STUDENT HANDBOOK - Department of Cultural Studies Master of Cultural Studies 2020-2021

 
STUDENT HANDBOOK - Department of Cultural Studies Master of Cultural Studies 2020-2021
Department of Cultural Studies
  Master of Cultural Studies

    STUDENT HANDBOOK
        2020-2021
MCS Programme Calendar

Term 1, 2020-2021 (10 Sept 2020 to 18 Dec 2020)
 5 Sept 2020 (Sat)                      MCS Orientation, if any; virtual event will be held if necessary
 10 Sept (Thurs), 13 Sept and 20 Sept   Workshops for non-local MCS students (local students are also
 2020 (Sun)                             welcomed) if face-to-face activity can be organized.
 10 Sept 2020 (Thurs)                   Beginning of the 1st Term and Add/Drop Period
 23 Sept 2020 (Wed)                     End of Add/Drop Period
 Sept 2020 (TBC)                        Postgraduate Writing Enhancement Programme and Quiz
 From 28 Oct to 3 Nov 2020 (Wed to      Mid-term online CTLE
 Tues)
 Nov 2020 (TBC)                         Hostel Fee for the 2nd term, 2020-21 (if applicable)
 19 Nov 2020 (Thurs)                    Congregation
 From 25 Nov to 1 Dec 2020 (Wed to      Term-end online CTLE
 Tues)
 18 Dec 2020 (Fri)                      End of the 1st Term
 At the end of Dec 2020                 Assignment Submission Deadlines
 Late Jan 2021                          Release of Grades

Normally, no classes on 1 and 2 Oct (Thurs - Fri) and 26 Oct (Mon) (Except for teacher's
special arrangement).

Term 2, 2020-2021 (23 Jan 2021 to 15 May 2021)

 23 Jan 2021 (Sat)                                      Beginning of the 2nd Term and Add/Drop Period
 5 Feb 2021 (Fri)                                       End of Add/Drop period
 Feb or Mar 2021 (Sat)                                  Annual MCS Symposium (No class)
 18 to 24 Mar 2021 (Thurs to Wed)                       Mid-term online CTLE
 22 to 28 Apr 2021 (Thurs to Wed)                       End-of-term online CTLE
 15 May 2021 (Sat)                                      End of the 2nd Term
 At the end of May 2021                                 Assignment Submission Deadlines
 Early Jul 2021                                         Release of Grades

Normally, no classes 2-6 April (Fri - Tues), 1 May (Sat) (Except for teacher's special
arrangement).

2021-2022

To pay yearly tuition fees and enroll in courses for the 2021-2022 academic year in Mid July
2021 (normally for part-time students only).

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Table of Content
1     About Lingnan University ............................................................................................. P.5
      1.1 Vision, Mission and Core Values ............................................................................P.6
      1.2 Graduate Attributes for Taught Postgraduate (TPg) Programmes ........................ P.7

2     Programme Information ............................................................................................... P.8
      2.1 Background ..........................................................................................................P.8
      2.2 Aims and Learning Outcomes .............................................................................. P.8
      2.3 Entrance Requirements........................................................................................ P.9
      2.4 Mode of Study......................................................................................................P.9
      2.5 Normal and Maximum Duration of Study............................................................ P.9
      2.6 Medium of Instruction ......................................................................................... P.9
      2.7 Programme Structure........................................................................................... P.9
              2.7.1        Curriculum ............................................................................................ P.10
              2.7.2        List of Course......................................................................................... P.11
              2.7.3        Curriculum Mapping ............................................................................. P.14

3     Academic Regulations ..................................................................................................P.15
      3.1 Student Classification .......................................................................................... P.15
      3.2 Change of Personal Particulars............................................................................P.15
      3.3 Credit Transfer and Course Exemption ............................................................... P.15
      3.4     Adding and Dropping Courses and Changing Course/Sections .......................... P.16
      3.5     Class Attendance and Leave of Absence ............................................................. P.16
      3.6     Withdrawal of Study ........................................................................................... P.17
      3.7     Discontinuation of Studies .................................................................................. P.17
      3.8     Application for Transcript/Testimonial ................................................................ P.18
      3.9     Student Card Replacement ................................................................................. P.19
      3.10    Fees ..................................................................................................................... P.19

4   Assessment, Examination and Graduation Regulations ................................................. P.20
     4.1 Course Assessment .................................................................................................P.20
              4.1.1   Outcome-based Approach to Teaching and Learning (OBATL)… ............... P.20
              4.1.2   Use of Rubrics ....................................................................................... P.20
      4.2     Grading System ...................................................................................................P.25
      4.3     Grade Point Average (GPA).................................................................................. P.26
      4.4     Student Progression ............................................................................................ P.27
      4.5     Graduation Requirements ................................................................................... P.28

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4.6     Award Classification ............................................................................................ P.28
      4.7  Supplementary Assessment ................................................................................ P.28
      4.8  Appeal ................................................................................................................. P.29
           4.8.1 Review of Grades and Reassessment ...................................................... P.29
           4.8.2 Discontinuation of Studies ......................................................................P.29
      4.9 Course Attendance Requirement for Examination ............................................. P.29
      4.10 Re-taking a Course .............................................................................................. P.29
      4.11 Academic Honesty............................................................................................... P.30
      4.12 Plagiarism and Online Tutorial on Plagiarism Awareness ...................................P.30

5   Regulations and Code of Conduct................................................................................... P.31
      5.1     Academic Regulations and Guidelines ………………………………….………………………. P.31
      5.2     Code of Conduct ………………………………………………………………………………………….. P.31

6   Quality Assurance ...........................................................................................................P.32
     6.1 Senate and Standing Committees of the Senate ................................................ P.32
     6.2 Course Teaching and Learning Evaluation (CTLE)……………………………… .............. P.33
     6.3 Early Alert System……………………………………………………………………………. .............. P.33

7   Student Support .............................................................................................................. P.34
     7.1 Library ................................................................................................................. P.34
     7.2 Information Technology Services Centre ............................................................ P.34
      7.3     Student Services Centre ...................................................................................... P.34
      7.4     Teaching and Learning Centre………………………………………………….……… ............... P.34
      7.5     Registry ................................................................................................................ P.34
      7.6     School of Graduate Studies ................................................................................. P.34
      7.7     Office of the Comptroller .................................................................................... P.35
      7.8     Chaplain’s Office ................................................................................................. P.35
      7.9     Support for Students with Special Needs…………………………………………. .............. P.36

