For students admitted to UM in Academic Year 2017/2018 and after:
The curriculum of the new Honours Programme is designed to nurture high flying students into globally competitive leaders and intellectual achievers committed to collaborative and creative thinking for Macao and beyond. It provides students with courses for learning and practicing leadership, experience of study abroad, community engagement at residential college (RC) and service learning on and off campus. In completion of the programme, students will have:
- earned six credits honours courses
- gained study-abroad experience
- fulfilled the RC residency requirement
- completed a leadership & service learning requirement
Students have to complete one 3-credit lecture base honours course and one 3-credit honours project with a “B” or higher grade earned for each course.
|HONR1001 Self-Awareness and Social Responsibility||Required Elective
(Lecture base course:
choose 1 from these 3)
|HONR1002 Leadership Skills and Positive Influence|
|HONR1003 Communicating in a Global Context|
|HONR104 Honours Project||Compulsory
(Group project base course)
|Total credit requirement:||6|
Language of Instruction
English is the main language of instruction
HONR 1001 Self-Awareness and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
This course focuses on the processes that will facilitate students’ self-awareness and exploration of values, beliefs, and socio-cognitive skills for active participation as responsible citizens and leaders in the local community and globally. Through collaborative teaching and learning and peer socialization processes, students will engage in a range of individual and group projects related to personal development and social skill development fostering effective self-evaluation, networking, group work, social responsibility and service leadership.
HONR 1002 Leadership Skills and Positive Influence (3 credits)
Leadership is the ability to positively influence people and motivate them to collaborate for the common good. The course Leadership Skills and Positive Influence aims to build the self-confidence of students, enhance their social and collaborative skills, and provide them with concrete opportunities to demonstrate care and concern for their immediate community. It shall afford various means for students to nurture effective leadership skills, gain meaningful social experiences, and form good attitudes that will enable them to make a positive difference in society.
HONR 1003 Communicating in a Global Context (3 credits)
We all live today in a global context, where we frequently engage and interact with people from diverse cultural, national, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Living and working successfully in this global context requires an ability to understand and appreciate cultural diversity. By drawing insights from the fields of Communication, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology, this course will help students better understand the diverse values, beliefs, and behaviors of people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. This knowledge will facilitate students’ ability to interact and communicate effectively with people from those cultural groups.
HONR 104 Honours Project (Compulsory, 3 credits)
The course brings together students of different majors to conduct small group research and discussion on current issues of local and global communities, and everyday problems. Students are motivated to develop their skills on critical thinking, multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, and teamwork.
Students have to gain study abroad experience during their residency at UM with different levels of financial support and requirements stipulating by internal regulations. The experience must be credit bearing with a minimum of 3 abroad credits successfully transferred back to or earned from UM. Below are some ways to fulfill this requirement:
- A full time semester abroad at universities having agreement with the Honours College
- A full time semester abroad at universities having agreement with UM operated through the Global Affairs Office
- Credit-bearing abroad programme or requirement operated by faculties
- Credits earned in reputable universities abroad in summer and successfully transferred back to UM during the student’s residency at UM
- Students are required to have four-semester RC residency during their undergraduate study at UM
- For students admitted through recommendation of Masters of RCs and Dean of Students, they are required to have full (except study abroad period) RC residency during their undergraduate study at UM
- Students have to demonstrate their leadership skills and services on and/or off campus by satisfying requirements through the Whole Person Development Award Programme offered by the Student Affairs Office (SAO), or an equivalent programme recognized by SAO.
- With the Whole Person Development Award Programme, students are required to earn a minimum of 900 cumulative Competency Score (CS) with a minimum of 150 CS in each of the 5 core areas of development for graduation.
- Interpersonal Relation and Teamwork
- Healthy Living
- Cultural Engagement
- Citizenship with Global Perspectives
- Leadership and Service
For students admitted to UM in Academic Year 2016/2017 and before:
The curriculum is designed to shape high achieving students into globally competitive leaders and intellectual achievers committed to collaborative and creative thinking for Macau and beyond. Integration of the curriculum for the 3 years is with clear continuity. It features components in “Self-Discovery and Leadership”, “Study Abroad”, and “Honours Project” requiring students to earn 10 Honours credits from the college at University of Macau. Arrangement of the courses and required component are shown below.
|Degree Programme||Honours Programme||1st Semester||2nd semester|
|Year 1||Application preparation||Application preparation|
|Year 2||Year 1||HONR 201 Self-Discovery||HONR 202 Development of Leadership Skills|
|Year 3||Year 2||
HONR 3001 Leadership from a Global Perspective
|Year 4||Year 3||HONR 4000 Honours Project||HONR 4000 Honours Project|
Honours College students are student ambassadors of the University. They would be asked to serve the University from time to time in various capacities in order to gain more service learning experience.
HONR 201 SELF-DISCOVERY (2 credits)
This course focuses on the self discovery process to facilitate students’ self-awareness of personal style, values, leadership potential, etc. Group objective focuses on the development of an Honours’ College membership identity and team spirit to foster group learning in leadership. Course includes honours seminars delivered by leaders in their fields.
HONR 202 DEVELOPMENT OF LEADERSHIP SKILLS (2 credits)
This course focuses on students’ development of leadership skills on campus through small group coaching. Group objective includes peer input and feedback and the planning and implementation of a community project in summer. Course includes honours seminars delivered by leaders in their fields.
HONR 3001 LEADERSHIP FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE (2 credits)
This course focuses on learning cross-cultural skills and leadership from the global perspective. The goal is to prepare students to be a successful exchange student in the study aboard program. Course includes honours seminars delivered by leaders in their fields.
Students of the honours programme are required and funded to complete one semester of full time study in another country. Each outbound student is required to complete courses at the destination university equivalent to courses of the degree programme in the corresponding semester at her/his home unit. Students are advised to consult their advisors to plan ahead for courses to be taken in the destination university.
HONR 4000 HONOURS PROJECT (4 credits)
All students of the Honours College are required to complete a one-year honours project that leads to the development a scholarly product. It takes the form of an undergraduate research thesis/creative project mentored by a faculty member in the student’s field of study.
† Students have to present results of their projects at the “Undergraduate Honours Project Symposium” held in the end of each academic year. Resources are available through the funded undergraduate research program, students are advised to contact advisor of their home faculty to explore opportunities.
† For student whose major programme already requires a final year project, the Honours Project could be complementing the final year project with additional requirement; e.g. to require the writing of an academic paper from the project results for publication in an established conference or a refereed journal.
Language of Instruction
English is the main language of instruction.