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Higher Diploma in Data Science
數據科學高級文憑

New Programme
2 years full-time
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Commencement : SEP 2022
Application Deadline : 11 AUG 2022 (Applications submitted after the deadline would be considered on a case-by-case basis when there are unfilled places.)

Programme

The Higher Diploma in Data Science programme is designed with reference to the needs of the IT industry. It aims to provide students with comprehensive data science knowledge and integrated industry and profession-specific skills, together with the necessary generic competencies to enhance student employability. Students will be taught in a systematic manner, with theoretical and practical foundations in data science, and appropriate industry knowledge to enable them to achieve their personal goals for further studies and career development.

 


Programme Features

  • Qualification Awarded by HKBU 

Students who have successfully completed the programme will be awarded the Higher Diploma in Data Science by HKBU.

  • Focus on Market Development Trend

The curriculum focuses on the latest developments in the IT industry such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Cybersecurity.

  • Internship and Mentorship

Students will have the opportunities to participate in internships with renowned companies such as IBM, Towngas, etc. They will also receive mentoring from experienced IT professionals who will provide guidance on their professional and personal development.

  • Real-World Experiences in the Classroom

Real business cases will be used for classroom teaching to enable students to learn actual business practices in the industry.

  • Bootcamp in Mathematics and Programming

A two-week bootcamp in mathematics and programming will be held prior to the commencement of the programme to help prepare students on their journey to become data professionals. 

  • Articulation to Local and Overseas Undergraduate Programmes

Graduates may apply for admission to various undergraduate programmes including local UGC-funded programmes, local self-funded programmes or programmes at overseas universities.

 

Download Programme Leaflet (PDF file)


SCE Vision and Mission

SCE Vision & Mission

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HKBU HD - Envisions your Future

Higher Diploma video

About HKBU Higher Diploma

Programme Introduction video

Programme Introduction

 

 

Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS)

Hong Kong Computer Society

 

Student Membership

Students of the Programme are eligible to apply for student membership of HKCS.

 

Associate Membership

Graduates of the Programme are eligible to apply for Associate membership of HKCS.

The programme is supported by many industry partners. The industry partners provide activities and workplace experiences such as mentorships, internships, company visits, workshops and guest seminars to arouse students’ interest and enrich their generic and technical skills. Supporting industry partners include ASTRI, Equinix, Hong Kong Jockey Club (Division of Information Technology and Sustainability), IBM, Microsoft, Towngas, UBS AG.

Industrial Partners

The Higher Diploma in Data Science is a two-year full-time programme. Students are required to take a total of 63 units (21 courses).

 

Courses Units Number of Courses
Generic Skills Courses 12 4
Discipline Required Courses 51 17
Total: 63 21

 

Students are required to take the following courses:

 

First Year
Generic Skills Courses 
Course Code Course  Title No. of units
HDGS0305 Personal Growth and Development 3
HDGS0306 Writing Academic English 3
Discipline Required Courses

HDDS1503

Introduction to Business

3

HDDS1101

Introduction to Computing and Programming

3

HDDS1102

Introduction to Database and Big Data

3

HDDS1103

Object-oriented Programming

3

HDDS1104

Operating Systems and Networking

3

HDDS1201

Introduction to Data Science

3

HDDS1301

Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

3

HDDS1501

Mathematics for Data Science

3

HDDS1502

Statistics for Data Science

3
Second Year
Generic Skills Courses 
Course Code Course  Title No. of units
HDGS0301 English for Business 3
HDGS0303 Practical Chinese Writing 3
Discipline Required Courses

HDDS2101

Data Structures and Algorithms

3

HDDS2102

IT Professionalism

3

HDDS2201

Data and Visual Analytics

3

HDDS2302

Applied Deep Learning

3

HDDS2401

Cloud Services and Architectures

3

HDDS2402

Cybersecurity Essentials

3

HDDS2403

Applied Network and Data Security

3

HDDS2501

Application Development Project

3

 

The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching is English. Exemption from using English as the medium of instruction will be applied for individual courses.

Students who successfully obtain 63 units as required by the programme, attaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for all courses attempted and having passed all courses stipulated by the programme are eligible for graduation. The qualification of Higher Diploma in Data Science shall be awarded by Hong Kong Baptist University.

The School provides a wide range of facilities and services to enhance students’ learning and personal growth.

  • Libraries and Learning Commons 
  • HKBU e-Learning Platforms 
  • Sports Facilities 
  • Medical and Dental Services 
  • Counselling Support 
  • Student Societies and Interest Clubs 

Upon completion of the Higher Diploma in Data Science, graduates may choose to apply for admission to undergraduate programmes or enter the job market.

 

 

 

 

A wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates of this programme. Graduates will be able to take up various entry-level positions in IT companies, such as junior AI Software Developer, Cybersecurity Analyst, Data Analyst and Analyst Programmer.

