Associate of Science in Information Systems Development

Information Systems Development Programme

The programme prepares students for further studies in a wide range of computer science degree programmes and employment in diverse industries. With a focus on software development, students learn skills in areas such as object-oriented analysis and design, programming languages, software testing, and project management. We also emphasize the development of soft skills like problem-solving and teamwork. Students can engage in sponsored live projects...

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Programme information

Faculty Science and Technology
Programme Associate of Science in Information Systems Development
Programme code AScISD
Campus Tai Wai
QF level 4
Duration 2 years
Credit units 63CUs
Award type Associate Degree  
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Validity period
17/000298/L4
01/09/2020-31/08/2024

This programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.

Leaflet

Programme Leaflet of the AScISD programme in 2024-25

Enquiry

For enquiries, please contact Faculty of Science and Technology (Telephone No: 2707 3232 or Email: uowchk-fst@uow.edu.au).

For admission to Associate Degree (AD)/Higher Diploma (HD) programmes, applicants must satisfy ONE of the following:

1) Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

  3 Core Subjects + 2 Elective Subject(s)
HKDSE Subjects Chinese Language(Note1) English Language(Note2) *Citizenship and Social Development Any 1 Elective Any 1 Elective
Level Requirement 2 2 Attained 2 2
  • Obtain Level 2 or above in five HKDSE subjects including Chinese Language (Note 1) and English Language (Note 2);
  • If a subject under “other languages” is used for meeting the requirement in (a), a minimum of grade E is required;
  • A maximum of two Applied Learning subjects graded “Attained” or above can be included for meeting the requirement in the first point of this section;
  • Satisfy programme-specific entrance requirements (Only applicable to Associate of Business in Administration in Accountancy)
  • * Applicants with previous HKDSE subject result of A040 ‘Liberal Studies’ will be used as the alternative of the core subject requirement of A045 ‘Citizenship and Social Development’.

2) Other Qualifications

Most school-leaving qualifications deemed equivalent to those stipulated below are recognised. These may include any ONE of the following:

  • Completion of the UOWCHK Diploma in General Studies / Diploma of Applied Education programme (Note 3) or a one-year full-time Pre-Associate Degree programme;
  • Completion of Diploma Yi Jin (Note 4);
  • Grade E or above in one General Certificate of Education A-level (or A2)/International A-Level subject (Note 1) . Two Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level subjects will be considered equivalent to one GCE A-Level. The same subject may not be counted at both the A Level and AS Level;
  • A National University Education Entrance Examination (普通高等學校招生全國統一考試) score above the cut-off lines set for entry into non-government universities (本科二批分數綫)(Note 4) and a minimum English score of 100. Please refer to Chinese version for details;
  • Other equivalent qualifications, including International Baccalaureate Diploma, are also accepted as satisfying the entrance requirements.

3) Mature Applicants

Mature applicants must be over the age of 23 by 1 September of the year of admission and be able to demonstrate aptitude and suitability for the programme applied for.

 

Notes

  1. For applicants who have either learned Chinese Language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education or learned Chinese Language for 6 years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese Language curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in local schools, alternative Chinese Language qualifications (GCEAL/AS Chinese grade E or GCSE/IGCSE Chinese grade C) or grade E in HKDSE “other languages” can replace Chinese Language level 2;

  2. GCE/GCSE/IGCSE subjects, TOEFL or IELTS cannot be used to replace English Language Level 2;
  3. Successful completion of the Diploma in General Studies will fulfil the entrance requirement to UOWCHK associate degree programmes (except Associate of Social Science in Social Work);
  4. For students who have successfully completed the Maths Plus elective course, the qualification acquired under the Programme is comparable to the attainment of Level 2 standard in five subjects including Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics in the HKDSE Examination.
  5. The College may admit those applicants whose scores are below the cut-off lines but who can demonstrate good aptitude for the programme at admission interview.

Fees

Application Fee

HK$150

Application fee is payable when applicants are invited for interviews.  Application fee can be paid by the following methods:
  1. By direct deposit at any branch of the Hang Seng Bank or ATM transfer (Bank Code: 024) (A/C number: 359-300001-004)
  2. OR
  3. By Octopus Card at the College Office

Tuition Fee

HK$1,900 per credit x 63 Credits unit required for Programme Completion
= HK$119,700 (Total tuition fee for two years)

Other Fee

A Graduation Fee of HK$400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/ Associate Degree / Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000
Website:         Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students

Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree

Enquiries:        2150 6222
Website:          Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students    

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses.

