Year 1 Subjects
Year 2 Subjects
Year 3 Subjects
Year 4 Subjects
Elective Subjects

Year 1 Subjects
Code
Module
Credits
Duration
Pre-requisite
DSFD1101 
Creative Thinking  

For training the student’s ability of creativity, knowing the difference between art and design, using different teaching methods to stimulate students to look and discover new thinking and build unique perspectives, learning to build solid foundation for future design profession and create self-initiation and creativity. This is both a theory and practical lesson. The subject is to teach thinking methods such as mind map, lateral thinking, etc., and it states the importance of creativity and the usage of creativity at the areas such as design, illustration and visual arts.
3
45 hrs
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DSFD1102 
Design Drawing  

This subject is to train students for hand drawing skills and image thinking ability. Training starts from object observation and analysis, understanding the three dimensional construction. The learning continues with drawing skills of different media to do line, shading and texture, to reflect objects’ shapes and conditions. Students should learn to draw with subjective concept and perform visual exploration and present with new creative solution.
3
45 hrs
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DSFD1103 
Visual Composition  

This subject is to train student’s understanding of visual elements and the composition theory, including two dimensional compositions, colour, image planning, texture, and design expression. To enhance the art and aesthetic judgment and creativity, through different exercises students will understand the knowledge of visual composition and its application in different areas of design.
3
45 hrs
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DSTR1101 
Introduction to Design  

This subject is to introduce and discuss design and its impact to human development including art, economy, technology, culture and society. It includes the essences, developments and impacts of design to the recognition of professions. The study will lead students to better understanding of the essence of design and its related issues such as humanity, nature and society. In addition, the subject will discuss design as a way of innovative thinking and encourage critical thinking and professional ethics.
3
45 hrs
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ENGL1101 
English I  

The primary focus of this subject is to develop the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of post-secondary students at an A1 level of English. It also aims to promote students independence, confidence and sound study skills.
3
45 hrs
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LLAW1101 
Constitution and Basic Law  

Through studying of the Chinese Constitution and the Basic Law of Macao SAR, students will gain knowledge of the principles and contents of the Chinese Constitution and the Basic Law. It helps student to understand fully and clearly about these laws and to maintain and uphold the laws into effect in the one country two systems of Macao SAR.
3
45 hrs
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COMP1101 
Information Technology  

The mankind has entered into the age of the internets. Information can be easily retrieved in many channels now. Information technology is closely related to everyday life. This subject is to teach software operations and relevant applications in different areas, and it will help students to judge the legitimacy of information and to transfer them into productivity.
3
45 hrs
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DSFD1104 
Type and Information Design  

This subject will explore the relationship between type and information design. It will cover type structure, style, function and visualisation principles. Students will learn to create functional and attractive visual messages for communication. Contents also cover type, chart, symbol, and graphics system. This learning makes visual communication faster, more accurate and efficient. Students will learn using types to determine a better legibility of a message, logical expression and functionality for visual communication.
3
45 hrs
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DSFD1105 
Image and Narrative  

This subject is a fundamental training for narrative and expression, using creativity imaging to control effective visual communication. Study includes imaging, symbol and symbolic interpretation, so as to master the skills of focus and perspective changing, text and image interpretation to create dynamic messages. Works should present individual personality. Image applications should include hand drawing, photography, collage, digital imaging, comic strip, storyboard, conceptual handmade books and illustration skills to enhance the quality of the narration.
3
45 hrs
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DSFD1106 
Space and Structure  

This subject is to let students to get control in three dimensional structure, compositional theory and functional planning. Understanding the elements such as texture, form, colour, materials, and principles such as point, line, shape and composition. Students will learn to appreciate the aesthetic and dynamic quality of form and structure. Furthermore planning for function through case study and everyday life situations, students will gain knowledge in dealing with spatial problems.
3
45 hrs
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DSTR1102 
History of Art and Design  

