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Architectural Studies
Major
Architectural Studies
建築學
Degree / Award Title
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
理學士(建築學)
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Mode of Study
Full-time

Aims of Major

This major aims to produce internationally qualified architectural professionals to support Hong Kong's move to a knowledge-based economy and a world class city. The programme also seeks to provide a basis for continuing professional development, and encouragement for professional specialization or higher academic study, particularly for holders of associate degree or higher diploma in architectural studies looking for articulation with the corresponding full-time bachelor's degree programme.

The Programme aims to offer a well-balanced curriculum with emphasis on the technological aspect of architectural design and construction. It is also designed to equip participants with the concept of full integration between various disciplines within architectural studies and in particular, the importance of integration between architectural studies with other trades within the building industry, including building service engineers, builders, developers, surveyors and property managers.

In addition, the programme aims to provide a suitable foundation for the educational development, within an academic environment, in order that students may reach their maximum potential. This foundation is achieved by attaining a balance between the intellectual, vocational and the practical constituent elements and by fostering an attitude of enquiry, confidence and professionalism.


Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Major, students should be able to:

  1. Apply underlying principles and processes involved in the design of the built environment;
  2. Understand the performance criteria within the architectural professional;
  3. Explain the concept of full integration between the various disciplines within architectural studies;
  4. Judge, assemble, co-ordinate, control the resources and function alone or on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve problems in the architectural professional creatively and innovatively;
  6. Have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. Communicate effectively;
  8. Evaluate the impact of architectural design upon society and the environment;
  9. Collect and analyse data from a variety of sources, to correlate information and to use that information in the synthesis of solutions to unfamiliar problems;
  10. Use the computer/IT tools relevant to the discipline along with an understanding of their processes and limitations.
  11. Demonstrate the attitude and/or ability to accomplish discovery and/or innovation.

Degree Requirements


Requirements Normative 4-year
Degree
Advanced Standing I1 Advanced Standing II2
Gateway Education requirement -- -- 12 credit units
College requirement -- -- 0 credit unit
Major requirement

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-- 57 credit units
Free electives / Minor (if applicable) -- -- 0 credit unit
Minimum Graduation Requirement: -- -- 69 credit units
Maximum Credit Units Permitted: -- -- 84 credit units
Note 1: For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
Note 2: For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.

Professional Recognition

From December 2014 the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Studies has been granted an Accreditation of Part I (pre-professional) by the HKIA/ARB. The Programme was revalidated in December 2017 and has been granted a Conditional Term of Accreditation of Part I (pre-professional) by the HKIA/ARB for three years until 2020.


Additional Information

  1. Students of this Major are eligible to apply for the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Student Membership.
  2. For courses set with pre-cursor(s), ACE Department requires that all students must have attempted (including class attendance, coursework submission and examination) the precursor course(s) so identified.
  3. Where courses are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, to pass a course, students must obtain minimum marks of 30% in both coursework and examination components, and an overall mark of at least 40%.
  4. The teaching schedules of some courses offered in Summer Term may start a few weeks earlier than the normal University schedule; students are advised to check the teaching schedules with the Course Leaders before registering for the courses.