 

Recognition of Higher Diploma for Civil Service Appointment

Higher Diploma (HD) is valuable standalone qualifications. Holders of such qualifications are fully prepared to take up jobs at elementary management and assistant professional levels. At present, 14 grades in the government set locally accredited HD as the qualification requirement for their entry ranks. These grades are Ambulance Officer, Assistant Information Officer (Design) / (Photo), Assistant Leisure Services Manager II, Assistant Programme Officer, Health Inspector II, Immigration Officer, Inspector of Customs and Excise, Inspector of Police, Occupational Safety Officer II, Officer (Correctional Services), Operations Officer (Airworthiness), Police Translator II, Station Officer (Operational) / (Control) and Statistical Officer II.

 

Besides, sub-degree graduates are considered as having met the entry requirements of civil service grades requiring sub-degree or lower qualifications. On the whole, sub-degree graduates can apply for about 80 civil service grades. Please visit the section of "Job Opportunities" in the Civil Service Bureau's Homepage for further information.

(Source: ipass.gov.hk, 19/03/2018)

Application Fee: HK$150* (for local students) and HK$300 (for non-local students) 
Tuition Fee:

HK$119,700* (by four instalments)

* Tuition fees and application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

The School provides a number of scholarships to recognize students with outstanding academic qualifications or other unique achievements.

 

Click here for more information on the scholarship.

Student can apply for the various Government financial assistance schemes listed below, according to their own needs and circumstances.

  • Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) 
  • Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) 

Click here for information on the financial assistance.

  1. Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE): Level 2 in five subjects#1 (including Chinese Language#2  and English Language); OR
  2. Successful completion of the Diploma Yi Jin; OR
  3. Other equivalent qualifications to be assessed by the School; OR
  4. Applicants aged 21 or above with acceptable qualifications to justify admission.

#1  A DSE applicant is allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning subjects in the application.
#2  “Attained” or above in Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.
*  Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or numeracy test.

Application Procedure

2022 HKDSE Applicants

The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) applicants can submit their application through the E-APP of the Education Bureau. 

 

*subject to changes

 

Other Applicants

Other applicants should apply through the SCE Online Application system.

 

 

 

New Student Orientation     : August 2022

Commencement of Study   : September 2022

2022 HKDSE Applicants

 

Payment (for 1st semester)

Amount

Due Date

Methods

Tuition fee deposit

HK$5,000

Noon of 25 July 2022#

by internet banking

/PPS/ATM/cheque

Tuition fee balance

HK$24,925

11 August 2022

 

Other Applicants

 

Admission Offer Issue Date

Payment (for 1st semester)

Amount

Due Date

Methods

On or before 12 July 2022

Tuition fee deposit

HK$5,000

7 working days from the date of offer

by internet banking

/PPS/ATM/cheque

Tuition fee balance

HK$24,925

22 July 2022

From 13 July 2022 onwards

Tuition fee (No deposit)

HK$29,925

Full pay within 2-7 working days from the date of offer (depending on the issue date of admission offer)

 

#Applicants who apply for the Programme on or after 24 July 2022, please refer to the due date of the tuition fee deposit stated on the debit note.

CPED Online Information Day – Higher Diploma, Diploma of College Foundation Studies & Diploma Yi Jin

Date

9 APR 2022 (SAT)

28 MAY 2022 (SAT)

Time

11:00am - 1:00pm

Register

The Information Seminar will be conducted online via Zoom. Please register HERE.

Zoom Link

https://hkbu.zoom.us/j/96703265839

Meeting ID

967 0326 5839

HDDS Information Talk 

Date

14 MAY 2022 (SAT)

19 MAY 2022 (THU)

2 JUN 2022 (THU)

17 JUN 2022 (FRI)

30 JUN 2022 (THU)

14 JUL 2022 (THU)

Time

11:00am

2:30 pm

11:00am

6:00 pm

Venue

Online via ZOOM
Online Registration

 

Click Here

 

Zoom Link

https://hkbu.zoom.us/j/98501106147

Meeting ID

985 0110 6147

HD Information Talk 

Date

24 JUN 2022 (FRI)

9 JUL 2022 (SAT)

19 JUL 2022 (Tue)

Time

2:00pm

11:00am

2:00pm

Venue

Online via ZOOM

Topics

 

1. Programme Introduction

2. Campus Facilities & Learning Support

3. Scholarship & Financial Aids

4. Interactive Q&A

 

Online Registration

 

Click Here

 

Zoom Link

https://hkbu.zoom.us/j/98501106147

Meeting ID

985 0110 6147

 

The School reserves the right to make changes as required.

 

(I) Qualification & Recognition

01. What is Sub-degree?

Sub-degree is a collective term of post-secondary qualifications. It includes Higher Diploma and Associate Degree, both of which are at Level 4 under the 7-level Qualifications Framework.

 

02. What are the differences between Higher Diploma and Associate Degree programmes?

Both Higher Diploma and Associate Degree programmes equip students with generic skills, practical vocational skills as well as knowledge in specialised disciplines. In general, Higher Diploma programmes are more vocation-oriented while Associate Degree programmes put more emphasis on general education. Upon completion of Higher Diploma programmes, graduates will have acquired knowledge and skills necessary to further study in universities or pursue career in professions.

