Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Information and Artificial Intelligence Engineering
資訊及人工智能工程學(榮譽)工學士 / 理學士組合課程


Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3180

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

124-127 (plus training credits)

Scheme/Programme Intake
68 (The quota is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation)
Fund Type
Government-Funded
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Leader

Dr K.H. Loo
BEng, PhD, MIEEE

 

Programme Leader - BEng (Hons) in Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things

Dr K.H. Loo
BEng, PhD, MIEEE

 

Programme Leader - BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence and Information Engineering

Dr Bonnie Law
BEng, PhD, SrMIEEE

 

Programme Leader - BSc (Hons) in Information Security

Dr Haibo Hu
BEng, PhD, SrMIEEE, SrMCCF, MACM, MHKCS

Remarks
  • Students will be awarded one of the following awards upon successful completion of the graduation requirements of the programme concerned:
  1. BEng (Hons) in Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things 電子系統及物聯網(榮譽)工學士
  2. BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence and Information Engineering 人工智能及資訊工程學(榮譽)理學士
  3. BSc (Hons) in Information Security 資訊安全(榮譽)理學士
  • Students are allowed to enrol on any awards without being subject to further assessment.
  • The credit requirements of these programmes are indicative only. They are subject to review.
  • Students can take a number of extra electives to earn a Minor Award in areas such as applied mathematics, accountancy, business, finance or management, among others.
  • The option of Secondary Major in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) is available to the students of BEng (Hons) in Internet-of-Things (a variant of BEng (Hons) in Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things). Admission to the Secondary Major is on competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see "Secondary Major Details" section for more details.
  • To give encouragement and recognition to HKDSE students with outstanding academic performance, and to support their studies at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE) at PolyU launched the “EIE Academic Entrance Scholarship for Outstanding HKDSE Admittees” in the 2016-17 academic year. Details of the scholarship are given in the information sheet, which can be viewed here.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Under the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Information and Artificial Intelligence Engineering, there are three undergraduate programmes, namely BEng(Hons) in Electronic Systems and Internet-Of-Things, BSc(Hons) in Artificial Intelligence and Information Engineering and BSc(Hons) in Information Security.

 

Students admitted to the scheme study together during the first year and then complete their preferred programme (one of the above three programmes), normally within three years. Under this arrangement, students can make their choice after they have obtained a better understanding of the programmes. There is a quota restriction on the above three programmes.

 

1. BEng (Hons) in Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things

Programme Aims

The proposed programme aims at developing students into professionals in the fields of electronic and communication engineering with specialisms in the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The programme covers the leading edge technologies in electronic engineering, with a special focus on IoT and related applications.

 

This Programme aims at producing graduates with:

1. a wide range of professional knowledge and skills relevant to Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things. These include artificial intelligence of things, robotics, sensor technologies, electronic devices, and their associated software to sense, measure, interpret, connect, and analyse data;

2. creativity and innovation;

3. adaptability to changing technology and society; and

4. all-rounded attributes.

 

Programme Characteristics and Intended Learning Outcomes

This programme emphasises both theory and applications. The curriculum includes the following components:

  • lectures;
  • tutorials;
  • hands-on laboratory classes;
  • Industrial Centre training;
  • projects (individual and group);
  • presentations; and
  • various industry placement opportunities.

 

On successful completion of the programme, the students will be able to:

Category A Professional/Academic Knowledge and Skills

1. Understand the fundamentals of science and engineering and have the ability to apply them.

2. Design and conduct experiments, as well as to evaluate the outcomes.

3. Design systems, components and processes to meet given specifications and constraints.

4. Identify, formulate and solve problems relevant to Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things.

5. Use modern engineering/IT tools appropriate to Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things practice.

6. Know the contemporary issues and understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.

Category B Attributes for All-roundedness

7. Work with others collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and have a knowledge of leadership.

8. Recognise social, professional and ethical responsibility.

9. Communicate effectively.

10. Recognize the need for and engage in life-long learning.

 

Students may choose to engage in overseas exchange schemes and earn recognised credits in a university outside of Hong Kong for one semester.

 

The programme also provides workplace training opportunities for students to gain work experience within and outside Hong Kong through Work-Integrated Education (WIE).

