Bachelor of Arts, Science and Technology (Honours)

Programme Director: Prof ZHANG, Jiji

This is a novel programme preparing students for the future. It aims to nurture talents to work across different disciplines to address complex problems with bold ideas and sustainable solutions.

Students will have flexibility and additional support from the University to design their own learning pathway to address a Question driven by their mission which will affect different sectors of our society for the many years to come. Students will go through an active and exploratory intellectual journey with cycles of problem-solving under the guidance of professors and external specialists. They are expected to make impact on addressing the Question, in the form of arts and design, cultural studies, technological inventions, or scientific research.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Major Courses 81 units
II) Honours Project 12 units
III) University Core Courses 13 units
IV) General Education Courses* 6 units
V) Free Electives 16 units
    128 units

* For the 18-unit General Education Courses, the learning outcomes of two Level II Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses (6 units) will be fulfilled by taking the Transdisciplinary Common Core “ITS 2009 Global Challenges II” (6 units). Also, the learning outcomes of two of the Level I Foundational courses: 3 units of GFQR (Quantitative Reasoning) and 3 units of GFVM (Values and the Meaning of Life), will be fulfilled by taking the two Learning-to-Learn courses (6 units) and Year 1 solution-based learning module “ITS 1018 Transdisciplinary Guided Study I" and "ITS 1019 Transdisciplinary Guided Study II” (6 units).


The programme adopts a highly flexible structure with a set of carefully designed Solution-based Learning Modules (~60% of the total units) to take students through a series of problems. These experiences become the building blocks for students to acquire the metacognitive capabilities, competences, and skills to solve a Question driven by their own mission before they graduate.

Students will work on an interdisciplinary real-world problem at a time, beginning with smaller, structured problems and gradually move onto bigger, more complicated and ill-defined problems as they progress. They will experience collaborative team work involving local and/or overseas partners in Year 3, and solving the Question driven by their own mission in Year 4 as a capstone.

Students will take related courses and have an academic department as its home based on the contents of their learning journey to facilitate their job search and future study.

I. Major Courses 81 units
  Transdisciplinary Common Core (9 units)  
  ITS 1008 Global Challenges I 3 units
  ITS 2009 Global Challenges II 6 units
  Learning to Learn Courses (6 units)  
  ITS 1007 Methods of Inquiry 3 units
  RELI1006 Reasoning for Real World Problem Solving 3 units
  Solution-Based Learning Modules (24 units)  
  ITS 1018 Transdisciplinary Guided Study I 3 units
  ITS 1019 Transdisciplinary Guided Study II 3 units
  ITS 2018 Transdisciplinary Problem Solving I 3 units
  ITS 2019 Transdisciplinary Problem Solving II 3 units
  ITS 3008 Transdisciplinary Knowledge Application and Transfer I 6 units
  ITS 3009 Transdisciplinary Knowledge Application and Transfer II 6 units
  Internship (6 units)  
  ITS 3005 Internship 6 units
  Personalised Knowledge and Skills (36 units)^ 36 units 
II. Honours Project 12 units
  Solution-Based Learning Modules  
  ITS 4898 Transdisciplinary Honours Project I 6 units
  ITS 4899 Transdisciplinary Honours Project II 6 units
III. University Core Courses 13 units
IV. General Education Courses 6 units
V. Free Electives 16 units
    128 units

^ Students, in consultation with their Academic Advisors, are free to take any course offered by HKBU, in order to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to address their identified problems related to the mission-driven Question.

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