Capstone Course Arrangements

Capstone courses (MATH4900/MATH4400) 2021-22

Overview:

  1. The information in this page is intended for students who have passed MATH2050 (or plan to pass MATH2050 in the First Semester 2021-22), and who intend to graduate in MATH by summer 2022.
  2. To fulfill the MATH graduation requirement, you must pass a capstone course, which is either MATH4900 (Seminar) or MATH4400 (Project). These two courses are mutually exclusive.
  3. If you are a MATH student, what you need to do in order to register for a capstone course varies according to your situation or choice:
    1. To take MATH4900 in the First Semester 2021-22, having passed MATH2050 already?
      • This is what most of you are expected to do. For the detail of follow-up action, go here.
    2. To take MATH4900 in the Second Semester 2021-22, having passed MATH2050 already?
      • Special action must be taken no later than 3rd July 2021. For detail, go here.
    3. Yet to pass MATH2050 as of summer 2021?
      • Special action must be taken no later than 3rd July 2021. For detail, go here.
    4. To take MATH4400 instead of MATH4900?
      • Special action must be taken no later than 3rd July 2021. For detail, go here.
  4. If you are a non-MATH student and intend to graduate with a second major in MATH by summer 2022, go here.
  5. For add-drop matters in MATH4900, go here.

To take MATH4900 in the First Semester 2021-22, having passed MATH2050 already?

  1. This applies to only those students who have already passed MATH2050. (If you are yet to pass MATH2050, go here.)

  2. There are seven sections of MATH4900 in the First Semester 2021-22. Each has its own theme.

  3. Registration for MATH4900 is to be done on CUSIS, during your course registration day (in early August, 2021), on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  4. The quota of every section is a hard quota. For this reason:

    1. No student in the waiting list of any section may be added to the respective section unless some student already registered to that section drops from the course.
    2. If you find yourself in the waiting list of a section during the course registration day, you had better register for another section immediately.
    3. If you had not already entered the class list of any one section after your course registration day, you might fail to register for the course at all, and end up delaying graduation.
    4. It will be up the department to decide what to do with the vacancies of MATH4900, after the end of the course registration period.

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To take MATH4900 in the Second Semester 2021-22, having passed MATH2050 already?

  1. This applies to only those students who have already passed MATH2050. (If you are yet to pass MATH2050, go here.)

  2. The number of places in MATH4900 in the Second Semester 2021-22 is very limited.
    The places will be open to only those students who can explain satisfactorily why they cannot take MATH4900 in the First Semester.

  3. To apply for a place in MATH4900 in the Second Semester 2021-22, write to the department, no later than 3rd July, 2021, stating your reasons.
    NO late application will be entertained.

  4. Applicants will be informed of the result by 11th July, 2021.
    1. Successful applicants will be pre-assigned to MATH4900 in the Second Semester, prior to course registration day.
    2. If your application is unsuccessful, you are expected to register for MATH4900 in the First Semester 2021-22. For detail, go here.

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Yet to pass MATH2050 as of summer 2021?

  1. In principle, you are not eligible to take MATH4900 until you have passed MATH2050.
    For this reason, you are NOT allowed to take MATH4900 in the First Semester 2021-22.

  2. You may apply for a place in MATH4900 in the Second Semester 2021-22, by writing to the department, no later than 3rd July, 2021.
    Failure to comply by this deadline may result in delay in graduation.
    You will be pre-assigned to MATH4900 in the Second Semester, prior to course registration day, and will be allowed to take up the requested place on condition of passing MATH2050 in the First Semester 2021-22.

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To take MATH4400 instead of MATH4900?

  1. To apply for a place in MATH4400, follow the procedure below:

    1. Check whether you are qualified for taking this course. Refer to the CUSIS for detail.
    2. Look for a potential project supervisor and obtain his/her consent to supervise the project, whether in the First Semester or the Second Semester 2021-22.
    3. After obtaining your supervisor's consent, you should make an online application here
    The closing date of application is 3rd July, 2021.
    NO late application will be entertained.

  2. Be aware that it could take, say, 10 days, for the teacher to decide. So do make your approach early.

  3. Applicants will be informed of the result by 11th July, 2021.
    1. Successful applicants will be pre-assigned to MATH4400 in the respective semesters, prior to course registration day.
    2. If your application is unsuccessful, you are expected to register for MATH4900 in 2021-22. For detail, go here.

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Capstone courses for second major in MATH.

  1. If you intend to take MATH4400, follow the same procedure as that for MATH students.

  2. If you intend to take MATH4900, you are expected to do so in the First Semester 2020-21.
    Write to the department,no later than 3rd July, 2021, to apply for a place in MATH4900 in the First Semester 2021-22.
    NO late application will be entertained.
    It will be up to the department to decide into which section you will be added.

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Add-drop matters in MATH4900.

  1. Once the CUSIS course selection day is over, the department will impose departmental add-drop consent to MATH4900 in CUSIS. You are not free to do electronic add-drop on CUSIS.

  2. You may apply for adding into, and/or dropping from, MATH4900.
    In such an application, you have to submit to the General Office of the Department of Mathematics the following documents:

    1. An add-drop form with the detail of your application.
      (In the case of dropping from MATH4900, the form needs be signed by the teacher of the respective section.)
    2. A letter justifying your application.

  3. The department will approve such an application only in exceptional cases.

  4. The deadline for add-drop applications is 1300hrs of the last day of the official add-drop period.
    NO late application will be entertained.