 

2. BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence and Information Engineering

Programme Aims

Following the rapid expansion and dissemination of information and smart communication technologies in our daily life, professionals in the areas of information engineering and artificial intelligence are in great demand.  This programme aims at developing students into artificial intelligence specialists and professionals in information engineering.  The programme covers technological innovations in artificial intelligence and information engineering, focusing on machine perception and data science.  Specifically, the programme aims at producing graduates with the following attributes:

  • a wide range of professional knowledge and skills relevant to Artificial Intelligence and Information Engineering.  These include technological innovations in artificial intelligence and information engineering, focusing on machine perception and data science, as well as applications related to information engineering, such as computer vision, healthcare technology, bioinformatics, natural language processing, and automatics robotics,
  • creativity and innovation,
  • adaptability to changing technology and society, and
  • all-rounded attributes.

 

Programme Characteristics and Intended Learning Outcomes

The Programme offers a good mix of basic theory, hands-on practice and application examples.  In the latter part of Year Three, students make use of the knowledge that they have acquired to conduct an artificial intelligence-based Integrated Project.  They can focus on selected areas by choosing relevant electives.  In the Final Year, students must complete a Capstone Project.

 

Students can join an exchange programme that allows them to study in an overseas institution for one semester.  Financial subsidies may be provided by the Faculty of Engineering.  The exchange programme offers an excellent opportunity for students to study abroad and broaden their horizons and allows them to appreciate the cultures of other countries.

 

On successful completion of the Programme, students will be able to:

Category A Professional/Academic Knowledge and Skills

1. Understand the fundamentals of mathematics, science and engineering, and have the ability to apply them.

2. Design and conduct experiments, as well as to evaluate the outcomes.

3. Design systems, components and processes to meet given specifications and constraints.

4. Identify, formulate and solve problems relevant to artificial intelligence and information engineering.

5. Use modern engineering/IT tools appropriate to artificial intelligence and information engineering.

6. Know the contemporary issues and understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.

Category B Attributes for All-roundedness

7. Work with others collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and have a knowledge of leadership.

8. Recognize social, professional and ethical responsibility.

9. Communicate effectively.

10. Recognize the need for and engage in life-long learning.

 

3. BSc (Hons) in Information Security

Programme Aims 

This Programme aims at producing graduates with:

  • a wide range of professional knowledge and skills relevant to information security;
  • creativity and innovation;
  • adaptability to changing technology and society; and 
  • all-rounded attributes.

 

Programme Characteristics and Intended Learning Outcomes

The programme offers a good mix of basic theory, hands-on practice and application examples. In the latter part of Year Three, students can make use of the knowledge that they have acquired to conduct an integrated project. During the summer of Year Three, students have the opportunity to join an internship programme. In the Final Year, students can focus on selected areas by choosing relevant electives.

 

Students can take part in the University’s exchange programme that allows them to study in an overseas institution for one semester. Financial subsidies may be provided by the Faculty of Engineering. The exchange programme provides an excellent opportunity for students to study abroad and broaden their horizons and allows them to appreciate the cultures of other countries. Very positive experiences have been reported by students who have participated in the programme.

 

The intended learning outcomes of programme are the attributes of the graduates who have completed the Programme successfully. These attributes are classified into two broad categories. Category A consists of attributes such as knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes that are related to information security. Category B consists of the attributes that make our graduates all-rounded attributes and support their further development.

 

On successful completion of the Programme, students should be able to:

Category A: Professional/Academic Knowledge and Skills

1. Apply knowledge of mathematics and science appropriate to the discipline of information security.

2. Apply knowledge of information security to the abstraction and conceptualisation of information and communications technology (ICT) models.

3. Analyse an information security problem and identify and define the requirements appropriate to its solution.

4. Design, implement and evaluate an information security system, process, component, or program to meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety and social and environmental considerations.

5. Use the current techniques, skills and tools for the practice in information security with an understanding of the limitations.

Category B: Attributes for All-Roundedness

6. Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.

7. Have an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.

8. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

9. Analyse the local and global impact of information security on individuals, organisations, and society.

10. Recognise the need for and engage in continuing professional development.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Full accreditation from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) for the BEng(Hons) in Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things, BSc(Hons) in Artificial Intelligence and Information Engineering and BSc(Hons) in Information Security programmes will be sought.

