3rd Year Week 4 TT03

Topic: Examinations or a modular system: which one works better

Translate the following (292 words) passages into Chinese

The Faculty of Science operates on a modular course structure under which the students are given the choice of a wide spectrum of modules offered by all the departments in the Faculty and selected departments in other faculties. Each course is offered in terms of a "module" with a specific workload that is tied to a specific "modular credit" ("MC"). Every student declares his/her subject of specialisation, called "Major" or "Concentration", upon admission to the Faculty. Each Major or Concentration constitutes a subject programme that comprises a basket of modules that the students can choose to read. By completing a selected and specified number of modules within this basket, the candidate will have accumulated a number of modular credits (MCs) and hence has fulfilled the "Major" requirement, which is part of the requirements for graduation. This system offers every individual to design his/her academic programme and schedule. It gives maximum flexibility to all students to choose their courses of study according to their interest and aspirations. It enables all candidates to complete their degrees at a pace which matches their academic abilities. Under this modular structure, the more capable students could graduate with minimum time, participate in overseas exchange programmes and carry out research projects whilst those who have failed some of their modules are spared the penalty of repeating years of study.

All modules are offered on a semester basis. The academic year is divided into two semesters (normally July-Nov and Jan-April) and a shorter Special Term (May-June). The academic session starts in July every year although admission is possible in January. Normal classes are held during the semesters although a number of modules are also offered in the Special Term. Examinations are normally held at the end of each semester/term.