8   Useful Information ..........................................................................................................P.37
     8.1     Bad Weather Arrangements ............................................................................. P.37
      8.2        Student Medical and Dental Scheme ............................................................... P.38
      8.3        Employment Policy for Non-Local Students in Hong Kong……………..…. ...........P.38
      8.4       Immigration Arrangements for Non-Local Graduate (IANG) Policy .................. P.39

9   Lingnan University Alumni Association (Hong Kong) (LUAA)..........................................P.39

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10 Useful Telephone Numbers............................................................................................. P.39

11 Useful information about MCS programme ……………………………………………………………… P.41

12 Other useful webpage……………………………………………………………………………………………….. P.48

13 Campus Map ................................................................................................................... P.49

This Programme Student Handbook is subject to periodic review and changes may be made
when needed. Students will be informed of the changes as and when appropriate.

(Last update: 12 August 2020)

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1. About Lingnan University

Lingnan University is the liberal arts university in Hong Kong and we have the longest
established tradition among the local institutions of higher education. Our history can be dated
back to 1888, when our forerunner, the Christian College in China, was founded in Guangzhou,
and to 1967, when the institution, as Lingnan College, was re-established in Hong Kong.

It is ranked:
       2nd in the World for Quality Education (THE University Impact Rankings 2020)
       Top 8 Outbound Exchange Students (2020 QS World University Rankings: Asia)
       Top 10 Liberal Arts College in Asia (Forbes 2015)
       Among the Top 21% universities in Asia (2020 QS World University Rankings: Asia)
       World’s Top 35 for International Faculty (QS World University Rankings 2021)
       Top 50 Promoting No Poverty (THE University Impact Rankings 2020)

Meaning of the Lingnan Logo

The mountain, river, trees and path illustrated in the University logo each symbolise a profound
principle:

   The White Cloud Mountain depicts the highest aspiration in life;

   The Pearl River represents the wide dissemination of Lingnan education;

   The lychee trees - with ripe fruit hanging in clusters - represent the commitment to realise
    the precept "For God, for Country, and for Lingnan";

   The path represents the road to the future by virtue of hard work;

   The panoramic view of the campus in the emblem 'reminds alumni and friends of Lingnan
    of their loyalty wherever they may be. The red and grey colours of the emblem help nourish
    the sentiment; they are "blood-red and iron-grey", symbolizing loyalty and steadfastness.

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The red and grey reflect the Lingnan spirit, a spirit inspiring them to lay the foundations for
    a splendid future forever'1.

1.1. Vision, Mission and Core Values

We offer undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research postgraduate programmes in the
areas of Arts, Business and Social Sciences, and our broad curriculum covers an array of general
education and interdisciplinary courses to provide students with a firm knowledge foundation
across different subjects. We groom students to think critically and creatively, judge
independently, care genuinely, and act appropriately and responsibly, and we prepare them to
pursue their goals in a rapidly changing environment.

Vision

To excel as a leading Asian liberal arts university with international recognition, distinguished
by outstanding teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement.

Mission

Lingnan University is committed to

        providing quality whole-person education by combining the best of the Chinese and
         Western liberal arts traditions;
        nurturing students to achieve all-round excellence and imbuing them with its core values;
         and
        encouraging faculty and students to contribute to society through original research and
         knowledge transfer.

Motto

Education for service

Core Values

A collegial community of learning and discovery for students and scholar-teachers

Lingnan aims to build a community of learning and discovery with collegial students and
scholar-teachers who respect each other, keep an open mind, embrace diversity, appreciate

1
  Lee, Sui-ming. A Phoenix of South China : The Story of Lingnan (University) College Sun Yat-sen University. Hong
Kong: The Commercial Press, 2005.
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different views, uphold academic freedom and freedom of expression, and accept
responsibility for their words and deeds.

Whole-person cultivation and all-round development

Lingnan endeavours to cultivate students’ whole-person and all-round growth. It encourages
students to pursue independent and critical thinking, creativity and innovation, excellent
communication skills including a high level of literacy, social responsibility, personal virtue,
cultural accomplishment and a passion for lifelong learning.

Community engagement and social responsibility

Lingnan encourages its members to care for others, to be responsible for their own actions, to
serve the local community and beyond, and to make a positive impact for the betterment of
humanity.

The Lingnan spirit

The Lingnan spirit, which has flourished since Lingnan’s founding in Canton (Guangzhou) in
1888 as Christian College in China, has served over the years to bond all Lingnanians together,
and continues to inspire the University today. The Lingnan spirit is marked by passion, loyalty,
perseverance, openness to different ideas and cultures, and a readiness to serve.

1.2. Graduate Attributes for Taught Postgraduate (TPg) Programmes

For taught postgraduate programmes, Lingnan graduates are expected to possess the following
attributes in terms of knowledge, skills and attitude:
Knowledge:
     current, in-depth theoretical and practical comprehension of a specific discipline area,
        as well as of a broad range of general and related areas
Skills:
     ability to apply knowledge at an advanced level in professional contexts especially for
        the purpose of solving problems
     competence in critical and creative thinking
     capacity to articulate ideas clearly and coherently both in written and oral forms
Attitude:
     commitment to applying the knowledge acquired in the chosen field or conducting
       research in an ethical and socially responsible manner

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2.     Programme Information

2.1     Background
The Master of Cultural Studies (MCS) in Lingnan University is the first of its kind in Hong Kong.
Launched in September 2003, the degree programme runs on a part-time 2-year basis. Since
September 2012, a 1-year full-time mode has been introduced. The MCS programme is
thematically focused, critically challenging and pedagogically original. Our educational aim is
to open up an innovative intellectual space of advanced learning targeted at school teachers,
community workers and educators, as well as a whole range of media-oriented cultural
practitioners in Hong Kong.

