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Leaflet - Faculty of Science, HKU - The University of Hong Kong

Programme StructureSix Theme OptionsTo be eligible for the award of the MSc in the field of Applied Geosciences, astudent shall complete all core courses prescribed in a selected theme andelective courses, totaling 66 credits.GEOS8005GEOS8020GEOS8101GEOS8102GEOS8204GEOS8205GEOS8206Field testing and instrumentation in engineering geology (3 credits)Project II (9 credits)Engineering geology and geotechnical design (6 credits)Rock engineering and geomaterials (6 credits)Basic structural mechanics and behaviour (3 credits)Mathematics I (6 credits)Mathematics II (6 credits)Engineering Geology ThemeCore courses (63 credits)GEOS7010 *Geology principles and practice (6 credits) ORGEOS7023 *Geology for geotourism (6 credits)GEOS7011 Advanced geology of Hong Kong (6 credits)GEOS7012 Site Investigation and engineering geological techniques(6 credits)GEOS7015 Rock mechanics (3 credits)GEOS7016 Soil mechanics (3 credits)GEOS7020 Project I (3 credits)GEOS7021 Geological fieldwork I (3 credits)GEOS8001 Hydrogeology (3 credits)GEOS8002 Professional practice in applied geosciences (3 credits)GEOS8003 Seminars on unforeseen ground conditions,Geotechnical and environmental failures (3 credits)GEOS8005 Field testing and instrumentationin engineering geology (3 credits)GEOS8020 Project II (9 credits)GEOS8101 Engineering geology and geotechnical design (6 credits)GEOS8102 Rock engineering and geomaterials (6 credits)*Graduates in Earth Sciences cannot take this course. They must take course(s)worth 6 credits in its place.Graduates in Civil Engineering cannot take this course for credits. They musttake another 3 credit course in its place.The design of the curriculum of the Engineering Geology ThemeSemester Mechanics Engineering Integrated studies Geology4 th RockengineeringGEOS81023 rd GeotechnicalengineeringGEOS81012 nd HydrogeologyGEOS80011 st Soil & rockmechanicsGEOS7015GEOS7016SiteinvestigationGEOS7012GEOS8005Dissertation projectGEOS8020SeminarsGEOS8003ProfessionalpracticeGEOS8002Dissertation projectDissertation projectGEOS7020Geology of HKGEOS7011GeologicalfieldworkGEOS7021GeologyGEOS70109 21 18 1563 credits core coursesEngineering Geology with HKIE Approved Courses ThemeCore courses (66 credits)GEOS7012 Site investigation and engineering geological techniques (6 credits)GEOS7015 Rock mechanics (3 credits)GEOS7016 Soil mechanics (3 credits)GEOS7020 Project I (3 credits)GEOS7024 Management (3 credits)GEOS8001 Hydrogeology (3 credits)GEOS8002 Professional practice in applied geosciences (3 credits)GEOS8003 Seminars on unforeseen ground conditions, geotechnical andenvironmental failures (3 credits)Climate and Earth Sciences Studies ThemeCore courses (51 credits)GEOS7010 *Geology principles and practice (6 credits) ORGEOS7023 *Geology for geotourism (6 credits)GEOS7011 Advanced geology of Hong Kong (6 credits)GEOS7020 Project I (3 credits)GEOS7021 Geological fieldwork I (3 credits)GEOS8002 Professional practice in applied geosciences (3 credits)GEOS8003 Seminars on unforeseen ground conditions,Geotechnical and environmental failures (3 credits)GEOS8020 Project II (9 credits)GEOS8207 Global climate (6 credits)GEOS8208 Climate change and the environment (6 credits)GEOS8209 Climate change and society (6 credits)* Graduates in Earth Sciences cannot take this course. They must take course(s)worth 6 credits in its place.The design of the curriculum ofthe Climate & Earth Sciences Studies ThemeSemester Climate Integrated studies Geology4 th Dissertation projectGEOS8020SeminarsGEOS80033 rd Professional practiceGEOS8002Dissertation project2 nd ClimateGEOS82091 st ClimateGEOS8208GEOS8207Dissertation projectGEOS7020Geology of HK,GeologicalfieldworkGEOS7011GEOS7021GeologyGEOS701018 18 1551 credits core coursesEnvironmental Geology ThemeCore courses (45 credits)GEOS7004 Earth Science and Environmental Management (3 credits)GEOS7010 *Geology Principles and Practice (6 credits) ORGEOS7023 *Geology for Geotourism (6 credits)GEOS7011 Advanced Geology of Hong Kong (6 credits)Site Investigation and Engineering Geological TechniquesGEOS7012(6 credits)GEOS7020GEOS7021GEOS8002GEOS8003GEOS8020GEOS8201Project I (3 credits)Geological Fieldwork I (3 credits)Professional Practice in Applied Geosciences (3 credits)Seminars on Unforeseen Ground Conditions, Geotechnicaland Environmental Failures (3 credits)Project II (9 credits)Applied Geochemistry (3 credits)* Graduates in Earth Sciences cannot take this course. They must takecourse(s) worth 6 credits in its place.


