Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Scheme in Product and Industrial Engineering
Sept 2017 EntryProgramme code: JS3557
Duration and Credit Requirement
124 (plus 10 training credits)
Students may be required to take extra subjects in physics depending on their entry qualifications.
Prof. C.Y. Tang
BSc, MSc, PhD
- Students admitted into the scheme will study the common curriculum for the first one and a half years. They will select any one of the two honours degree awards no later than the end of first semester of Year 2.
- The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
- Scholarships are available for students with outstanding academic performance. PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarships at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.
- All information is subject to change without prior notice.
Aims and Characteristics
Two full-time programmes are offered under this scheme:
- BEng (Hons) in Product Engineering with Marketing (BEng PEM); and
- BEng (Hons) in Industrial and Systems Engineering (BEng ISE).
Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes
With decreasing time to market, increasing customer expectations and global competition, product design and development has become increasingly more complex in recent years. Today, product engineers carry out product design and development tasks that are not only limited to functional or engineering design but also need to incorporate the considerations of aesthetic issues, design for the product life cycle, technologies and business issues. There is now an urgent need to produce professionals in product development who can be innovative, knowledgeable and skilful enough to synergise product development with design, technology and business in developing successful new products.
To fulfil this need, the BEng(Hons) in Product Engineering with Marketing programme is designed to achieve the following aims and learning outcomes:
- Provide integrated education and training to students for synergising product design, technology and business in new product development;
- Enable students to develop their knowledge in business development, strategic product planning, product marketing and management, and understand how they relate to the development of successful new products; and
- Produce graduates who are capable of product design and development, and can interact with customers, industrial designers, production personnel, suppliers and vendors, understand market situations and competition environments, identify market needs and opportunities to convert them into new products that satisfy customer needs and all product engineering requirements.
The programme provides comprehensive education and training in the development of successful new products in which graduates are able to synthesise product design, technologies and business issues.
Adopting an integrative and problem-based teaching and learning approach, the programme helps students to develop their knowledge of product design and development, and marketing, as well as their communication, team-playing, management and self-learning skills. Graduates are able to play leading roles in the industry by virtue of their well-balanced education and practical training.
Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes
Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) is a professional discipline that focuses on developing and implementing optimal solutions from a system-level perspective. This involves people, technology, quality, finance, information, and environmental issues. The main role of an industrial and systems engineer is to organise and work harmoniously with others to streamline operational procedures, improve productivity and overall system performance. The ultimate goal is to increase efficiency, reduce operating costs, and increase customer satisfaction. ISE is different from other traditional engineering disciplines whereby knowledge and skills are applied to specific areas. For example, traditional manufacturing engineers usually work in a production environment. In contrast, ISE provides students with the opportunity to work in a variety of organisations including both the industrial and commercial sectors. In this connection, industrial and systems engineers have much more flexible career paths. ISE graduates are employed in organisations engaged in new product development, transportation, theme parks, logistics services, banks, public utilities, business development consultancy enterprises, government departments, etc. The ultimate objective of the ISE discipline is to provide leadership in the design of integrated industrial and commercial systems for the advancement and well-being of the community.
Emphasis on student-centred learning and the integration of theory and practice are hallmarks of this programme. An example of this emphasis is the Integrative Studies in Product and Process Design subject that adopts a real-life problem-based approach to learning. Students work in teams to run a simulated product development company. They engage in various tasks commencing from analysing a newly proposed product from a marketing perspective, and are then required to do detailed product and component design. The materials, components, manufacturing processes, tooling, impact on the environment and cost are then analysed in a systematic manner. Throughout the subject, apart from the introduction and task briefing sessions, activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, and guided studies are used as vehicles for students to acquire knowledge through a highly flexible learning process.
In their final year, students can specialise in areas such as product engineering, logistics engineering, knowledge engineering, and product technology, through the selection of their Final Year Project and Electives, the latter of which are selected from a large pool of options.