 

03. Are the Academic Awards of this Programme conferred by the HKBU?

The awards are conferred by the Hong Kong Baptist University.

 

04. Has the Programme gone through any accreditation?

The Programme has gone through a vigorous accreditation process and was approved by the Senate of HKBU. Consistent review exercise is regularly performed to ensure the teaching, learning and assessment of the Programme are in good quality and are up to standard. Referring to the Qualifications Framework (QF) established by the Education Bureau (please see below), the qualification of the Programme is equivalent to Level 4.

 

Level 1: Certificate

Level 2: Certificate

Level 3: Diploma

Level 4: High Diploma, Associate Degree

Level 5: Bachelor Degree

Level 6: Master Degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma

Level 7: Doctorate Degree

 

More information can be also obtained from the Information Portal for Accredited Post-secondary Programmes (iPASS).

 

(II) Application & Admission

05. Can I apply for the Programme?

The minimum entry requirements of the Programme are as follows:

  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE): Level 2 in five subjects#1 (including Chinese Language#2 and English Language); OR
  • Successful completion of the Diploma Yi Jin; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications to be assessed by the School; OR
  • Applicants aged 21 or above with acceptable qualifications to justify admission.

#1 A DSE applicant is allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning subjects in the application.
#2  “Attained” or above in Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.
* Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or numeracy test.

 

06. How can I apply for admission?

HKDSE candidates: candidates can submit their applications through the “Electronic Advance Application System for Post-secondary Programmes” (E-APP) of the Education Bureau.

Other applicants: applicants can submit their applications through the SCE Online Application System.

 

07. Do I have to attend any admission interview?

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and/or numeracy test, if necessary. Individual notification of the interview and/or numeracy test details will be sent to the applicants by e-mail or phone.

 

08. Are there any information talks about the Programme?

Information Talks will regularly be held. For details, please visit the programme webpage.

 

(III) Fees & Aids

9. Can I apply for financial assistance from the government?

Student can apply for the various Government financial assistance schemes listed below, according to their own needs and circumstances.

  • Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) 
  • Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) 

Click here for information on the financial assistance.

 

10. Are there any scholarships or grants?

The school provides a number of scholarships to recognize students with outstanding academic qualifications or other unique achievements. 

 

(IV) Programme

11. Where are the teaching venues?

Classes will mainly be held in the Kowloon Tong main campus.

 

12. What is the medium of instruction?

The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching is English. Exemption from using English as the medium of instruction will be applied for individual courses.

 

13. What facilities and services are available for students?

.Libraries and Learning Commons

.HKBU e-Learning Platforms

.Sports Facilities

.Medical and Dental Services

.Counselling Support

.Student Societies and Interest Clubs 

 

14. Are there any graduation requirements for the Programme?

Students who successfully obtain 63 units as required by the programme, attaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for all courses attempted and having passed all courses stipulated by the programme are eligible for graduation.

 

15. If I failed a course, what should I do?

In case a student failed in a course, he/she may be allowed to sit for supplementary examination or needs to re-take the course.

 

16. Will I have the opportunity to further my studies after completing this Programme?

Graduates may apply for admission to various undergraduate programmes including local UGC-funded programmes, local self-funded programmes or programmes at overseas universities.

 

17. What is the career prospect after graduating from this Programme?

A wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates of this programme. Graduates will be able to take up various entry-level positions in IT companies, such as junior AI Software Developer, Cybersecurity Analyst, Data Analyst and Analyst Programmer.

 

Recognition of Higher Diploma for Civil Service Appointment

Higher Diploma (HD) is valuable standalone qualifications. Holders of such qualifications are fully prepared to take up jobs at elementary management and assistant professional levels. At present, 14 grades in the government set locally accredited HD as the qualification requirement for their entry ranks. These grades are Ambulance Officer, Assistant Information Officer (Design) / (Photo), Assistant Leisure Services Manager II, Assistant Programme Officer, Health Inspector II, Immigration Officer, Inspector of Customs and Excise, Inspector of Police, Occupational Safety Officer II, Officer (Correctional Services), Operations Officer (Airworthiness), Police Translator II, Station Officer (Operational) / (Control) and Statistical Officer II.

 

Besides, sub-degree graduates are considered as having met the entry requirements of civil service grades requiring sub-degree or lower qualifications. On the whole, sub-degree graduates can apply for about 80 civil service grades. Please visit the section of "Job Opportunities" in the Civil Service Bureau's Homepage for further information.
(Source: ipass.gov.hk, 19/03/2018)

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. All students and staff entering HKBU Campuses (including SCE Learning Centres) must follow the vaccination requirements of Vaccine Pass. For details, please refer to [the Vaccine Pass Requirements for Campus Access].
  2. All classes will be delivered face-to-face in 2022 Summer Term. However, the School reserves the right to switch to online or mixed mode teaching in accordance with the latest development of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.