General University Requirements

Purpose of GUR

GUR aims to widen your horizons and promote holistic development in your undergraduate years. GUR also contributes significantly to your acquisition of PolyU's desired graduate attributes as shown in this table.

There are six components in GUR:

 

GUR Freshman3   GUR LCR3   GUR Leadership3   GUR CAR3   GUR Service New   GUR HealthyLifestyle3

 

Important4 Important Note: If you are admitted as an Advance Standing student, a Senior Year Intakes student or through the Articulation Degree Programmes, your actual required GUR components may be less than the students from normal intakes. Please refer to Senior Year Intakes/ Articulation Degree Programme for more details.

 

Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar is intended to:

  • Introduce you to the discipline/profession and enthuse you about your potential major
  • Cultivate your higher order thinking skills
  • Encourage your entrepreneurship
  • Help you learn to engage in self-directed and autonomous study

Click here for the list of Freshman Seminars.

NeedToDo blue  What you need to do: Complete this 3-credit subject in your first year as pre-assigned by your Faculty/Department.

Important4  Important Note: If you are admitted as an Advance Standing student, a Senior Year Intakes student or through Articulation Degree Programmes, you are not required to take the Freshman Seminar. Please refer to Senior Year Intakes/Articulation Degree Programme for more details.

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Language & Communication Requirements (LCR)

LCR aims to help you become an effective communicator by developing your language competence for academic and professional needs. All students are required to take 9 credits of LCR subjects, including English (6 credits) and Chinese (3 credits).

NeedToDo blue What you need to do: Complete two 3-credit English language subjects and one 3-credit Chinese language subject as pre-assigned according your language competence. (Click the following icons for more details)

  

                                        LCR eng         LCRbutton        LCRChine

 

 

Important4 Additional language requirements 'Reading and Writing Requirements' in both English (ER/EW) and Chinese (CR/CW) are embedded in the CAR subjects for further development of your literacy skills. Please refer to the section on CAR for further information. 

Important4 Important Note: If you are admitted as an Advance Standing student, a Senior Year Intakes student or through Articulation Degree Programmes, you may not be required to take the LCR subjects. Please refer to Senior Year Intakes/ Articulation Degree Programme for more details.

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Leadership & Intra-Personal Development

The Leadership and Intra-Personal Development aims to prepare you to lead yourself and others. This subject enables you to: 

  • understand theories and research on the intra-personal and interpersonal qualities of effective leaders,
  • develop self-awareness and a better understanding of oneself,
  • acquire interpersonal skills essential for functioning as an effective leader, and
  • develop self-reflection skills.

NeedToDo blue What you need to do: Complete a 3-credit LIPD subject.

  

The following two LIPD subjects are offered. The students of the Faculty of Business will be pre-assigned MM1051. Other students will be pre-assigned APSS1L01, and they are allowed to change to take MM1L01 instead of APSS1L01 by doing add/drop by themselves during the University's subject registration, adjustment before semester commencement and add/drop period.

 

Subject Title  Subject Code Credits
Tomorrow’s Leaders APSS1L01 3
 Tango! Managing Self and Leading Others  MM1051
( For FB students)

MM1L01
(For other non-FB students)
3  


Important4 Important Note: If you are admitted as an Advance Standing student, a Senior Year Intakes student or through Articulation Degree Programmes, you are not be required to take the Leadership and Intra-Personal Development subject. Please refer to Senior Year Intakes/ Articulation Degree Programme for more details.

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Cluster Area Requirements (CAR)

 

CAR aims to expand your intellectual capacity beyond disciplinary domains and to enable you to tackle professional and global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

CAR includes broader range of academic subjects that use different paradigms, theoretical perpectives and methods of enquiry across the following four cluster areas. Click for the approved CAR subject list in each cluster area.

A
CAR A
Human Nature, Relations
and Development
B
CAR B
Community, Organization
and Globalization
C
CAR C
 History, Culture and
World Views
D
CAR D
Science, Technology and
Environment

In addition to the four clusters, there are three attributes embedded in some CAR subjects.

  1. China Studies Requirement (CSR) to help you understand aspects of Chinese culture, history and contemporary developments.
  2. English Writing and Reading Requirements (EW/ER) to further enhance your proficiency in English.
  3. Chinese Writing and Reading Requirements (CW/CR) to further enhance your proficiency in Chinese.

