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									                                              THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
                                                   FACULTY OF SCIENCE

Coursework Details (RPG intakes of September 2009 – August 2010)

Students should register for the course once when they started attending the course. Please find below the courses
listed into the syllabus. Students can take these courses to fulfill the departmental coursework requirements, though these courses
may or may not be offered in this year.
  Course Code          Remarks               Duration                      Course Title
  CHEMISTRY - 1 compulsory + 2 other courses
  CHEM 6101            Compulsory            Full year course              Chemistry seminars
  CHEM 6102                                  Semester 2                    Research techniques in chemistry
  CHEM 6103                                  Semester 1                    Special topics in chemistry
  CHEM 6104            =MASC7002             Not offered 2009-10           Molecular structure & materials properties
  CHEM 6105            =MASC7004             Not offered 2009-10           Physical and chemical instrumentation
  CHEM 6106                                  Not offered 2009-10           Advanced polymer science
                                                                           From group theory, spectroscopy and photophysics to
  CHEM 6107                                  Not offered 2009-10
                                                                           applications of metal-Based materials
  CHEM 6108            JCAS (HKU)            Semester 2                    Introduction to macromolecules
  CHEM 6109            = CHEM3506            Semester 2                    Computational chemistry
                                                                           Applied medicinal chemistry in drug discovery and
  CHEM 6110                                  Not offered 2009-10
                                                                           development
  CHEM 6111            = CHEM 3403           Semester 2                    Integrated Organic Synthesis
  CHEM 6112            = CHEM 3513           Semester 2                    Advanced Physical Chemistry
  CHEM 6113            = CHEM 3407           Semester 2                    Medicinal Chemistry
  EARTH SCIENCES - 1 compulsory + 2 other courses (For students enrolled before 2008 Sept – 2 compulsory + 1 other course)
  EASC 6001            Compulsory            Two-year course               Research seminars and presentation of thesis proposal
  EASC 6002                                  Semester 2                    Geochemical techniques
  EASC 6003                                  Semester 1                    Geophysical techniques
  EASC 6004                                  Either semester               Field geology of Hong Kong
  EASC 6005                                  Semester 1                    Geology of Asia-Pacific
  EASC 6006                                  Either semester               Special topics in earth and planetary sciences
 MATHEMATICS - 1 compulsory + 3 other courses
 MATH 6001           Compulsory           Full year course             Guided study in mathematics
 MATH 6002                                Full year course             Selected topics in mathematics
 MATH 6101           JCAS (HKU)           Semester 2                   Intermediate complex analysis
 MATH 6102                                Not offered 2009-10          Algebraic topology
 MATH 6103           JCAS (CUHK)          Semester 1                   Real analysis
 MATH 6104           JCAS (UST)           Semester 1                   Abstract algebra
 MATH 6105                                Not offered 2009-10          Numerical analysis
 MATH 6201                                Not offered 2009-10          Topics in geometry
 MATH 6202                                Not offered 2009-10          Complex manifolds
 MATH 6203           JCAS (HKU)           Semester 1                   Several complex variables
 MATH 6204                                Not offered 2009-10          Topics in partial differential equations
 MATH 6205           JCAS                 Semester 2                   Advanced algebra
 MATH 6206           JCAS                 Semester 2                   Topics in advanced algebra
 MATH 6207                                Not offered 2009-10          Topics in applied mathematics
 MATH 6208                                Not offered 2009-10          Topics in Numerical Analysis
 MATH 6209                                Not offered 2009-10          Algebraic D-modules
 MATH 6210           JCAS                 Semester 2                   Differential Topology
 MATH 6211                                Not offered 2009-10          Algebraic Geometry
 MATH 6212                                Not offered 2009-10          Topics in Algebraic Geometry
 MATH 6213                                Not offered 2009-10          Topics in differential topology
 MATH 6214                                Not offered 2009-10          Topics in Analysis
 MATH 6215                                Not offered 2009-10          Applied differential equations
 MATH 6216                                Not offered 2009-10          Stochastic processes
 MATH 6217                                Not offered 2009-10          Topics in Financial Mathematics
 MATH 6218           JCAS (CUHK)          Semester 1                   Riemannian Geometry I
 MATH 6219           JCAS (HKU)           Semester 2                   Topics in applied functional analysis
 MATH 6220           JCAS                 Semester 2                   Real analysis II
 MATH 6221           JCAS                 Semester 2                   Riemannian geometry II
 MATH 6222           JCAS                 Semester 2                   Harmonic analysis on p-adic groups and Lie algebra
 MATH 6901                                Not offered 2009-10          Graduate seminar in pure mathematics
 MATH 6902                                Not offered 2009-10          Graduate seminar in applied mathematics
 MATH 6903                                Full year course             Independent studies
 MATH 6501                                Semester 2                   Topics in algebra
 MATH 6502                                Not offered 2009-10          Topics in applied discrete mathematics
 MATH 6503                                Semester 2                   Topics in mathematical programming and optimization
 MATH 6504                                Not offered 2009-10          Geometric Topology
Coursework Details (RPG intakes of September 2009 – August 2010)
 Course Code        Remarks               Duration                  Course Title

 PHYSICS - 1 compulsory + 2 other courses
 PHYS 6001          Compulsory            Either semester           Postgraduate seminar
                                                                    Selected topics in computational modelling and data
 PHYS 6002                                Either semester
                                                                    analysis in physics
 PHYS 6003                                Either semester           Advanced topics in theoretical physics
 PHYS 6101                                To be advised             From classical to quantum field theory
 PHYS 6111                                To be advised             Statistical Mechanics II
                                                                    Physics of quantum information and quantum
 PHYS 6201                                To be advised
                                                                    computation
 PHYS 6202                                To be advised             Topics in Theoretical Physics (Quantum Optics)
 PHYS 6203                                To be advised             Semiconductor Physics and Devices
 PHYS 6204                                To be advised             Introduction to Soft Matter Physics
 PHYS 6205                                To be advised             Quantum Mechanics II
 PHYS 6302          JCAS (HKU)            Semester 1                General Relativity
 PHYS 6303          JCAS (HKU)            Semester 2                Advanced Electromagnetic Field Theory
 PHYS 6304                                Not offered 2009-10       Advanced statistical mechanics
 PHYS 6305          JCAS (HKU)            Semester 2                Advanced quantum mechanics
 PHYS 6306          JCAS (HKU)            Semester 2                Computer controlled measurements in physics
 MASC7003           TPG course            Not offered 2009-10       Nanostructured materials
 MASC7004           TPG course            Not offered 2009-10       Materials characterization
 MASC7005           TPG course            Not offered 2009-10       Thin film physics and technology
                                                                    Microelectronics and optoelectronics: Devices and
 MASC7006           TPG course            Not offered 2009-10
                                                                    applications

