3 BSc(QFin) Programme Requirements BSc(QFin) Programme OrientationAugust 25, 2014 (Today)11:15 am – 1:00 pmRoom 223, Knowles Building (KB223)
4 Our common goalAll of our students deserve to get the most from our curriculum and graduate with flying colors.Regulations and requirements are set to guide students but at the same time to allow flexibility to meet their individual needs.
5 Coverage: Degree components Programme requirements English Proficiency TestsCourse selectionMajors and MinorsOther requirements & regulations
6 AcronymsHKU The University of Hong Kong 香港大學 FBE Faculty of Business and Economics 經濟及工商管理學院 SEF School of Economics and Finance 經濟金融學院 BEcon Bachelor of Economics 經濟學學士 BEcon&Fin Bachelor of Economics and Finance 經濟金融學學士 BSc(QFin) Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Finance 計量金融理學士
7 Degree Components University requirements Programme requirements Must be satisfied in order to graduate:University requirements“UG 5” RequirementsProgramme requirementsBEcon, BEcon&Fin, or BSc(QFin)Free electivesany course except Common Core Courses
8 Degree Components: UG 5 Requirements English Language Enhancement (12 credits)Chinese Language Enhancement (6 credits)HKU Common Core Curriculum (36 credits)Total: credits
9 Degree Components: “UG 5” Requirements English Language EnhancementCAES1000 Core University English (6 credits)to be taken in Year 1, 1st or 2nd semesterExempted from the course if:attained Level 5** in HKDSE English Language Papertested by CAES to be of a native English speaker standardachieved an overall IELTS score of no less than a 7.5 and no less than a 7 on the Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing Testsachieved an overall TOEFL Internet Based Test score of no less than 102 and no less than a 27 on the writing section and no less than a 24 on the speaking, listening and reading sectionsachieved a level 5 (in either the SL or HL paper) at A1 English in the International Baccalaureateachieved an SAT essay score of no less than 10 and no less than 700 on the Critical Reading and Writing Testsachieved a score of no less than 5 on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition or Literature and Composition Testsand must take a 6-credit elective course in lieu of this course
10 Degree Components: “UG 5” Requirements English Language EnhancementCAES9920 Academic Communication for Business and Economics (6 credits)to be taken in Year 2, 1st or 2nd semester (BE, BEF)to be taken in Year 2, 2nd semester (BSc(QFin))
11 Degree Components: “UG 5” Requirements Chinese Language EnhancementCBBA9003 Practical Chinese for BEcon/BEcon&Fin/BSc(QFin) students (6 credits)to be taken in Year 3, 1st semesterFor students from the mainland, instead of CBBA9003:CUND9002 Practical Chinese and Hong Kong Society orCUND9003 Cantonese for non-Cantonese speaking studentsStudents who did not study Chinese language during their secondary school education:can apply to Faculty Office for exemption from CBBA9003; orneed to take a credit-bearing Cantonese or Putonghua course offered by the School of Chinese for international students
12 Degree Components: “UG 5” Requirements HKU Common Core Curriculum (CCC)Categorized under 4 Areas of Inquiry (AoI):Scientific and Technological Literacy ( q1 )Humanities ( q2 )Global Issues ( q3 )China: Cultural, State and Society ( q4 )Students must complete a total of 36 credits of CCC:not more than 6 credits in each AoI in any academic year;at least 6 credits and not more than 12 credits in each AoI during the first three years of study6 ≤ qi≤ 12, i=1,2,3,4q1+q2+q3+q4 = 36
