Programme aims, objectives and Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)
The BSc (Hons) in Physics and Green Energy aims at preparing students for a career in Physics and/or in the energy sector that involves applications of scientific principles and technology. In addition to the university-wide whole person education, the specific objectives are to equip students with:
- A solid and broad foundation in physics to build up their careers or to pursue further studies;
- Experimental, theoretical, and computational skills to meet the needs and challenges of contemporary society;
- Analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs).
Upon completion of this study programme, students will be able to:
- Apply fundamental principles in physics including mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and quantum physics;
- Use skills and knowledge acquired from experimental, theoretical, and computational courses;
- Build future careers or pursue further studies by specializing in Applied Physics or Energy Management and Technology;
- Analyse and solve real-world physics and energy problems;
- Identify the key questions, plan the investigation, and present the scientific results through independent projects and team work.
Curriculum structure with the alignment of courses of PILOs
The curriculum structure of the BSc programme is driven by the Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs), which is aligned with the Graduate Attributes of the University. Unit system is employed for the flexibility of selection of courses according to student’s interest and schedule. The normative period of study is four years.
The major core and major elective courses are carefully designed into various study levels, which are indicated by the first digit of the course code. The lowest level courses have the course code ‘PHYS1XXX’ and the highest level courses have the course code ‘PHYS4XXX’. The students are supposed to progress their studies following the study levels. The details of the study schedule can be found in Section 2.9. The alignment matrix of the major courses and the PILOs is given in Appendix 1.
|General Education Courses||31|
|Major Courses||Common First-Year Science||#|
|Free Elective Courses||30|
#The 1-unit Integrated Science Laboratory course is compulsory for all year 1 students. But students are allowed to take only four out of the five 3-units common Year-1 science courses offered by the five science departments. If students choose this option, they will be required to take 3 additional units of major elective courses after they have been admitted to a major programme in Year 2.
*Of the 128 units, at least 36 units must be at Level 3 or 4.
Students are required to take a total of 67 units of major courses, which are divided into three categories, namely, Common First-Year Core (13-16 units), Major Core (27 units) and Major Elective (24-27 units).
Double-counting with GE Capstone
The 3-unit GE capstone GCAP3035 (Interdisciplinary Independent Study (PHYS)) or GCAP3036 (Innovate for World Solutions) can be double-counted towards the major elective course requirement, and the outstanding 3 units can be made up by taking any 3 units of free elective.
Energy Management and Technology Concentration
This concentration provides foundation training in energy science and technology, including green energy generation, energy storage, energy audit and management. Such training helps our students to prepare for taking professional examinations^. Besides in-class learning and projects, students also have internship opportunities which will help them to prepare for careers in energy audit and consulting, energy/utility companies, green building and energy conservation as green energy professionals.
Applied Physics Concentration
This concentration provides analytical and practical knowledge and skills for students interested in pursuing a future career in technology development and application, innovation as well as research in advanced topics. Graduates will find employment in high-tech companies and industries, or continue post-graduate study in world-renowned universities.
Minor Programme in Physics and Green Energy
Students seeking to pursue the study of the Physics and Green Energy (PGE) Minor Programme would need to complete 15 units of the courses listed below. They are required to take 6 units of the core courses and 9 units of the elective courses. One of the elective courses taken must be at Level-3 or above.
*Double-counting with GE Capstone
The GE capstone GCAP3035 (Interdisciplinary Independent Study (PHYS)) or GCAP3036 (Innovate for World Solutions) can be double-counted towards the PGE minor elective course requirement. So students who have completed GCAP3035 or GCAP3036 are required to take only 6 units of the PGE minor elective courses.
# Students of Faculty of Science are not allowed to use Introduction to Green Energy or Introduction to Physics to fulfill the PGE minor requirement.
Pathways for Graduates
Graduates are employed by internationally renowned companies and prestigious local organizations and government bodies such as Hutchison Telecom, Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Observatory and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC).
Graduate students can also pursuit further study in world-renowned institutions, such as University of Oxford, Brown University, Duke University, the University of Michigan, University of California, State University of New York and NC State University.
Internship opportunities: CLP, EMSD, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Towngas, Shun Hing Group, ATAL Engineering Group, Japan Solar Energy Development (HK) Limited and SECOM.
Spin-off company, Mat-A-Cell Ltd. founded by Dr. Zhifeng Huang (Physics) and Prof Ken Yung (Biology), was granted by TSSSU (Technology Start-up Support Scheme for University, 2018-19) with HK$910K. Mat-A-Cell Ltd. will be devoted to commercializing the nanostructure-based medical devices (iSECnMs) for the differentiation of stem cells into functional cells without side effect of carcinogenicity, which are of urgent clinic demand for cell therapy to treat diverse incurable diseases.
|Name of Academics||Company name||Year of Establishment|
|Prof K W Cheah (Director & CEO)||Cathay Photonics Limited||2014|
|Prof Jeffrey Cheung (Director)||Booguu Company Limited||2016|
|Dr Huang Zhi Feng (Director)||Mat-A-Cell Limited||2017|
|Prof Zhu Fu Rong (Director)||Crimson Vision Technology Limited||2019|
Undergraduate students attend World Energy Engineering Congress:
The World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) is an international energy industry conference and exposition hosted annually by the Association of Energy Engineers. It is the largest energy conference and technology expo held in the U.S. specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users.
Over the past few years, UG students majoring in Physics/Green Energy Science have been actively attending WEEC. They were exposed to cutting-edge energy problems and state-of-the-art energy solutions.
I was a team leader in the Low–carbon Ambassadors Programme 2018-19 under the HKBU Sustainability department.
Lo Yan, Crystal
I also joined the internship program of Shun Hing Engineering Contracting Co Ltd.
Yeung Lap Ming
Physics is where technology breakthroughs and social evolutions originated.
Physics department encourages me to gain overseas experiences, but also helps me lay a basic foundation of energy management and science study.
Wong Hoi Yan
Cheng Ka Ying, Zara
As the lyrics of Under the Lion Rock (獅子山下) goes, I hope that, along the journey of science, 「我哋大家用艱辛努力寫下那不朽香江名句」.