 STATISTICS AND ACTUARIAL SCIENCE
 1 compulsory + 3 other courses
 For students enrolled before 2007 Sept [STAT6003 + STAT6009 + 2 other courses]
 STAT 6003          Compulsory      Two-year course                 Research postgraduate seminar
 Students are required to choose at least two from the following four courses in first semester:
 STAT 6008 OR                        Semester 1                     Statistical inference
 STAT 6009                           Semester 1                     Research methods in statistics
 STAT 6010                           Semester 1                     Advanced probability
 STAT 6011                           Semester 1                     Computational statistics
 STAT6008 and STAT6009 are mutually exclusive
 Other courses from the following:
 STAT 6002                           Semester 1                     Time series analysis
 STAT 6004                           Semester 2                     Multivariate statistical analysis
 STAT 6005                           Either semester                Special studies in statistics
 STAT 6006                           Semester 2                     Stochastic calculus with financial applications
                                     Full year course
 STAT 6007                                                          Reading course
                                    (Sem 1 enrollment only)
 STAT 6012                          Semester 2                      Data mining
 STAT 6013                          Semester 2                      Financial data analysis
Coursework Details (RPG intakes of September 2009 – August 2010)
 SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES - 1 compulsory + 2 other courses
 Course Code            Remarks       Duration             Course Title


 Division of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
 BIOL 6001          Compulsory        Full year course     Research seminars in Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
 BIOL 6002                            Either Semester      Special topics in botany
 BIOL 6003                            Either Semester      Special topics in biotechnology
 BIOL 6004                            Either Semester      Special topics in food science
 BIOL 6005                            Either Semester      Advanced topics in nutrition
 BIOL 6006                            Either Semester      Advanced topics in nutraceuticals
 FOOD 7001          TPG course        Semester 1           Quality assurance and management
 FOOD 7002          TPG course        Semester 1           GMP and environmental management
 FOOD 7003          TPG course        Semester 1           Food quality preservation and evaluation
 FOOD 7004          TPG course        Semester 1 and 2     HACCP and food laws
 FOOD 7005          TPG course        Semester 2           R&D and export market strategies


 Division of Ecology & Biodiversity
                                                           Biometrics (for students who have already taken this course in
 BIOL 6007          Compulsory        Semester 1           the undergraduate programme, please take BIOL6010 =
                                                           ENVM8003)
                                                           Seminars and tutorials in research methodology in Ecology &
 BIOL 6008                            Full year course
                                                           Biodiversity
                                                           Advanced studies in Ecology & Biodiversity for postgraduate
 BIOL 6009                            Full year course
                                                           students
                                                           Conservation biology and management (compulsory to those
 BIOL 6010                            Semester 1
                                                           students who have taken BIOL2608 in the UG programme)


 Division of Endocrinology
 Division of Microbiology
 BIOL 6012          Compulsory        Full year course     Research seminars in Endocrinology and Microbiology
 BIOL 6013                            Either semester      Advanced topics in biological sciences
 BIOL 6014                            Either semester      Guided study in biological sciences
 BIOL 6015                            Either semester      Advanced experimental biotechniques


 Other Non-Divisional Course
 BIOL 6016                            Full year course     Selected topics in evolutionary biology


JCAS [Joint Centre for Advanced Study, courses jointly offered by HKU-CUHK-HKUST]
Joint Course = Course opened to rpg students in other local tertiary institutions



December 11, 2009
                                       THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
                                            FACULTY OF SCIENCE

CHEMISTRY

CHEM 6101 Chemistry seminars (COMPULSORY)
This course aims to provide an opportunity for discussion and presentation of topics in chemistry.
Modern research topics of all branches of chemistry.
Assessment:           One 20-minute oral presentation on topics related to the candidate’s field of study,
                      one written report of not more than 1500 words or equivalent, and attendance;
                      pass/fail
Contact Person:       Dr H Hu

CHEM 6102 Research techniques in chemistry
This course aims to provide the principles and practice of some important and widely used research
techniques in chemistry. Topics selected on the advice of the supervisor from: nuclear magnetic resonance
spectroscopy and electron spin resonance spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, material
characterization, molecular modeling techniques, vibrational spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, separation
techniques, combinatorial chemistry.
Assessment:           One 3-hour examination (60%) and continuous assessment (40%); pass/fail
Contact Person:       Professor H Z Sun

CHEM 6103 Special topics in chemistry
This course aims to provide more advanced treatment in topics in chemistry. Topics selected on the advice
of the supervisor from : selected advanced topics of current interest in analytical chemistry, inorganic
chemistry, organometallic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and theoretical chemistry.
Assessment:           One written report of no less than 2500 words; pass/fail
Contact Person:       Professor V W W Yam

CHEM 6104 Molecular structure & materials properties
This course aims to provide a broad overview on the properties, the design and applications of various
materials. Introduction to polymer science, structure-property relationship of materials bearing optical,
electrical, magnetic, liquid crystalline and information storage properties and their applications.
Assessment:             One 3-hour written examination (100% weighting); pass/fail
Contact Person:         Professor W K Chan

CHEM 6105 Physical and chemical instrumentation
This course aims to provide students with knowledge of advanced instrumentation and techniques and
their applications in the characterization studies in materials science. Selected four out of six modules: (1)
Electron microscopy (2) Scanning probe microscopy (3) X-ray diffraction (4) Polymer characterization (5)
Vibrational spectroscopy (6) Surface electronic characterization.
Assessment:             One 3-hour written examination (100% weighting); pass/fail
Contact Person:         Professor G K Y Chan

CHEM 6106 Advanced polymer science
This course aims to provide an in-depth knowledge on more advanced topics related to macromolecular-
based materials. Advanced polymerization methods; copolymerization; polymerization kinetics; block
polymers; polymers for photonic applications; polymer processing; polymer blends; engineering plastics;
photoresist materials; molecular films and membranes; compatible materials; modelling; selected topics
Assessment:            One 3-hour written examination (100% weighting); pass/fail
Contact Person:        Professor W K Chan
CHEMISTRY

CHEM 6107 From group theory, spectroscopy and photophysics to applications of metal-based
materials
This course provides an overview of advanced photophysics and photochemistry of metal
complexes/organometallic materials. The course is designed for postgraduate students that have basic
knowledge in photochemistry and coordination chemistry. It introduces advanced concepts in group
theory and its applications in assigning various kinds of electronic transitions in metal complexes. The
uses of molecular and polymeric metal complexes in advanced technological applications will also be
discussed.

CHEM 6108 Introduction to macromolecules
This is a postgraduate course offered by the Joint Centre for Advanced Study. Lectures will be delivered
by faculty members from CUHK, HKUST, and HKU. Both introduction to macromolecular science and
some frontier topics will be covered. The lectures will be held at the campus of these three institutions.
Details will be announced at the beginning of the class.

