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Declaring a Home Major (for year one normative 4-year degree students admitted in 2017/18 with an undeclared major)

 

Eligibility
  • Bachelor’s degree students admitted in 2017/18 with an undeclared major will be invited to indicate their choice of majors in April 2018. The allocation of majors will be conducted in two phases in June-July 2018, and the allocated major for students will take effect from Semester A 2018/19.
  • The above provision does not apply to students already admitted with a home major.
  • Students who are on leave of absence in either Semester A or Semester B 2017/18 will still be included in the majors allocation exercise, but they will not be eligible to join Phase One majors allocation. They will be allocated a major in Phase Two allocation. Students who are on leave in both Semesters A and B 2017/18 will be excluded from the entire 2018 majors allocation exercise. They will be invited to participate in a future majors allocation exercise, and shall be subject to the selection criteria for majors allocation stipulated for the future exercise that they will participate in.
 

 

A Two-Phase Process for Majors Allocation and Selection Criteria
  • Students in the School of Creative Media and School of Energy and Environment are admitted to a School in their first year of studies. Students in the College of Business, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, College of Science & Engineering, and College of Veterinary Medicine & Life Sciences are admitted to a Department under the College in their first year of studies. There is a two-phase process (Phase One and Phase Two) for majors allocation, and the detailed arrangements are as follows:

     School of Creative Media, School of Energy and EnvironmentCollege of Business, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, College of Science & Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine & Life Sciences
    Phase One
    Majors Allocation
    Top 20% of students in the School will be allocated their first choice major upon satisfying the selection criteria stipulated by the UniversityTop 40% of students in individual Departments will be allocated their first choice major upon satisfying the selection criteria stipulated by the University
    Phase Two
    Majors Allocation
    Remaining 80% of students will be allocated a major subject to availability of places and the selection criteria stipulated by the SchoolRemaining 60% of students will be allocated a major within the Department subject to availability of places and the selection criteria stipulated by the College
    Phase One Majors Allocation

Based on the following selection criteria stipulated by the University, the top 20%/40% of students in the relevant units will be allocated their first choice major, irrespective of the intake plan number for individual majors (please note that once a major is allocated, no further changes to the choice of majors can be made): 

(1)Cumulative GPA at the end of Semester B 2017/18; and
(2)No failed grades in any courses in Semesters A and B 2017/18; and
(3)Completion of courses of at least 30 credit units in Semesters A and B 2017/18, which should include the required courses specified by individual units as follows:
- College of Business 
- College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and Individual Departments
- College of Science & Engineering and Individual Departments
- College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences 
     - School of Creative Media

- School of Energy and Environment

Regarding item (3) above, please note the following:
(a)For students who have been granted transfer credits, they are still required to complete courses of at least 30 credit units in Semesters A and B 2017/18 in order to be eligible for participation in the Phase One majors allocation exercise. If transfer credits or course exemption is granted for those required courses that are specified by the College/School/Department, the students concerned do not need to take those required courses as their fellow students do. Instead they will have to take other courses in order to meet the 30 credit unit requirement if they want to participate in the Phase One majors allocation exercise.
(b)In the context of meeting the criteria for the Phase One majors allocation exercise, credits earned from “EL0200A English for Academic Purposes 1”, “EL0200B English for Academic Purposes 2”, and “CHIN1001 University Chinese I” taken in Semesters A and B 2017/18 will be counted towards the 30 credit unit requirement. However, grades obtained from the above courses will not be included in the GPA calculation.

    Phase Two Majors Allocation
 

 
Indicating/Revising Choice of Majors

An online system in AIMS is provided for students to indicate or revise their choice of majors. The system can be accessed via the following: AIMS → Study Plan → Declaring a Home Major → Indicate Choice of Majors. Please note the following time periods for indicating/revising choices:

DateEventApplicable to:
3 - 24 April 2018To indicate choice of majorsAll students
11 – 13 June 2018To revise choice of majors (optional)
after the release of Semester B 2017/18 course grades
All students
26 – 28 June 2018To revise choice of majors (optional)
after the Phase One majors allocation exercise
Students who have not been allocated
a major during the Phase One majors
allocation exercise

Please note the following:

  • Students can only indicate or revise their choice of majors during the aforementioned periods of time, and no change can be made after 28 June 2018. Students who do not indicate their choice of majors by the stipulated deadline will be excluded from the majors allocation exercise. After the completion of the majors allocation exercise in mid-July 2018, they will be allocated a major with available quota.
  • Students should indicate their choice with order of priority for all the majors offered by their School/Department.
  • The online system will be closed at midnight (23:59) of the last day of each specified time period for indicating/revising choices. Students should avoid making last-minute changes to their choices near the closing time as there is a possibility that such late changes may not be captured in time in the system due to unexpected network congestion.
  • When a student has successfully submitted his/her choice of majors through the online system, a notification email will be sent to his/her student email account each time confirming the submission and the (revised) priority list of the choice of majors submitted. If the student does not receive the notification email, it may be the case that the submission of choices has not been completed. For such cases, please indicate the changes in the system again, and remember to press the “Confirm” button to complete the submission process. After each submission of change of choices, students are strongly advised to access the system again to verify the accuracy of the sequence of choices.
  • Schools/Departments may require their students to upload documents in support of their choice of majors through the online system. If applicable, please read the instructions posted on the online system carefully and observe the deadline for uploading documents.

    Students can also view the following through the online system:

  • Result of majors allocation (AIMS → Study Plan → Declaring a Home Major → Majors Allocation Result);
  • Statistical data for the 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 majors allocation exercises (AIMS → Study Plan → Declaring a Home Major → Summary of Majors Allocation Result Including Previous Exercises). Please note that the statistics should only be considered as reference data, which will not form a basis for future majors allocation exercises. The statistical data for the 2017/18 majors allocation will be released through the online system in mid-July 2018 upon completion of the 2017/18 majors allocation exercise.
 

 

Timeline for Majors Allocation

DateEvent
3-24 April 2018Students to indicate their choice of majors via the online system
11-13 June 2018Students to revise their choice of majors (optional) after the release of Semester B 2017/18 course grades
14 June 2018Phase One majors allocation exercise
From 15 June 2018Students being allocated a major to view the allocation result via the online system
15-22 June 2018Colleges/Schools to stipulate a quota for each major in order to facilitate the Phase Two majors allocation exercise (the quota will be shown in the online system for students’ reference)
26-28 June 2018Remaining students who have not been allocated a major after the Phase One majors allocation to revise their choice of majors (optional)
29 June – 6 July 2018Schools/Departments to prioritize the remaining students who have not been allocated a major in the Phase One majors allocation exercise
10 July 2018Phase Two majors allocation exercise
From 11 July 2018Remaining students to view the allocated major via the online system

Immediately after the majors allocation exercise, a one-off exercise for switching of majors (i) between Colleges/Schools and (ii) among Departments of the College of Business, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, and College of Science & Engineering will be provided in mid-July 2018. Year one students who wish to switch to a major offered by another College/School/Department may apply for the switching. For details, please visit: Switching of Majors.