First Year Curriculum



Academic Advising:


Programme Leader: Prof. KS Chan - PHY


Academic Advisors:
Prof. KS Chan, Dr. ST Chu, Dr. Xin Wang - PHY
Dr. Jun Fan, Dr. Derek Ho, Dr. Stephen Tsang - MSE


*PHY:Department of Physics
*MSE:Department of Materials Science and Engineering

 

First Year Curriculum

Subject Area

Course Code+

Course Title

Credit Units (CU)

Gateway Education (18 credit units)

English

GE1401 &
GE2401 /
GE2410

University English (3 CU) &
English for Science (3 CU)/
English for Engineering (3 CU)

6

OR

EL0200A &

EL0200B

English for Academic Purposes 1 (3 CU) &

English for Academic Purposes 2 (3 CU)

(depending on students' language background*)

6

College-specified Courses (Mathematics and Computing)

MA1200 /
MA1300

Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra I /
Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra I

 3

MA1201 /
MA1301

Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra II /
Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II

3

CS1102 /
CS1302

Introduction to Computer Studies /
Introduction to Computer Programming^

3

GE Courses

-

Any GE Courses#

3

College Requirements (Science Courses) (6 credit units)

Choose two from the following three science courses:

Physics

AP1201

General Physics I (3 CU)


6

Chemistry

BCH1100

Chemistry (3 CU)

Biology

BCH1200

Discovery in Biology (3 CU)

Courses specified by Home Department (6 credit units)

 

AP1202

General Physics II

3

 

AP1203

General Physics III

3

 

 

Total:

30

+ Students may refer to ARRO website for the most updated course information.

*  Students whose entry qualification in HKDSE English Language is below Level 4 are required to complete two 3-credit unit courses, EL0200A English for Academic Purposes 1 and EL0200B English for Academic Purposes 2, prior to taking the GE English courses. Students who demonstrate that they have achieved a grade B or above in their overall course results for EL0200A will be considered to have satisfied the pre-requisite for entry to the GE English courses without needing to take EL0200B.

^  CS1302 Introduction to Computer Programming will be offered subject to sufficient enrolments.

#  (i) Students may take GE courses to fulfil the distributional GE requirement and/or GE1501 Chinese Civilization - History and Philosophy to fulfil the University's graduation requirement in their common first-year.

    (ii) Students may refer to www.cityu.edu.hk/ge for the list of GE courses on offer.

 

 

Recommended Study Plan

1.    A set of courses (see tables below) is pre-registered for students according to their home academic units.

 

2.    Students are advised to plan their study according to the suggested pattern to avoid possible time conflict between courses.

 

3.    For GE courses and Chinese course, students will need to register them on web during the add/drop period.

 

4.    Students wishing to drop/change a pre-assigned course will need to do so on web or using the paper form during the add/ drop period. However, after dropping/changing the course, the places may be taken up by other students and you may not be able to enrol in the pre-assigned course again. Thus, it may affect your major allocation and delay your graduation.

 

Semester A

Semester B

English (GE1401/ EL0200A+)

English (GE2410^/ EL0200B)

Mathematics (MA1200/ MA1300) 

Mathematics (MA1201/ MA1301)

Computing (CS1102)

AP1201 General Physics I

AP1203 General Physics III

AP1202 General Physics II

 

Any GE Course (3 CU)*

BCH1100 Chemistry

Chinese (GE1501/CHIN1001 �C 3 CU)#

 

Total:       18 CU

Total:       15 CU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Students will need to register for GE course on web during the add/drop period.

# Students are encouraged to take GE1501/CHIN1001 in Year 1. They will need to register for the course on web during the add/drop period.

^ Students may choose to take GE2401 to fulfil the Discipline-specified English requirement. They will need to change the course on web during the add/drop period.

+ Students who demonstrate that they have achieved a grade B or above in their overall course results for EL0200A will be considered to have satisfied the pre-requisite for entry to the GE English courses without needing to take EL0200B.

 

Major Allocation

Students will enter a major after one year of study. The top 40% of students of the Department will have free choice of majors offered by the Department of Physics (BSc Applied Physics) and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (BEng Materials Engineering). The other 60% of students will be allocated a major of their choice, subject to availability of places and the selection criteria set by individual majors.


Major options:

 

The top 40% of students will be allocated to their first choice major according to the following criteria:

  • Cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of Semester B
  • No failed grades in any courses in Semesters A and B; and
  • Completion of at least 30 credit units in Semesters A and B, including the number of credit units specified by the College of Science & Engineering/ respective Home Academic Unit for its required courses.

 

For the remaining 60% of students, the major allocation will be based on their choice of priority, availability of places and the following selection criteria:

  • Grade point average (GPA) of the following courses with weighting:

Course

Weighting

AP1201 General Physics I

4

MA1201 Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra II/

MA1301 Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II

3

BCH1100 Chemistry

2

AP1202 General Physics II

1

AP1203 General Physics III

1

Other College- specified GE courses and College Requirement Courses

1 for each course

  • Student's Choice
  • Cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of Semester B

Major allocation timeline and arrangement:

Please refer to the announcement by ARRO


Student Handbook

- For Year 1 Students admitted in 2017/18

- For Year 1 Students admitted in 2016/17

- For Year 1 Students admitted in 2015/16


Laboratory Safety (for students under the age of 18)

Students under 18 MUST read the Information and complete the Parental Consent Form for Students under the Age of 18http://www.phy.cityu.edu.hk/pdf/parental-consent-form.pdf in relation to Safety Regulations in Laboratories. The form should be signed by your parents and be returned to the General Office of Department of Physics (G6702, Green Zone, 6/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building before 8 September 2017.