 

Career Prospects

1. BEng (Hons) in Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things

Internet of things (IoT) is a fast-developing field throughout the world. According to Fortune Business Insights, the global IoT market was valued at US$190 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach US$1,102.6 billion by 2026. However, Immersat Research shows that around 47% of organizations surveyed do not possess sufficient IoT skills and are outsourcing the work. Gartner Research predicts that around 75 percent of the IoT projects may take twice as long as they should because of the shortage of IoT talent. In 2020, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region published the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint 2.0 in which over 130 initiatives, many of them related to IoT, were put forward by the Government. This programme aims at training IoT professionals who will meet the pressing manpower need of Hong Kong in the emerging IoT area. Students will acquire the necessary professional skills that enable them to contribute to the IoT development in Hong Kong and overseas by participating in various IoT projects in both public sectors and private companies.

 

2. BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence and Information Engineering

Information engineering encompasses vital technologies that support worldwide economic growth.  With the increasing popularity and technological advances in artificial intelligence, products and services with intelligent features are in great demand, and new models and apps are being developed every day.  Upon graduation, students will acquire sufficient knowledge to commence careers in the following areas:

  • Smart mobile communications services – e.g., network engineer, telecommunication engineer.
  • Software / Mobile apps developments – e.g., software engineer, mobile app developer.
  • Internet-related business via the use of cloud technologies and data analytics – e.g., data scientist and engineer, intelligence system engineer.
  • Data centres – big-data developer, cloud engineer
  • AI-related applications and development – e.g., AI specialist, machine-learning engineer

 

3. BSc (Hons) in Information Security

The field of ICT offers enormous opportunities in Hong Kong and worldwide, particularly in information security. Corporations recruit ICT professionals to support their businesses by deploying new technologies. Further transition toward a knowledge society and the shifting of the ICT sector toward cloud computing and mobile communications will require ICT employees to acquire new skills and knowledge, particularly in the area of information security.

 

Several recent employment surveys conducted in Hong Kong and worldwide reflect the need for manpower in information security. For example, the 2019 Robert Half Salary Guide shows that chief information officers (CIOs) found it challenging to find qualified IT staff in IT security, software/application development and data/database management areas. Qualified technology professionals in Hong Kong are getting multiple offers, as IT job opportunities are on the rise, promoted partly by the growth of mainland Chinese companies investing in and expanding into Hong Kong. Another salary survey, the “Hong Kong Technology Salary Guide 2019” conducted by Robert Walters, echoed that demand is high for specialists in infrastructure and cyber security, as companies need to review security policy and respond to the growing threat of cybercrime. Salary increments of more than 30% can be expected for technology job seekers with niche/scarce skill sets related to information security. In summary, graduates of the information security discipline can expect very promising career prospects both locally and globally.

Curriculum

Curriculum

1. General University Requirement (GUR) Subjects

a. Language and Communication Requirement (LCR) – 9 credits

b. Freshman Seminar - 3 credits

c. Leadership and Intra-Personal Development - 3 credits

d. Service-Learning - 3 credits

e. Cluster-Area Requirement (CAR) - 12 credits

Students should not take more than 3 credits from the same cluster area. They also need to fulfil the English and Chinese reading and writing requirements and 3 credits of the China Studies requirement (CSR). Students may apply for a waiver if they have fulfilled the English and Chinese reading and writing requirements and/or CSR requirement in their previous studies.

f. Healthy Lifestyle

 

2. Discipline-Specific Requirement Subjects

The curriculum in the first year is common for the three programmes offered under the Scheme. It includes fundamentals in mathematics, information technology, data science, artificial intelligence and information engineering and computer programming. In addition, language enhancement and general education courses are provided. 

 

1. BEng (Hons) in Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things

Year One: Basic Mathematics, Introduction to Information and Artificial Intelligence Engineering, Freshman Seminar for Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Programming and Foundations of Data Science.

 

Year Two: Mathematics, Introduction to Internet of Things, Basic Circuit Analysis and Electronics, Logic Design, Object-Oriented Design and Programming, Fundamentals of Machine Intelligence, Engineering Economics and Industrial Centre Training.

 

Year Three: Microcontroller Systems and Interface, Communication Fundamentals, Computer System Fundamentals, Dynamic Electronic Systems, Data and Computer Communications, IoT Project, Wireless and Mobile Systems, Database System, Service-Learning, Industrial Centre Training and Technical Elective subjects (from a pool of over 40 subjects).

 

Year Four: IoT Security, Engineering Management, Professional Communication subjects, Multidisciplinary Manufacturing Project, Society and the Engineer, Capstone Project and technical elective subjects (from a pool of over 40 subjects).

 

To graduate from the programme, students must complete the Work-Integrated Education requirement (A minimum of 1 WIE credit), i.e., two weeks of full-time employment within the study period.

 

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

 

2. BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence and Information Engineering

In the first year of study, the programme offers courses in the fundamental knowledge of artificial intelligence and information engineering, such as Basic Mathematics, Introduction to Information and Artificial Intelligence Engineering, Freshman Seminar for Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Programming and Foundations of Data Science.

 

The curriculum in the second, third and fourth years covers fundamental and advanced knowledge and applications of artificial intelligence and information engineering.

 

Core subjects cover the theories and applications of computers, data science, artificial intelligence, mobile systems, programming, data and computer communications, databases, intelligent technologies, IP networks, web systems and technologies, together with an integrated project and a Capstone Project.

 

To graduate from the programme, students must complete the Work-Integrated Education requirement (a minimum of 1 WIE credit), i.e., two weeks of full-time employment within the study period.

 

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

 

3. BSc (Hons) in Information Security

Year One: Basic Mathematics, Introduction to Information and Artificial Intelligence Engineering, Freshman Seminar for Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Programming and Foundations of Data Science.

 

Year Two: Data Structures, Database System, Digital and Computer System, Discrete Mathematics, Applied Cryptography, Object-Oriented Design and Programming and Operating Systems.

 

Year Three: Computer Systems Principles and Security, Data and Computer Communications, Database Security, Integrated Project, Legal Aspects, Professionalism and Ethics of Computing, Network Security, System Programming, Web Application Design and Development and Technical Elective subjects.

 

Year Four: Engineering Management, Service and Cloud Computing, Service-Learning, Wireless and Mobile Systems, Capstone Project and Technical Elective subjects.

 

To graduate from the programme, students must complete the Summer Internship (2 training Credits)/Work-Integrated Education requirement (a minimum of 2 WIE credits), i.e., four weeks of full-time employment within the study period.

 

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Secondary Major Details

Secondary Major Details

The option of Secondary Major in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) is available to the students of BEng (Hons) in Internet-of-Things (IoT) (a variant of BEng (Hons) in Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things):

Features

Artificial intelligence and data analytics are the most prevailing technologies across various disciplines, and have become a de-facto standard approach to enrich business, advance technology and achieve breakthroughs in virtually all fields. The Department is fully aware of the opportunities and challenges brought about by the new economy and believes that it is indispensable for the next generation of workforce to possess expertise in AIDA and IoT which is a fast-developing field throughout the world and needs pressing manpower in Hong Kong, as encapsulated in  the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint 2.0 published by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

 

The curriculum of BEng (Hons) in IoT aims to develop student's fundamental discipline-specific knowledge in IoT and generic competencies in a professional context. These include artificial intelligence of things, robotics, sensor technologies, electronic devices and their associated software to sense, measure, interpret, connect and analyze data. Foundation computer science and statistics subjects will provide the basis for the study of AI. Students will take upper-level AI subjects designed in the Secondary Major to enable them to integrate AIDA skills into the study of BEng (Hons) in IoT. 

 

A key feature of this Secondary Major is the Integrated Capstone Project (ICP) requirement that students will undertake in their final years of study. Students are expected to identify a project topic with a supervisor in IoT and a co-supervisor with AI expertise. Students need to work under both supervisors and demonstrate their knowledge in both IoT and AIDA in the project. Through the project, students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned from various subjects in IoT and AIDA to solve practical problems, develop an in-depth understanding of the technologies involved, and be inspired to innovate new solutions and technologies that will contribute to the advancement of the IoT and AIDA fields.

 

Remarks

  • Students admitted to the BEng(Hons) / BSc(Hons) Scheme in Information and Artificial Intelligence Engineering can apply for this Secondary Major before the commencement of the second year of study. Only students with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or above may be considered for Secondary Major enrolment. The decision to admit a student to the Secondary Major will be made by the Department based on the student's choice, overall GPA of year one study, and/or interview result and quota availability. The arrangement details of selecting a Secondary Major will be announced in semester two of the first year of study.
  • Students are allowed to take a Major with a Secondary Major and a Minor if deemed appropriate. The Department will consider applications on a case-by-case basis.

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.


There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Calculus and Statistics)
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Algebra and Calculus)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
  • Information and Communication Technology

Applied Learning Subjects:

  • Computer Forensic Technology
  • Constructing Smart Cities
  • Electrical and Energy Engineering
  • Electronic Product Design in Action
  • Internet of Everything Application
  • Mobile and Online Apps Development
  • Tech Basics

Relevant Applied Learning subject(s) that can be considered for meeting the University entrance requirement and admission score calculation is/are:

  • Computer Forensic Technology
  • Constructing Smart Cities
  • Electrical and Energy Engineering
  • Electronic Product Design in Action
  • Internet of Everything Application
  • Mobile and Online Apps Development
  • Tech Basics

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2021/22: 19.7 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


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Enquiries

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:
the General Office (tel.: 2766 6211/2766 6223; email: eie.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


As a new graduate of the Electronic and Information Engineering degree programme,* I now have a great deal of useful knowledge covering areas such as the operating principles of different electronic components, data and mobile communication theories and various programming languages. I can now design electronic devices and develop application software. The programme provides many opportunities for students to engage in group projects that consolidate the knowledge gained in class. For example, for the integrated project we had to construct an automatic robot that could move by tracking a white line and complete assigned tasks. The EIE Department also has excellent facilities. There are a number of laboratories and computer labs equipped with useful software packages such as MatLab, Visual Studio and Eclipse. This convenient access helped us finish our assignments and projects.

 

Former programme title of BEng(Hons) in Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things


Lo Kwan Ming



這短短四年的大學生涯是年青人一個很重要的成長階段。對於我來說,這是一個由讀書到投身社會工作的過渡期。這個課程除了學到有關電子、網路、編程等專門知識外,我還從中確定了自己職業的取向。通過長達一年的實習,我不但見識到一些理論如何付諸實際應用,還認識到公司的業務的具體運作情況,更親身體驗到辦公室文化的現實處境。這些經驗讓我可以更快地適應畢業後的工作環境。在我一度感到迷失、不清楚自己未來路向的時候,感謝導師一再給予我許多寶貴的意見、勉勵及提醒。我也很珍惜同學之間相處的日子。我們互相鼓勵和幫助,彼此一同成長,繼而一起踏進人生的另一個階段。


劉穎芝



As a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Internet and Multimedia Technologies Degree programme (IMT),* I can say that the programme is not only about studying, but also about fun, as theories and practical work opportunities are all covered. In addition to general study, we received practical training from the Industrial Centre. Last summer, we created an Internet radio. We participated in the entire development process, from making the printed circuit board to writing the programme. It is always exciting to see one’s “product” performing real functions as expected. We also designed and made our own high-tech interactive multimedia games, which worked like Wii and touch-screen games with multi-touch features. Playing a computer game is fun, but playing a game that you designed and made is even better and imparts a strong sense of achievement. I appreciated these training courses and project-making opportunities provided by the IMT programme because they have equipped me with the skills I am going to need in my future career.

 

Former programme title of BSc(Hons) in Artificial Intelligence and Information Engineering


Liu Long



I am pleased to be among the first batch of graduates of the BSc(Hons) in Information Security programme. I have acquired a great deal of useful knowledge and skills in different areas of information security such as network security, digital forensic, encryption, database, and operation systems. I now have a high awareness of security threats to systems and understand how to prevent them.

 

This degree programme is very practical and provides opportunities for students to apply and demonstrate security techniques. For example, in the integrated project, we built a social website similar to Instagram, with a strong emphasis on information security.

 

The EIE Department has set up an information security laboratory to facilitate our learning. The laboratory includes PCs and servers with high capacity so that we do not need to worry about the power of the hardware when we perform some attack and defence deployments such as DDoS attacks.


Yuen Chun Ming



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Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement


Date: Mid-June to late June and/or late July
Mode:Group or individual interview
Aims:

To identify suitable students for the programme.

Medium:English
Duration:

Group interview (30 minutes); individual interview (15-20 minutes)

Remark:

Selected applicants will be invited to an interview before the announcement of HKDSE results; normally, only Band A and some selected applicants will be invited to an interview after the announcement of HKDSE results.