Associate Degree Programme Structure

The HKBU AD Programme is a 62-unit programme which normally requires two years of full time studies.


Discipline Specific Courses

Concentration Studies (15 units)

Course details are available on the page designated for each area of Concentration Studies.

Elective Studies (9 units)

Each of the following is a 3-unit course and subject to Discipline Specific Studies arrangement. Details are available on the page designated for each area of Concentration Studies.

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Advanced Practical Putonghua++
  • Art Direction
  • Biochemistry and Techniques
  • Business Communications
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Calculus
  • Child Psychology
  • Chinese Copywriting and Creative Advertising
  • Chinese Culture and Contemporary Society+
  • Chinese News Writing and Reporting+
  • Chinese Public Speaking+
  • Computer Networking
  • Conservation and Ecotourism
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Contemporary Issues in Hong Kong Studies
  • Creative Chinese Writing Workshop+
  • Creative Digital Imaging and Publishing
  • Creative English Writing Workshop
  • Digital Animation Fundamentals
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Document: Theory and Practice
  • Elementary Putonghua++
  • English for Business
  • Environmental Health Assessment and Management
  • Essentials of Food Chemistry
  • Essentials of Sociology
  • Event Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Food Safety and Quality Management
  • Fundamentals of Applied Statistics in Scientific Research
  • Fundamental Principles of Law
  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • General Toxicology
  • Industry Attachment
  • Intermediate Business Putonghua++
  • Internship for Environment, Conservation and Ecotourism
  • Internship for Food Safety, Nutrition and Health Education
  • Introduction to Communication Theory
  • Introduction to Environmental Health and Toxicology
  • Introduction to Information Security Management
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Introduction to Oral History
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Scientific and Quantitative Methods in Psychology
  • Journalism and Society+
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing Communications
  • Marketing Principles
  • Microbiology and Laboratory
  • Mobile Computing and Applications Development
  • Multimedia Technology and Applications
  • Myth and Fantasy
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Performing Arts Appreciation
  • Principles of Accounting I (Financial Accounting)
  • Principles of Accounting II (Management Accounting)
  • Principles of Financial Management
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Psychology of Happiness
  • Services Marketing
  • Social Psychology
  • Television and Hong Kong Society
  • Television Studio Production
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Chemistry and Analysis
  • Web Design and Development
  • Web Programming

+ taught in Cantonese
++ taught in Putonghua
^ for non-Chinese speaking students, taught in Putonghua

The course list is for reference only. The College reserves the right to make changes without prior notice.

General Education Courses

Core Requirements (26 units)

Students should complete all of the following courses:

  • English Academic Writing I
  • English Academic Writing II
  • Written and Spoken Modern Chinese+ / Elementary Chinese^
  • Public Speaking
  • Essentials of Information Management Technology
  • Mathematics in Everyday Life / Understanding Statistical Data
  • Physical Education
  • Popular Culture in Contemporary China+ / The Making of Hong Kong (1842-1997)
  • Ethical Challenges in Hong Kong / Issues of Life and Death

Distribution Requirements (12 units)

Students should complete at least ONE course from any four areas**.

  • Arts

    • Appreciation of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature+
    • Critical Reasoning
    • Literary Appreciation
    • Reading Contemporary Worlds
    • Understanding Chinese Thoughts and Culture (for non-Chinese students)
    • Urban Society and Modern Chinese Narratives+*
  • Business

    • Business Ethics and Social Responsibilities*
    • Developing Leadership and Management Skills
    • Exploring Business Enterprise
    • Social Enterprise and Social Impact*
    • Understanding Economics in Current Affairs
    • Understanding Investment Management
  • Communication / Visual Arts

    • Graphic Design and Visual Communication
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Media Inquiry
    • Film Appreciation
    • Public Relations and Advertising Practices
  • Science

    • Environmental Issues and Society*
    • Food, Nutrition and Society*
    • Wonders of the Environment
    • You and Your Health
  • Social Sciences

    • Business Ethics and Social Responsibilities*
    • Career Development and Personal Planning+
    • Environmental Issues and Society*
    • Essentials of Psychology
    • Food, Nutrition and Society*
    • Pacific-rim Asian Societies
    • Personal Growth and Development+
    • Social Enterprise and Social Impact*
    • Urban Society and Modern Chinese Narratives+*

+ taught in Cantonese
++ taught in Putonghua
^ for non-Chinese speaking students, taught in Putonghua
* double-listed Interdisciplinary GE courses
** Students should complete one course in each of the four areas outside their own area of Concentration Studies, except for Professional Accountancy.

The course list is for reference only. The College reserves the right to make changes without prior notice.