OOD courses are courses taken outside students' main areas of study.
Students entering in 2007/08 or before are required to take 9 credit units of OOD.
All Bachelor’s degree students admitted in 2008/09 or thereafter and senior-year entrants from 2009/10 onwards are required to take at least 3 credit units of Gateway Education (GE) courses in fulfillment of OOD requirement. If students are given transfer credits for OOD, they will not be required to take any GE course.
GE courses aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for facing the challenges of a rapidly changing world. GE augments and rounds out the specialised training students receive in their majors by enabling them to achieve a breadth of knowledge through exposure to multiple disciplines. For more information about GE courses, please visit the GE website.
The Senate approved on 31 May 2011 that with the discontinuation of all OOD courses from 2011/12, students are required to take GE courses to fulfill the OOD requirement.
Before the discontinuation of OOD courses, students of the College were required, insofar as viable, to take at least three credit units of OOD courses offered outside the College, and no more than three credit units of OOD courses offered by the home department. The credits earned from taking a GE course were counted towards outside-college and outside-department OOD.
With the discontinuation of all OOD courses from 2011/12, students who are taking a Minor (regardless of whether or not the offering department is inside or outside of the College) will not be required to take an addition of 3 credits units from GE courses.
Students entering the following programmes have to fulfill 21 credit units of GE requirement:
Applicable to students admitted in 2010/11 and 2011/12
Applicable to students admitted in 2011/12
Undergraduate students in top-up degree programmes could be exempted from the OOD/GE courses.