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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, 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 15 January 2018 for each of the MCCP courses via BUniPort > Progress for Mandatory Common Core Programme.  

MCCP timetable for 2017/18 Semester 2

MCCP Course

Section

Duration

Target Students

Date/Time

Venue

MCCP7010

1

From the week of 8 Mar 2018 to 19 Apr 2018
(6 lessons)

All

THU 12:30 - 15:20
(except 5 Apr break) 

ACC209

MCCP7020

1


- Thesis Writing
From the week of 19 Jan to 27 Apr 2018
(11 lessons)

- Oral Presentation
From the week of 22 Jan to 16 Mar 2018
(6 lessons)

except for the week of 12 Feb, 19 Feb & 2 Apr.

All

WED 11:30 - 13:20 (Writing)

OEW704

TUE 14:30 - 16:20
(Oral)

2

All

FRI 11:30 - 13:20
(Writing)

OEW704

THU 14:30 - 16:20 (Oral)

3

AVA + BUS+ COMM + SOSC

WED 14:30 - 16:20
(Writing)

OEW704
 

MON 12:30 - 14:20
(Oral)

CEC801

MCCP7030

1

one-off

All (Click here to do it online)

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MCCP7040

1

one-off

AVA + BUS+ COMM + SOSC

19 Mar 2018 (MON)
12:30 - 14:20
 

Multipurpose
Rooms, Level 2,
Library

2

All

20 Mar 2018 (TUE)
14:30 - 16:20
 

Multipurpose
Rooms, Level 2,
Library

MCCP7060

1

one-off

All

16 Mar 2018 (FRI)
09:30 - 11:20

Multipurpose
Rooms, Level 2,
Library

MCCP7090

1

one-off

SCI + SCM

18 Jan 2018 (THU)
15:00 to 17:00

RRS905

MCCP7100

1

one-off

ARTS + AVA + BUS + COMM + SOSC

12 Mar 2018 (MON)
15:00 to 17:00

RRS905

MCCP7110

1

one-off

SCI + SCM

23 Jan 2018 (MON)
10:30 to 12:00

OEW601A

MCCP7120

1

one-off

AVA + BUS+ COMM + SOSC

26 Mar 2018 (MON)
12:30 - 14:20

Multipurpose
Rooms, Level 2,
Library

2

All

27 Mar 2018 (TUE)
14:30 - 16:20
 

Multipurpose
Rooms, Level 2,
Library

 

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

- Postgraduate Presentation Skills in Practice
- Postgraduate Thesis Writing in Practice (MCCP7020)

2 units

LC

Description: This course is a compulsory course offered to all research postgraduate students at HKBU and it has two principal components. The first component aims to develop postgraduates’ competence to present their research ideas effectively and to equip them with the skills to answer questions appropriately in seminar/conference presentations as well as oral defenses. The second component focuses on the language needed to report on the various stages of a thesis. It also analyzes thesis organization and stresses the importance of avoiding plagiarism.

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

Introduction to Scholarly Communication (MCCP7040)

2 hours

LIB

Description: Academics need to be aware of how their research findings will be disseminated to and evaluated by the wider scholarly community. In this session, new research postgraduates will learn about current trends in this area, with a particular focus on the open access movement. Additionally, quantitative measures of academic impact (e.g. citation, counts and journal rankings) as well as the emerging importance of “altmetrics” will be discussed.

The Insider’s Guide to Getting Published (MCCP7060)

2 hours

LIB

Description: This session will provide authors with guidance and advice on the preparation and submission of their manuscripts. Participants will get the inside scoop from one of the top scholarly journal publishers on how academic papers are selected for publications. The speakers will share with the details of the review process, and give advice to authors on the preparation and submission of their manuscripts.

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 full-text resources using Library and online tools.

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.