CHEM 6109 Computational chemistry (= Chem3506)
(1) Overview of the theories of modern computational methods: quantum mechanics, molecular
mechanics, and molecular dynamics (2) Introduction of various popular computational softwares for
practical applications (3) Application of computational tools in solving chemical problems: Structure,
reaction mechanism, and physical properties.

CHEM 6110 Applied medicinal chemistry in drug discovery and development
To introduce practical knowledge of Medicinal Chemistry in Drug Discovery and Development. This
course is designed for undergraduate students interested in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical
Chemistry, Chemical Biology or Biotechnology (second and third year) or postgraduate students. This
course will use examples to illustrate the basic concepts and how these concepts can be used to generate
new functional molecules with wide applications in Medicine.

CHEM 6111 Integrated organic synthesis (= Chem3403)
This course aims to cover aspects of modern synthetic methods, develops the concept of synthetic
planning with relevance and in the context of drug synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and natural product
chemistry, so as to provide an integrated approach to the subject.
Assessment:            Final examination 70% and cumulative assessment (midterm test plus project) 30%
Duration:              Semester 2
Contact Person:        Dr P Chiu

CHEM 6112 Advanced physical chemistry (= Chem3513)
This course covers advanced topics in physical chemistry. It is offered for students majoring in physical
chemistry and for students who are interested in postgraduate studies.
Assessment:           One 2-hour written examination (80% weighting) and continuous assessment
                      (20% weighting)
Duration:             Semester 2
Contact Person:       Professor G H Chen

CHEM 6113 Medicinal chemistry (= Chem3407)
This course covers the chemical principles of drug design and drug action and uses as an introduction to
research in areas of bioorganic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical
chemistry, and biotechnology.
Assessment:            One 3-hour written examination (75% weighting); Continuous assessment of
                       practical (25% weighting)
Duration:              Semester 2
Contact Person:        Professor H Z Sun
                                          THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
                                               FACULTY OF SCIENCE

EARTH SCIENCES

EASC 6001 Research seminars and presentation of thesis proposal (COMPULSORY)
This course enables students to present their research proposals and receive a broad and timely suggestions and
critiques. Students are required to present their thesis proposals, and should attend the weekly seminar series held in
the department. Students are required to enroll for this course for both 1 st and 2nd semesters of their first year of their
degree programs and orally present the thesis proposal (20-30 minute talk) before submitting their biannual progress
reports.
Assessment:               50% based on attendance to the weekly seminars and 50% on presentation; to be assessed by
                          departmental staff members; pass/fail
Contact Person:           Dr X P Xia

EASC 6002 Geochemical techniques
This course aims to provide students with knowledge of the modern geochemical instruments necessary for their
research projects in geochemistry. A series of lectures and hands on sessions with instruments selected from MC-ICP-
MS, LAM-ICP-MS, SRF, SRD, and SEM.
Assessment:              100% continuous assessment; pass/fail
Contact Person:          Dr M F Zhou

EASC 6003 Geophysical techniques
This course aims to provide students with training in the use of advanced instrumentation necessary for their research
projects in geophysics, OR with analyzing and interpreting satellite/remote sensing (RS) data/images. A series of
lectures and hands on sessions with instruments selected from GPR, particle size analyzer and paleomagnetic
instrutments. A problem-based learning project will involve the acquisition and processing of hyperspectral data files
followed by the down-steam interpretation of these satellite images.
Assessment:             100% continuous assessment; pass/fail
Contact Person:         Professor L S Chan

EASC 6004 Field geology of Hong Kong
This course aims to provide students with opportunity to explore the local geological features of Hong Kong. The
course will involve several field trips to typical localities and will have components including demonstration and
instruction for undergraduate students on fieldtrips and final year research projects.
Assessment:             100% continuous assessment; pass/fail
Contact Person :        Professor L S Chan

EASC 6005 Geology of Asia-Pacific
This course aims to provide an overview of the regional geology and tectonic evolution of East-SE Asia including key
aspects of Hong Kong’s geology. Topics include: Tools used in unraveling the plate tectonic development of the
region; assemblyof China; origin of the Chinese block (Rodinia versus Gondwana models); SE China in the Cretaceous
and Cenozoic; Hong Kong’s igneous rocks; sedimentary rocks; deep and shallow structure; active tectonic systems of
the western Pacific-SE Asia; India-Asia collision; Tibet, Taiwan.
Assessment:             A 2.5 hour examination will comprise 100% of the total course grade
Contact Person :        Dr J R Ali / Professor J C Aitchison

EASC 6006 Special topics in earth and planetary sciences
This course aims to provide in depth knowledge of selected special topics in earth and planetary sciences, including
engineering and environmental geology, hydrogeology, engineering geophysics, quaternary geology, astrobiology
and planetary sciences. Directed studies in a focused field of research recommended by the research
group/supervisor, and writing of review reports and critiques.
Assessment:             100% continuous assessment; pass/fail
Contact Person:         Supervisor
                                          THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
                                               FACULTY OF SCIENCE

MATHEMATICS

MATH 6001 Guided study in mathematics (COMPULSORY)
This course introduces students to their respective proposed fields of research, enabling them to acquire the basic
knowledge, learn the research techniques and study the relevant literature. Details of the course will be organized by
the supervisors for their students. The course will consist of study group, advanced reading, literature study and
presentations. Details of the course will be organized by the supervisor for his/her students, subject to approval by
the Head of Department.
Assessment:      100% continuous assessment
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6002 Selected topics in mathematics
This course enables students to broaden their mathematical knowledge in an area they have not studied before but
may not be covered in any of the other postgraduate courses being offered in that year. The selection of topic is made
with advice from the supervisor(s). This course can only be taken with the approval of the supervisor(s) and the
Chairperson of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee.
Assessment:      Continuous assessment and written examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6101 Intermediate complex analysis
The objective is to familiarize students with concepts and techniques in Complex Analysis beyond an introductory
course in Functions of a Complex Variable. This course covers a choice of topics in Complex Analysis in one complex
variable such as complex potential theory, meromorphic functions, open Riemann surfaces, compact Riemann
surfaces, normal families, geometric theory of holomorphic mappings and complex dynamics.
Assessment:       Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6102 Algebraic topology
This introductory postgraduate course aims to provide a foundation in the more elementary parts of algebraic
topology. The course will begin with a review on the fundamental groups, followed by a review on the simplicial
homology theory. The course will then enter into the main part, which is Homology Theory, with the emphasis on the
singular theory, although a glimpse on the cellular theory is not ruled out. The last part of the course will be less
structured, with topics to be chosen from among cohomology rings, higher homotopy groups, spectral sequences, etc.
Assessment:     Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Dr P P W Wong

