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UGC Funded Programme
2-year BA (Hons) in Language and Speech Sciences [BALSS]

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Starting in September 2012 with the commencement of the new 4-year curriculum, all PolyU undergraduate students need to fulfill the comprehensive General University Requirements (GUR),

  1. Language and Communication Requirements (LCR)

    The LCR is normally not required. Only those students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree LCR (based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance) will be required to take degree LCR subjects on top of the normal curriculum requirement. CBS will refer to the guidelines provided by the Language Centres (ELC and CBS) to determine whether a new student has met the equivalent standard, with special reference to the ability for academic writing.

    English
    All students must successfully complete two 3-credit English language subjects as stipulated by the University.

    The default LCR English replacement subjects for BALSS students are:
    ENGL2000 English for Effective Communication; and
    ENGL2001 English for Professional Communication

    Chinese
    All students must successfully complete one 3-credit Chinese language subject as stipulated by the University.

    The default LCR Chinese replacement subject for BALSS students is:
    CBS2901 Chinese for Language Professionals

    Reading Requirement
    All students must, among the CAR subjects they take, pass one subject that includes the requirement for the reading of an extensive text in English and one subject with the requirement for the reading of an extensive text in Chinese. A list of approved CAR subjects for meeting the Writing Requirement (with a “W” designation) and for meeting the Reading Requirement (with an “R” designation) is shown at:
    https://www2.polyu.edu.hk/as/Polyu/GUR/index.htm

    Writing Requirement
    In additional to the LCR in English and Chinese explained above, all students must also, among the Cluster Areas Requirement (CAR) subjects they take (see section (b) below), pass one subject that includes the requirement for a substantial piece of writing in English and one subject with the requirement for a substantial piece of writing in Chinese.

  1. Cluster Areas Requirement (CAR)

To expand students’ intellectual capacity beyond their disciplinary domain and to enable them to tackle professional and global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, BALSS students are required to successfully complete 6 credits in TWO of the following four Cluster Areas:

  • Human Nature, Relations and Development
  • Community, Organization and Globalization
  • History, Cultures and World Views
  • Science, Technology and Environment

A list of CAR subjects under each of the four Cluster Areas is available at: https://www2.polyu.edu.hk/as/Polyu/GUR/index.htm

Applications for waiver of ER/EW, CR/CW and CSR
Any applications for waiver of English Reading and Writing Requirements (ER/EW), Chinese Reading and Writing Requirements (CR/CW) and China Studies Requirement (CSR) should be submitted to the programme host department for approval with supporting documents which demonstrate the level of accomplishment for the requirements as follows:

Reading and Writing Requirements (R/W)
In order to fulfil the “Reading” requirement, a subject must include the reading of an extensive text (100,000 words or 200 pages).  In order to fulfil the “Writing” requirement, a subject must include an extensive piece of writing (2,500 words for English and 3,000 characters for Chinese).

China Studies Requirement
A subject with more than 60% China-related content.

  1. China Studies Requirement

Of the 6 credits of CAR described in (b) above, BALSS students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 3 credits on CAR subjects designated as “China-related”. The purpose is to enable students to gain an increased understanding of China (e.g., its history, culture and society, as well as emerging issues and challenges).

A list of approved CAR subjects for meeting the China Studies Requirement is available at: https://www2.polyu.edu.hk/as/Polyu/GUR/index.htm

  1. Service-Learning

All BALSS students can take “CBS3S01 Service Learning through Helping Primary Students with Specific Reading Difficulties” to fulfil the service-learning requirement of the University. In the subject, students are required to (1) participate in substantial community service or civic engagement activities that will benefit the service users or the community at large in a meaningful way, (2) apply the knowledge and skills acquired from their Major or other learning experiences at the University to the community service activities, and (3) reflect on their service learning experience in order to link theory with practice for the development of a stronger sense of ethical, social and national responsibility.

Students can also take other service learning subjects that are offered by other departments of the University to fulfil the service-learning requirement of the University.

A list of eligible subjects for meeting the service-learning requirement is available at: https://www2.polyu.edu.hk/as/Polyu/GUR/index.htm

 

 

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