Programme Information

The Department of English offers a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Programme which is designed to help students build a sound knowledge base in English literature and linguistics as well as develop strong language and cultural awareness essential for an increasingly globalised world and economy. The Programme covers a rich and diverse range of topics aiming to broaden students’ horizons intellectually and personally. The integration of Business Studies modules in the curriculum also makes it unique with both academic and practical relevance.

This is a four-year degree programme and there are two semesters of 15 weeks per year. Each module consists of three credits, with every credit comprising a minimum of 15 contact hours. Students are required to study at least 43 modules of 129 credits over 4 years.

There are four Study Areas – English Studies, Business Studies, Free Electives and Common Core Modules.

Programme Objectives
Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)
First Year Modules
Second Year Modules
Third Year Modules
Fourth Year Modules
Elective Modules
English Electives (Semester 2, 2019/20)
Programme Objectives

The Programme will enable students to:

  1. learn independently and to think critically;

  2. gain solid knowledge in the concepts, theories and applications of English studies (literature and linguistics), supplemented with fundamental knowledge in business studies;

  3. face challenges using critical thinking, creativity, analytical skills and problem-solving abilities acquired from their training in language, linguistics and literature;

  4. use knowledge of language and literature to develop an understanding of local and global issues, developments and cultures;

  5. communicate effectively in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Putonghua) in biliterate and trilingual environments, including academic and business-related contexts;

  6. put knowledge and theories of linguistics, literature and language studies into practice, including business-related purposes and contexts;

  7. develop and broaden their understanding and appreciation of the world and its diverse communities and cultures;

  8. work independently or in a team with effective social and interpersonal skills from the learning process.
Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

On completion of the Progamme, students should have acquired the following standards:

  1. knowledge of genres, themes and movements in English literary studies, as well as knowledge of form, function, meaning and usage in linguistic studies;

  2. knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts in which English literature has been written and shaped, and theories of modern linguistics have developed and evolved;

  3. skills of critical inquiry, appreciation, interpretation and evaluation, argument, and written expression;

  4. research skills to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise information, ideas and concepts from literary, non-
    literary texts and linguistic data;

  5. cultural and global awareness through literary and linguistics studies;

  6. capacity for adaptability and for appreciating diversity in the workplace;

  7. effective communicative skills in English and Chinese in biliterate and trilingual environments, including academic and business-related contexts;

  8. knowledge and skills to undertake further study within the discipline or to pursue a career in business-related settings.

First Year Modules

Business Core Modules

  • MGT1001 - Introduction to Business
  • MGT1002 - Principles of Management

Common Core Modules

  • CHN1000 - Freshmen Chinese
  • CHN1002 - Chinese Literature Appreciation
  • ENG1005 - English Communications I
  • ENG1006 - English Communications II
  • GEN1000 - Perspectives on General Education
  • 1 Quantitative Methods (QM) Module (Choose ONE)
      -  AMS1001 Introduction to Linear Algebra and Calculus
      -  AMS1303 Probability and Statistics
      -  AMS1360 Excel in Daily Money Management
      -  AMS2001 Quantitative Methods for Business Management

English Core Modules

  • ENG1100 - Introduction to Literature
  • ENG1200 - Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENG1205 - English Lexical Studies
  • ENG2100 - Exploring the Genre of Poetry
Second Year Modules

Common Core Modules

  • CHN2001 - Applied Putonghua
  • ENG2200 - The Grammar and Structure of English
  • 3 GE Cluster Core Modules
  • 1 Information Technology (IT) Module (choose ONE)
      -  COM2001 Information Systems in Business
      -  COM2005 Introduction to Computer Programming
      -  COM2006 Database Management Systems

English Core Modules

  • ENG1300 - English: Past, Present and Future
  • ENG2101 - Exploring English Novels
  • ENG2102 - Drama and Theatre
  • ENG2205 - The Sound Systems of English

Free Elective Modules

  • 1 Free Elective Module
Third Year Modules

Business Elective Modules

  • 1 Business Elective Module

Common Core Modules

  • 1 GE Cluster Core Module
  • 1 GE Cluster Elective Module

English Core Modules

  • ENG3110 - Shakespeare and his Universal Themes
  • ENG3200 - Meaning and Language

