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Welcome to HKBU. We are thrilled that you have joined our big family!

As a new student at HKBU, you will be bound to have questions. We design the student orientation activities around you, helping you find the answers to your questions, transit successfully to university study, and get acquainted with our campus and digital learning and teaching resources.


Getting Ready for the New Semester

Online learning and teaching is widely utilised in higher education. Our University brings a paradigm shift to the teaching curriculum and assessment. Students are strongly encouraged to use the following materials to learn effectively in an online or mixed-mode environment.

Use of Moodle

Students should watch the video on how to access the study materials on Moodle. More video guides can be found on the Digital Learning & Teaching@HKBU website.

Use of Zoom

Although face-to-face classes have been resumed since AY2022/23, students should also learn how to attend online classes hosted by their teachers as a backup. A guide showing the basics of Zoom is available here.

University Life Orientation Workshop 2 (UOW2) - Insights into the 7 HKBU Graduate Attributes

For AY2023/24, the UOW2, part of the Academic Integrity and Ethics Awareness Programme (AIE-AP), will be conducted at the HKBU campus on 25 August 2023 (Friday).

Further details about your attendance will be sent to you via HKBU email.

Please check your newly registered HKBU email account regularly and stay tuned for any updates on the UOW2.

New Assessment

Assessments shall evaluate not only your understanding of the subject knowledge but also your capabilities to apply a repertoire of knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems throughout the learning process. In line with HKBU's recent paradigm shift to curriculum and assessment, new forms of assessment have been adopted in our courses. More details, including the assessment arrangements of your enrolled courses, will be provided by your teachers at the beginning of the semester.

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7 HKBU Graduate Attributes

“What do these have to do with me?”

Education at HKBU aims to unlock students’ potential and competencies in all aspects of whole person development, including intellectual, professional, moral, spiritual, cultural, social and physical. HKBU defines this philosophy underpinning its teaching programmes/curriculum and total university experience offered to university graduates (YOU) through a spectrum of Graduate Attributes.

It is to your advantage to develop the following Graduate Attributes, which represent the broad qualities/competencies necessary for YOU to contribute meaningfully to the communities and enhance your competitiveness in the workplace. These generic capabilities and qualities that help YOU participate effectively in society and employment include:

Be responsible citizens with an international outlook and a sense of ethics and civility
Have up-to-date, in-depth knowledge of an academic specialty, as well as a broad range of cultural and general knowledge
Be independent, lifelong learners with an open mind and an inquiring spirit
Have the necessary information literacy and IT skills, as well as numerical and problem-solving skills, to function effectively in work and everyday life
Be able to think critically and creatively
Have trilingual and biliterate competence in English and Chinese, and the ability to articulate ideas clearly and coherently
Be ready to serve, lead and work in a team, and to pursue a healthy lifestyle

Reference: approved by HKBU Senate in September 2008

Employers’ Expectations of University Graduates

“Why are the HKBU Graduate Attributes important to me?”

Employers in Hong Kong have expressed their desired qualities/competencies in YOU. These desired qualities/competencies comprise the 7 HKBU Graduate Attributes (GAs).

Source: The Hong Kong SAR Government’s “Survey on Opinions of Employers on Major Aspects of Performance of Graduates”.

Your Learning Development at HKBU


(A) Learning Analytics for Your Studies

To understand the expectation and actual experience during your time at HKBU, as well as enable you to reflect on your academic progress, two learning analytics initiatives, namely the Student Learning Experience Questionnaire and the University Academic Profile, have been put in place at HKBU.

Student Learning Experience Questionnaire (SLEQ)

As a student, it would be useful for YOU to think of learning as an ongoing process in which your expectations and actual experience can fuel your development as you progress in your study and life at HKBU. To assist YOU as well as the University in understanding the experience of your study, university life and how good you are about the Graduate Attributes of the University, the Student Learning Experience Questionnaire (SLEQ) will be conducted at different points along the timeline of your stay at HKBU:

Year 0 Student Learning Experience Questionnaire
Before the commencement of your study programme

Year 1 Student Learning Experience Questionnaire
At the end of your first year of study

Year 2 Student Learning Experience Questionnaire
At the end of your second year of study

Year Final Student Learning Experience Questionnaire
During the final year of your study before you graduate


Your responses will help you understand your expectation and experience. More importantly, your participation in the Student Learning Experience Questionnaire will provide important data for the University to improve its learning and teaching initiatives continuously. Our timely support in both academic and personal growth could also be rendered to YOU if necessary.