GEOS8102 Rock engineering andgeomaterials (6 credits)Course coordinator: Professor Andrew MaloneThis course starts with a brief introduction to thedesign methodology and the systems approach in rockengineering, and is mainly focused on the collectionand analysis of engineering geological data for thedesign of rock structures. Uses of rock mechanics inputand empirical classifications in analysis and design ofrock slopes, tunnel excavation and support systems,and rock foundations are demonstrated throughcase histories.GEOS8201 Applied geochemistry (3 credits)Course coordinator: Professor MF Zhou (taughtby Professor MF Zhou and Dr XD Li)Principles and hands-on experience of analyticaltechniques including nebulization ICP-MS, XRF andXRD; Basics of Environmental Geochemistry, ChemicalWeathering, Clay Mineralogy, and Aqueous Geochemistry;Applications of Geochemistry to environmentalproblems; Case Studies, with an emphasis in Hong Kong.GEOS8202 Development andmanagement of mineralresources (3 credits)Course coordinator: Professor MF ZhouThe course will give an overview of the life cycleof a mining project and insight into the making ofinvestment decisions in mining projects. Environmentalmanagement systems will be introduced and economicissues in mining project development will be outlined.GEOS8204 Basic structural mechanics andbehaviour (3 credits)Course coordinator: Professor Andrew Malone(taught by Professor HK Ng)The subject will cover most of the following: Behaviour ofstructural members subjected to tension, compression,bending, shear and torsion. Buckling of compressionmembers. Statically determinate and indeterminatestructures; including the concept of redundancy ofstructural members. Load transfer mechanisms ofstructural systems including foundations and shoringsystems. General behaviour and basic concepts in designof reinforced concrete members. Structural design offoundations and retaining walls.GEOS8205 Mathematics I (6 credits)Course coordinator: Professor Andrew Malone(taught by Mathematics Dept)This course will cover the following topics: elementaryand advanced calculus, matrix and vector algebra.GEOS8206 Mathematics II (6 credits)Course coordinator: Professor Andrew Malone(taught by Mathematics Dept)This course will cover the following topics: ordinary andpartial differential equations, introduction to probabilityand statistics.GEOS8207 Global climate (6 credits)Course coordinator: Dr ZH LiuProcesses in the oceans and atmosphere. Heating thesystem, development of ocean currents, winds, clouds,and resources. Effects of coupling, climate change,pollution. Atmospheric structure and composition,global ocean and atmospheric circulation patterns, ElNiño-La Niña and case studies of ocean-atmospherefeedbacks, formation of winds, storms and oceancurrents.GEOS8208 Climate change and theenvironment (6 credits)Course coordinator: Dr SH LiThe Quaternary Period comprises the last 2.6 millionyears of Earth history, an interval dominated byclimate fluctuations and the waxing and waningof large northern hemisphere ice sheets. Thiscourse will cover the many types of evidence usedto reconstruct ocean and atmospheric conditionsthrough the Quaternary.GEOS8209 Climate change and society(6 credits)Course coordinator: Dr Jess KingThis course will explore the role of humans in globalchange and the environmental responses to suchchanges. It will also take a look at human evolutionand migration from a paleoenvironmental perspective.GEOS8213 Global tectonics (6 credits)This course is intended to provide students with anunderstanding of the driving forces of Earth processesand the global outcome of these processes throughan examination of direct and indirect observations, theevolution of hypotheses, and critical thinking.