2.2    Aims and Learning Outcomes

Aims

The MCS programme is designed to enable students:

1.     to acquire up-to-date theoretical and practical essentials, as well as their linkages, in
cultural studies;
2.     to broaden their intellectual horizon across the boundaries of academic and
professional disciplines;
3.     to form critical perspectives for understanding the complex processes of contemporary
cultural production;
4.      to be equipped with the necessary skills to analyze the constraints and potentials of
their respective professional practices in the rapidly changing contemporary context; and
5.      to apply cultural studies in practicing critical pedagogy in various fields.

Learning Outcomes for Master of Cultural Studies Programme

The intended learning outcomes of the programme are in alignment with the University’s
mission of enabling “students to think, judge, care and ultimately act responsibly in the
changing circumstances of Hong Kong, the region and the world.” Students, after the
completion of this programme, will be able to :
1.     demonstrate a refinement of the professional and cultural resources they already have
to better analyze and evaluate the complex processes of cultural work and production today,
and
2.     Identify and assess the constraints and potentials, as well as new challenges and
emergent problems, of their respective professional practices in the rapidly changing

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contemporary context.

2.3    Entrance Requirements

The admission requirements for taught master’s degree programmes are as follows: an
applicant shall normally
1.     hold a relevant bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent
standard awarded by a tertiary education institution recognised for this purpose by the
University; or
2.     have obtained an equivalent qualification; or
3.     have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment.
In addition to the above, an applicant whose degree or, exceptionally, an alternative
qualification deemed equivalent is not from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong or an English-
speaking country should obtain a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-
based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a band score of 6.5 or
above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an equivalent score in a
recognised test, or an equivalent qualification to prove his/her language proficiency which will
be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2.4    Mode of Study

Full Time / Part Time. Student will not be allowed to change their study mode.

2.5    Normal and Maximum Duration of Study

The normative study period for full-time mode is 1 year while that for part-time mode is 2
years. The maximum period of full-time study will be 3 years while that of part-time study
will be 5 years from the date of first registration.

2.6    Medium of Instruction

English is the medium of instruction for most courses. Some courses will be conducted in
Cantonese or Putonghua.

2.7    Programme Structure
The programme consists of a core module and a set of elective courses. Students must
complete 4 courses (12 credits) in the core module. In addition to this basic requirement, they
can take any 4 courses Note 1 or 5 courses Note 2 (12 credits) chosen from a set of elective

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courses. To graduate, students must complete a total of 24 credits (8 or 9 courses, with 4
required and 4 Note 1or 5 Note 2 elective). The teaching pattern is normally a 3-hour seminar per
week for each course (Except for CUS513, CUS514 and CUS515). The structure of the
curriculum is as follows:
 2.7.1 Curriculum
                                                                                                                          No. of credits
 Core Courses (12 credits required):                                                                                                   3
 CUS501        Perspectives in Cultural Studies                                                                                        3
 CUS502        Critical Thinking through Popular Culture                                                                               3
 CUS503        Pedagogy and Cultural Studies                                                                                           3
 CUS505        Methods in Cultural Research
 Elective Courses (any 12 credits)#:
 CUS504        History in Cultural Studies                                                                                                   3
 CUS506        Film and Television Culture                                                                                                   3
 CUS507                  Feminism and Cultural Politics                                                                                      3
 CUS508                  Globalization and Contemporary Social Change                                                                        3
 CUS509                  Urban Culture of Hong Kong                                                                                          3
 CUS510                  Workshop in Cultural Practices                                                                                      3
 CUS511                  Selected Topics in Cultural Institution and Policy                                                                  3
 CUS512                  Selected Topics in Cultural Representation & Interpretation                                                         3
 CUS513                  Research Seminar                                                                                                    3
 CUS514                  Independent Study Note 3                                                                                            3
 CUS515                Special Topics in Cultural Studies Note 4                                                                          1.5
 CUS580                Performance Studies: Genealogy and Challenges                                                                        3
 CUS584                 Performance Workshop with Artist                                                                                    3
 CUS585                Special Topics in Performance Studies                                                                                3
 CUS586                Gender and Performance                                                                                               3
 CUS588                 Drama, Theatre and Performance                                                                                      3
Note 1: 4 courses: Four 3-credit elective courses; Note 2 : 5 courses: Three 3-credit elective and two 1.5-credit elective courses; Note 3: Students

are allowed to register for Independent Study ONCE in their total duration of MCS study. Normally, part-time students should take Independent

Study in the 2nd term during the first year of study or thereafter. Full-time students are allowed to enroll in Independent Study only within the

normative study period (i.e. the first year of full-time studies). IF students intend to enroll in this course in Term 2, 2020-2021, he/she is advised

to find an instructor who shares the interest first and then submit his/her proposal for his/her possible supervisor's consideration before the

release of grades for Term 1, 2020-2021; Note 4: A maximum of TWO CUS515 courses could be counted for the fulfillment of graduation

requirements.

# Not all elective courses are available each year.

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2.7.2     List of Course
Courses for 2020-2021

Term 1 (10 Sept 2020 to 18 Dec 2020)
Hybrid mode of teaching: face-to-face and online teaching. Face-to-face teaching may
need to be suspended due to circumstances arising from the COVID-19 situation.

Core Courses:
CUS501        Perspectives in Cultural Studies 文化研究視野
Instructor:    Prof. MA Kwok-ming (Adjunct Associate Professor)
Timetable:     Saturday/2:30 - 5:30pm
Venue:        MBG09, Lingnan University (Tuen Mun)
Language of Instruction: English                                                Credits: 3

CUS503A        Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 教學法與文化研究
Instructors: Dr. HUI Shiu-lun and Prof. LAU Kin-chi (Adjunct Associate Professor)
Timetable:    Monday/7:00 - 10:00pm
Venue:        Mainly at LKK101, Lingnan University (Tuen Mun), 7 Dec and 14 Dec 2020 at
MBG09
Language of Instruction: Chinese (Putonghua)                                  Credits: 3

CUS503B Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 教學法與文化研究
Instructor:   Prof. HUI Po-keung (Adjunct Associate Professor)
Timetable:    Wednesday/7:00 - 10:00pm
Venue:        Mainly at LKK101, Lingnan University (Tuen Mun), 9 Dec and 16 Dec 2020 at
MBG09
Language of Instruction: Chinese (Cantonese)                                Credits: 3

