CSE First Common Year Intake

Further Information on the College Required Mathematics Courses (for 2012/2013)

Incoming year 1 students from the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) are required to take two courses in Mathematics (MA) to fulfill the college requirement upon graduation. The information below serves the purpose of providing general guidelines for students in selecting the MA courses for the fulfillment of college requirement.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which MA courses are available for fulfilling the College requirement?

Students are required to take two MA courses for fulfilling the College requirement, in which:

  1. One course from either
    MA1200 (Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra I) or
    MA1300 (Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra I)
  2. One course from either
    MA1201 (Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra II) or
    MA1301 (Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II)

Students are advised to refer to the course information for details. Special attention should be given to the pre-requisites of each course.

Students are also advised to refer to the chart for further details.

2. I am pre-registered to MA1200 (or MA1300). Can I take MA1300 (or MA1200) instead?

Students are pre-registered to MA1200 or MA1300 according to their incoming mathematics background. Students who wish to take another course (i.e. MA1200/MA1300) instead of the designated one can apply for the Course Leader’s consideration by submitting your paper add/drop form to the General Office of the Department of Mathematics during the Add/Drop period. Students must state clearly in the add/drop form your justification and provide relevant supporting documents. Students are reminded to refer to the pre-requisites of the courses before submitting the application.

While both the two courses (MA1200 and MA1300) are designed for students pursuing studies in science or engineering, MA1300 demands a more solid background in mathematics. Upon fulfillment of the pre-requisites, students can take either MA1201 or MA1301 in the subsequent semester. The Department of Mathematics strongly recommends students who would like to pursue major in Mathematics to take MA1300 and MA1301. These courses are also suitable for students who wish to consolidate their mathematics background for pursuing postgraduate studies.

3. If I failed MA1300 or MA1301, can I take MA1200 or MA1201 respectively to recover the course failure?

The College has set MA1200 & MA1300 and MA1201 & MA1301 as substitute courses.

MA1200 Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra I OR MA1300 Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra I
MA1201 Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra II OR MA1301 Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II

Students who failed in MA1300 or MA1301 may take MA1200 or MA1201 respectively to recover course failure. In addition, students are also reminded that:

  • According to AR 13.4, if students fail to pass a required course, or its substitute course, after three attempts, students’ studies will be terminated.
  • Students who obtained a grade of D in MA1300 or MA1301 are NOT allowed to take MA1200 or MA1201 to improve the course grades.

4. What are the criteria used in allocating students’ major?

You can refer to the information provided by CSE for details.

5. Is it true that only students who have taken MA1300 and MA1301 can pursue major in Mathematics?

It is expected that students admitted to the major in Mathematics possess adequate mathematics standard as follows:

  • Grade B or above in MA1201; or
  • Grade C- or above in MA1301.

To ensure the mathematics competency of students who are going to study Mathematics as their major, students to be taking Mathematics as major but do not possess Grade B or above in MA1201 or Grade C- or above in MA1301 are required to take some remedial exercises during Summer before enrolling to MA major related courses.

The Department of Mathematics strongly recommends students who would like to pursue major in Mathematics to take MA1300 and MA1301.

6. Where can I obtain more information on course registration of MA1200 and MA1300?

The course teacher of MA1200 and MA1300 will provide information on the course information during the first lecture.

Last update: 24 December 2013