MATH 6103 Real analysis
This course provides a solid foundation in the Lebesque integration theory and basic techniques in analysis. Topics
included  -algebra of sets, measure theory, Lebesgue integration theory, convergence theorems, Lp-spaces,
differentiation. Students taking this course are expected to have knowledge in advanced calculus and elementary
analysis.
Assessment:        Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6104 Abstract algebra
Advanced theory of groups, linear algebra, rings, modules, and fields, including Galois theory.
Assessment:     Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6105 Numerical analysis
Direct and iterative methods. Programming techniques and software libraries. Sparse solvers. Fast algorithms, multi-
grid and domain decomposition techniques.
Assessment:       Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok
MATHEMATICS

MATH 6201 Topics in geometry
This course aims to introduce students to different research areas in geometry and their applications.
This course covers a choice of topics in different areas of geometry such as Riemannian geometry, symplectic
geometry, gauge theory and calculus of variations.
Assessment:     Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor J H Lu

MATH 6202 Complex manifolds
This course aims to introduce students to research on complex manifolds. This course contains an introductory part
on basic notions such as holomorphic vector bundles, sheaves and sheaf cohomology, cohomology theories in terms of
differential forms, and Hermitian and Kaehler manifolds, together with a choice of topics on analytic and geometric
aspects of the theory of complex manifolds.
Assessment:       Written or oral examinations; pass/fail
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6203 Several complex variables
The objective is to familiarize the students with basic analytic and algebraic techniques in Several Complex Variables.
Topics include: Hartogs extension, domains of holomorphy, holomorphic convexity, plurisubharmonic functions,
Weierstrass preparation and division theorems, analytic subvarieties, coherent analytics sheaves, closed positive
currents, solving the Cauchy-Reigmann equation with L2-estimates.
Assessment:        Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6204 Topics in partial differential equations
This is a basic course on Laplace operator on manifolds. This would introduce from scratch the notion of a manifold,
then define the Laplacian first as a differential operator and then as an operator in L2.
Assessment:        Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6205 Advanced algebra
Advanced topics in algebra: group representations, associative algebras, commutative algebra, homological algebra,
algebraic number theory, Lie algebras.
Assessment:     Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6206 Topics in advanced algebra
This course provides background in central advanced algebra topics needed to begin research. Topics covered include
multilinear algebra, commutative algebra, homological algebra, and aspects of classical and algebraic group as an
introduction to representation theory and algebraic geometry.
Assessment:       Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6207 Topics in applied mathematics
Topics selected from advanced applied mathematics.
Assessment:       Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6208 Topics in numerical analysis
The mathematical models of most scientific and engineering problems take the form of partial differential equations.
With the rapid development of high performance computers over the past decades, the possibilities of efficiently
utilizing these models have dramatically increased. The focus of this course is on scalable numerical methods for
solving partial differential equations, with emphasis on the newly developed parallel algorithms, such as domain
decomposition and multilevel methods.
Assessment:       Class presentations and participation
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6209 Algebraic D-modules
The course will cover the basic theory of D-modules (modules over the algebras of differential operators with
polynomial coefficients). The topics to be covered: (1) algebras of differential operators with polynomial coefficients
(2) Bernstein dimension and Bernstein (3) multiplicity of D-modules (4) holonomic D-modules (5) inverse and direct
images of D-modules (6) preservation of holonomicity under inverse and direct images (7) duality of D-modules (in
particular holonomic duality).
Assessment:       Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok
MATHEMATICS

MATH 6210 Differential Topology
This course is an introduction to several basic topological invariants for manifolds. Major topics are: differentiable
manifolds and maps, Sard's Theorem, degree of maps, fundamental group, covering space, homology group. Students
taking this course are expected to have knowledge in elementary analysis.
Assessment:      Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6211 Algebraic Geometry
This is an introductory course of algebraic geometry in the style of Hartshorne's book. We will study the basics of
varieties, schemes, sheaves on schemes, divisors, morphisms, differentials. The text book will be Hartshorne's
"Algebraic Geometry". The materials will be the first two chapters of the book. We will go through the first Chapter
quickly and spend most of the time on Chapter 2. The knowledge of commutative algebra is crucial.
Assessment:      Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6212 Topics in Algebraic Geometry
It is a continuation of MATH6211 Algebraic Geometry as covered by Hartshorne’s book “Algebraic Geometry”.
Topics include projective morphisms, differentials, formal schemes and cohomology theory.
Prerequisite:     MATH6211 Algebraic Geometry
Assessment:       Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6213 Topics in differential topology
The course explores topics in Differential Topology including but not excluded to the following: fiber bundles, Morse
theory, handle-body decomposition of manifolds, characteristic classes for vector bundles and their applications.
Assessment:     Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6214 Topics in analysis
Advanced topics in Analysis including topics in Real Analysis and Stochastic Analysis.
Assessment:     Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6215 Applied differential equations
Various topics selected from applied ordinary differential equations and applied partial differential equations. The
selection of the topics depends on the field of interest of the instructor.
Assessment:       Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6216 Stochastic processes
Theory of Markov processes, second order stationary theory, Poisson and point processes, Brownian motion,
Martingales and queueing theory.
Assessment:     Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6217         Topics in financial mathematics
This is a course intended for graduate students or ambitious undergraduate students who are interested in financial
mathematics. Minimal knowledge in finance is needed as we shall introduce necessary backgrounds along our way.
Starting from the basics, we shall describe fundamental results on optimization theory and its applications to optimal
portfolio selection problems.
Assessment:       Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6218        Riemannian Geometry I
This course is intended to provide a solid background in Riemannian Geometry. Topics include: affine connection,
tensor calculus, Riemannian metric, geodesics, curvature tensor, completeness and some global theory. Students
taking this course are expected to have knowledge in differential geometry of curves and surfaces.
Assessment:      Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok
MATHEMATICS

MATH 6219        Topics in applied functional analysis
Topics will be chosen from the following list:
1. Generalized functions (also called distributions), delta function, generalized Fouier Transform. Applications to
differential equations, Fundamental solution, Green’s function. 2. Sobolev spaces, Sobolev Embedding Theorem, Trace.
3. Hilbert space linear operator theory (bounded operators, compact operators, closed unbounded operators), spectral
theory. Applications on differential equations (infinitesimal) generator, semigroup of linear operators). 4. Applications
on optimization problems.
Wherever needed, we shall also review techniques for Metric spaces (Catergory Theorem), Banach spaces (Hahn-
Banach Theorem, Opening Mapping Theorem, Closed Graph Theorem and Uniform Boundedness Principle) and
Hilbert spaces (Orthogonality and best approximation, Fourier isometry).
Assessment:      Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6220       Real analysis II
This course provides more advanced topics in real analysis. Topics include signed measures, Hahn decomposition
theorem, Lebesgue decomposition theorem, product measures, Fubini theorem, measure and topology, and Riesz
representation theorem. Students taking this course are expected to have knowledge in Real Analysis (HKU:
MATH6103) or its equivalent.
Assessment:     Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6221        Riemannian geometry II
This is a continuation of Riemannian Geometry I (HKU: MATH6218). Advanced topics in Riemanian Geometry will
be selected from: comparison theorems, Bochner method, Hodge theory, submanifold theory and variational formulas.
 Students taking this course are expected to have knowledge in Riemannian Geometry (HKU: MATH6218) or
equivalent.
Assessment:      Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6222        Harmonic analysis on p-adic groups and Lie algebra
This is an introductory course on representation theory and harmonic analysis on p-adic groups and Lie algebras.
Assessment:      Written or oral examinations
Contact Person: Professor N Mok