Elective Courses:
CUS510K Workshop in Cultural Practices - The Cultural Politics of Eating 吃的文化政治學
(Quota : 30)
Instructors:   Dr. HUI Shiu-lun and Prof. LAU Kin-chi (Adjunct Associate Professor)
Timetable:    Friday/7:00 - 10:00pm
Venue:        Mainly at LKK101, Lingnan University (Tuen Mun), 11 Dec and 18 Dec 2020 at
MBG09
Language of Instruction: Chinese (Putonghua)                                 Credits:3

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CUS511U Topics in Cultural Institution and Policy: The Modern and the Postmodern 現代與後
現代 (Quota : 30)
Instructor:   Prof. LAW Wing-sang (Adjunct Associate Professor)
Timetable:    Tuesday/7:00 – 10:00pm
Venue:        Mainly at LKK101, Lingnan University (Tuen Mun), 8 Dec and 15 Dec 2020 at
MBG09
Language of Instruction: English                                             Credits: 3

CUS512Y Topics in Cultural Representation and Interpretation: Music and Popular Culture of
Hong Kong 音樂與香港流行文化 (Quota : 30)
Instructor:   Prof. YU Siu-wah (Adjunct Professor)
Timetable:    Thursday/7:00 - 10:00pm
Venue:        Mainly at LKK101, Lingnan University (Tuen Mun), 10 Dec and 17 Dec 2020 at
MBG09
Language of Instruction: English                                              Credits: 3

No classes on 1 Oct (Thurs), 2 Oct (Fri) and 26 Oct (Mon) (Except for teacher's special
arrangement). LKK = Leung Kau Kui Building; MB = Patrick Lee Wan Keung Academic Building.

Term 2 (23 Jan 2021 to 15 May 2021)

Core Courses:
CUS502        Critical Thinking through Popular Culture 普及文化的批判思考
Instructor:   Dr. LEUNG Yee-man Yvonne
Timetable:    Saturday/2:30 – 5:30pm
Venue:        Lingnan University (Tuen Mun)/online teaching if necessary
Language of Instruction: English                                               Credits: 3

CUS505        Methods in Cultural Research 文化研究的方法
Instructor:   Prof. IP Iam-chong
Timetable:    Weekday/7:00 – 10:00pm
Venue:        Lingnan University (Tuen Mun) )/online teaching if necessary
Language of Instruction: English                                               Credits: 3

Elective Courses:
CUS504        History in Cultural Studies 文化研究中的歷史 (Quota : 30)
Instructor:   Prof. MA Kwok-ming (Adjunct Associate Professor)
Timetable:    Saturday/10am-1pm

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Venue:         Lingnan University (Tuen Mun) )/online teaching if necessary
Language of Instruction: English                                                 Credits: 3

CUS515B      Special Topics in Cultural Studies - Cultural Politics of Emotion 情感的文化政
治 (Quota:30)
Instructor:   Prof. HUI Po-keung (Adjunct Associate Professor)
Timetable:    Weekday/7:00-10:00pm
Venue:        Lingnan University (Tuen Mun) / online teaching if necessary
Language of Instruction: Chinese (Cantonese)                                     Credits:1.5

CUS515K        Special Topics in Cultural Studies - Cultural Economy 文化經濟學(Quota : 30)
Instructor:    Prof. HUI Po-keung (Adjunct Associate Professor)
Timetable:     Weekday/7:00-10:00pm
Venue:         Lingnan University (Tuen Mun) / online teaching if necessary
Language of Instruction :     Chinese (Cantonese)                                Credits:1.5

CUS585A Special Topics on Performance Studies – In the Hong Kong Context 在香港背景
下表演研究專題 (Quota : 30)
Instructor:   Prof. MOK Chiu-yu (Adjunct Associate Professor)
Timetable:    Weekday/7:00-10:00pm
Venue:        Lingnan University (Tuen Mun) / online teaching if necessary
Language of Instruction: English                                                  Credits:3

* No Classes on 12-15 Feb (Fri-Mon), 2-5 April (Fri - Mon) and 1 May (Sat) (Except for teacher's
special arrangement)

 Useful Tips

 Syllabuses
 To obtain the latest course syllabuses, teaching venues and dates,
 students are advised to visit the MCS webpage at
 http://www.ln.edu.hk/cultural/programmes/MCS/2020-21/index.php

 Measurement of Learning Outcomes
 Please refer to https://www.ln.edu.hk/cultural/programmes/MCS/curriculum.php

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2.7.3 Curriculum Mapping

The mapping of individual courses to achievement of the programme outcomes is as
follows:

           1. demonstrate a refinement of the         2. Identify and assess the constraints
           professional and cultural resources they   and potentials, as well as new
           already have to better analyze and         challenges and emergent problems, of
           evaluate the complex processes of          their respective professional practices
           cultural work and production today,        in the rapidly changing contemporary
           and                                        context.
 Core courses
 CUS501                                                                  
 CUS502                                                                  
 CUS503                                                                  
 CUS505                                                                  
 Elective courses
 CUS504                                                                  
 CUS506                                                                  
 CUS507                                                                  
 CUS508                                                                  
 CUS509                                                                  
 CUS510                                                                  
 CUS511                                                                  
 CUS512                                                                  
 CUS513                                                                  
 CUS514                                                                  
 CUS515                                                                  
 CUS580                                                                  
 CUS584                                                                  
 CUS585                                                                  
 CUS586                                                                  
 CUS588                                                                  

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3.    Academic Regulations

For all the regulations of the University, please read “Regulations Governing Taught
Doctoral/Master's Degree Programmes” at MyLingnan Portal.

3.1     Student Classification

A student is classified as a full-time student if he/she enrolls in 12 or more credits in a term
while a student is classified as a part-time student if he/she enrolls in less than 12 credits in a
term.

3.2     Change of Personal Particulars

A student should retain the full name(s) entered on his/her Hong Kong Identity Card or
Passport. Under special circumstances, however, a student may obtain from the Registry an
application form for changing personal particulars, complete and return it to the Registry,
together with the following documents:
1. written consent from the applicant’s parent or guardian, if the applicant is under the age of
21, and 2. a copy of the applicant’s Hong Kong Identity Card or passport, carrying the new
name intended to be registered with the University, and 3. a copy of the applicant’s statutory
declaration and/or birth certificate. A student should inform the Registry immediately of any
change of address or other particulars.

