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1 School UG Programme Director
Induction Session: Course Selection ( Intake) Dr. Ka Fu Wong School UG Programme Director August 25, 2014

2 Welcome to SEF!

3 BSc(QFin) Programme Requirements
BSc(QFin) Programme Orientation August 25, 2014 (Today) 11:15 am – 1:00 pm Room 223, Knowles Building (KB223)

4 Our common goal All 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 Tests Course selection Majors and Minors Other requirements & regulations

6 Acronyms HKU 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” Requirements Programme requirements BEcon, BEcon&Fin, or BSc(QFin) Free electives any 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 Enhancement CAES1000 Core University English (6 credits) to be taken in Year 1, 1st or 2nd semester Exempted from the course if: attained Level 5** in HKDSE English Language Paper tested by CAES to be of a native English speaker standard achieved an overall IELTS score of no less than a 7.5 and no less than a 7 on the Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing Tests achieved 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 sections achieved a level 5 (in either the SL or HL paper) at A1 English in the International Baccalaureate achieved an SAT essay score of no less than 10 and no less than 700 on the Critical Reading and Writing Tests achieved a score of no less than 5 on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition or Literature and Composition Tests and must take a 6-credit elective course in lieu of this course

10 Degree Components: “UG 5” Requirements
English Language Enhancement CAES9920 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 Enhancement CBBA9003 Practical Chinese for BEcon/BEcon&Fin/BSc(QFin) students (6 credits) to be taken in Year 3, 1st semester For students from the mainland, instead of CBBA9003: CUND9002 Practical Chinese and Hong Kong Society or CUND9003 Cantonese for non-Cantonese speaking students Students who did not study Chinese language during their secondary school education: can apply to Faculty Office for exemption from CBBA9003; or need 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 study 6 ≤ qi≤ 12, i=1,2,3,4 q1+q2+q3+q4 = 36

13 BEcon/BEcon&Fin Programme Requirements
Overview All BE/BEF Year 1 students: Introductory Microeconomics (6 credits) Introductory Macroeconomics (6 credits) Introduction to Financial Accounting (6 credits) Corporate Finance (6 credits) Mathematics requirement (6 credits) Statistics requirement (6 credits) Free electives (6 credits)

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 II Students with Level 3 or above in HKDSE Math Extended Module 1 or 2: are required to take MATH1013 Students with Level 3 or above in HKDSE Math: are required to take MATH1011 Students who have taken courses equivalent to MATH1013 : exemption from the mathematics requirement; and must 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 mathematics Recommended 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 algebra AP calculus AB/BC IB 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 Requirement Non-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. Chan Mainland students: Dr. C.W. Wong Completed 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 Requirement All BE/BEF students have to pass one of the following: ECON1280 Analysis of Economic Data STAT1603 Introductory Statistics STAT2601 Probability and Statistics I Note: 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 Requirement If you plan to take a second major in statistics or risk management You 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 management While 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 cases Take 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 1 Exit test in the final year of study Entrance Test for Freshmen in : Tests will be held in the last two weeks of September 2014 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Test details to be confirmed by

20 Suggested Order of Study 4-Year BEcon Programme
Course Credits 1st Semester CCxxxxxx Common Core (1) 6 CCxxxxxx Common Core (4) CCxxxxxx Common Core (6) Disciplinary elective CCxxxxxx Common Core (2) CAES9920 Academic Communication for Business and Economics CBBA9003 Practical Chinese for BEcon/ BEcon&Fin/BSc(QFin) Free elective ACCT1101 Introduction to Financial Accounting (FCC) Statistics requirement (FCC) ECON1210 Introductory Microeconomics (FCC) ECON Core (1) Mathematics requirement 2nd Semester CCxxxxxx Common Core (3) CCxxxxxx Common Core (5) Capstone course CAES1000 Core University English ECON Core (2) ECON1220 Introductory Macroeconomics ECON Core (3) FINA1310 Corporate finance (FCC) Total: 60

