invigilator.

13.9 Examinees who fail to attend a scheduled examination without prior approval of the department offering the course will result in automatic course failure. Appeals for special consideration on the grounds of special circumstances such as medical reasons are described under Item 21.2 on page 31 of this Calendar.

13.10 In the event of cancellation of examinations as a result of Storm Warning Signal No. 8 or above being hoisted or Rainstorm Black Warning being issued, arrangements will be made for the examinations affected to be held as soon as practicable after the original examination period and candidates will be notified accordingly through public announcements, etc.

14. Intellectual Property Rights

The University has established policies defining the characteristics, development, procedures, responsibilities, and ownership of intellectual property for students, faculty and staff. The policies are organised into four different areas of interests: Copyright, Patents, Software, andTrade and Service Marks. A booklet dealing with each area is available from the Office of Contract and Grant Administration. As part of university policy, all students, faculty and staff are required to agree to and abide by these policies as a condition of admission or employment. The University may make changes to these policies from time to time.

15. Use of Human or Animal Subjects

There are complex legal, regulatory and operational standards applicable to the care and use of human and animal "subjects" in educational, research and service programmes. The term "subject" means that the person or animal is subjected to some planned activity for the purpose of effecting response or developing new scientific understanding. The Senate Committee on Research Practices monitors the implementation of policies in this area.

16. Variance from Regulation

In general, request for a variance to the academic regulation should be made in the first instance to the student's major department. Any subsequent appeal against a departmental decision must be made within two weeks of receiving notice of the decision. Such an appeal should be well documented and addressed to the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled. The dean's decision is final.

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C. REGULATIONS GOVERNING UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES 17. Undergraduate Programmes

Undergraduate programmes are full-time three-year honours degree programmes which comprise a structured set of courses that must be satisfactorily completed in order to satisfy degree requirements. In addition to courses in the field of major study and related areas, all programmes require courses from other schools. Credits are earned semester-by-semester towards the completion of degree requirements. Each credit carries equal weight, independent of the specific course or year of study.

A minimum number of credits in the range of 100 to 105 is required in each programme. Individual student programmes may exceed these minima owing to the choice of electives with higher-than-required credit value or enrolment in additional courses not required in the programme.

Registration in a programme is in two parts : programme registration and course registration. All students are required to complete both registration procedures in each semester.

18. Programme Registration

Programme registration involves payment of tuition and other prescribed fees where appropriate and confirms students' enrolment status as a full-time student at the University. Failure to enrol in the programme in any one semester will result in automatic withdrawal from the programme and the University, unless a formal approval of Leave from Study has been obtained from the student's major depart- ment. Moreover, a student must be officially registered in the programme in the semester when helshe is being considered for graduation from that programme. Each student enrolled in a specific programme is subject to the requirements of the maior de~artment and the Universitv. Exemption from specific requirements is possible,'but only in well justified cir&mstanks and with written permission from the major department.

As a registe-ed full-time student, one may apply for hall residence and financial aid, as well as acquire information about student life and the University.

18.1 Study Commitment

Students admitted are expected to study full-time for their degrees, and are cautioned that outside work commitments may impede their academic perform- ance.

18.2 Double Registration

Unless prior permission from the Director of Admissions, Registration and Records is obtained. students are not permitted to concurrently register for another pro- gramme at this University or a i another post-secondaj institution. Student enrol- ment lists are compared with those of other post-secondaly institutionsfrom time to

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time. If students are found to be registered elsewhere, they will normally be required to discontinue their studies at this University.

18.3 Length of Study

Each programme normally requires six semesters of full-time study, spreading over three years. Permitted Leaves from Study will not count towards the limits on registration. Special permission, on the recommendation of the major department, is required from the dean of the student's schod to extend a programme beyond the sixth semester. Appeal against the dean's decision should be addressed to the Office of Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Registration is normally not possible .beyond an eighth semester.

Students permitted to study beyond the sixth semester will register as full-time students, be subject to all University regulations, and be entitled to all normal student services. Fees will be charged on a per-credit basis, with the maximum amount payable not exceeding the prevailing tuition fee forthe semester (see 'Fees' on p.16 for details). However, student housing will not be available to such students unless special permission has been obtained from the Director of Student Affairs.

18.4 Joint Option (currently only for students in the Department of

Mathematics)

Students designated as pursuing a joint option require the approval of their admission to the option by the departments or schools jointly offering the option. They have the same priority of access to the courses specified in their option as do majors in those departments. Presently only the Mathematical Sciences Option within the Bachelor of Science programme in Mathematics is designated as a joint option.