MATH 6501 Topics in algebra
This course aims to provide students specializing in mathematics with the opportunity to study some topics in algebra
in greater depth. This course covers a selection of topics in algebra, such as group theory, rings and modules,Galois
theory, quadratic forms, multilinear algebra, algebraic number theory, group representation, introduction to
commutative algebra, Groebner basis theory, introduction to algebraic geometry. The selected topics may vary from
year to year.
Assessment:       Continuous assessment and written examinations
Contact Person: Head of Department

MATH 6502 Topics in applied discrete mathematics
This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to study some further topics in applied discrete
mathematics. A selection of topics in discrete mathematics applied in combinatorics
and optimization (such as algebraic coding theory, cryptography, discrete optimization,
etc.) The selected topics may vary from year to year.
Assessment:       Continuous assessment and written examinations
Contact Person: Head of Department

MATH 6503 Topics in mathematical programming and optimization
A study in greater depth of some special topics in mathematical programming or optimization. It is mainly intended
for students in Operations Research or related subject areas.
This course covers a selection of topics which may include convex, quadratic, geometric, stochastic programming, or
discrete combinatorial optimization. The selected topics may vary from year to year.
Assessment:       Continuous assessment and written examination
Contact Person: Head of Department
MATHEMATICS

MATH 6504 Geometric topology
This course gives a geometric introduction to some of the methods of algebraic topology. The emphasis throughout
will be on the geometric motivations and applications of the theory. Continuity, compactness, connectedness, the
fundamental group, triangulations and classification of surfaces, theory and applications of simplicial homology,
theory of covering spaces.
Assessment:       Continuous assessment and written examination
Contact Person: Head of Department

MATH 6901 Graduate seminar in pure mathematics
This course aims to familiarize students with some basic notions in graduate-level pure mathematics and to train
students on seminar presentations.
This seminar will revolve around a subject area in pure mathematics to be determined each time the course is offered.
Students enrolled in the course will be involved in the presentation of materials from books or research papers.
Assessment:       Presentations
Contact Person: Professor J H Lu

MATH 6902 Graduate seminar in applied mathematics
This seminar is intended especially for graduate students in applied mathematics. Students enrolled in the class
prepare several presentations based on research papers or books.
Topics include numerical analysis, control theory, stochastic modeling, data mining and advanced computation.
Assessment:       Presentations

MATH 6903 Independent studies
To allow the student to pursue the study of special topics not available in regular graduate courses. The special topic(s)
need to be agreed upon between the student and the supervisor(s), who will make proper arrangement to allow the
student to consult an expert/experts on the topic on a regular basis during the course of a semester.
Assessment:     Reports made to the supervisor(s)
Contact Person: Professor N Mok
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PHYSICS

PHYS 6001 Postgraduate seminar (COMPULSORY)
This course aims to initiate students into research culture and to develop a capacity for communication with an
audience of varied background. Students will be required to follow a course of independent study on a topic to be
selected in consultation with his/her supervisor, and to give a presentation of 30-40 mins duration. He/she will also
be required to attend and take part in a specified number of similar seminars given by other postgraduate students.
Assessment:       100% continuous assessment based on personal performance in seminar presentation and
                  attendance at seminars; pass/fail
Contact Person: Professor Z D Wang

PHYS 6002 Selected topics in computational modelling and data analysis in physics
This course aims to familiarise students with research oriented techniques in computer modelling and data analysis.
Topics include: Advanced techniques, with emphasis on recently developed techniques, in branches of experimental
physics. Data analysis and computer modelling relevant to experiments will also be covered. Topics in condensed
matter physics and the physics of materials will predominate but other fields such as nuclear physics, astrophysics etc
will also be featured from time to time.
Assessment:        One 2 hour examination (70% weight) and coursework (30% weight); pass/fail
Contact Person: Dr H F Chau

PHYS 6003 Advanced topics in theoretical physics
To provide an opportunity for students to extend their studies in theoretical aspects of fundamental physics. A series
of lectures on advanced topics in theoretical physics, including quantum theory, electromagnetism and statistical
mechanics, and their application to several fields of physics of contemporary interest, including astrophysics and
condensed matter physics.
Assessment:      One 3 hour examination (70% weight) and coursework (30% weight); pass/fail
Contact Person: Professor K S Cheng

PHYS 6101 From classical to quantum field theory
The course introduces to the audience modern understandings of classical and quantum field theories, and how they
are applied to solve a series of problems. The basic topics are: field equation and functional methods, non-
perturbation solutions to classical field theory, noether theorem and conservation laws, canonical quantization and
Path integral quantization of classical field theory, perturbation theory, superfluidity and supervonductivity,
instantons, examples of application in contemporary physics.

PHYS 6111 Statistical Mechanics II
Advanced topics and techniques in modern statistical mechanics, including Monte Carlo methods, chaos, percolation,
critical phenomena, scaling theory, renormalization group, growing interfaces, Kosterlitz-Thouless transition.

PHYS 6201 Physics of quantum information and quantum computation
This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts and applications of quantum information and quantum
computation. Topics covered include: key concepts of quantum mechanics, single qubit tansformations, quantum
circuits, quantum algorithms, quantum communication, and quantum information theory.

PHYS 6202 Topics in theoretical physics (quantum optics)
Concept of photons, properties and applications of nonclassical light, photo-detection of optical coherence, photon-
atom interaction models, quantum theory of damping, laser theory, atom coherence effects, and an introduction to
quantum communication.
PHYSICS

PHYS 6203 Semiconductor physics and devices
This is an introductory course at the postgraduate level in semiconductor physics and devices. Based on quantum
theory, it describes the electronic band structures, band gaps, and phonon dispersion relations for the technologically
important semiconductors such as Si, Ge, GaAs, etc. The electric transport properties and the optical properties of
these bulk materials will then be treated. The principles of a number of common devices will also be introduced.
Finally, the modern heterostructures at low dimensions, including quantum wells, quantum wires, and quantum dots,
together with their applications will be discussed. From this course, the students will appreciate how the fundamental
courses of Quantum Mechanics and Solid State Physics are applied to the technologically important semiconductor
materials, which leads to today’s information revolution.

