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 the 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 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 33-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 2012-2013 and onwards cohorts)
    Year 1 (Total 33 units)   
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    Introduction to Chemistry* 3 Introduction to Biology* 3
    Introduction to Physics* 3 Integrated Science Laboratory* 1
    Calculus* 3 Numeracy* 3
    Information Management Technology* 3 Essence of Computing*,# 3
    English I 3 English II 3
    Physical Education 1 University Chinese 3
    U Life 0 Physical Education 1
        U Life 0
    Total 16 Total 17
    Year 2 (Total 32 units)  
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 3 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    Anal Chem & Testing Sci Tutorial I
    Public Speaking
    Analytical Chemistry
    Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
    General Education courses 9 Anal Chem & Testing Sci Tutorial II 0
    Chemisrty Laboratory for ATS 1 Free Elective 3
        General Education course 6
    Total 16 Total 16
    Year 3 (Total 33 units)  
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    Instrumental Analysis 3 Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3
    Instrumental Analysis Lab 1 Materials Testing & Characterization 3
    Instrumentation & Data Acquisition Lab 3 Integrated Laboratory for ATS 1
    Foundation of Bioanalysis 3 General Education course 3
    Foundation of Bioanalysis lab 1 Free Elective 6
    General Education courses 3    
    Free Elective 3    
    Total 17 Total 16
    Year 4 (Total 31 units)  
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    Major Elective 3 Chemical Testing Lab Management and Accreditation 4
    Free Elective 9 Major Elective 3
    Final Year Project I 3 Final Year Project II** 3
        Free Elective 6
    Total 15 Total 16
    Total Major Required Course Unit:                       61    

    *This course can be taken in either Sem 1 or Sem 2.
    **It can be taken in lieu of Dissertation in Analytical Chemistry & Testing Sciences or one 3-unit Major Elective course.

    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 Dissetation 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 or a grade of C in CHEM1015 Foundation of Chemistry

  • Career Opportunity 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
    • Instrument Sales and Service Engineers
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