Division / Teaching Staff
Code of Practice (Research Postgraduate Studies)
Dec 2017
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Preface
Content
1. Role of Stakeholders    
  1.1 Stakeholders 1
  1.2 Interaction between student and Supervisor 2
  1.3 Graduate Panel 4
2. Basic Information on Programmes and Courses   
  2.1 Research postgraduate programmes 5
  2.2 MPhil-PhD Programmes 5
  2.3 Strategic goal statement for research postgraduate programmes 6
  2.4 Graduate attributes of research programmes 6
  2.5 Modes of study 7
  2.6 Jointly supervised programmes 7
  2.7 Courses 8
  2.8 Course code and sequence 8
  2.9 Cross-institutional courses and Joint Centre for Advanced Study 9
3. Admissions   
  3.1 Admission process 10
  3.2 Entrance requirements 10
  3.3 Quality of students admitted to RPg programmes 10
4. Registration/Residence Requirements/Leave of Absence  
  4.1 Orientation 12
  4.2 Student registration 12
  4.3 Course selection 12
  4.4 Residence requirements 13
  4.5 Normative and maximum study periods 14
  4.6 Shortening of the normative study period 14
  4.7 Programme change or transfers candidature 15
  4.8 Leave of absence 17
  4.9 Student visa 18
  4.10 Employment 18
5. Supervisors   
  5.1 Assignment of Supervisors 20
  5.2 Eligibility requirements of a Supervisor 20
  5.3 Induction of new Supervisors 21
6. Progress towards Graduation   
  6.1 Graduation requirements 22
  6.2 Course requirements 22
  6.3 Postgraduate students taking undergraduate courses 23
  6.4 Research thesis and oral examination 23
  6.5 Candidature for doctoral degree 23
  6.6 Candidacy Examination or Qualifying Examination 24
  6.7 Improving Postgraduate Learning 24
  6.8 Research Ethics Training 25
  6.9 Other requirements 25
  6.10 Course and unit exemptions 25
  6.11 Study Plan and Progress Report for RPg Studies 25
  6.12 Departmental duties and teaching assistance 26
  6.13 Language policy 26
7. Assessment and Examination   
  7.1 Assessment of academic performance 28
  7.2 Course grades 28
  7.3 Assessment Panel 29
  7.4 Examination administration 29
  7.5 Grade appeal process 30
  7.6 Unsatisfactory performance 30
8. Thesis   
  8.1 Preparation for research and thesis writing 31
  8.2 Research ethics 31
  8.3 Procedures 31
  8.4 Declaration of intention to submit thesis/portfolio 33
  8.5 Thesis Assessment Committee 33
  8.6 Thesis proposal and defence of proposal 34
  8.7 Submission of thesis/portfolio 34
  8.8 Oral examination 35
  8.9 Written examination 36
  8.10 Thesis/Portfolio grades and follow-up actions 36
  8.11 Re-submission 37
  8.12 Deferment of submission of thesis/portfolio 37
  8.13 Submission of final version of thesis/portfolio 37
  8.14 Copyright of RPg theses 37
9. Services and Support for Students   
  9.1 The Chinese University Student Information System (CUSIS) 39
  9.2 Graduate School Platform 39
  9.3 Student Advisory System 39
  9.4 Library facilities 40
  9.5 Language training 40
  9.6 Independent Learning Centre 41
  9.7 Information Technology Services Centre 41
  9.8 Student services and student activities 42
  9.9 Student hostels 43
  9.10 Student association 44
  9.11 University Health Service 44
  9.12 Other cultural/recreational/sports facilities and services 44
  9.13 Safety and environmental issues 45
10. Financial Assistance and Fees   
  10.1 Postgraduate Studentship 47
  10.2 Grants for academic travel and Global Scholarship 48
  10.3 Other financial assistance and scholarships 48
  10.4 Student fees 48
  10.5 Payment schedule of tuition fee 49
11. Academic Honesty and Disciplinary Action   
  11.1 Academic honesty 51
  11.2 Infringement of copyright 51
  11.3 Graduate School Disciplinary Committee 52
12. Appeals and Complaints  
  12.1 Complaint process 53
  12.2 Policy against sexual harassment 55
  12.3 Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance 57
13. Course Evaluation and Feedback   
  13.1 Course and Teaching Evaluation Questionnaire 58
  13.2 Feedback via Research Progress Report 58
  13.3 Exit survey (Survey on Research Postgraduate Programmes) 58
14. Credentials  
  14.1 Academic results 59
  14.2 Transcripts 59
  14.3 Letter of Certification 59
  14.4 Report on Curriculum Details 60
  14.5 Graduation Certificate 60
  14.6 Replacement of Graduation Certificate 60
  14.7 Certified true copy of the Graduation Certificate 60
       
Sources of information contained in this Code of Practice       61