14 BEcon/BEcon&Fin Programme Requirements Mathematics Requirement (for JUPAS students)All BE/BEF students:have to pass either MATH1011 University Mathematics I or MATH1013 University Mathematics IIStudents with Level 3 or above in HKDSE Math Extended Module 1 or 2:are required to take MATH1013Students with Level 3 or above in HKDSE Math:are required to take MATH1011Students who have taken courses equivalent to MATH1013 :exemption from the mathematics requirement; andmust take a free elective of the same credit value in lieu of this course
15 BEcon/BEcon&Fin Programme Requirements Mathematics Requirement (for Non-JUPAS students)MATH1011 University Mathematics I (6 credits)Provide basic knowledge of mathematicsRecommended course for students with:IB Mathematics (SL) / Mathematical Studies (SL)GCE Mathematics (AL)GSAT (Mathematics)SAT II (Mathematics Level 1 or 2)MATH1013 University Mathematics II (6 credits)Provide basic knowledge of calculus and some linear algebraAP calculus AB/BCIB Mathematics (HL) / Further Mathematics (HL)Gao Kao Mathematics 高考數學（理科）GCE Further Mathematics (AL) / Pure Mathematics (AL)
16 BEcon/BEcon&Fin Programme Requirements Mathematics RequirementNon-JUPAS and Mainland students who possess qualifications that are NOT listed are required to consult teachers in the Department of Mathematics:Non-Mainland students: Dr. Y.M. ChanMainland students: Dr. C.W. WongCompleted mathematics course selection forms and the syllabi of the mathematics exams are required for teachers’ consideration and endorsement. For details, please refer to the instructions sent to you by .
17 BEcon/BEcon&Fin Programme Requirements Statistics RequirementAll BE/BEF students have to pass one of the following:ECON1280 Analysis of Economic DataSTAT1603 Introductory StatisticsSTAT2601 Probability and Statistics INote: Most BE/BEF students would not be able to take STAT2601 as listed in the syllabus to fulfill the statistics requirement because the offering department has added a new prerequisite of MATH2014 Multivariable calculus and linear algebra to STAT2601 which is applicable to intake.
18 BEcon/BEcon&Fin Programme Requirements Statistics RequirementIf you plan to take a second major in statistics or risk managementYou are not recommended to take STAT1603 as it is not listed in the syllabuses of statistics major or RM major. Also, STAT1603 and STAT2601 are mutually exclusive.If you plan to take a minor in statistics or risk managementWhile it is possible to use STAT1603 to fulfill part of the introductory requirement of the minor, the choice of advanced-level statistics courses will be limited.If you take STAT1603 (instead of STAT2601), you may find it difficult to understand the advanced-level statistics courses if your pursue minor in statistics or risk management.Other casesTake either ECON1280 or STAT1603 to fulfill the statistics requirement
19 English Proficiency Test All BE, BEF, QFin student (4-year cohort) are required to take an English Proficiency Test (a graduation requirement):Entrance test in Year 1Exit test in the final year of studyEntrance Test for Freshmen in :Tests will be held in thelast two weeks of September 20145:00 pm – 6:30 pmTest details to be confirmed by
