BSc (Hons) in Analytical and Testing Sciences

  • Programme aims and objectives:
    • To provide students with a broad-based training in all major scientific disciplines for supporting their study in analytical science which is multi-disciplinary in nature;
    • To provide students with a solid knowledge base and skills in a variety of techniques used to solve a diversity of problems in analytical and testing science;
    • To help students to develop an analytical mind and good problem-solving skills needed to solve the diversity of problems encountered in their career as a professional analyst;
    • To equip students with a solid knowledge base in science and analytical science to support their career developments and further education in this and related fields.

    Upon successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

    1. explain the fundamental principles of analytical science from multi-disciplinary perspective;
    2. apply knowledge and practical skills of different scientific discipline and appropriate scientific techniques to solve practical real world problems;
    3. collect and interpret analytical testing laboratory data and communicate those findings effectively in oral and written form;
    4. appraise the impact of analytical science in the research and development of selected industries (e.g. chemical testing industry, food industry, pharmaceutical & herbal products manufacturing industry, environmental abatement industry, novel materials manufacturing industry, biomedical industry etc);
    5. work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

  • Programme Features:
    • Students are trained as analytical and testing scientists by adopting a multi-disciplinary approach.
    • Relevant courses offered by the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Physics equip students with strong broad scientific knowledge.
    • A variety of modern analytical instruments housed in the Chemistry Department provide students amble hands-on experience to solve wide scope of analytical problems.
    • The capstone course “Chemical Testing Laboratory Management and Accreditation” provides students with solid knowledge base for the employment in the Testing and Certification Industry.
    • The one-year final year project engagement offers students with practical training in solving real world problems.

  • Programme Structure:
    After gaining 13-16-units of basic science trainings in the common first year by the Science Faculty, students can select the “Analytical and Testing Sciences” programme as their major in the second year of study. The Department of Chemistry is the hosting Department for this group of students. Students are required to complete 36-unit core courses offered by Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department.
    In addition to build up the students with sufficient chemical knowledge through a number of chemistry core courses including analytical, organic, inorganic, physical chemistry, instrumental and advanced instrumental analysis, students will be exposed to “Foundation in Bioanalysis” course and “Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Laboratory” course offered by the Biology and Physics Department, respectively. To provide students with essential knowledge in chemical and material testing industry, students are required to take “Materials Testing and Characterization“ and “Chemical Testing Laboratory Management and Accreditation” course. A variety of major elective courses targeting on different sources of analytical samples will be offered. To sharpen the problem solving skills of the students, all students are required to elect 6-unit independent project in their final year of study.

    Proposed Four-year Study Schedule (intended for 2018-2019 and onwards cohorts)
    Year 1 (Total 31 units)   
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    Essence of Computing*^ 3 Introduction to Biology*^ 3
    Introduction to Phys & Energy Sci*^ 3 Integrated Science Laboratory* 1
    Introduction to Math & Statistics*^ 3 Introduction to Chemistry* 3
    English I 3 English II 3
    Quantitative Reasoning 3 University Chinese 3
    Free Elective* 3 Values and the Meaning of Life 3
    Total 15 Total 16
    Year 2 (Total 33 units)  
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    General Chemistry 3 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
    Anal & Testing Sci Tutorials I
    Analytical Chemistry 
    Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
    Chemistry Laboratory for ATS 1 Anal & Testing Sci Tutorials II 0
    Healthy Lifestyle 2 The Art of Persuasion 2
    History and Civilization 3 Interdisciplinary Thematic Course 3
    Free Elective 6 Free Elective 3
    Total 18 Total 15
    Year 3 (Total 33 units)  
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    Foundation of Bioanalysis 3 Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3
    Foundation of Bioanalysis Laboratory 1 Materials Testing and Characterization 3
    Instrumental Analysis 3 Integrated Laboratory for ATS 1
    Instrumental Analysis Laboratory    1 General Education course 3
    Instrumentation and
    Data Acquisition Lab
    3 Free Elective    6
    Interdisciplinary Thematic Course 3    
    Free Elective 3    
    Total 17 Total 16
    Year 4 (Total 31 units)  
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    Final Year Project I 3 Final Year Project II **   3
    Major Elective 9 Major Elective 3
    Free Elective 3 Chem Testing Lab Management & Accreditation 4
        Free Elective 6
    Total 15 Total 16
    Total Major Required Course Unit:                       67   

    *This course can be taken in either Sem 1 or Sem 2.
    ** It can be taken in lieu of Dissertation in Analytical & Testing Sciences or one 3-unit Major elective course with departmental approval.
    ^ To take at least three courses out from the pool.

    List of Major Elective Courses (3 units@course)
    BUSI 1005 The World of Business 3 units
    PCMD 2006 Phytochemistry 4 units
    CHEM 4017 Environmental Analysis 3 units
    CHEM 4027 Bioanalytical Chemistry 3 units
    CHEM 4047 Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3 units
    CHEM 4057 Spectroscopic Techniques for Structure Determination 3 units
    CHEM 4077 Dissertation in Analytical & Testing Sciences 3 units
    CHEM 4085 Food Analysis 3 units
    CHEM 4086 Forensic Analytical Chemistry 3 units
    PHYS 4026 Surface Analysis and Characterization 3 units
    Minimum Requirement(s) for year one students to apply:
    (1)  a minimum cGPA of 2.0; and
    (2)  a grade of C in CHEM1005 Introduction to Chemistry 

  • Career Opportunities after Graduation:

    • Analytical Technologists in Government Laboratory or Commercial Testing Laboratories
    • Quality Assurance Chemists in Pharmaceutical & Traditional Chinese Medicine Industry
    • Research Personnel in Biomedical and Industrial R & D Laboratories
    • Testing and certification industry: toys and games; textiles, clothing and footwear; medical; electrical products; construction materials; etc..
    • Instrument Sales and Service Engineers
    • Teaching
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