21 Suggested Order of Study 4-Year BEcon&Fin Programme
Course Credits 1st Semester CCxxxxxx Common Core (1) 6 CCxxxxxx Common Core (4) CCxxxxxx Common Core (6) Disciplinary elective CCxxxxxx Common Core (2) CAES9920 Academic Communication for Business and Economics CBBA9003 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 requirement Free elective 2nd Semester CCxxxxxx Common Core (3) CCxxxxxx Common Core (5) CAES1000 Core University English ECON/FINA Core (2) Capstone course ECON1220 Introductory Macroeconomics ECON/FINA Core (3) FINA1310 Corporate finance (FCC) Total: 60

22 BSc(QFin) Programme Requirements
Overview BSc(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 & MATH2211 The 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 Semester CCxxxxxx Common Core In Year 4, complete two of the following: FINA4354 Financial engineering* FINA4341 Quantitative risk management* or FINA3353 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 4 CBBA9003 Practical Chinese for BEcon/BEcon&Fin/ BSc(QFin) ACCT1101 Introduction to Financial Accounting (FCC) FINA2320 Investment and portfolio analysis Free Elective/minor/second major ECON1210 Introductory Microeconomics (FCC) STAT2601 Probability and Statistics I (FCC) MATH1013 Univ Math II FINA2322 Derivatives 2nd Semester CAES9920 Academic Communication for Business & Economics FINA3350 Mathematical finance CAES1000 Core University English COMP1117 Computer programming FINA3351 Spreadsheet Financial Modeling ECON1220 Introductory Macroeconomics FINA2323 Fixed Income Securities FINA1301 Corporate finance (FCC) ECON2280 Introductory econometrics MATH2211 Multivariable calculus Free Electives/minor/second major Total: 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
BEcon BEcon&Fin BSc(QFin) ECON1210 Introductory Microeconomics ECON1220 Introductory Macroeconomics ACCT1101 Introduction to Financial Accounting FINA1310 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 afterwards Make 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 credits FBE majors available for BE and QFin students: Business Design & Innovation, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Information Systems, Computer Science Wealth 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 Sciences Please 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 majors Can take a minor with majors in Economics & Finance

32 Second Major / Minor Credits Required – Minor
For a Minor: 36 – 48 credits FBE minors available for BE, BEF, QFin students: Accounting, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Marketing Finance (BE only), Economics (QFin only) Offering Faculties of non-FBE minors available for BE, BEF, QFin students: Architecture, Arts, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Science, Social Sciences Please check with the offering Faculties for the pre-requisite requirements of programmes

33 Other Requirements & Regulations
Study Load Normal 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 years Need a minimum of 240 credits, fulfill all requirements and achieve a cumulative GPA of 1.0 or above to graduate Take a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits in each academic year Take a minimum of 24 credits and a maximum of 36 credits in each regular semester

34 Other Requirements & Regulations
Study Load Can 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 credits By 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 Absence Sick 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 certificate Non-medical reasons for more than 2 consecutive days: apply to the Faculty Office in writing a.s.a.p. with supporting documentation Note: permission granted only in exceptional cases

36 Other Requirements & Regulations
Absence from Exams For Medical Reason: Need to submit the “Form of Medical Certificate” endorsed by your physician to the Director of University Health Service immediately for approval Will be determined by the Board of Examiners on whether a supplementary exam will be granted The 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 consideration Note: seldom accepted by the Board of Examiners

37 Other Requirements & Regulations
Academic Misconduct Plagiarism 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 automatically penalized at the discretion of the Board of Examiners taken to the HKU Disciplinary Committee penalized with discontinuation of study

38 Other Requirements & Regulations
Discontinuation Students will receive a warning letter if semester GPA is lower than 1.0 in any semester Students 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; or fail to achieve an average semester GPA of 1.0 in two consecutive semesters (not including the summer semester); or exceed 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, FBE Room 401, K.K. Leung Building Tel: (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 Office Room 908, 9/F, K.K. Leung Building Tel: Website:

41 Q & A


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