PHYS 6204 Introduction to soft matter physics
The aim of this course is to provide students the basic concepts and research methods in soft matter physics. Topics
covered include: structural, thermodynamic and dynamical properties of macromolecules, gels, colloids, amphiphilic
molecules, membranes and liquid crystals. Principles for some of the major experimental techniques used in soft
matter research will also be discussed. Students who take this course are expected to have a good knowledge of
thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.

PHYS 6205 Quantum mechanics II
This course will discuss various theoretical topics of non-relativistic quantum mechanics at the graduate level. The
quantum mechanics of many-body systems will also be introduced. Topics covered include: operator methods in
quantum mechanics, addition of angular memento, variational method, stationary perturbation theory, time-
dependent perturbation theory, scattering theory, and introduction to the quantum theoryof many-body systems.

PHYS 6302 General relativity
To introduce students to the field of general relativity and to provide conceptual skills and analytical tools necessary
for astrophysical and cosmological applications of the theory. Contents: The Principle of equivalence. Inertial
observers in a curved space-time. Vectors and tensors. Parallel transport and covariant differentiation. The Riemann
tensor. The matter tensor. The Einstein gravitational field equations. The Schwarzxchild solution. Black holes. Interior
equations for spherically symmetric stars. Gravitational waves.

PHYS 6303 Advanced Electromagnetic Field Theory
This is an advanced course in electromagnetic field theory which provides essential background for postgraduate
students intending to do research in physics. Contents: Boundary-value problems in electrostatics and magnetostatics.
Maxwell’s equations, gauge transformations. Radiation and scattering theory.

PHYS6303          Advanced electromagnetic field theory
This is a standard course in electromagnetic field theory which provides essential background for postgraduate and
advanced undergraduate students intend to do research in physics.

PHYS6304          Advanced statistical mechanics
This course intends to introduce some topics in the field of equilibrium statistical physics. Ensemble theory: the micro-
canonical ensemble, the canonical ensemble, and the grand canonical ensemble. Quantum mechanical ensemble
theory. Theory of simple gases, ideal Bose systems, ideal Fermi systems. Statistical mechanics of interacting systems.
Some topics in the theory of phase transition will be selected.

PHYS6305          Advanced quantum mechanics
This course introduces postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students to theory and advanced techniques in
quantum mechanics, and their applications to selected topics in physics

PHYS6306          Computer controlled measurements in physics
The aim of this course is to provide students with practical skills for designing and operating computer controlled
measurement systems. In addition to measurement software development skills, the students will learn principles of
operation of commonly used components in measurement systems for experimental condensed matter research.
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                                                    FACULTY OF SCIENCE


STATISTICAL & ACTUARIAL SCIENCES

STAT 6003 Research postgraduate seminar (COMPULSORY)
[only offer to RPG in Statistics & Actuarial Science Department]

STAT 6002 Time series analysis
A time series consists of a set of observations on a random variable taken over time. Time series arise naturally in climatology,
economics, environment studies, finance and many other disciplines. The observations in a time series are usually correlated; the
course establishes a framework to discuss this. This course distinguishes different type of time series, investigates various
representations for the processes and studies the relative merits of different forecasting procedures. Students will analyse real time-
series data on the computer. Contents include: Stationarity and the autocorrelation functions; linear stationary models; linear non-
stationary modes; model identification; estimation and diagnostic checking; seasonal models and forecasting methods for time series.
Assessment:        40% coursework; 60% examination.

STAT 6004 Multivariate statistical analysis
In many designed experiments or observational studies the researchers are dealing with multivariate data, where each observation is a
set of measurements taken on the same individual. These measurements are often correlated. The correlation prevents the use of
univariate statistics to draw inferences. This course develops the statistical methods for analysing multivariate data through examples
in various fields of application and hands-on experience with the statistical software SAS. Contents include: Problems with
multivariate data. Multivariate normality and transforms. Mean structure for one sample. Tests of covariance matrix. Correlations:
Simple, partial, multiple and canonical. Multivariate regression. Principal components analysis. Factor analysis. Problems for means
of several samples. Multivariate analysis of variance. Discriminant analysis. Classification. Multivariate linear model.
Assessment:         50% coursework, 50% examination.

STAT 6005 Special studies in statistics
[only offer to RPG in Statistics and Actuarial Department]
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the topics which are of relevance to their research study but have not been taken
previously. Students will be instructed to attend one undergraduate course or a combination of undergraduate courses from the
department as prescribed by the supervisor(s) and approved by the Chairman of the Departmental Research Committee. Students
may also be required to do further guided readings and attend extra tutorials. Assessment will be in the form of written
assignments or examination at postgraduate level. Assessment: to be determined.

STAT 6006 Stochastic calculus with financial applications
This course is an advanced course on the option pricing theory. The course covers Black-Scholes equation and stochastic calculus,
and interest models. Contents include: Brownian motion; introduction to stochastic calculus; arithmetic and geometric Brownian
motion; Ito formula; Sharpe ratio and risk premium; Black-Scholes equation; risk-neutral stock-price process and option pricing;
option’s elasticity and volatility; Vasicek, Cox-Ingersoll-Ross, and Black-Derman-Toy models; delta-hedging for bonds and the
Sharpe-ratio equality constraint; Black’s model; options on zero-coupon bonds; interest-rate caps and caplets.
Assessment:        25% coursework, 75% examination.

STAT 6007 Reading course
[only offer to RPGs in Statistics & Actuarial Science Department]
This course consists of supervised reading supplemented by written work and prescribed coursework. A candidate will specialize
in one topic under the guidance of a lecturer. Topics vary yearly depending on the current interests of staff. In addition to a
written report and a presentation, other modes of assessment may be required.

STAT 6008 Statistical inference
This course covers the advanced theory of point estimation, interval estimation and hypothesis testing. Using a mathematically-
oriented approach, the course provides a solid and rigorous treatment of inferential problems, statistical methodologies and the
underlying concepts and theory. It is suitable in particular for students intending to further their studies or to develop a career in
statistical research. Contents include: (1) Paradigms of inference: frequentist and Bayesian; (2) Decision theory: loss function; risk;
decision rule; admissibility; minimaxity; unbiasedness; Bayes’ rule; (3) Estimation theory: exponential families; likelihood;
sufficiency; minimal sufficiency; ancillarity; completeness; UMVU estimators; information inequality; large-sample theory of
maximum likelihood estimation; (4) Hypothesis testing: uniformly most powerful test; monotone likelihood ratio; unbiasedness;
UMP unbiased test; maximal invariants; most powerful invariant test; large-sample theory of likelihood ratio; (5) Nonparametric
methods: theory of ranks; order statistics; non-parametric tests.
Assessment:         25% coursework, 75% examination.
STATISTICAL & ACTUARIAL SCIENCES

