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|
* 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|
^ 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.