3.3     Credit Transfer and Course Exemption

1. A student who has passed public, professional, or other examinations recognised by the
   University or has successfully completed a similar course at an appropriate level offered by
   a recognised institution may apply for credit transfer/course exemption.
2. Credit Transfer: The student will be exempted from taking the corresponding course
   offered by the University and granted with equivalent credits, if the application is approved.
3. Course Exemption: The student will be exempted from taking the corresponding course
   offered by the University, if the application is approved. However, credits are not granted,
   and the student has to take another course (may be a specified course or any other course)
   to make up for the total number of credits required for graduation.
4. No grade will be given but all exempted courses and the number of credits transferred will
   be shown in the student’s transcript.
5. Normally, a student may not be granted credit transfer/course exemption for more than
   30% of the required number of credits for the academic award.
6. The student is required to obtain from the Programme Office an application form for credit
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transfer/course exemption, complete and submit the application to the Programme Director
   before the beginning of a term. All such applications must be accompanied by original
   supporting documents and their photocopies. The Programme Office will return the original
   supporting documents to the applicant after inspection.
7. The application should be approved by the Programme Director concerned, who should
   forward it to the Programme Office within two weeks after the beginning of a term.
8. A student should not enrol in a course for which he/she has been granted exemption (with
   or without credits). If the student has enrolled in a course and is subsequently granted
   exemption (with or without credits), he/she is not required to apply to drop the exempted
   course.

3.4      Adding and Dropping Courses and Changing Course/Sections

1.      A student who wishes to add or drop a course or change a course or section of a
course after registration must complete a prescribed form obtainable from Department. The
deadline is two weeks after the beginning of the term concerned. Please note that your
application for the adding/dropping courses may not be approved if the class reaches to its
full capacity or other valid reasons.
2.      A student who adds a course or changes a course or selection of a course without
going through the prescribed procedure will NOT be given a grade or credits for the course.
3.      A student who drops a course without going through the prescribed procedure will be
given an “F” grade for the course.

3.5      Class Attendance and Leave of Absence

1.     A student should attend required lectures, tutorials and other class activities, tests and
examinations and complete the work assigned by the teachers of the courses in which the
student has enrolled.
2.     Students are expected to attend classes and other class activities punctually and
regularly, to the satisfaction of the lecturers of courses. Each course may have specific
requirements for student attendance. Appropriate sanctions, where necessary, would be
approved by the Board of Examiners concerned.
3.      Student who wishes to obtain leave of absence of more than three weeks should
obtain prior permission from the programme concerned on the basis of a written application,
stating the reasons for seeking leave of absence.
4.      Leave of absence may be granted for a maximum period of 12 months (i.e. two terms).
Any periods of leave of absence taken shall be included as part of the period of study.
5.      In cases of illness or other serious emergencies, a student who has been granted leave
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of absence may apply to the Programme Director for permission to carry out make-up work
for assignments, tests and examinations. Such applications are subject to approval by the
Programme Director in consultation with the teachers concerned.
6.      A student whose accumulated leave of absence exceeds one-third of the term should
not be assessed and awarded credits for the courses enrolled in the term.

3.6      Withdrawal of Study
Withdrawal
1.       A student who wishes to withdraw from the University before graduation must seek
official withdrawal from the University. The student should complete and submit an
application from obtainable from the Registry.
2.      Approval will be granted by the Registrar only after proper clearance by relevant units.
3.      A student who withdraws from the University without prior approval by the Registrar
will be considered as having unofficially withdrawn from the University effective on the last
day of the teaching term concerned.
4.      An unofficially withdrawn student will not be issued any official documents of the
University and will not be re-admitted.

Unofficial Withdrawal
1.     Registration includes payment of the fees due and enrolment and selection of
courses/sections. An applicant who fails to pay the prescribed fees or register on the
relevant specified dates is considered as having forgone his/her place offered by the
University. A student who wishes to continue his/her study at the University but fails to pay
the prescribed fees after a lapse of ten days or fails to register before the last day for
registration is considered as having withdrawn from studies at the University.
2.      A student who has unofficially withdrawn from the University or has unpaid accounts
or obligations due to the University will not be issued any transcript or testimonial.
3.      A student who is absent for over three weeks continuously without prior permission of
his/her programme will be considered as having unofficially withdrawn from studies at the
University with effect from the date of confirmation by the Programme concerned.

3.7    Discontinuation of Studies

Please refer to Student Progression (in page 27) for more details. The studies of a student will
normally be discontinued if,
    1) he/she fails to have his/her academic probation lifted at the end of the term when
       he/she has taken cumulatively 6 or more credits since he/she has been put on
       probation, or

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2) his/her Cumulative G.P.A. is below 2.33 at an academic review after the academic
         probation is lifted and the student continued on the programme;
      3) he/she fails to fulfill progression requirements specified in Regulation 16 (please
         refer to “Regulations Governing Taught Doctoral/Master's Degree Programmes” at
         MyLingnan Portal.) or those specified for his/her programme; or
      4) he/she fails to fulfill all requirements for graduation within the maximum study period.

A student with studies discontinued on academic grounds is normally not allowed to be
admitted to any programme of the University in the following academic year. If a student is
admitted to the same programme or another taught postgraduate programme of the
University, recognition of the credits obtained in his/her previous studies at the University will
be determined by the course offering unit and the decision shall be based on content
relevance and the grade obtained. Only courses passed with grade B- or above will be
recognized and recognised grades will be counted in Cumulative GPA calculation. Normally, no
more than 30% of the required number of credits for the academic award shall be recognised.

3.8      Application for Transcript/Testimonial

A student who wishes to have a letter certifying his/her student status or attendance records
may apply to the Registry for such a testimonial. A student who wishes to have a personal
recommendation or reference letter should approach a teacher who knows him/her well.
An official transcript shows the relevant particulars of a student, title of his/her programme,
all courses taken and retaken regardless of passed or failed, grades obtained, grade point
averages, academic scholarships, academic awards and disciplinary actions taken, if any.
An official transcript will be sent direct by the Registry to the institution or prospective
employer upon the student’s request and payment of the prescribed fees and postage.
An official transcript is not issued to a student as a personal copy or to any private individual.
Official transcripts shall not be issued to students who have not completed a term of study.
A student who has unofficially withdrawn from the University or has unpaid accounts or
obligations due to the University will not be issued any transcript or testimonial.