STAT 6009 Research methods in statistics
This course introduces some statistical concepts and methods which potential graduate students will find useful in preparing for
work on a research degree in statistics. Focus is on applications of state-of-the-art statistical techniques and their underlying
theory. Contents include: (1) Basic asymptotic methods: modes of convergence; stochastic orders; laws of large numbers; central
limit theorems; delta method; Edgeworth expansions; saddlepoint approximations; (2) Parametric and nonparametric likelihood
methods: high-order approximations; profile likelihood and its variants; signed likelihood ratio statistics; empirical likelihood; (3)
Nonparametric statistical inference: sign and rank tests; Kolmogorov-Smirnov test; nonparametric regression; density estimation;
kernel methods; (4) Robust methods: measures of robustness; M-estimator; L-estimator; R-estimator; estimating functions; (5)
Computationally-intensive              methods:           cross-validation;          bootstrap;          permutation          methods;
(6) Bayesian methods: Bayesian inference; hierarchical models; empirical Bayes; (7) Sequential analysis: sequential probability
ratio test; sequential estimation; (8) Model selection using information criteria; (9) Other topics as determined by the instructor.
Assessment:         25% coursework, 75% examination.

STAT 6010 Advanced probability
This course provides an introduction to measure theory and probability. The course will focus on some basic concepts in
theoretical probability which are essential for students to read research papers in actuarial science, probability and statistics.
Contents include: -algebra, measurable space, measure and probability, measure space and probability space, measurably
functions, random variables, integration theory, monotone convergence theorem, Fatou’s lemma, dominated convergence theorem,
characteristic functions, convergence of random variables, weak convergence, probabilistic inequalities,      Lp - and Hilbert spaces,
conditional expectations, martingales and applications.
Assessment:        50% coursework, 50% examination.

STAT 6011 Computational statistics
This course aims to give postgraduate students in statistics a background in modern computationally intensive methods in
statistics. It emphasizes the role of computation as a fundamental tool of discovery in data analysis, of statistical inference, and for
development of statistical theory and methods. Contents include: Numerical optimization and integration, EM algorithm and its
variants, Simulation and Monte Carlo integration, Importance sampling and variance reduction techniques, Markov chain Monte
Carlo methods, and Bootstrap methods.
Assessment:        50% coursework, 50% examination.

STAT 6012 Data mining
With an explosion in information technology in the past decade, vast amounts of data appear in a variety of fields such as finance,
marketing research, customer relations management, medicine and healthcare. The challenge of understanding these data with
the aim of creating new knowledge and finding new relationships among data attributes has led to the innovative usage of
statistical methodologies and development of new ones. In this process, a new area called data mining is spawned. This course
provides a comprehensive and practical coverage of essential data mining concepts and statistical models for data mining.
Contents include: Data pre-processing, association rules, classification and regression trees, neural networks, cluster analysis, and
text mining.
Assessment:            100% coursework assessment (30% assignments, 40% tests and 30% group project)

STAT 6013 Financial data analysis
This course focuses on understanding financial data and methods by which they are analyzed and interpreted. It aims at
enhancing the students’ analytical skills of developing statistical models for analysing financial data. Techniques are motivated by
examples and developed in the context of applications. Students will learn how to process financial data for purposes of financial
analysis, estimation and testing of financial models and to understand better crucial aspects of financial market movements.
Contents include: Modelling non-normal return; financial time series models including ARCH models and generalisation;
forecasting volatility and correlation; extreme-value theory; estimation of value at risk and expected tail loss; backtesting and
stress testing.
Assessment:        40% coursework, 60% examination.
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                                               FACULTY OF SCIENCE

SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

DIVISION OF AGRICULTURAL, FOOD & NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE

BIOL 6001 Research seminars in Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science (COMPULSORY)
This course aims to enhance the communication and presentation skills of students. Students are required to present
a seminar on review/critique or their own research results. Students are expected to attend all the presentations.
Assessment:             100% continuous assessment based on performance in their seminar presentation and
                        attendance at seminars; pass/fail
Contact Person:         Dr M F Wang

BIOL 6002 Special topics in botany
This course aims to introduce students to special botany topics which are of relevance to their research study but have
not been taken previously. Students will be instructed to attend one undergraduate course or a combination of
undergraduate courses from the department as prescribed by the supervisor(s) and/or the Chairman of the
Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee. Students will be required to do further guided readings and/or
attend extra tutorials.
Assessment:              Consult course coordinator; pass/fail
Contact Person:          Dr W K Yip

BIOL 6003 Special topics in biotechnology
This course aims to introduce students to special biotechnology topics which are of relevance to their research study
but have not been taken previously. Students will be instructed to attend one undergraduate course or a combination
of undergraduate courses from the department as prescribed by the supervisor(s) and/or the Chairman of the
Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee. Students will be required to do further guided readings and/or
attend extra tutorials.
Assessment:             Consult course coordinator; pass/fail
Contact Person:         Dr W K Yip

BIOL 6004 Special topics in food science
This course aims to introduce students to special food science topics which are of relevance to their research study but
have not been taken previously. Students will be instructed to attend one undergraduate course or a combination of
undergraduate courses from the department as prescribed by the supervisor(s) and/or the Chairman of the
Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee. Students will be required to do further guided readings and/or
attend extra tutorials.
Assessment:              Consult course coordinator; pass/fail
Contact Person:          Professor C Y Ma

BIOL 6005 Advanced topics in nutrition
This course aims at providing in depth knowledge on special topics in human and animal nutrition. Students need to
consult their supervisor and select three topics from the following: Nutritional Status Assessment, Body Weight
Regulation and Obesity, Nutrient-Gene Interactions, Metabolic Programming, Nutrition & Immunity, Nutrition &
Cancer, Laboratory Animal Handling and Surgical Techniques.
Assessment:             Written assignments (50-80%) and continuous assessment (20-50%) for each topic; pass/fail
Contact Person:         Dr E T S Li

BIOL 6006 Advanced topics in nutraceuticals
This course aims at providing indepth knowledge on special topics in nutraceuticals. Students need to consult their
supervisor and select three topics from the following: Food Derived Bioactive Peptides, Advanced Nutrition and Food
Contaminant Analysis, Chinese Medicine in Basic Scientific Research, R & D of Biotechnological-based Chinese
Medicinal Products.
Assessment:              Written assignments (50-80%) and continuous assessment (20-50%) for each topic; pass/fail
Contact Person:          Dr J M F Wan
SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