Important4 The CAR subjects with the Writing and Reading Requirements will demand more effort and attention on the language aspect in addition to the subject content. To further know about these requirements, please visit their website here.

NeedToDo blue What you need to do: Complete at least one 3-credit subject in each of the four areas, among which you have to fulfill the Reading and Writing Requirements in Chinese and English (ER/W and CR/W), and China Studies Requirement (CSR).

Useful Information for CAR Fulfillment

GUR Subjects Library

Interpreting GUR Subject Code

Double Fulfilment of DSR and CAR

Considerations for Choosing a CAR Subject

Important4 Important Note: If you are admitted as an Advance Standing student, a Senior Year Intakes student or through Articulation Degree Programmes, you may take less CAR subjects than the normal requirements. Please refer to Senior Year Intakes/ Articulation Degree Programme for more details.

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Service-Learning

Service-Learning aims to help you develop into a competent professional with a heart to serve others. Through a subject with a significant service component, you will: 

  • Apply the knowledge and skills you acquired from university learning to deal with complex issues in the service setting.
  • Reflect on your roles and responsibilities both as a professional in your chosen discipline and as a responsible citizen.
  • Develop a stronger empathy for people in need and a stronger sense of civic responsibility.

NeedToDo blue What you need to do: Take one 3-credit Service-Learning subject. Some Service-Learning subjects are embedded in the major study curriculum and to be taken as DSR subjects. However, the majority of PolyU students will need to choose Service-Learning subjects on their own. Please check your Definitive Programme Documents for details.

 

Important4 For more details of Service-Learning, please refer to Service Learning@PolyU.

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Healthy Lifestyle

For students admitted from 2015/16 onwards

The Healthy Lifestyle Programme (HLS) is a set of courses and activities covering different dimensions of health that aims to help you build up a healthy lifestyle, which is an important and positive aspect to promote success in the university. In this revised programme, you will get to:

  • acquire, synthesise, and evaluate knowlege on healthy living;
  • differentiate between useful health facts and myths about health;
  • identify components of healthy living that contribute in one’s well-being
  • make responsible health decisions for self

Programme Duration

You should complete HLS before graduation. There are four components in the programme and it will take around 24 hours to complete. You are strongly recommended to start Component 1 in Year 1 so as to proceed to other components as soon as possible.

Programme Structure

You can click on each component for details.

(Please take note of the hours required and the assessment method of each component)

  Step1  
  Start with 1. You need to complete 1
before proceeding to other components.
 
Step2 words middle2 Step3
  Finish with 4.  
  Step4  
^For some special cases (e.g. members in the PolyU sports teams), Sports Training or Sports participation hours accumulated in PolyU before or after taking the Introductory Lecture may be counted subject to the recommendation of the Centre STARS
         

NeedToDo blue What you need to do: Enrol in the Healthy Lifestyle programme as instructed by the Office of General University Requirements (OGUR) (3400 8203 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

To check your progress in the Healthy Lifestyle programme, please visit https://www40.polyu.edu.hk/starsposs/secure/login/loginhome.do and click "Enquire Status" under "Healthy Lifestyle".

Important4 Important Note: If you are admitted as a Senior Year Intakes student or through Articulation Degree Programmes, you are not required to complete Healthy Lifestyle. Please refer to Senior Year Intakes/ Articulation Degree Programme for more details.

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For students admitted on 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15

The former version of Healthy Lifestyle aims to help you acquire the basic knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle and the quality of life by improving your physical well-being. Upon completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Develop an individual approach to maintain your physical, emotional and social well-being.
  • Acquire the basic knowledge of risk factors and safety issues for exercise and daily life.
  • Acquire the basic knowledge and the importance of maintaining a well-balanced diet and avoid unhealthy behaviors.

Details of the Healthy Lifestyle programme can be found here.

NeedToDo blue What you need to do: Enroll in the Healthy Lifestyle programme as instructed by the Office of Counselling & Wellness.

Important4 Important Note: If you are admitted as a Senior Year Intakes student or through Articulation Degree Programmes, you are not required to complete Healthy Lifestyle. Please refer to Senior Year Intakes/ Articulation Degree Programme for more details.

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