From history, culture, religion, society, political and economic perspectives, this subject is to introduce the major art and design movements of the western and oriental culture, starting from the stone age to the contemporary era, including the cause of the movement, development, the important artists and designers also their works. The discussion of movements and styles with particularly the concepts will benefit student’s appreciation and understanding in their future design innovation and aesthetic judgment.
3
45 hrs
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ENGL1102 
English II  

The primary focus of this subject is to practice and improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of post-secondary students at an A1 level of English. It also aims to promote students independence, confidence and study skills.
3
45 hrs
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Year 2 Subjects
Code
Module
Credits
Duration
Pre-requisite
DSIN2101 
Job Shadowing  

Job shadowing is conducted during the summer between the second and third academic years. Beyond the classroom study, students will be trained in a progressive scheme in an organisation, and will gain knowledge and experience related to professional skills, practice and career prospect. At this period, students have already secured proper design skills and knowledge. Through job shadowing, students can apply their design thinking and organisational skills and understand operation of the industries.
3
45 hrs
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DSSK2101 
Art and Design United  

This subject is to introduce art topics turned into design expressions of both national and international scale. Topics will be analysed for concepts, total presentation, business models and social responsibility, etc. Students will analyse art, history, culture and general aesthetics to discover design resources, ideas and creative patterns. Utilising the principles found before to explore and develop new visual elements and expression to complete the new jointed development of art and design.
3
45 hrs
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DSSK2102 
Photography and Cinematography  

Under the background of the world history of photography, this subject introduces different periods and genres of photography. Through appreciation of great works and major movements, students will learn the historical development, mass media, technological trends and aesthetics concept. With this understanding, the subject will also cover the creative practice for students to handle the procedures of image making techniques, and to perform thematic imaging works.
3
45 hrs
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ENGL2101 
English III  

The primary focus of this subject is to develop the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of post-secondary students at an A2/B1 level of English. It also aims to promote students independence, confidence and sound study skills.
3
45 hrs
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DSSK2103 
Multiplatform Publishing  

This subject is to introduce the characteristics of multiplatform publishing, starting from design layout, user experience to expectation. Through carefully study of the trends or user behaviours, students learn to create a new combination of communication platforms including traditional and digital channels. Student will use different visual elements to create a message with both interactive and communicative functions.
3
45 hrs
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DSSK2104 
Design of Everyday Things  

This subject is to make traditional forms of everyday things into a design. Design in its competitive environment always covers the needs of our lives. Concerns about improving quality of life such as personal health, mass behaviour and environmental hazards. It lets students understand the ultimate purpose of design and how we can improve our everyday life with design which can build new standard, function and aesthetics for the time.
3
45 hrs
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ENGL2102 
English IV  

This subject aims to expose students to styles of art, advertising, promotions and attitudes. Students will collaborate with each other to produce a short skit, an advertising clip and a poster to promote the finished article. There will be regular reviews and questions.
3
45 hrs
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Complete 1 subject from the elective group A1  

3
45 hrs
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Complete 1 subject from the elective group B1  

3
45 hrs
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Complete 4 subjects from the elective group A, B or C  

12
180 hrs
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Year 3 Subjects
Code
Module
Credits
Duration
Pre-requisite
DSSK3105 
Construction and Facilities  

This subject is to teach technical skills and knowledge for understanding and using construction drawings. It includes understanding of equipment, drawing skills, legends, basic computer operations of drawing software, top view, front view, section drawings. Production facilities and working procedures will also be discussed.
3
45 hrs
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DSTR3103 
Design Criticism  

This subject bases on theory of visual culture and criticism to analyse the nature of contemporary design and culture. Focusing on the internet era, globalisation and cross media and geographical factors, it aims to develop students’ critical thinking and analysis of innovative thinking with design discussion and criticism.
3
45 hrs
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DSSK3106 
Digital Production For Design  

This subject will introduce how to handle 2D and 3D images and basic digital preparation of traditional and digital printing, colour matching and management knowing software and knowledge in printing technology and paper quality. It emphasizes in practice. There will be exercises and field trip for students to understand the management of modern printing industry.
3
45 hrs
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DSSK3107 
Globalization and Design Practice  

