The Curriculum of General Education Programme 

Based on the new curriculum framework approved by HKBU, the structure of the GE curriculum consists of (a) 32 units of GE Core (GEC) courses; (b) 12 units of GE Distribution (GED) courses; and (c) 4 units of WPE Experiential (WPEX) modules. Table 1shows the curriculum of the GEP.

Table 1: Curriculum of the Proposed Revised GEP

Core Requirements Distribution Requirements

Courses

Units

Courses

Units

English

12

Foundation Course in Business & Management

3*

Chinese

9

Foundation Course in Humanities & Social Sciences

3*

Values and the Meaning of Life

3

Foundation Course in Science & Technology

3*

Information Management Technology

3

Foundation Course in Foreign Language

3

Numeracy

3

Foundation Course in World History & Civilization

3

   

Whole Person Education Experiential (WPEX) Modules

4

Physical Education

2

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Total

32

Total

16

* Students are required to take 2 Foundation Courses offered by the Divisions other than the one he/she is being admitted to.

General Education Core (GEC) Requirements

The aim of the GEC is to provide students with transferable skills, guiding principles on attitudes and values that will help them lead balanced and successful lives both during and after their college education. Table 2 shows the core requirements for year-1 study. All students are required to take (a) 12 units of English courses, (b) 9 units of Chinese courses and (c) one 3-unit course from each of the following categories: Information Management Technology, Numeracy, Values and the Meaning of Life (either Applied Ethics or Business Ethics). In addition, students will also fulfill the requirements of Physical Education (PE).  

Table 2: GEC requirements

GEC requirements Units

English Courses[1]

12

Chinese Courses[2]

9

Information Management Technology[3]

3

Numeracy[3]

3

Values and the Meaning of Life/Applied Ethics/Business Ethics[4]

3

Physical Education[5]

2

Total

32

Previously, due to space constraint, it was only possible for students to take one Physical Education course with 2 units. The new curriculum accommodates the revision of the 2-units PE course to two 1-unit courses.  The syllabi for the revised PE courses are attached in Appendix E.



[1] Courses in this category include: English I, English II, English III including Public Speaking and Academic Reading and Writing (ARW), all of which are to be offered by the English Language Centre.

[2] Courses in this category include University Chinese, Chinese Thought through the Ages, Selected Themes in Chinese History and Civilization, to be offered by the Chinese Language and Culture Centre.

[3] Courses in this category include IT for Success in Everyday Life and Work, Speaking of Mathematics, Mathematics Around Us, and Speaking of Statistics, to be offered by the Division of Science and Technology.

[4] Courses in this category include Business Ethics, Applied Ethics in Humanities and Social Sciences, and Applied Ethics in Science and Technology, to be offered by the three divisions.

[5] Physical Education will be offered by the Whole Person Education Office.

General Education Distribution (GED) Requirements

Currently, UIC students are allowed to declare their major area of study as they enter the College. The aim of the GED is to broaden the scope of students’ learning by enabling the students pursue areas of knowledge outside of their major discipline. For the students admitted to UIC in the transition year of 2013-14, they will take three foundation courses (totaling 9 units) offered by the three Academic Divisions. As recommended by the Accreditation Panel, students admitted in 2014-15 and thereafter should only take foundation courses offered by divisions other than the one they are admitted to for 6 units only. Students will then take 3 units on the Foundation courses in Foreign Languages offered by the Centre for Foreign Languages and Cultures and 3 units on the Foundation courses in World History and Civilization offered by the GEO.  Acquiring a second foreign language is an important element in liberal arts education for it opens for students the door to a globalized world and prepares them to interact with the international community. By completing a course in this category, students should be able to: 

  • communicate at a very basic level in a foreign language;
  • identify and apply basic grammar structures and read and write simple and short texts  in a foreign language; and
  • display intercultural competence towards the culture of the foreign language learned.
  • Table 3 outlines the GED requirements including the WPEX modules. Table 3: GED requirements  

    GED requirements

    Units

    Foundation Course in Business and Management[1]

    3*

    Foundation Course in Humanities and Social Sciences[2]

    3*

    Foundation Course in Science and Technology[3]

    3*

    Foundation Course in World History and Civilization[4]

    3

    Foundation Course in Foreign Languages[5]

    3

    WPEX Modules[6]

    4

    Total

    16

    *Students will take foundation courses offered by the Divisions other than the one they are admitted to.



    [1] Courses offered by the Division of Business and Management include Business and Society, Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

    [2] Courses offered by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences include Language, Media and Culture and Government and Society.

    [3] Courses offered by the Division of Science and Technology include Science of Wellbeing and, Power of Science and Technology.

    [4] Courses are offered by the GEO include Modern Europe, Modern European Thought and Culture, Contemporary America History, The Emergence of Modern America.

    [5] Five language courses at year-1 level in French, German, Korean, Japanese, and Spanish, offered by the Centre for Foreign Languages and Cultures, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    [6] The WPEX modules, to be offered by the Whole-Person Education Office, are: Experiential Development, Emotional Intelligence, Sports Culture, Experiential Arts, Voluntary Service, Environmental Awareness, and Adversity Management.

    Free Elective Courses

    As mentioned in Part I: Details of Implementation of UIC’s New Curriculum Structure, students are required to complete 24 units of free electives requirements.  Among different options, students can take up to 2 GE elective courses from the following categories: (i) Business and Communication, (ii) Foreign Languages and Cultures, (iii) Humanities, Music and Arts, (iv) Social Sciences, (v) Science and Technology.