1. When shall I take the General Education Foundation (GE Foundation) courses?

Students are advised to complete the two GE Foundation courses, UGFH1000 “In Dialogue with Humanity” and UGFN1000 “In Dialogue with Nature”, in their first two years of study. Year 1 and Year 2 students can enrol in GE Foundation courses through CUSIS during the course selection period.

2. Can I take both of the GE Foundation courses, UGFH1000 "In Dialogue with Humanity" and UGFN1000 "In Dialogue with Nature" in the same term?

Yes, you can simply do so on CUSIS during course selection or add/drop period. However, as the quota is limited and both courses require a lot of reading, most students will only be able to take and handle one GE Foundation course in a term.

3. Can I delay taking the GE Foundation courses?

Students are advised to complete the two GE Foundation courses in their first two years of study. As students cannot enrol in any courses in the Four Areas of University GE before completing or enrolling in at least one of the two GE Foundation courses, delaying taking the GE Foundation courses will affect the study plan of the students.

Only Year 1 and Year 2 students can enrol in GE Foundation courses through CUSIS during the course selection period. Year 3 or above students who have not taken any GE Foundation courses in their first two years of study should apply to the GE Foundation Programme to enrol in the GE Foundation courses as soon as possible (click here for the detailed enrolment arrangement). The course-add applications for Year 3 or above students will be processed after the enrolment of Year 1 and Year 2 students. Please visit the RES website to check the teaching timetable, the language of instruction, and the remaining quota before submitting the course-add application.  Course-add applications will be successful only if there is still quota available in the class.

4. I enrolled in a GE Foundation class during the CUSIS selection period, but I would like to change to a different class now. Can I do this during the add/drop period?

Yes, during both the course selection and add/drop period, students can use "Swap" function to change the lecture class (e.g. change from UGFH1000A to UGFH1000B) and "Edit" function to change the tutorial group (e.g. change from UGFH1000AT01 to AT06 of the same lecture class UGFH1000A) on CUSIS. Applications submitted after the CUSIS add/drop period will normally NOT be accepted. Students who encounter problems with add/drop of UGE courses on CUSIS can approach Office of University General Education for assistance.

5. I enrolled in the waiting list of one of the GE Foundation classes during the course selection period, why I found I was not on the wait list in the add/drop period?

The waiting list of the GE Foundation courses under CUSIS will be removed after the course selection period. Students on the waiting list should enrol the course again through CUSIS during the add/drop period if they want to take it. 

6. If the medium of instruction of the GE Foundation class that I am enrolled is Cantonese or Putonghua, can I submit my paper in English? Or, if the language of instruction of my class is English, does it mean that I must submit my paper in English?

To strictly adhere to the University’s bilingual policy and strengthen students’ language competence in Chinese and English, in both the spoken and written modes, the language of written assignments for the GE Foundation courses shall be consistent with the language of instruction. If the language of lectures and tutorials is Chinese (Cantonese or Putonghua), the reflective journals and term papers shall be written in Chinese; if the language of lectures and tutorials is English, the reflective journals and term papers shall be written in English.

The classical texts used for GE Foundation will remain bilingual. Specific recommendations would be given to students on the Chinese translations of classics written in English or other European languages and English translations of Chinese classics.

7. Do I have to attend the first tutorial class?

Absolutely. The tutorials are essential for GE Foundation. Also, in the first week, teachers generally will introduce the requirements and expectations of the course and begin to discuss the first text.

8. I have not yet taken any GE Foundation courses. Can I first take an elective course that is double-coded as a UGE course, then apply to use it to fulfill GE requirement, once I have completed a GE Foundation course?

Such application will not be approved.

9. I want to appeal an academic mark or grade, how shall I do it?

The procedures for grade appeal are as below:

  1. Appeal must be filed within two weeks after the release of course grades.
  2. A student who has questions regarding their grades should approach the course teacher for review of course grade. The teacher can decide to revise the grade if a careful review of the student's performance justifies the change.
  3. If discussions with the teacher does not resolve the issues, the student can appeal to the Director of the General Education Foundation Programme by submitting the Appeal Form.
  4. A reasonable justification must be provided on the Form. Otherwise, the application may not be accepted.
  5. Upon receipt of the Appeal Form with reasonable justification, the Director will assign one or more independent teachers to review the grade according to the grading rubrics.
  6. The result of this second marking will be final. The grade may remain unchanged, be adjusted upward or downward.