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 34 units)   
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    UCLC1008 University English I 3 UCLC1009 University English II 3
    ULIF1008 Univerisity Life 0 UCLC1005 University Chinese 3
    ~Science Common Core Courses - Gp A 0-7 ULIF1009 Univerisity Life 0
    ~Science Common Core Courses - Gp B 0-9 ~Science Common Core Courses - Gp A 0-7
    ^Free Elective Courses 0-3 ~Science Common Core Courses - Gp B 0-9
    *GE - Quantitative Reasoning 0-3 *GE - Quantitative Reasoning 0-3
    *GE - Values and the Meaning of Life 0-3 *GE - Values and the Meaning of Life 0-3
    ##Writing EnhancementCourse 0 ^Free Elective Courses 0-3
    Total 16-18 Total 16-18
    Year 2 (Total 33 units)  
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    CHEM2005 General Chemistry 3 CHEM2015 Analytical Chemistry 3
    CHEM2036 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
    CHEM2037 Analytical & Testing Sciences Tutorials I
    CHEM2016 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 
    CHEM2045 Analytical & Testing Sciences Tutorials II
    CHEM2047 Chemistry Laboratory for Analytical and Testing Sciences 1 CHEM2046 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    ^Free Elective Courses 6 ^Free Elective Courses 3
    &University Core - Healthy Lifestyle 2 @GE - History and Civilization 3
        $GE - Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses 3
        University Core - The Art of Persuasion 2
    Total 15 Total 18
    Year 3 (Total 33 units)  
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    BIOL3046 Foundation of Bioanalysis 3 CHEM3027 Materials Testing and Characterization 3
    BIOL3047 Foundation of Bioanalysis Laboratory 1 CHEM3035 Integrated Laboratory for Analytical and Testing Sciences 1
    CHEM3005 Instrumental Analysis 3 CHEM4025 Advanced Instrumentation Analysis 3
    CHEM3006 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory    1 ^Free Elective Courses 6
    PHYS3026 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Laboratory 3 #GE - Capstone    3
    ^Free Elective Courses 3    
    $GE - Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses 3    
    Total 17 Total 16
    Year 4 (Total 28-31 units)  
    Sem 1   Sem 2  
    CHEM4878 Final Year Project I 3 CHEM4076 Chemical Testing Laboratory Management & Accreditation   4
    Major Elective Courses 9 Major Elective Courses 0-3
    ^Free Elective Courses 3 **CHEM4879 Final Year Project II 3
        ^Free Elective Courses 6
    Total 15 Total 13-16

    ~ a. All BSc students are required to take SCI core courses in their year 1 studies. They will assigned to either Group A or Group B in Sem 1 and Sem 2. Group A: BIOL1005, CHEM1005,& SCIE1005; Group B: COMP1005, MATH1025 & PHYS1005. 
    ~ b. Students will be allowed to take a minimum of 4 out of the 5 common Year 1 courses offered by the five science departments. The 3 units released will be allocated to the Major Elective courses of the students after they have been admitted to a Major Programme of study in Year 2. All students will still be required to take SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory. Students who have opted for “4 out of 5 courses” would need to take an extra 3-unit Major elective course after being admitted to the Programme.
    ~ c. Students are required to take CHEM1005 in Year 1 in order to be eligible for admission to the Programme.
    ^ Students are required to take a total of 30 units of free elective courses. In addition to 13 units University Core and 18 units GE requirements, students may take additional University Core courses / GE (Level 1 or 2) courses in any categories, subject to a maximum of 6 units, to fulfil the Free Elective requirement.
    * Students are required to take 3 units each from the categories of “Quantitative Reasoning “ and “Values of Meaning of Life” in their year 1 studies.
    & Students are required to take a total of 2 units of courses under the Healthy category (#N-UCHL-001).
    $ Students are required to take a total of 6 units of GE Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses (Course Group #N-GT-001).
    # Students must have completed two GE Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses (Course Group #N-GT-001) before taking GE Capstone at Level 3.
    ##Students who have not obtained Level 4 or above in the HKDSE ”English Language” are required to take the Writing Enhancement Course (LANG0036).
    **CHEM4879 (Final Year Project II) can be taken in lieu of one 3-unit Major Elective course with department approval.

    List of Major Elective Courses
    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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