THE first comprehensive review on the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's education system is being conducted and will be completed by the end of the year. The review will include research on students' workload, choices of subjects and the school's honours system. Questionnaires are being designed and opinions of lecturers, university students and outsiders will be sought. There will also be case studies on specific faculties and departments which many students have complained about before. Yip Kin-fai, president of the students' union, said a working group had been set up under the union to work on the project. ''The working group, comprising seven student representatives, has just submitted a proposal to the university. We hope the university will accept the results and make improvements,'' he said. He said this summer the university saw its first batch of undergraduates and it was a good time to conduct a review. Data collecting would start when the new school term begins in September. The results were expected to be ready after Christmas, he said. Recommendations would be made based on the results and they hoped the university would accept the suggestions and make improvements. Mr Yip said the working group had located some cases for in-depth investigation. ''We are studying the workload in Computer Studies and Electronic and Engineering departments,'' he said. ''Heavy workload has long been a feature in our university. We have received many complaints from students about this problem. ''Many computer and engineering students said they had more homework and tests than other departments and other universities. He said some students complained they had to work overnight at computer rooms. ''We will talk to some lecturers of the university and academics outside to find out if the workload really is too heavy and whether it is necessary.'' Another area the working group would study was the university's credit system. Mr Yip said his university differed from others in the way that it put equal emphasis on students' performance during all three years of study. ''Other universities put focus more on students' second and third year performances so that students are allowed to take more general subjects in their first year's studies. ''But we cannot. In our first year's education, we have to contribute as many credits as in the second and third years,'' he said. He said the group would seek advisers from school to help with the project, but the work would be done independently from the school. The cost would be paid by the union.