This subject aims to teach students to design strategies for global design issues. By exploring Macao or adjacent regions and cultures within the city development, discussion leads to the global issues of urban planning, and that it will let students form their own recognitions for multiculturalism. The subject will also introduce urban design methods, such as public design, city planning, etc. It will make students understand the elements and structure of multicultural urbanism such as architecture, form and characteristics of the city.
3
45 hrs
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DSIN3102 
Internship  

Internship is a ten-week practice period during the summer between the third and fourth academic year. Students will seek this opportunity to find local or foreign design companies themselves for industry practice experience. Through the internship, student will further enhance working experience, as well as establish a professional working attitude.
3
300 hrs
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Complete 2 subjects from the elective group B1  

6
90 hrs
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Complete 4 subjects from the elective group A,B or C  

12
180 hrs
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Year 4 Subjects
Code
Module
Credits
Duration
Pre-requisite
DSGD4101 
Graduation Design I *  

This subject is a preparation stage of the graduation project design. Contents will cover tutorials of making a design plan with creative purpose, using design experiment and validation to prove the originality and suitability of design theme, and setting up design methods and strategy, finally design management and research lead to a meaningful and creative outcome which will elevate the design paradigm.
3
135 hrs
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DSIT4101 
Concept in Design Integration  

This subject aims to train students' integration and creativity through theoretical and practical design. Through focusing on a real design problem from NGO or governmental department, student gains experience in deep research, company operation and problem solving skills. In respect to the nature and condition of the companies, students will address the design solutions, which must plan and cover different disciplines of design. Proposed project will have a total integrating strategy for answering the needs for design.
3
45 hrs
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DSTR4104 
Design Research  

This subject is a theoretical preparation for the graduation project design, student needs to choose a topic to research. By using different research methods, student will learn data gathering and analysis. In order to achieve the result of research, planning for expected design solution and evaluation of application will develop and enhance student’s decision and ability to use valuable information, creative thinking and power of research and exploration, with that to elevate the design standard and meaning.
3
45 hrs
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DSGD4102 
Graduation Design II *  

This subject is an execution stage of the graduation project design. Contents will cover intensive tutorial sessions of making design to the final stage, using early stage design experiment and validation for the proof. Students will make change and execution to the final result which must be strongly presented in the theme of design with clear contents of purpose.
3
135 hrs
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DSIT4102 
Practice in Design Integration  

This subject aims to train practical designers from different design disciplines through management and integrated thinking. The design will serve NGO or governmental department, using the early stage research, client discussions and design strategy analysis. It makes innovative strategy and eventually comes to a practical design solution and presentation with integrated result.
3
45 hrs
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DSSK4108 
Design Strategy and Management  

This subject aims to promote the operational and management skills to design students. Through different types of design projects, learning the process from early stage of administrative strategy to the later manifestation, students gain responsibility and team spirits. Practical and moral ethics will benefit them for better communication and cooperation, especially for their careers after graduation.
3
45 hrs
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Complete 4 subjects from the elective group B1  

3
45 hrs
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Elective Subjects - Group  A1
Code
Module
Credits
Duration
Pre-requisite
CHIN0110
Introduction to Chinese Culture

This subject introduces relevant knowledge about Chinese traditional culture, including thoughts, arts, literature, rite and customs, and the system of rules and regulations, etc. It aims to let students understand China's broad and profound traditional culture and understand the impact of cultural changes on contemporary social life.
3
45 hrs
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HIST0101
Macao History and Culture

This subject is to introduce the history of Macao since settlement by early Portuguese during Ming dynasty. Special interests of colonial period of Macao and return of its sovereignty to China, and Macao’s historical, cultural and economic changes arouse interesting aspect of its multiculturalism through the long period of exchange with the West. Today a community that cherishes many different languages, religions, ethnic origins and life styles will embrace the profound history of cultural exchanges and value of the world city. This subject will cover topics of the city’s history, culture, industry, social expression and multiculturalism.
3
45 hrs
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PEDU0101
Physical Education