English Elective Modules

  • 4 English Elective Modules

Free Elective Modules

  • 2 Free Elective Modules
Fourth Year Modules

Common Core Modules

  • 1 GE Cluster Elective Module

English Elective Modules

  • 6 English Elective Modules

Free Elective Modules

  • 2 Free Elective Modules
Elective Modules
Quantitative Methods (QM) Modules
  • AMS1001 Introduction to Linear Algebra and Calculus
  • AMS1303 Probability and Statistics
  • AMS1360 Excel in Daily Money Management
  • AMS2001 Quantitative Methods for Business Management
Information Technology (IT) Modules
  • COM2001 Information Systems in Business
  • COM2005 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • COM2006 Database Management Systems
Business Elective Modules
  • Any modules with module code ACY, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT or SCM.
GE Cluster Modules
Examples of English Electives
  • ENG3111 - Realism: from Reason to Sentiment in 17th and 18th Century Literature
  • ENG3112 - Romanticism
  • ENG3113 - Victorian Literature: The Rise of Science in the Nineteenth Century
  • ENG3114 - Modernism
  • ENG3120 - Children’s Literature
  • ENG3121 - Women in Literature
  • ENG3222 - Corpus Linguistics
  • ENG3225 - Language and the Mind
  • ENG3226 - Teaching English as a Second Language
  • ENG3230 - Language and Society
  • ENG3320 - Hong Kong Literature in English
  • ENG3321 - Postcolonialism: the Step-Mother Tongue
  • ENG3322 - New English Voices and the Global Market
  • ENG3323 - Voices in the Melting Pot
  • ENG3324 - National Values and Identity in American Literature
  • ENG3325 - Class, Power and Capitalism in American Literature
  • ENG3326 - Ethics, Popular Cultures and American Literature
  • ENG3327 - English-Chinese Contrastive Analysis
  • ENG4120 - Story of Success: Autobiography
  • ENG4121 - Literary Theory and Criticism
  • ENG4220 - Learning English as a Global Language
  • ENG4221 - Conversation Analysis
  • ENG4225 - The Nature of Linguistic Research
  • ENG4230 - Prosody and Intonation
  • ENG4235 - Structure and Meaning
  • ENG4320 - Film & Literature
  • ENG4321 - East-West Comparative Literature
  • ENG4322 - From Literary Studies to Cultural Studies
  • ENG4323 - Exploring Economic Canons in Literary Contexts
  • ENG4324 - Survival of the Fittest: Darwinism and Survival Literature
  • ENG4325 - Applied Corpus Linguistics for Business Communication
  • ENG4330 - The Economics of Language
  • ENG4335 - Discourse Analysis: Business and Other Genres
  • ENG4421 - Senior Project (Literature)
  • ENG4422 - Senior Project (Linguistics)
English Electives (Semester 2, 2019/20)
  • ENG3114 Modernism
  • ENG3121 Women in Literature
  • ENG3225 Language and the Mind
  • ENG3226 Teaching English As A Second Language
  • ENG3326 Ethics, Popular Cultures and American Literature
  • ENG3327 English-Chinese Contrastive Analysis
  • ENG4235 Structure and Meaning
  • ENG4322 From Literary Studies to Cultural Studies
  • ENG4421 Senior Project (Literature)*
  • ENG4422 Senior Project (Linguistics)*
    *For students enrolled in the module in Semester 1 only

The table below illustrates the number of core and elective modules in each Study Area.

Study Area No. of Core
modules (Credits)     
No. of Elective
modules (Credits)    
Total no. of modules
studied (Credits)         
English studies                                       10 (30) 10 (30) 20 (60) 46.5%
Business studies 2 (6) 1 (3) 3 (9) 7.0%
Free Electives 0 (0) 5 (15) 5 (15) 11.6%
Common Core Curriculum 13 (39) 2 (6) 15 (45) 34.9%
i. General Education 5 (15) 2 (6)    
ii. Languages        
• English 3 (9)      
• Chinese 3 (9)      
iii. IT Skills and
Quantitative Methods
2 (6)      
Total: 25 (75) 18 (54) 43 (129) 100%


QF Level: 5

QR Registration No.: 18/000835/L5

Registration Validity Period: 08/11/2018 To 14/03/2024

Primary Area of Study / Training: A08 Languages and Related Studies

Other Area of Study / Training: A03 Business and Management

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