Eligible applicants enrolling in courses on/after 1 April 2019 will be reimbursed 80% of the course fee on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable course.

Eligible applicants enrolling in courses on/after 1 August 2022 will be reimbursed 80% of the course fee for the first HK$10,000 subsidy and 60% of the course fee for the remaining HK$15,000 subsidy, subject to a maximum sum of HK$25,000 (an increase of the CEF subsidy ceiling from $20,000 to $25,000), on successful completion of a reimbursable course.

Students should pay attention to the eligibility criteria from the Continuing Education Fund before submitting the application.

Enquiries:        3142 2277
Website:          Continuing Education Fund

Programme structure and outcomes

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

PILODescription
1. Use a range of tools, programming languages, methodologies, and quantitative skills to undertake information systems development work;
2. Apply technical knowledge and skills, and well-proven software models and work responsibly as a team to develop secure, robust, and reliable quality business information systems;
3. Practise in an ethical and professional manner, and apply safety and health measures at work;
4. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using English and Chinese in a culturally diversified workplace;
5. Examine the major socio-political, cultural and economic issues affecting information systems development in the local, national, regional and international contexts; and
6. Relate the major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology, society and organizations to the study of Information Technology.

Main subject areas

  • Information systems
  • Computer programming
  • Database systems
  • System design methodology
  • Language and general education

Programme study flow

 
Programme structure

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit units by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course Code Course Name  
Programme Core (36CUs)
Sem A, Year 1  
AST10106 Introduction to Programming
AST10201 Computer Organization
AST10303 Understanding Network Centric World
Sem B, Year 1  
AST11110 Introduction to Web Development
AST21105 Object-Oriented Programming and Design
AST21111 Discrete Mathematics
Sem A, Year 2  
AST10111 Basic Calculus and Linear Algebra
AST20105 Data Structures and Algorithms
AST20208 Mobile Applications Development
AST20401 Database Systems and Design
AST21402 Software Design
Sem B, Year 2  
AST21119 Ethics in Technology
Programme Electives (6CUs)
Sem B, Year 2  

Select any one:

AST20201 or
AST20203

 

Web Programming
Internet Security

Select any one:

AST20404 or
AST21403

 

Information Systems in Business
Software Development Project
Language Skills (9CUs)
CGE1000* / 1500 English for Academic Studies A / B
CGE2003 English Professional Communication Skills for Technology
CGE1200** Practical Chinese
General Education (12CUs)
CGE12412 Appreciation of Western Art
CGE14411 Critical Thinking
CGE23216 Environment and Technology
CGE25411 Understanding Society

Please visit the General Education page for more details.

*   Students whose DSE score of English Language is below 3 are required to complete this course

** Students who are non-Chinese literate can take a course among the core General Education courses in lieu of CGE1200 Practical Chinese at the recommendation of Programme Leaders and approval by the Chairman of Academic Board

Further Studies Pathways

The table below is not exhaustive and only aims to show some examples of the bachelor's degree programmes offered by UGC-funded institutions and University of Wollongong, Australia which have admitted our past graduates. Our graduates also articulate to various overseas degree programmes offered in Hong Kong.

University of Wollongong, Australia

UOW College Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer and Data Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Information Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Creative Media

Hong Kong Baptist University

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Information Engineering

The Education University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Secondary) - Information and Communication Technology

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Computing and AI (Computer Science / Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence / Enterprise Information Systems)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science

The University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Management

 

Career prospects

Graduates of this programme can pursue roles such as software developers, web developers, mobile app developers, database administrators, system administrators, and IT project managers. They can find jobs in various industries including business, engineering, web and app design, media computing, and the innovation and technology sector. The programme also provides a solid foundation for further studies in computer science or related disciplines, opening additional career pathways in research, academia, and advanced technology roles.

Meet our graduates

MO Yin Yi2020 - Outstanding Student Leader Award 2016 - Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Environment and Resources Management 2014 - Associate of Science in Environmental Studies

Programme introduction video