To help you trace and track your completion towards the exercise, after completing each Student Learning Experience Questionnaire, you will receive your report on your progress as compared with the previous one, as well as against the progress of your fellow students. The report will provide you with useful information about your education at HKBU.

University Academic Profile (UAP)

Throughout your studies at HKBU, YOU will be encouraged to reflect, in various ways, on your academic progress. The University Academic Profile (UAP) is here to provide you with an opportunity to monitor your academic progress and performance over your years spent at the University. With your own Academic Profile, you can reflect on your learning progress at any time and think about the areas you want to improve further and develop as you look ahead to your future career path closer to graduation.

The UAP is conducted several times during the course of study at HKBU:

New students will complete the UAP before they kick off their academic journey at the University, to provide some baseline information.

As students progress in their second year of study, they will complete the UAP again to provide interim data.

Towards the end of the study in their final year, students will complete the UAP for the last time to help assess their readiness for a career.

“How do I know my achievements?”

You may view your result of the Student Learning Experience Questionnaire and UAP here.

(B) Academic Integrity and Ethics Awareness Programme (AIE-AP)

HKBU’s Policy on Academic Integrity

At the heart of university education, there must be an emphasis on students developing academic integrity and ethics, essential proper conduct for their personal growth and future professional careers.

Academic integrity is a cornerstone of HKBU’s Whole Person Education ethos, and HKBU takes academic integrity very seriously. As one of HKBU’s University Life Programme requirements, the Academic Integrity and Ethics Awareness Programme is specifically designed to reinforce and stress the obligations of all students to uphold the highest standard of academic integrity at HKBU.

There are two major components in the AIE-AP, conducted at the start of your study at HKBU to signify that you are expected to behave ethically with integrity not just at HKBU, but for the rest of your life as you become a life-long member of the HKBU community. The two major components are:


University Life Orientation Workshop 2 (UOW2)
Insights into the 7 HKBU Graduate Attributes

* Please remember to check your HKBU email account for details.


Academic Integrity Online Tutorial (AIOT)


All undergraduate students are expected to complete the AIE Awareness Programme as soon as practicable as they are essential and helpful for studying at HKBU.

Academic Integrity Online Tutorial (AIOT)

HKBU offers AIOT as an introduction to promoting academic integrity by increasing your awareness of the issues involved. Using pertinent cases as examples, each of the six modules in AIOT provides information and strategies that can be applied to avoid committing academic misconduct unintentionally.

If you fail to complete the above three steps before the end of your 2nd semester, you may be barred from accessing the course grades or enrolling for courses.

Please refer to the deadline specified in your University Life Programme Attendance Record in BUniport.

More details of the step-by-step guide to the Academic Integrity Online Tutorial are available here.

Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) at HKBU

“What can I achieve after taking the courses?”

Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) is primarily concerned with focusing on what you are actually learning and how well you have learnt it. OBTL is a pedagogical process which, as its name suggests, focuses on the achievement of certain specified results.

Micro Level:

The course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), the Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs), and the Assessment Methods (AMs) are constructively aligned at the course level.

Macro Level:

Courses in any given programme at HKBU are further aligned to their respective Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs), which will facilitate the students’ attainment of the HKBU Graduate Attributes (GAs).

Criterion-Referenced Assessment (CRA) is adopted for effective OBTL implementation. Here are two important concepts of CRA:

The document, Policy for the Assessment of Student Learning, is available on the BUniport. There are some points you should not miss:

Digital Learning & Teaching@HKBU

“What does this have to do with me?”

HKBU provides state-of-the-art technology platforms, including Moodle and Zoom, to support digital learning and teaching. With various digital learning & teaching tools and led by experienced faculty and staff, HKBU strives to deliver interactive, convenient and engaging learning experience for our students.

The Digital Learning & Teaching@HKBU website can guide you on how to:

“What can I do with these digital learning & teaching tools?”

Learning Management System - Moodle

eSurvey Tool - QuestionPro

Personal Response System (PRS) - LivePolls (by QuestionPro), Mentimeter, Slido

Anti-plagiarism Tool - Turnitin