School of Science and Technology Computing About Us History

The Programme Team

The Computing Programme Team was established as part of the Mathematics Programme team in 1989. At the HKMU, a programme team is equivalent to an academic department in other universities. The Computing Team is one of the five current programme teams of the School of Science and Technology, led by the Dean of School Professor Philips Wang (王富利教授). It was also one of the first programme teams established.

The first computing programme launched was the Bachelor of Science with Honuors in Applied Computing programme back in 1989. Since then, the programme team have gradually developed into a mature academic unit with more than 400 fulltime students and 500 part-time students, and with programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The team has also established solid foundation in research and development, especially in educational technology, innovative pedagogy, evolutionary computing, and software engineering.

From Distance Learning to Face-to-Face Teaching

HKMU is renowned for distance-learning education but she has evolved into a multi-mode university with a very strong full-time teaching operation. In fact, the full-time equivalent (FTE) of full-time students already exceeded part-time students in 2013.

The Computing Team was the first department in the school to offer a full-time programme back in 2004 when she developed the Bachelor of Computing with Honours in Internet Technology programme (BCOMPHITF). The programme was well received by secondary school-leavers as well as Associate Degree and Higher Diplomas holders. In 2007, the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing (JUPAS 9707) was also one of the first seven JUPAS programmes offered by the OUHK.

Due to the increased demand of Higher Diploma and Associate Degree holder for articulating to a degree programme, the Computing Team started offering the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Web Technologies programme (BSCHWTF), in collaboration with the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, in 2011. The programme has since produced over 140 graduates equipped with practical knowledge in web technologies for the local IT industry.

In 2012, the re-structured Bachelor of Computing with Honours in Internet Technology (BCOMPHITJ) was launched for the New Secondary School curriculum students. A new JUPAS code 9717 is adopted to distinguish this new programme from the previous one. There are now over 320 students studying in this programme.

Figure 1. Timeline of the launching of computing programmes

From Undergraduate to Postgraduate Curriculum

The Master of Science in Information Technology with Internet Application (MSCITIA) is the flagship postgraduate programme offered by the Computing Team. Since 2000, the number of graduates from this programme has already exceeded 750. The programme equips students with practical knowledge and it is welcome by those who like the flexibility of distance learning. Due to its popularity and uniqueness, the programme received the ICT Bronze Award Professional Development category in 2012.

In 2011, The Computing programme team entered a collaboration agreement with IBM China/HK Limited in offering the Postgraduate Certificate in Enterprise Computing, an advanced and specialized training course for mainframe and enterprise computing.

From Strength to Strength

The Computing team is highly dedicated to quality teaching for the benefits of our students. In addition to research in computing topics, innovative teaching and learning has been the team’s another forte because it can inform best practices in effective education.

Back in 2003, the Research Grants Council (RGC), after a vigorous assessment process based on the same criteria as applied to other CERG research proposals, recommended to the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) to grant $312,000 to Dr. Vanessa Ng and Dr. Steven Choy’s proposal titled ‘Improving teaching and learning of computer programming in an asynchronous distance education environment’. Recently, Dr. Vanessa Ng and Dr. Andrew Lui was part of a cross-institution team receiving $4.4 million from the Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS) on developing an e-learning platform for secondary school leavers. For other recognitions of the academic staff, please refer to the Recognitions and Awards page.

The Computing team are proud of our graduates. Down the years, our students have been competitive and won many prizes and awards. The most notable is perhaps a team of Year 1, 2, and 3 students were the second runner-up in the ACMHK Collegiate Programming Contest 2013, bettered nearly thirty teams from other universities some of which were formed with postgraduate students. For details of other prizes won, please refer to the Student Achievements page.

Jonathan Chiu
Marketing Director
3DP Technology Limited

Jonathan handles all external affairs include business development, patents write up and public relations. He is frequently interviewed by media and is considered a pioneer in 3D printing products.

Krutz Cheuk
Biomedical Engineer
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

After graduating from OUHK, Krutz obtained an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from CityU. He is now completing his second master degree, M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, at CUHK. Krutz has a wide range of working experience. He has been with Siemens, VTech, and PCCW.

Hugo Leung
Software and Hardware Engineer
Innovation Team Company Limited

Hugo Leung Wai-yin, who graduated from his four-year programme in 2015, won the Best Paper Award for his ‘intelligent pill-dispenser’ design at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s International Conference on Consumer Electronics – China 2015.

The pill-dispenser alerts patients via sound and LED flashes to pre-set dosage and time intervals. Unlike units currently on the market, Hugo’s design connects to any mobile phone globally. In explaining how it works, he said: ‘There are three layers in the portable pillbox. The lowest level is a controller with various devices which can be connected to mobile phones in remote locations. Patients are alerted by a sound alarm and flashes. Should they fail to follow their prescribed regime, data can be sent via SMS to relatives and friends for follow up.’ The pill-dispenser has four medicine slots, plus a back-up with a LED alert, topped by a 500ml water bottle. It took Hugo three months of research and coding to complete his design, but he feels it was worth all his time and effort.

Hugo’s public examination results were disappointing and he was at a loss about his future before enrolling at the OUHK, which he now realizes was a major turning point in his life. He is grateful for the OUHK’s learning environment, its industry links and the positive guidance and encouragement from his teachers. The University is now exploring the commercial potential of his design with a pharmaceutical company. He hopes that this will benefit the elderly and chronically ill, as well as the society at large.

Soon after completing his studies, Hugo joined an automation technology company as an assistant engineer. He is responsible for the design and development of automation devices. The target is to minimize human labor and increase the quality of products. He is developing products which are used in various sections, including healthcare, manufacturing and consumer electronics.

Course Code Title Credits
  COMP S321F Advanced Database and Data Warehousing 5
  COMP S333F Advanced Programming and AI Algorithms 5
  COMP S351F Software Project Management 5
  COMP S362F Concurrent and Network Programming 5
  COMP S363F Distributed Systems and Parallel Computing 5
  COMP S382F Data Mining and Analytics 5
  COMP S390F Creative Programming for Games 5
  COMP S492F Machine Learning 5
  ELEC S305F Computer Networking 5
  ELEC S348F IOT Security 5
  ELEC S371F Digital Forensics 5
  ELEC S431F Blockchain Technologies 5
  ELEC S425F Computer and Network Security 5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 ELEC S201FBasic Electronics5
 IT S290FHuman Computer Interaction & User Experience Design5
 STAT S251FStatistical Data Analysis5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMPS333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMPS362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMPS363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMPS380FWeb Applications: Design and Development5
 COMPS381FServer-side Technologies and Cloud Computing5
 COMPS382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMPS390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMPS413FApplication Design and Development for Mobile Devices5
 COMPS492FMachine Learning5
 ELECS305FComputer Networking5
 ELECS363FAdvanced Computer Design5
 ELECS425FComputer and Network Security5