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3.9    Student Card Replacement

Upon first registration, each student is issued with a Student Identity Card free of charge. The
student should take good care of the card. A fee will be charged for each replacement card.

3.10   Fees

Tuition Fee for 2020-21 intake
2-year Part-time : the annual tuition fee for part-time study is HK$49,000;
1-year Full-time (Local) : the annual tuition fee for full-time study is HK$98,000;
1-year Full-time (Non-local) : the annual tuition fee for full-time study is HK$108,000

Over-due Tuition Payment
Students must pay their yearly tuition fees on the specified due dates (i.e. usually in July).
There will be a penalty for late payment. A penalty of HK$500 will be charged if payment is
not made by the due date. If the tuition fee and the penalty are not paid within ten days from
the due date, the student is considered to be unofficially withdrawn and must secure approval
for re-admission. In some special cases payments may be delayed without penalty upon
proper recommendation from the Director of Student Services and approval from the
Comptroller.

         Useful Tips

         Registration (For full-time student only)
         1. A full-time student of the University is not allowed to pursue simultaneously any
         programme at another tertiary institution. A student in breach of this regulation is
         subject to having his/her studies at the University discontinued.
         2. A full-time student should not take up any full-time employment, paid or unpaid,
         during the term.

         Course Registration
         You are required to check your course registration on myLingnan Portal
         https://myportal.ln.edu.hk/ at the beginning of each term. If you have submitted
         the application for adding/dropping courses in the first 2 weeks of the class, please
         check the course registration record on the Intranet after the add/drop period.
           Students should take all core courses within normative study period.

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4 4. Assessment, Examination and Graduation Regulations

4.1     Course Assessment

All courses will adopt a 100% continuous assessment scheme based primarily on students’
performance in class presentations and the quality of their term projects/papers or research
projects. We believe that this assessment method is more appropriate than examination, as
our programme puts heavy emphasis on students’ abilities of critical reflection and analysis.
Continuous assessment also serves the purpose of monitoring students’ progress and giving
timely feedback to students, which again will be more beneficial to their learning.

4.1.1 Outcome-based Approach to Teaching and Learning (OBATL)
            Lingnan University has put in place effective mechanisms to assure and enhance the
             quality of its education with a view to achieving the graduate attributes and
             learning outcomes exemplifying the qualities expected of Lingnan graduates.
            OBATL is grounded in a set of pedagogical and institutional values and principles
             that articulate clearly stated “intended learning outcomes” (ILOs) with a set of
             assessment tasks (methods) for measuring them.
            OBATL requires that assessment processes be based on clearly expressed criteria
             which are then used for determining the final grade (criterion-referencing).
            In other words, students are graded on the basis of attaining well defined learning
             outcomes (i.e., knowledge, skills, attributes criteria) rather than how they compare
             with their peer group (norm-referencing).

4.1.2     Use of Rubrics

Assessment Rubric for 100% C.A. (Percentage of each component varies for different
courses)
1) PARTICIPATION RUBRIC (Class and Tutorial)
                      Outstanding               Good                   Fair            Poor
                       (80-100%)              (65-79%)            (50-64%)          (0-49%)
 Participation   Actively participates   Actively             Occasionally       Rarely
                 in discussion;          participates;        speak;             speaks;
                 thoughtful comments     comments show        comments show      comments
                 which show a critical   satisfactory         some knowledge     are not
                 understanding of        understanding of     of assigned        related with
                 assigned readings or    assigned readings    readings but not   the readings,
                 related issues          ore related issues   well developed     not

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necessarily
     with the
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2) CREATIVE/PRACITCAL PROJECT (Product or Portfolio)

                       Outstanding             Good                       Fair                Poor
                        (80-100%)            (65-79%)               (50-64%)                (0-49%)
                  End-product or        End-product or        End-product or          End-product or
 Effort           portfolio             portfolio             portfolio               portfolio
                  demonstrates great    demonstrates          demonstrates            demonstrates little
                  effort and care.      sustained effort      inconsistent effort     effort and care.
                                        and care.             and care.

 Creativity and   End-product or        End-product or        End-product or          End-product or
 Inventiveness    portfolio             portfolio             portfolio               portfolio
                  demonstrates unique   demonstrates          demonstrates in some    demonstrates little
                  and thoughtful        creative and rather   respects creative and   creativity or
                  interpretation of     thoughtful            thoughtful              thought.
                  assignment, use of    interpretation of     interpretation of
                  resources, or         assignment, use of    assignment, use of
                  problem-solving.      resources, or         resources, or
                                        problem-solving.      problem-solving.

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3) RESEARCH PROJECT /TERM PAPER (Individual or Group)

                      Outstanding                      Good                     Fair                    Poor
                        (80-100%)                 (65-79%)                  (50-64%)                (0-49%)
 Research        Introduces a research     Introduces a research     Introduces a research   Fails to introduce a
 question or     question that is          question that is          question that is not    research question;
 problematic     analytical in nature;     analytical in nature;     analytical in nature;   fails to
                 that is highly relevant   that is relevant to the   that is slightly        demonstrate the
                 to the course; and that   course; that addresses    relevant to the         project’s relevance
                 addresses an original     a familiar topic/case     course; that            to the course;
                 topic/case.               yet covers new            addresses a familiar    repeats a
                                           aspects.                  topic/case while        topic/case without
                                                                     covering few new        covering new
                                                                     aspects.                aspects.
 Content         Demonstrates              Demonstrates              Demonstrates some       Demonstrates
 Knowledge       exemplary knowledge       satisfactory knowledge    knowledge of the        limited knowledge
 and             of the content and        of the content and        content and             of the content and
 Conceptual      concepts.                 concepts.                 concepts.               concepts
 Clarity
 Argumentatio    Clearly communicates      Consistently              Communicates a          Ineffectively
 n and           answer to the research    communicates answer       basic answer to the     communicates
 Communicati     question; Essay is        to the research           research question;      answer to the
 on*             organized clearly and     question; Essay           Disorganized            question; Lacks
                 easy for the reader to    demonstrates some         approach to the         organization of
                 follow. Multi-media       organization and is       question; some          thought and major
 * Multi-media   elements form             readable. Multi-media     obstacles to the        obstacles to
 elements only   thoughtful                elements form             reader's                reader’s
 present when    communication             effective                 comprehension.          comprehension.
 part of the     strategies.               communication             Multi-media             Multi-media
 assignment                                strategies.               elements do not add     elements are
                                                                     to effective            distracting.
                                                                     communication.
 Methodology,    Empirical claims are      Empirical claims are      Empirical claims are    Empirical claims are
 Resources,      based on solid            based on acceptable       based on less           by and large
 References      evidence or credible      resources and             acceptable resources    unsupported.
                 resources. Theoretical    evidence. Basic           or evidence.            Theoretical
                 references are            theoretical references    Theoretical             references are by
                 complete.                 are provided.                                     and large absent.