In addition to the normal curriculum, Work-Integrated Education (WIE) has been incorporated into the programme to ensure that students gain work experience relevant to their studies. This serves to enable students to better understand the relevance of their academic studies and to enhance all-round development.
Summer placement opportunities may be provided to students to enable them to gain practical work experience.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Student Exchange Programme with universities in countries such as the United States, Canada, Sweden and Finland for one semester.
|Year 1 (Common curriculum in this scheme)|
|Basic Mathematics I - Calculus and Probability and Statistics|
|Basic Mathematics II - Calculus and Linear Algebra|
|Physics I & II|
|Freshman Seminar for Engineering|
|Engineering Communication and Fundamentals|
|English I & II|
|CAR I & II|
|Leadership and Intra-Personal Development|
|BEng PEM||BEng ISE|
|Chinese Communication||Chinese Communication|
|Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering/Chemistry/Biology||Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering/Chemistry/Biology|
|Mathematics I||Mathematics I|
|Engineering Economics||Engineering Economics|
|Quality Engineering||Quality Engineering|
|Introduction to Marketing||Electricity & Electronics|
|Integrated Product Development Fundamentals||Introduction to Enterprise Computing|
|Introduction to Industrial Design||Industrial Engineering Techniques & Methods|
|Instrumentation and Product Testing||Systems Modeling & Simulation|
|Appreciation of Manufacturing Technologies||Appreciation of Manufacturing Technologies|
|CAR III & IV||CAR III & IV|
|BEng PEM||BEng ISE|
|Society and the Engineer||Operations Research I|
|Mechatronics for Products/Electricity and Electronics||Design for Manufacturing & Sustainability|
|Integrated Design for Manufacture||Materials & Processes Selection|
|Marketing Research||Product Safety & Reliability|
|Integrated Product Engineering Project I||Professional Communication in English|
|Engineering Management||Professional Communication in Chinese|
|Professional Communication in English||Planning for Production & Service Systems|
|Professional Communication in Chinese||Engineering Management|
|Integrated Project||Integrated Project|
|BEng PEM||BEng ISE|
|New Product Planning and Development||Society and the Engineer|
|Global Marketing||Enterprise Resources Planning|
|Eco-design & Manufacture||Project Management|
|Computer-Aided Product Design||Engineering Costing & Evaluation|
|Business to Business Marketing||Total Quality Management|
|Product Safety & Reliability||Elective 1 & 2*|
|Elective 1 & 2*||Individual Project|
|Elective Subjects:||Elective Subjects:|
|Total Quality Management||Product Technology Area|
|Advanced Mould and Die Design||Computer-Aided Product Design|
|Design for Soft Products and New Services||New Product Planning and Development|
|Advanced Manufacturing Technology||Automation Technology|
|Product Innovation and Intellectual Property||Advanced Manufacturing Technology|
|Marketing Management in China||Functional Materials and Applications|
|Sales Management||Physical Asset Management|
|Design in Business for Engineering|
|Sustainable Product Design||Operations Management and Quality Area|
|Quality Management Systems|
|Business Process Management|
|Green Legislation and Supply Chain Logistics|
|Enterprise Systems and Strategy|
|Managing Service Quality|
|Operations Research II|
|* Select any TWO from the pool of Elective Subjects.|
Recognition and Prospects
Both the BEng PEM and BEng ISE have been granted provisional accreditation by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).
In recent years, many Hong Kong manufacturers have been switching from being low-cost original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to high value-added original design manufacturers (ODMs), and even to original brand manufacturers (OBMs) to maintain their competitiveness and maximise their profit margins. This has led to a substantial demand for professionals to design and develop new products.
Our graduates have the abilities needed to work as product engineers, project engineers and product design engineers in the development of various kinds of products such as toys, domestic electrical appliances, health care products, electronic consumer products, audio/visual products, green products, power tools and automobile components.
Graduates can find employment as industrial engineers, systems engineers, project engineers, product development engineers, manufacturing engineers, logistics engineers, marketing engineers, and costing engineers, or in various engineering and management trainee positions in government departments and utility companies before promotion to managerial positions.
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