This subject will let student realise the concept of physical fitness. According to health and physical conditions, students learn to improve physical fitness by choosing suitable sports, and continue with a lifelong habit of health exercises. It provides skills for popular sports and exercises, and in addition for other sport related workshops. This subject encourages students to enjoy, participate and acquire basic knowledge for sport and safety measures.
3
45 hrs
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Elective Subjects - Group  B1
Code
Module
Credits
Duration
Pre-requisite
ARTS0101
Aesthetic Appreciation

This subject leads students to appreciate the beauty of traditional and modern art forms such as architecture, paintings, sculptures, music, dramas, films and animations etc., using reasonable and objective criticism to comment their multiplicity, historical styles, form and structures. Learning and appreciate various motives of art and design, and its aesthetics for betterment of mankind.
3
45 hrs
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ARTS0102
Stories of Famous Paintings

Painting as a form of art has a long history of development, either in the western and eastern cultures, or different areas of the world will have their own histories and paths for creation, thus produced many deep expressions and works of art. A good painting can transcend the spirit of the time, also reflect the aesthetic and the insight of an artist. Through different topics and narrations, this subject will get deep into the understanding behind the works of the artists and retrieve the profound meaning in art.
3
45 hrs
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ARTS0103
Arts and Films

Cinema as a form of art, including many components such as music, art and many kinds of expressions, and popular dramatic contents; therefore cinema is a well-recognised form of art and entertainment. This subject will use different themes to introduce cinema as an art form, and will also discuss the subject, artistic elements and quality such as documentary of famous artists.
3
45 hrs
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ARTS0104
Introduction to Arts

This course is a study of the origins, characteristics, essentialities, aesthetics and functions of various art forms. Arts from different cultures, including forms, expressions, appreciations, implementations, inter-exchanges, and effects on human being are the centre of study.
3
45 hrs
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ARTS0105
Appreciation of Stage Music

Stage music including theatre music, folk/ethnic opera, opera, musical, film music, etc. will be the centre of study. Topics including, but not limited to, the relationship between music and drama, music and lyric/libretto, music and dramatic development, music and acting, various orchestration and instrumental ensembles related to stage performance are the centre of discussion.
3
45 hrs
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BUSS0101
Entrepreneur and Innovation

This subject aims to teach the operation concept and business models for innovation and entrepreneurship. First to introduce the business for design industry, from creative service to manufacturing then marketing, each step is with different procedures and considerations. This subject will explain incubating resources, makers, accelerators and different business models and operations for creative industry, with these knowledge students will learn how to start a business with their own design and creative ideas.
3
45 hrs
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Elective Subjects - Group A
Code
Module
Credits
Duration
Pre-requisite
DSCC0101
Cultural Creativity and Design

This subject is to introduce the theory and development of the cultural creative industry and a wide range of variety of products related to it. Utilising visual communication design to create products for different kinds of cultural creative industry, and produce an effective promotional scheme.
3
45 hrs
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DSCC0102
Living Space With Cultural Creativity

This subject will lead students to understand different cases of utilising Cultural Creativity to develop markets, understanding the chain of productivity and policy in areas such as cultural creative group activity, cultural tourism, festival and creative community. For the practical aspect, this subject will teach students to explore local possibility and generate a series of product related to spatial and living, including products, handcrafts, interior display, spatial design or even multimedia, and let design becomes the most valuable development.
3
45 hrs
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DSCC0103
Marketing and Advertising Design

This subject mainly teaches advertising and marketing theory and creative design skills. Through understanding branding and advertising strategy to develop suitable creative plan and application for different communication media, including graphic design, outdoors advertising, film and internets applications, and using these media for marketing and promotional needs.
3
45 hrs
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DSCC0104
Event and Exhibition Design

This subject will teach spatial display design knowledge and skills, including spatial understanding and creativity, from two-dimensional to three-dimensional schemes, complete design procedures and production considerations such as materials applied. Furthermore, this subject appreciates the integrated usages of graphic design, interactive and audio-visual facility and to fully understand the exhibition design business and its role for the industry.
3
45 hrs
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DSCC0105
Visual Communication Design

