the Work-Integrated Education (WIE)
Department of Computing
Responsible staff: Rocky K. C. Chang (2766-7258)
0. [ WIE opportunities ]
1. What are rationales for the new WIE requirement?
The new WIE requirements are intended to address 2 aspects of student's learning at the PolyU:
Professional knowledge and skills, and
Attributes for all-roundedness.
Therefore, the first aspect intends to further enrich the students' knowledge and skills in the Computing/IT discipline. The second aspect is to sharpen the students' other equally, if not more, important attributes, such as communication, working in teams, exposure to professional working contexts, which usually cannot be acquired in a classroom setting. In other words, the motivations for the WIE are essentially the same as that for the Department to institute the mandatory Industrial Placement Program in our programs many years ago.
2. How does the new WIE requirement affect my curriculum?
The new WIE requirement applies to ALL year-one students in the academic year 2005/06 and thereafter. Note that the year-one students include the advanced students as well.
All the students are required to accumulate at least 4 WIE credits before their graduation which are outside the 90 academic credit requirement.
Each WIE credit can be obtained by completing 78 hours of the approved activities.
3. What kinds of activities can be counted towards the WIE requirement?
The kinds of activities that can counted towards the WIE requirement can be very broad for the Computing/IT discipline. In general, they must satisfy all of the followings:
They must contain some elements that are relevant to the Computing/IT discipline.
They must be structured in the sense that the WIE activity should be well defined beforehand (in contrast to ad hoc tasks).
They must be conducted in a recognized organization outside the Department, and the outcome can be effectively and accurately assessed by the Department.
The WIE activities, however, do not have to be remunerated.
4. What kinds of approved WIE activities are available?
The students may participate either one of the following two broad categories of approved WIE activities.
The 48-week placement program which usually take place after the second-year study. Visit the placement portal for more information. After completing the placement program, the student will be able to accumulate 24 WIE credits.
Other shorter-term activities.
While it is impossible to give an exhaustive list of activities in the second category, the followings are some examples of suitable WIE activities.
Work in a local/overseas company/organization on IT assignments as a summer job or part-time job (through the SAO's PGDP program, IASTE exchange, the Department's announcements, or other channels).
Work in the PolyU administrative departments and the Industrial Center on IT assignments as a student helper.
Volunteered work with recognized organizations on IT assignments.
Participate in high-level consultancy or collaborative research projects that require the student to work with external companies / organizations.
5. What kinds of activities are definitely NOT WIE activities?
Once again the following list of nonWIE activities is not an exhaustive list.
Student helpers in COMP's technical team
Non-IT work of any kind, such as clerical, marketing, sales, data entry, etc
6. Do I need to find those WIE activities myself?
For the first category of WIE activities (the 48-week placement), the Department will work with the placement companies to provide the placement positions. For the second category, the students are encouraged to find the suitable positions from various channels, such as
the SAO's PGDP program,
the IASTES' overseas summer exchange,
Summer jobs occasionally announced by the Department.
7. Can I satisfy the WIE requirement from more than 1 activity?
Yes, you can. There are different ways to accumulate the 4 WIE credits (4 x 78 = 312 hours). For example,
one can work on a single summer job to fulfill the requirement. Or,
one can work on a single part-time job.
Another may work on 2 part-time jobs to fulfill the requirement, etc.
However, the students are discouraged from engaging in "many" small activities to fulfill the WIE requirement, because such small activity may not meet the requirements under item 3.
8. Can my past job experience be counted towards the WIE requirement?
Yes, only if your experience was gained
during your HD or Associate Degree studies. In this case, you can submit the
necessary documentation to us (see this
9. What are the procedures for the WIE management?
For the 48-week placement, please follow the procedures detailed in the placement portal.
For the shorter-term activities, please follow the procedures detailed in the WIE portal.
10. What would happen if I cannot accumulate enough WIE credits before graduation?
The WIE credits are required for graduation. A failure of accumulating the required number of credits will delay the student's graduation.
27 February 2007