Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Part-time Distance Learning Programmes

1. What is the difference between the Bachelor of Computing (Hons) programme and the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computing and Networking programme?

The Bachelor of Computing with Honours in Internet Technology degree programme offers an alternative. The two programmes are very similar. A comparison of the two programmes can be found in the table below.

 

Table. Comparison between BSCHCN and BCOMPHIT

BCOMP/BCOMPHITBSCCN/BSCHCN
More all-rounded computingMore networking oriented
Graduates have the breath of understanding of theories and practices in the field of computingGraduates are well versed with the principles and application of computing and networking
Honours graduates are further enhanced with knowledge and skills in developing applications on and for the Internet.Honours graduates are euipped with in-depth understanding with selected areas in computing

 


2. Any Difference between an Honours Degree and Ordinary Degrees?

Honours degrees are sometimes required for the entry into postgradaute programmes, especially research based postgraduate programmes such as MPhil and PhD.

 

The mutli-exit system allows students to complete an ordinary degree first and then to study for a honours degree later.

 

Table. Comparison between Honours and Ordinary Degrees.

Ordinary DegreesHonours Degrees
Eligible for most jobs in the private and public sectorsEssential for some jobs in the public sector such as AO, SO – possibly better starting salary point.
Satisfy the requirement for some Master programmesEssential for some Master programmes with stronger emphasis in research and advanced study (eg. research MSc, MPhil or PhD)
Students’ performance is only illustrated through the results of individual coursesStudents’ performance is clearly identified by the Honours classification
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 CodeTitleCredits
 COMP S321FAdvanced Database and Data Warehousing5
 COMP S333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMP S351FSoftware Project Management5
 COMP S362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMP S363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMP S382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMP S390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMP S492FMachine Learning5
 ELEC S305FComputer Networking5
 ELEC S348FIOT Security5
 ELEC S371FDigital Forensics5
 ELEC S431FBlockchain Technologies5
 ELEC S425FComputer and Network Security5
 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