Other Mathematics students may wish to followthe curriculum of this joint option but have access to courses outside their maior de~artments onlv after maior and ioint option students have been accommodaied. ?heir access cannot be assured: All students completing joint option requirements will be considered for the degree designation of that programme, whether or not they were so designated previously. The class of honours, however, must be agreeable to both departments and their schools. Otherwise, the degree will be awarded by the Department of Mathematics only.

19. Course Registration

Course registration deals with the selection of and enrolment in appropriate courses for a specific semester. Student course registration for a semester requires approval from their major department. he student's programme registration will be revoked without formal course reqistration. Students should ensure that thev have properly registered in the courses-specified for a semester. Students whose names are noton f i e class enrolment list will not be allowed to sit for examination(s) of the specific course@) conceried and will not be awarded any grades for the course(s).

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Students should acquaint themselves with the general rules for undergraduate course registration and the departmental course requirements for the degree programme(s). They should also read the course description and requirements carefully before selecting a course.

19.1 General rules for undergraduate course registration a. Course Designations

Courses specified in the undergraduate programmes are designated as either Core (C), Required (R) or Elective (E). Core courses must be taken in the semester indicated or, with departmental approval, earlier. Students who fail to register in and obtain a passing grade in a core course will be placed in poor academic standing. In certain circumstances and with the permission of the major department, courses desianated as Reauiredmav be taken at other times. Elective courses are selected by

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student in ihe areasdesignated in the curriculum subject to departmental approval, and options exist as to when they may be taken. For individual programmes, some courses may not be allowed for elective credits.

b. Prerequisites, Corequisites, Exclusions and Background

If a course has designated other courses as its prerequisites, students must have taken and passed the prerequisites before they may register in the course, unless exemption is granted by the department offering the course.

For a course with a corequisite designated, both should be taken concurrently; alternatively the corequisite may be taken and passed previously.

If a course has exclusions specified, students are not allowed to register in the course if they have already taken and passed any of the stated exclusions. Also students are not allowed to enrol in a course together with any of its stated exclusions in the same semester.

A course may require a certain general level of desired prior knowledge as the background. Students should ensure that they have the necessary background to undertake a course.

c. Course Repeats

Students may not repeat a passed course for upgrading purposes. A given failed course (graded F) may only be repeated once. Though the previous F grade will be reflected in the student's record, the new grade obtained after repeating the course will replace the previous F grade in the calculation of the culmulative and graduation grade average.

As failed courses shall not be credited towards a degree, a failed core or required course must be repeated.

d. Course Auditing

With the permission of the course instructor, a full-time student may register in a course as an auditor, that is, to attend a course and to participate in activities up to and including writing the final examination but not receiving aformal grade. Subject

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to satisfactory completion of requirements set at registration by the instructor, the course will be designated AU on the student's transcript. Otherwise the course will be removed from the registration record. No course credit is given for audited courses.

19.2 Curriculum Requirements

In general, each curriculum isso structured that in addition to credits within the major department, students are required to take at least twelve credits from the School of Humanities and Social Science, of which at least one course in Humanities and one in Social Science are required; at least six credits from each of the two other schools other than the student's school; and a total of at least thirty-six credits outside the student's major department. All programmes require a minimum total number of credits ranging from 100 to 105 credits. A student's choice of electives may result in this minimum being exceeded.

Details of the undergraduate curriculum for students admitted in the 1995-96 academic year are presented in the departmental entries in this Calendar. Students are required to follow the curriculum as described in this Calendar throughout their three years of study unless the University advises them of any subsequent approved modifications.

The curricula for students admitted prior to the 1995-96 academic year are published in a separate booklet entitled "Curriculum Guide", which is available from the Admissions, Registration and Records Office.

When selecting coursesfor registration in asemester, students are strongly advised to follow closely the pattern of study as set out forthe respective curriculum and seek advice from the departmental academic advisor. In particular, in selecting elective courses, they should ensure that both the course and credit reauirements for each elective type are met at the time of graduation. Students should note that all courses selected, including electives, require approval of the major department.

Students with a need to follow a different pattern of study for a semester must consult and obtain approval from the major department during the course registra- tion period. In doing that, student should note that (i) following a different pattern of study for that semester may prevent them from enrolling in the core and required courses in subsequent semesters; (ii) the study load for that and subsequent semesters should be manageable; and (iii) the lenath of studv for the Droaramme . .

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19.3 Deviations from Curriculum

Students are required to follow all course and credit requirements prescribed for their programme. Under exceptional circumstances, a deviation from the curricu- lum may become necessary in which a specific course is waived or substituted bv another; or the requirements for an elective type is changed. For instance, the student may produce evidence such as a transcript and course syllabus showing that helshe has completed, with a satisfactory grade, other course(s) taken elsewhere which islare similar in content and level to a course required by hislher programme at HKUST. The student should apply, together with the relevant supporting documentation, to the major department during the course registration

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