20 Suggested Order of Study 4-Year BEcon Programme CourseCredits1st SemesterCCxxxxxx Common Core (1)6CCxxxxxx Common Core (4)CCxxxxxx Common Core (6)Disciplinary electiveCCxxxxxx Common Core (2)CAES9920 Academic Communication for Business and EconomicsCBBA9003 Practical Chinese for BEcon/BEcon&Fin/BSc(QFin)Free electiveACCT1101 Introduction to Financial Accounting (FCC)Statistics requirement (FCC)ECON1210 Introductory Microeconomics (FCC)ECON Core (1)Mathematics requirement2nd SemesterCCxxxxxx Common Core (3)CCxxxxxx Common Core (5)Capstone courseCAES1000 Core University EnglishECON Core (2)ECON1220 Introductory MacroeconomicsECON Core (3)FINA1310 Corporate finance (FCC)Total:60
21 Suggested Order of Study 4-Year BEcon&Fin Programme CourseCredits1st SemesterCCxxxxxx Common Core (1)6CCxxxxxx Common Core (4)CCxxxxxx Common Core (6)Disciplinary electiveCCxxxxxx Common Core (2)CAES9920 Academic Communication for Business and EconomicsCBBA9003 Practical Chinese for BEcon/BEcon&Fin/BSc(QFin)ACCT1101 Introduction to Financial Accounting (FCC)Statistics requirement (FCC)ECON/FINA Core (4)ECON1210 Introductory Microeconomics (FCC)ECON/FINA Core (1)ECON/FINA Core (5)Mathematics requirementFree elective2nd SemesterCCxxxxxx Common Core (3)CCxxxxxx Common Core (5)CAES1000 Core University EnglishECON/FINA Core (2)Capstone courseECON1220 Introductory MacroeconomicsECON/FINA Core (3)FINA1310 Corporate finance (FCC)Total:60
22 BSc(QFin) Programme Requirements OverviewBSc(QFin) Year 1 students need to take:Introductory Microeconomics (6 credits)Introductory Macroeconomics (6 credits)Introduction to Financial Accounting (6 credits)Corporate Finance (6 credits)University Mathematics II (6 credits)Multivariable calculus (6 credits)
23 STAT2601 & MATH2211The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science has newly added a prerequisite of MATH2014 Multivariable calculus and linear algebra to STAT2601 Probability & Statistics for students admitted in 2014 or thereafter.In view of the change, all BSc(QFin) students of intake could use MATH2211 to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for STAT2601. You would have to take and pass MATH2211 prior to your enrolment in STAT2601.
24 Suggested Order of Study 4-Year BSc(QFin) Programme 1st SemesterCCxxxxxx Common CoreIn Year 4, complete two of the following:FINA4354 Financial engineering*FINA4341 Quantitative risk management* orFINA3353 Regulatory and Operational Issues in Finance^8 Free Elective/minor/second major*FINA4354, FINA4341 & FINA3353 could be offered in semester 1 or 2^FINA3353 can be taken in year 3 or year 4CBBA9003 Practical Chinese for BEcon/BEcon&Fin/BSc(QFin)ACCT1101 Introduction to Financial Accounting (FCC)FINA2320 Investment and portfolio analysisFree Elective/minor/second majorECON1210 Introductory Microeconomics (FCC)STAT2601 Probability and Statistics I (FCC)MATH1013 Univ Math IIFINA2322 Derivatives2nd SemesterCAES9920 Academic Communication for Business & EconomicsFINA3350 Mathematical financeCAES1000 Core University EnglishCOMP1117 Computer programmingFINA3351 Spreadsheet Financial ModelingECON1220 Introductory MacroeconomicsFINA2323 Fixed Income SecuritiesFINA1301 Corporate finance (FCC)ECON2280 Introductory econometricsMATH2211 Multivariable calculusFree Electives/minor/second majorTotal: 60 credits
25 Pre-registration of Year 1 Core Courses The Faculty Office will help all Year 1 students to pre- register the core courses. No add/drop of courses after the add/drop period. If students have genuine need to make amendments to the pre-registered course enrolment or late add/drop requests, please send a request with good justification to Miss Karen Ho(E&F – or Ms. Karen Wu (QFin – of the FBE for consideration.