DIVISION OF ECOLOGY & BIODIVERSITY

BIOL 6007 Biometrics (COMPULSORY to those students who have NOT taken this course before)
This course aims to introduce students to experimental design and statistical data analysis at an elementary to
intermediate level, with an emphasis on practical applications of statistical methods to experimental and
observational data in biology and ecology. A range of topics will be addressed, particularly those involving
descriptions of populations and communities, biodiversity, ecophysiology and ecological impacts associated with
pollution. To illustrate each statistical method, examples will be drawn from real cases, with consideration of the
biological or ecological background of the problem and appropriate experimental design, statistical analysis and
interpretation. Use will be made of statistical software such as SPSS, SAS and PRIMER for statistical computing.
SPSS is powerful and easy to use, and available on HKU networked computers. Computer laboratories will be
amiliari to amiliarize students with statistical computation using the software.
Sampling and experimental design for biologists and ecologists; descriptive statistics; hypothesis testing; analysis of
frequency distributions; probability distributions (e.g. Normal, binominal and Poisson) and their applications; testing
of goodness of fit and contingency tables; analysis of variance and multiple comparisons; correlation and regression
techniques; non-parametric methods; introduction to multivariate statistics; use of appropriate computer software
packages for data processing, analysis and graphical presentation.
Prerequisites:            Students must have completed at least 18 credits of level 0 or 1 BIOL courses.
Teaching:                 24 lectures; 36 hours of computer laboratory/tutorial/projects
Assessment:               One 2-hour open-book examination (60% weighting) and continuous assignments (40%
                          weighting); pass/fail
Contact Person:           Dr K M Y Leung

BIOL 6008 Seminars and tutorials in research methodology in Ecology & Biodiversity
This course aims to acquaint students with current areas of research in all aspects of Ecology & Biodiversity. Students
will be expected to attend and take part in the discussion during the regular (usually weekly) series of Postgraduate
Seminars held in the department and, in addition, they will be required to present at least one seminar themselves.
Tutorials will be held to critically appraise the seminar material and its presentation, and to discuss experimental
design, literature searches and the writing of scientific papers.
Assessment:              100% continuous assessment based on performance in the seminar and in tutorials; pass/fail
Contact Person:          Professor G A Williams

BIOL 6009 Advanced studies in Ecology & Biodiversity for postgraduate students
This course aims to provide student centred learning opportunities which will be designed for each individual
student. Students will be required to take parts of existing Masters courses or advanced courses from the BSc
curriculum which are considered necessary for their particular needs and which they have not previously taken.
Opportunities for internships with local conservation organizations (1 day per week over at least one semester), that
will allow students to gain relevant practical experience, may also be available.
Assessment:             Examination (70-80%) and continuous assessment (20-30%) depending on the studies selected;
                         pass/fail
Contact Person:          Professor G A Williams

BIOL 6010    Conservation biology and management
                 (COMPULSORY to those students who have taken BIOL2608 in the undergraduate programme)
This course is concerned with biodiversity issues in environmental management. Human impact on biodiversity is
distinguished from most other current environmental problems by its irreversibility. This means that we must act
now and cannot leave the problem to the future. Conservation biology is the science of preserving biological diversity.
 Like medicine, it is an inexact, applied, mission-oriented, multi-disciplinary science, with built-in values.
Conservation managers, like doctors, must often act on the basis of incomplete information. Theory is important
because it can suggest ways to act when information is lacking, but there is no substitute for local knowledge and
practical experience. This course aims to teach, in a non-technical way, the basic principles of conservation biology
and show how they can be applied in conservation management. Wherever possible, local samples will be used.
Assessment:             One 2-hour examination
Contact Person:         To be advised
SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

DIVISION OF ENDOCRINOLOGY
DIVISION OF MICROBIOLOGY

BIOL 6012 Research seminars in Endocrinology and Microbiology (COMPULSORY)
This course aims to provide training and improvement for students to develop presentation and delivery skills that
involve critical assessment, thinking, writing, and presentation of their chosen research project. Students are required
to present their own research project in a well organized style that includes an objective,
background/introduction/rationale, materials and methods, results and discussion. Students are also required to
attend all seminars and give critical evaluation and feedback to other students’ presentations. Students are also
encouraged to attend seminar sessions posted by seminar course in other divisions of the School of Biological
Sciences. Other undergraduate and postgraduate students not registered for this course are welcome to attend the
seminars.
Assessment:             One half to one-hour presentation (70%) and continuous assessment of participation (30%);
                        pass/fail
Contact Person:         Dr A S T Wong

BIOL 6013 Advanced topics in biological sciences
This course aims at providing theoretical concepts and technical expertise to support research in specialist area in
biomedical science and biotechnology. Students are required to consult their supervisors and choose one or more
topics from the following: Applied Immunology, General Virology, Animal Biotechnology, Microbial Biotechnology,
Molecular Biology in Mammalian Science, Bioethics, Developmental Biology, Endocrinology, Animal Physiology,
General Parasitology, Genetics and Evolution, and Reproduction & Reproductive Biotechnology.
Assessment:             Written examination (50-80%) and continuous assessment (20-50%) from Laboratory reports,
                        essays, and any other assignments by the course coordinator; pass/fail
Contact Person          Professor W W M Lee

BIOL 6014 Guided study in biological sciences
This course aims at providing the student a guided approach to his/her chosen area of research study in biological
sciences. Students are required to consult their supervisors and select topics that are related to their research field.
Assessment:              Written assignments (50-80%) and continuous assessment (20-50%) from laboratory reports
                         and discussions, essays, and any other assignments; or based on the discretion of the advisor
                         that may include written examination, essays, and any other assignments; pass/fail
Contact Person:          Professor W W M Lee

BIOL 6015 Advanced experimental biotechniques
This course focuses on advanced techniques in experimental animal and microbial sciences to assist the student’s
research studies. Students are required to consult their supervisors and select topics related to their thesis studies
from the following: Advances in Growth Hormone Research, Signal Transduction within Animal Cells, Bioassay and
Biosensing Techniques and Design, Cytochemical and Cytometry Techniques, DNA Sequencing and Related
Techniques, Laboratory Animal Handling and Surgical Techniques, Techniques for Population Genetic Studies,
Protein and Peptide Analysis and Synthesis, Transgenic Biotechnology, Advanced Vaccine Design, Molecular Genetic
Analysis of Populations : Practical Approaches, Advanced Animal Parasitology, Advanced Immunoassays and
Immunotechniques, Clinical Laboratory Techniques.
Assessment:            Written assignments (50-80%) and continuous assessment of laboratory performance
                       (20-50%); pass/fail
Contact Person:        Professor W W M Lee


NON-DIVISIONAL COURSE

BIOL 6016 Selected topics in evolutionary biology
This course aims to introduce the principles of evolutionary biology and their relevance to understanding the
biological world. Students will be asked to attend related undergraduate courses or assigned a special project with
guided readings on selected topics in evolution.
Assessment:             One 2-hour examination (50%)/written assignments and continuous assessment (50%);
                        pass/fail
Contact Person:         Dr M Sun

								
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