This subject trains visual communication design theory and skills, developing concepts with thinking and aesthetics, methodology and information applied for practical usages, such as graphics symbols, types, and materials, by combining different considerations to create holistic design solution.
3
45 hrs
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Elective Subjects - Group B
Code
Module
Credits
Duration
Pre-requisite
DSTC0101
Interaction Design

This subject will introduce the history and development of interaction design and the importance of its role in modern design. Students will learn different interactive applications and to understand its impact to the contemporary world. Through the analysis and learning of different interactive techniques, students develop interaction design concepts and create prototypes with corresponding technology.
3
45 hrs
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DSTC0102
VIdeo Production

This subject will introduce and analyse case studies of video imaging and study the methods of media presentations. Through teaching basic software and procedures, students learn the process and the creative methods of the video production, preparing the pre-production and post-productions such as editing and colour management, shaping the student’s abilities of skills, creativity, communication and team work spirits, and eventually to produce a new dimension of video works.
3
45 hrs
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DSTC0103
Motion Graphics

This subject introduces the usages of motion graphics in communication media. Analysing 2D graphics, learning the principles and the skills of different patterns of animated graphics. Focusing on practice, procedures, applications and related software with full exercise to stimulate student’s creativity to learn constructing 2D graphics into motion graphics.
3
45 hrs
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DSTC0104
Advanced Technology Application

This subject is to focus the popular technology and concept used in the design market, teaching will be conducted in an interactive atmosphere in order to help students to utilise the technology for the future. The process will start from ideation to project development and planning, and finally to the integrated technological application. It will let students understand how to nurture the creative ideas with the support of innovative technology.
3
45 hrs
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DSTC0105
Animation Design

This subject mainly teaches animation art, learning from animation case studies and character styling to produce main focus and skills for character making. Study in different camera angles, narratives and related software, students will explore the techniques of storytelling and the uses of type, sound, images, camera language and variations of perspective to create effective and meaningful story.
3
45 hrs
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Elective Subjects - Group C
Code
Module
Credits
Duration
Pre-requisite
DSCN0101
Sustainable Design

The regulations and standard of sustainability will be introduced. Students will learn the full meaning of sustainable design and international practice, through green foundations, technology, sustainable material and applications. Also, students will learn to deal with environment issues with sustainable concept during a design process and give concern to natural environment and city surrounding.
3
45 hrs
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DSCN0102
Community Design

This subject will teach the principles and development of community design, using the research to do field study of the community, then to explore and assess the possibility of applying community design by active experiment. This subject is a cross disciplined group study and activity. Its purpose is to promote new thinking and innovation for caring the community and the humanity of the society.
3
45 hrs
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DSCN0103
User Experience Design

This subject will focus on user experience design and its applications by using design ethnography as research method, and to promote new value and experience for a design domain. By setting up personas, flow chart, and conceptual video to form a design prototype and validate the value of its design process. It cultivates the students’ ability in research and innovative thinking.
3
45 hrs
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DSCN0104
Experimental Design

This subject will use art, media and experiment to set new perspectives for design. It will lead students to do research and experiment, and through that it will prove the predetermined value and purpose by using different media to validate and reconsider the possibilities behind. It develops students’ critical thinking and the determination of finding new experience and applications in design.
3
45 hrs
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DSCN0105
Environmental and Visual Design

This subject combines spatial and visual design theory and explores the possibilities of spatial design and visual communication. Utilising the spatial environment as the focus and create thematic innovative concept of design, and let visual design present three dimensional effect. Project will emphasize spatial perspective and the relationship with information display. The study will use experimental process through graphic presentation and model making to create a whole new dynamic design with new possibility, aesthetics and functionality.
3
45 hrs
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Note:

* The total hours of this subject including 10 hours of face-to-face teaching, with the remaining hours devoted to the students completing the graduation project.
   
  Students are required to take the subjects from the elective group A, B, C in the second and third academic years to obtain 24 credits, of which 15 credits must be from the same elective group.
   

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