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references are partly
                                                                      provided.

4) PRESENTATION (Case Study or Tutorial Response)

                Excellent (80-100%)              Good                        Fair                     Poor
                                               (65-79%)                   (50-64%)                  (0-49%)
Research        Introduces a            Introduces a research      Introduces a research       Fails to introduce
/practical      research /practical     /practical question        /practical question         a research
question or     question that is        that is analytical in      that is not analytical in   /practical
problematic     analytical in nature;   nature; that is relevant   nature; that is slightly    question; fails to
                that is highly          to the course; that        relevant to the course;     demonstrate the
                relevant to the         addresses a familiar       that addresses a            project’s
                course; and that        topic/case yet covers      familiar topic/case         relevance to the
                addresses an            new aspects.               while covering few          course; repeats a
                original topic/case.                               new aspects.                topic/case
                                                                                               without covering
                                                                                               new aspects.
Content         Demonstrates            Demonstrates               Demonstrates some           Demonstrates
Knowledge and   exemplary               satisfactory knowledge     knowledge of the            limited knowledge
Conceptual      knowledge of the        of the content and         content and concepts.       of the content
Clarity         content and             concepts.                                              and concepts
                concepts.
Argumentation   Clearly                 Consistently               Communicates a basic        Ineffectively
and             communicates            communicates answer        argument;                   communicates
Communication   answer to the           to the research            Disorganized approach       answer to the
                research question;      question; Presentation     to the question; some       question; Lacks
                Presentation is         demonstrates some          obstacles to the            organization of
                organized clearly       organization and           audience's                  thought and
                and easy for the        comprehensible.            comprehension. Multi-       major obstacles to
                audience to follow.     Multi-media elements       media elements do           audience’s
                Multi-media             form effective             not add to effective        comprehension.
                elements form           communication              communication.              Multi-media
                thoughtful              strategies.                                            elements are
                communication                                                                  distracting.
                strategies.

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Methodology         Empirical claims are    Empirical claims are        Empirical claims are       Empirical claims
and Resources       based on solid          based on acceptable         based on less              are by and large
                    evidence or             resources and               acceptable resources       unsupported.
                    credible resources.     evidence.                   or evidence.
Discussion          The presenter asks      The presenters ask          The presenter asks         The presenter
Questions and       critical or provoking   solid and helpful           uninformed questions       raises irrelevant
Discussion          questions for           questions for               or not fully relevant      questions or fails
Leadership          further discussion.     discussion. Discussion      questions. Little          to raise questions.
                    Discussion leading      leading enables             discussion follows.
                    promotes                engagement.
                    engagement.

4.2     Grading System

The teacher of each course provides the students with written details of the assessment
methods and the relative weighting of each component in accordance with the approved
assessment scheme of the course. This should be done within the first two weeks of a course.

Numerical marks are given for each assessment component. At the end of a course, the final
total marks for each student are calculated, taking into account the weighting for each
component. The teacher will convert these numerical marks into final grades, which will then
be translated into grade points according to the following table:

                Grade                        Standard                            Grade Points
                A                            }                                              4.00
                                                            Excellent
                A-                           }                                              3.67
                B+                           }                                              3.33
                B                            } Good                                         3.00
                *B-                          }                                              2.67
                C+                           }                                              2.33
                C                            } Pass                                         2.00
                C-                           }                                              1.67
                F                                Failure                                    0.00
      *To qualify for graduation a student should obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or above.

To ensure fair and consistent grading across courses within the programme, all course grades
need to be endorsed by the Master of Cultural Studies Programme and Curriculum Committee
(MCS PCC) and the CS Department Board, which may make any adjustments deemed necessary.
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The grade sheets should be signed by both the course teacher and the MCS Programme
Director/Head of the Department after scrutiny by the Board. Only the final grades need to
be forwarded to the Registry. Course grades, once submitted, may not be changed unless
approved by the Department Board.

Grade F indicates failure. A student who receives the grade in the first term of a year course is
not normally allowed to continue with that course in the second term.

Grade I is a temporary grade which indicates that the course work or examination has not been
completed for reasons acceptable to both the teacher and the Board of Examiners concerned.
The assessment should be completed within four weeks after official release of the preliminary
assessment results, and the grade I will be converted to a final grade which includes all
assessment marks; otherwise, the grade I will be converted to grade F. The final grade will be
used in the calculation of grade point averages.

Pass or Fail grade may only be given as specified in the approved syllabus of the course
concerned.

4.3       Grade Point Average (GPA)

Term G.P.A.

This is a figure ranging from 0 to 4.00 (A = 4.00) used to indicate the performance of a student
in the term concerned.

Term G.P.A.

Total weighted points for all courses enrolled in during the term concerned

=     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Total number of credits#enrolled in during the term concerned

where weighted points = grade points x the number of credits of the course concerned.

#credits of relevant course only

Cumulative G.P.A.

This is a figure ranging from 0 to 4.00 (A = 4.00) used to indicate the overall performance of a
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student in all the terms up to date.

Cumulative G.P.A.

Total weighted points for all *courses enrolled in

= -------------------------------------------------------

Total number of credits 3 enrolled in for all terms

*with exception as stipulated in Regulation 14.3 (please refer to“Regulations Governing Taught
Doctoral/Master's Degree Programmes” at MyLingnan Portal.)

