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Mandatory Common Core Programme

Research postgraduate students are required to complete the Mandatory Common Core Programme (MCCP) before confirmation of candidature. The Programme aims to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to better prepare themselves for their academic career at HKBU and beyond. 

MCCP comprises credit-bearing and non-credit programmes. Research postgraduate students are required to take:

  1. Two credit-bearing courses, namely, Advanced English for Academic Purposes (two units) and Teaching University Students (one unit).  
  2. Other non-credit bearing courses are required based on their disciplines, for example, research ethics, academic integrity, entrepreneurship, research support skills and laboratory safety. 


Students are pre-registered to the required MCCP courses as far as possible, in the first year. In case of time conflict with other classes, these courses should take priority and there is no provision for students to change sections. 

Please check your enrolled sections from 20 August 2018 for each of the MCCP courses via BUniPort > Progress for Mandatory Common Core Programme.  

MCCP timetable for 2018/19 Semester 1

MCCP Course

Section

Duration

Target Students

Date/Time

Venue

MCCP7010

 

1

9 October to 20 November 2018

(break on 6 November)

All

14:30-17:00 (Tue)

ACC209

2

11 October to 22 November 2018

(break on 8 November)

All 14:30 -17:00 (Thu) ACC209

*MCCP7020

1 11 September to 4 December 2018 Non-SCI 11:30 -13:20 (Tue)
15:30-17:20 (Thu)
OEM603
2 11 September to 4 December 2018 Non-SCI 11:30-13:20 (Wed)
12:30-14:20 (Fri)
OEM603
3 11 September to 4 December 2018 SCI/SCM 11:30-13:20 (Tue)
12:30-14:20 (Thu)
OEM609
4 11 September to 4 December 2018 SCI/SCM 15:30-17:20 (Tue)
15:30-17:20 (Thu)
OEM609
5 11 September to  4 December 2018 SCI/SCM 14:30-16:20 (Tue)
15:30-17:20 (Fri)
DLB719
CVA108

MCCP7030

1

-

-

Online tutorial via HKBU Moodle

-

MCCP7090

1

17 September 2018

SCI/SCM

10:00-12:00 (Mon)

RRS905

MCCP7100

1 14 September 2018 Non-SCI

14:30-16: 20 (Fri) 

2 hours one-off

RRS905

MCCP7110 

1 14 September 2018  SCI/SCM

9:30-11:30 (Fri)

2 hours one-off

RRS905
MCCP7120 1 TBC  TBC 2 hours one-off Main Library L2 Multipurpose Room
2 TBC TBC 2 hours one-off Main Library L2 Multipurpose Room
3 TBC TBC 2 hours one-off Main Library L2 Multipurpose Room
4 TBC TBC 2 hours one-off Main Library L2 Multipurpose Room
5 TBC TBC 2 hours one-off Main Library L2 Multipurpose Room
MCCP7130 1 - TBC

Online tutorial via HKBU Moodle

(plus one in-person talk that is optional)

-

MCCP7140

  - All

Online tutorial via HKBU Moodle

2 hours one-off

-

 

*Note 1: From week 1 to week 7, students attend 4 hours per week; from week 7 to week 11, students attend 2 hours per week.

 

Components of the MCCP courses are:

MCCP Courses

No. of Unit(s)/ Hour(s)

Offering Units

Teaching University Students

Teaching University Students (MCCP7010)

1 unit

CHTL

Description: The course aims to prepare research postgraduate students to undertake a role in teaching undergraduate students. It provides an introduction to the basic theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to begin teaching at university.

Advanced English for Academic Purposes

Advanced English for Academic Purposes MCCP7020)

2 units

LC

Description: Offered as a compulsory course to all research postgraduate students at HKBU, Advanced English for Academic Purposes aims to socialize the students into the research community where knowledge is constructed and contested through conference presentations, research article publications and thesis writing for research degrees. Through this course, students will develop competence in presenting their research ideas effectively in seminar/conference presentations and writing research article/thesis manuscripts for disciplinary journals and their research degrees.   Students will study the language, features and format of the various stages for preparing conference presentations, publishing research articles and writing theses and develop a scholarly voice of appropriate style and tone through critically analyzing and imitating sample research journal articles of their fields. Strategies of language re-use will be taught to improve accuracy in academic writing and to avoid plagiarism through the use of data-driven learning techniques.

Academic Integrity

Online Tutorial on Academic Integrity (MCCP7030) 
(Do it online via HKBU Moodle)

1 hour

CHTL

Description: Using pertinent cases as examples, the six modules in the Academic Integrity Online Tutorial (AIOT) provide information about academic integrity and how to demonstrate it. Each module explores what it means to plagiarise with interesting illustrations and a self-test allowing you to gauge students’ understanding of the topics. In addition, the Tutorial provides strategies that can be applied to avoid committing academic dishonesty.

Research Support Skills

Effective Literature Searching (MCCP7120)

2 hours

LIB

Description: Literature searching is essential at all stages of the research process. This session will provide an overview of strategies and tools needed to achieve a thorough review of the literature. Participants will gain confidence in searching and obtaining information using specialized tools and databases provided by the University Library.

Introduction to Scholarly Communication and Publishing (MCCP7130)

2 hours

LIB

Description: The scholarly communication and publishing landscape continues to develop and change rapidly. This online course will equip participants with knowledge of both traditional scholarly publishing as well as newer open access models so that they can make informed choices when deciding where and how to publish their own research. Guidance will be provided on the typical manuscript submission process to enable participants to craft their own personal publication strategy. Finally, an overview of bibliometrics and altmetrics will help participants make educated use of these measures in assessing the impact of both their own scholarship and that of others.

Entrepreneurship

Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong (MCCP 7140) (Also known as BEST1001)

2 hours KTO
Description: This course is a compulsory course offered to all research postgraduate students at HKBU. This course is the first entrepreneurship training platform launched for learning entrepreneurial mindset and skills. Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu from UC Berkeley is the course instructor. By the end of the course, students will acquire the skills and ability to see and evaluate an opportunity; overcome setbacks; communicate in a way to get others to help you; change your mindset from fixed to growth; improve your innovation behaviors; and improve your career path.

Discipline-specific MCCP Courses

SCI/SCM

Research Ethics Issues for Science Discipline (MCCP7090)

2 hours

HASC

Description: This course aims to prepare research postgraduate students who need to conduct experiments relating to cells, microbiological organisms, plants, and animals to understand the importance of research ethics.

Laboratory Safety (MCCP7110)

2 hours

EO

Description: This course aims to familiarise laboratory users with the laboratory safety policies, emergency procedures, guidelines and practices of the University. This course is designed for laboratory users engaging in scientific research or equipment involving the use of chemicals, biological agents or other harmful substances such as radioactive substances.

Non-SCI/SCM

Research Ethics Issues for Humanities/Social Sciences Discipline (MCCP7100)

2 hours

HASC

Description: This course aims to prepare research postgraduate students who need to conduct research and investigations of various topics involving human subjects to understand the normative requirements of research ethics.