26 Pre-registration of Year 1 Core Courses BEconBEcon&FinBSc(QFin)ECON1210 Introductory MicroeconomicsECON1220 Introductory MacroeconomicsACCT1101 Introduction to Financial AccountingFINA1310 Corporate Finance
27 Important Dates Online course selection for Freshmen: August 20 (10 am) – August 26 (4 pm)Add/drop period for 1st Semester:September 1 (10 am) – September 12 (4 pm)Add/drop period for 2nd Semester:January 19 (10 am) – January 30 (4 pm)
28 Student Information System (SIS) Course selection and add/drop via SIS
29 Second Major / Minor Declaring Second Major / Minor Declare during the August pre-enrolment period before the start of 3rd year of study (i.e. August 2016)Finalize declaration during the September course selection period in the 1st semester of final year of study (i.e. August 2017); no further change will be accepted afterwardsMake sure you have declared your major/minor via SIS before your course enrolment
30 Second Major / Minor Credits Required – Second Major For a Second Major: 72 – 96 creditsFBE majors available for BE and QFin students:Business Design & Innovation, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Information Systems, Computer ScienceWealth Management (BE only), Finance (BE only), Quantitative Finance (BE only), Economics (QFin only)Offering Faculties of non-FBE majors available for BE and QFin students:Arts, Education, Engineering, Science, Social SciencesPlease check with the offering Faculties for the pre-requisite requirements of programmes
31 Second Major / Minor Credits Required – Major BEcon&Fin students: Cannot take 3 majorsCan take a minor with majors in Economics & Finance
32 Second Major / Minor Credits Required – Minor For a Minor: 36 – 48 creditsFBE minors available for BE, BEF, QFin students:Accounting, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, MarketingFinance (BE only), Economics (QFin only)Offering Faculties of non-FBE minors available for BE, BEF, QFin students: Architecture, Arts, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Science, Social SciencesPlease check with the offering Faculties for the pre-requisite requirements of programmes
33 Other Requirements & Regulations Study LoadNormal load is 30 credits per semester (and a maximum load of 36 credits per semester with the approval of the Board of Faculty), 2 semesters per year and graduation in 4 yearsNeed a minimum of 240 credits, fulfill all requirements and achieve a cumulative GPA of 1.0 or above to graduateTake a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits in each academic yearTake a minimum of 24 credits and a maximum of 36 credits in each regular semester
34 Other Requirements & Regulations Study LoadCan take more than 72 credits in an academic year with the approval by the Board of Faculty, provided that the total no. of credits taken does not exceed 288 creditsBy including the courses taken to make up the failed credits, the total no. of credits should not exceed 432 credits
35 Other Requirements & Regulations Leave of AbsenceSick leave of 3 to 7 days:inform the Faculty Office in writing a.s.a.p.Sick leave of more than 7 days:apply to the Faculty Office in writing together with a medical certificateNon-medical reasons for more than 2 consecutive days:apply to the Faculty Office in writing a.s.a.p. with supporting documentationNote: permission granted only in exceptional cases
36 Other Requirements & Regulations Absence from ExamsFor Medical Reason:Need to submit the “Form of Medical Certificate” endorsed by your physician to the Director of University Health Service immediately for approvalWill be determined by the Board of Examiners on whether a supplementary exam will be grantedThe supplementary exam is given only once. Failure to take the supplementary exam for whatever reason will result in failure in the final exam.For Non-medical Reason:State your case clearly with supporting documentation to the Faculty Office for considerationNote: seldom accepted by the Board of Examiners
37 Other Requirements & Regulations Academic MisconductPlagiarism and cheating are extremely serious intellectual crimes and will not be tolerated.Students engaging in plagiarism or cheating in examination or other means of assessment would be:given a fail grade automaticallypenalized at the discretion of the Board of Examinerstaken to the HKU Disciplinary Committeepenalized with discontinuation of study
38 Other Requirements & Regulations DiscontinuationStudents will receive a warning letter if semester GPA is lower than 1.0 in any semesterStudents shall be recommended for discontinuation if they:fail to complete 36 credits in total over a period of two consecutive semesters (not including the summer semester), except where they are not required to complete 36 credits in the two given semesters; orfail to achieve an average semester GPA of 1.0 in two consecutive semesters (not including the summer semester); orexceed the maximum registration period of 6 years
39 Faculty Office UG Programme Office, FBE Room 401, K.K. Leung Building For procedural and regulatory matters (curriculum requirements, course selection, leave application, exemption, credit transfer, appeal against exam results etc.):UG Programme Office, FBERoom 401, K.K. Leung BuildingTel:(BE/BEF):(BSc(QFin)):Website:
40 School Office School Office Room 908, 9/F, K.K. Leung Building For meeting with SEF professors, School Academic Advisors, Teaching Assistants, or seeking for academic advice:School OfficeRoom 908, 9/F, K.K. Leung BuildingTel:Website: