Sept 2023 EntryProgramme code: JS3010
4 years (including 1.5 years with common curriculum)
Minimum of 122 credits. The number of credits required is dependent on individual attainment.
Prof. Yu Wing-yiu, Michael
The following programmes are offered under the above scheme:
(1) BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology
(2) BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology
(3) BSc (Hons) in Food Safety and Technology
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
The programme aims to produce competent professionals in biotechnology to meet the needs of related sectors in Hong Kong, China and the world.
In this programme, students gain a thorough understanding of the principles, concepts and applications of biotechnology. Through learning the principles of modern biotechnology, students develop analytical, creative and problem-solving abilities. Graduates from the programme are well prepared for careers in the rapidly expanding global bioscience/biotechnology industry. They also have the opportunity to pursue further study in postgraduate programmes locally or overseas.
The ABB Programme is the first international degree programme accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), a recognized professional body that promotes and supports the advancement of skills and education in the biosciences. Focusing on the application of biotechnology, the programme is comprised of core subjects that include Human Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biochemical Techniques, Molecular Biology, DNA Technology, Bioinformatics, Immunotechnology & Recent Developments in Medical Biotechnology, and Elective subjects, in which students can more deeply explore special topics such as Microbial Biotechnology, Metabolism and Diseases & Case Study in Biotechnology Companies. This programme integrates theory and practice, culminating in an individual in-depth scientific investigation in the final year. Students develop both local and global perspectives and have the opportunity to experience practice in relevant industries, research centres and commercial organisations.
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
As the most established applied chemistry programme in Hong Kong, our BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology offers a broad and rigorous education in contemporary chemistry and training in laboratory practices. The programme emphasises the application of chemistry in technological innovation. Through this programme, students develop competence in problem-solving and communication, essential abilities for graduates to pursue careers in business and technical services in chemical and related industries.
Focusing on the technological application of chemistry, this programme comprises Core and Elective Subjects in chemical principles, applied/industrial chemistry and chemical process technology.
This is one of the most popular applied science programmes in Hong Kong, and it is specifically designed to enhance graduates' career prospects in the governmental, business and industrial sectors.
Elective Subjects include:
These subjects broaden and enrich students' knowledge and skills base, enhancing their career prospects in the commercial and industrial sectors. Our students gain further work experience through industrial visits, Work-Integrated Education schemes and summer placements in local and overseas companies.
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
This programme aims to provide a unique and profession-oriented education for aspiring food technologists and food safety officers to meet the needs of the community.
The objective is to develop all-round graduates whose intellectual abilities, professional knowledge and skills meet the international standards for Bachelor's degrees in the field of food technology. The programme emphasises language and communication, social responsibility, analytical and critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and a global outlook. Graduates achieve the ultimate goal of contributing to the well-being of Hong Kong society at large, particularly to its economy, and to the assurance of food safety for the community.
This programme meets the international undergraduate degree standards of both the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). It is an applied and practical programme. Balancing the development of core competency and breadth, the programme emphasises the professional, intellectual and all-round abilities of students. This is achieved through a specially designed curriculum, modern learning/teaching methodologies, multiple assessment tools, workplace learning experience, a caring and supportive learning environment and extra-curricular activities. Students benefit from experienced academic staff and modern equipment and instruments.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students are ready to embark on careers in the food industry or enter into postgraduate programmes. Graduates utilise the skills and knowledge that they have gained from the programme for personal career development as well as for the benefit of the community.
The three BSc Major programmes offered under this Scheme share some common subjects. Students are required to follow 11 common DSR Core Subjects in the first three semesters (excluding the Summer Term) as a minimum. These are
* Students may be required to take additional foundation subjects depending on their HKDSE results.
In addition to the above subjects, first year students may take some subjects under the General University Requirements or the Discipline-specific Requirements to prepare for their selected Major programmes.
Students are expected to have chosen a specific Major from the Scheme’s programmes by the end of Semester 1 of Year Two. Students follow the curriculum of their selected Major programme from Semester 2 of Year Two onwards. After successfully completing the four-year programme, students are awarded a degree in their selected Major programme.
The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to students of the BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology.
Studying on a Secondary Major is not mandatory. Only students with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or above may be considered for Secondary Major enrolment. Each Secondary Major may stipulate additional selection criteria for admission. Students must apply to and obtain approval from the programme-offering Department no later than the commencement of the second year of study, to be admitted to the Secondary Major.
The students of the BSc (Hons) Applied Biology with Biotechnology (ABB) with a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) are required to complete 141 credits for graduation.
* Six credits from the core subjects of the Major [i.e. Commercialisation of Biotechnology Products (ABCT3104) and Recent Developments in Medical Biotechnology (ABCT4104)] can be double counted as the discipline-specific elective for the Secondary Major.
The BSc (Hons) Applied Biology with Biotechnology with a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been awarded interim accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Degree accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology acknowledges academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.
Graduates qualify for membership of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) in the UK.
Graduates can pursue postgraduate studies at universities and research institutes worldwide.
Graduates are equipped to work in the rapidly expanding global biotechnology industry. They can pursue careers in the industrial, commercial, education, and public sectors in technical, executive or managerial positions. Graduates can also enrol in postgraduate programmes locally or overseas.
Graduates qualify for membership of the Hong Kong Chemical Society (HKCS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the UK.
Graduates are able to pursue careers in industry, business or the public sector. Our graduates work as chemists, technologists and chemical and/or biochemical process engineers. Employment opportunities abound in various industries, such as plastics and toys, cosmetics and fragrances, drugs and pharmaceuticals, pollution control and the manufacture of printed circuit boards. Further career prospects for graduates can be found in sales and marketing or as management executives in various fields.
Graduates may work as chemical analysts or environmental protection officials for the government or public utility companies. A career in education to inspire future generations is another possibility. Graduates who wish to pursue further studies have excellent opportunities both in Hong Kong and overseas.
This programme is accredited to the undergraduate degree standards of both the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). Graduates with 3 years of work experience in the food safety/technology area can apply for certification as food scientists under the IFT. In addition, students may seek the HACCP Intermediate Certificate upon completion of the core Food Sanitation and Safety Management module.
Graduates of this programme can work for local food manufacturers and traders, food testing laboratories, government departments (including the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the Government Laboratory, and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department), catering companies, chain restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and education/research institutions. Graduates who wish to further explore food science may choose to pursue postgraduate studies at local or overseas universities.
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