Courses enrolled, whether passed or failed, will be taken in the calculation of Term or
Cumulative G.P.A., but for courses which have been retaken, only the grade and weighted points
obtained in the final attempt will be included in the G.P.A. calculation.

4.4      Student Progression

A student will generally be subject to an academic review at the end of each term. In the case
where a student enrolled in less than 6 credits in a term, the academic review shall be done
when he/she has cumulatively enrolled in 6 credits or more. A student whose Cumulative G.P.A.
is below 2.33 at the academic review will be put on academic probation in the following term.
At the end of the term in which the student on academic probation has cumulatively enrolled
in 6 or more credits, if he/she obtains a Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.33 or above, probation will be
lifted. Otherwise, his/her studies will be discontinued. A student may be put on academic
probation for only one time in his/her whole period of study on the programme. After the
academic probation is lifted and the student continued on the programme, if his/her
Cumulative G.P.A. is below 2.33 at an academic review, his/her studies will be discontinued.

A part-time student who has not satisfied the requirements for graduation by the end of the
third year from the date of first registration will be required to pay a fee on a per course basis
subsequently. A full-time student who has not satisfied the requirements for graduation by the
end of the second year from the date of first registration will be required to pay a fee on a per
course basis subsequently. With due justification acceptable to the MCS PCC and upon approval
by the Cultural Studies Department Board, students may be permitted to suspend their studies
for up to two terms.

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4.5       Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation a student should have successfully passed 8 courses Note 5 or 9 courses
Note 6 and earned 24 credits in accordance with the course structure and requirements.

Evaluation for graduation will be conducted at the conclusion of the semester in which he/she
may satisfy all the conditions for the award of degree, including a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or
above. If a student is not allowed to graduate, he/she will be re-evaluated for graduation at
the end of subsequent semesters. The maximum period of part-time study will be 5 years from
the date of first registration. The maximum period of full-time study will be 3 years from the
date of first registration.

A student is required to graduate as soon as he/she satisfies all the conditions for an award
of the degree.

Note 5 - 8 courses: Four 3-credit core and four 3-credit elective courses; Note 6 - 9 courses: Four 3-credit core, three 3-credit

elective and two 1.5-credit elective courses.

4.6       Award Classification

Distinction will be awarded when a student achieves a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, and has
fulfilled the requirements for graduation of a master degree programme.

4.7      Supplementary Assessment

A student who fails to attend a test or an examination without a good reason will not be given
marks for that test or examination and no supplementary assessment will be given.

A student who is unable to sit for an examination but has medical or other compelling reasons
acceptable to the Academic Unit responsible for the course concerned may apply in writing with
documentary evidence to the Academic

Unit concerned for a supplementary assessment. The application should be made at the earliest
possible moment and no later than one week after the examination concerned is held.

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4.8    Appeal
4.8.1 Review of Grades and Reassessment

Appeals must be made within 5 working days from the release of preliminary examination
results. For details, please visit the Registry’s or our web page at
https://www.ln.edu.hk/reg/forms-for-registry-services/ OR
http://www.ln.edu.hk/cultural/programmes/MCS/mcsforms.php

4.8.2 Discontinuation of Studies

A student whose studies have been discontinued may appeal through the Registrar against the
decision. Details are stipulated in Section 9 of the Regulations Governing University
Examinations.

4.9    Course Attendance Requirement for Examination

N/A

4.10   Re-taking a Course

1.     Only the final grade obtained for a course retaken shall be counted in the Cumulative
GPA, and only the credits for the final attempt shall be counted towards fulfillment of
graduation requirements.
2.      A student who has passed a course with a C+ or lower grade shall be allowed to
improve the grade by retaking the course.
3.      Only two courses can be retaken for improving course results.
4.      A course can be allowed to be retaken only twice in all, whether to recover a failure or
to improve course results.
5.      For retaking a course to improve results, if the course is an elective, the student may
take it or take another elective.
6.      The low or failure grades of the first attempt (or second attempt if any) will still be
shown on the transcripts.
7.     A student shall be charged additional tuition fees for retaking a course. A student may
retake a required passed with grade C+ or below or take a substitute course (for elective
course only) approved in writing (form) by the Academic Unit concerned. Students are
required to register the substitution with the relevant programme office prior to
commencement of the term (e.g. before the deadline of add/drop period). Our programme
requires part-time students to pay the tuition fee in 2 installments in the first 2 years and full-

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time students to pay the tuition fee in one payment in the first year of study. Part-time
students can take a maximum of 10 courses (excluding retakes) within 3 years while full-time
students can take a maximum of 10 courses (excluding retakes) within 2 years while passes in
8 courses Note 5 or 9 courses Note 6 are required as a graduation requirement. Students shall be
CHARGED additional tuition fees for retaking courses.
Note 5 - 8 courses: Four 3-credit core and four 3-credit elective courses; Note 6 - 9 courses: Four 3-credit core, three 3-credit

elective and two 1.5-credit elective courses.

4.11 Academic Honesty

For details, please refer to https://www.ln.edu.hk/arts/first-year-students/academic-
honesty.php

4.12     Plagiarism and Online Tutorial on Plagiarism Awareness

Students should be aware of the University regulations about dishonest practice in course
work and the possible consequences as stipulated in the Regulations Governing University
Examinations.
To enhance students’ understanding of plagiarism, a mini-course “Online Tutorial on
Plagiarism Awareness” is available on https://pla.ln.edu.hk/.

       Useful Tips
        Application for Programme Services (including Official Withdrawal / Adding /
        Dropping Course(s) / Course Substitution / Notice to Retake Course(s) /
        Independent Study / Review of Grades / Reassessment )
        Please refer to https://www.ln.edu.hk/cultural/programmes/MCS/mcsforms.php

        Change of postal/email address and telephone number
        Please keep us informed by sending an email (mcs@ln.edu.hk) in case of any
        changes.

        As regulations may be reviewed, for the most updated regulations, please visit
        “Regulations Governing Taught Doctoral/Master's Degree Programmes” at
        MyLingnan Portal and
        http://www.ln.edu.hk/cultural/programmes/MCS/mcsregulations.php

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