ENVM7016 Environmental policy (3 credits)This course focuses on processes of environmentalpolicy-making: how policy agendas emerge and evolve,the drivers and barriers influencing policy development,institutional structures for environmental policy-making,stakeholder engagement, and the implementation ofenvironmental policy.GEOS8214 Structural Geology (6 Credits)The course covers the mechanical properties of rocksand how they are deformed, geological maps andtheir use in interpreting structure. Topics which maybe covered include: Stress-strain relationships; useof Mohr Circles, earthquakes, big faults, fault rocks;thrusts; folds; textures, kinematic indicators and strainanalysis; Shear zones; extensional faulting; basins; strikeslipfaults; joints; deformation mechanisms. Practicalclasses will look at the use of stereonets; theoreticalmaps, real maps and an introduction to stereograms.These sessions will be both quantitative and descriptive.GEOS8215 Sedimentology (6 Credits)The course deals with sedimentary rocks and processes.Contents include some of the following: Physicalproperties of sediments; processes of weathering,transportation and deposition; sedimentary rocks,carbonates, siliclastic sediments, and sandstonepetrography; diagenesis; sedimentary environmentsand facies; sedimentation and tectonics; geologicalrecord of environments through time.GEOS8218 Meteorology (6 Credits)The course is a survey of the earth’s atmosphericstructure and its behaviour, instrumental observation,application of remote sensing to meteorological studies,weather elements and weather systems.GEOS8219 Igneous and metamorphicpetrology (6 Credits)The course provides a comprehensive treatment ofthe principles and techniques used in the study ofigneous and metamorphic rocks and rock-formingprocesses. It covers petrogenesis, magmas andmagmatic differentiation, igneous petrography, intrusiveand extrusive rock suites, metamorphic processes &reactions and metamorphic facies and metamorphicpetrography.GEOS8220 Mineralogy and geochemistry (6Credits)The course provides students with an appreciation ofmineralogical principles as a basis for understanding thepetrography of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphicrocks. Its contents include the properties of minerals inhand specimen and thin section, the optical propertiesof minerals and the polarizing microscope and thecharacteristics of the major rock-forming minerals.GEOS8221 Earth resources (6 Credits)This course aims to provide students with anunderstanding of the classification of mineral depositsand their basic features, the processes that lead to theirformation and mining procedures.CIVL6079 Slope Engineering (6 credits)Slope engineering in Hong Kong; geological modelsfor slopes; slope stability analysis methods; landslipinvestigation; soil nailing; slope stabilization measures;surface drainage and protection; slope constructionand monitoring; slope safety management andmaintenance; natural terrain study.Courses selected from the MSc inEnvironmental ManagementENVM7012 Environmental economics andanalysis (3 credits)The aim of this course is to equip students with the abilityto undertake an economic analysis of the environment. Itexamines the environment in the context of the marketmechanism and policies for improving environmentalperformance.ENVM7013 Sustainability, society andenvironmental management(3 credits)This course begins with the intellectual debates onthe definitions, conceptions and different schools ofthought of the notion of sustainable development. Thecourse then moves on to exploring ways of analyzingsustainable development at the macro- and the microlevels,ranging from governance issues, frameworks,policies to projects.ENVM7017 Environmental law in Hong Kong(3 credits)This course focuses on the statutory interpretation ofthe four principal Ordinances and subsidiary legislationdealing with pollution in Hong Kong; namely the WaterPollution Control Ordinance, the Air Pollution ControlOrdinance, the Noise Control Ordinance and the WasteDisposal Ordinance.ENVM8006 Environmental impactassessment (3 credits)This course reviews the development of differentapproaches to EIA, basic analytical principles,administrative and legal systems for EIA, assessmentsat the project and strategic levels (SIA), and case studyapplications in Hong Kong.ENVM8011 Environmental auditing andreporting (3 credits)This course is dedicated to the construction of anintegrated environmental management system(EMS). The course considers the design of the EMS, itsimplementation and issues of continuous improvement.ENVM8012 Environmental health and riskassessment (3 credits)This course introduces the theory and practice ofhuman and ecological risk assessments. Studentscompleting the course will gain a sound knowledgeof the concepts and principles of ERAs, managementand communication as applied in practice; understandthe basic risk assessment tools (e.g. prospective,retrospective and tiered approaches) to environmentalrisk management; be able to select and apply thesimpler tools to tackle risk issues; and appreciate theinterpretations of risk and its role in environmental policyformulation and decision making.


Programme Duration and Class SchedulesThe part-time programme extends over two academic years of parttimestudy and the full-time programme extends over one academicyear. Teaching will take place mainly on weekday evenings but studentsare expected to undertake field and laboratory work during weekends.Concentrated teaching may also be held at weekends. All lectures aregiven in English at the HKU main campus.AssessmentWritten work forms an important part of the programme. All writtenand oral communication is in English. Most courses in the programmeare assessed by examination and by coursework. Seminar coursesare assessed by student presentations, and essays.Tuition FeesThe annual composition fee for the academic year 2013-2014 isHK$94,000 # . Part-time students will pay HK$47,000 # per year for twoyears. Payment can be paid in two instalments each year.# Subject to approvalRequirementsApplicants for the Engineering Geology Theme and the EngineeringGeology with HKIE Approved Courses Theme should possess aBachelor’s degree with Honours in Science, Engineering, PhysicalGeography or a related subject. Applicants for the other themesshould possess a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in any subject.ApplicationApplications will be considered immediatelyuntil May 31 2013, or until all places are filled.Course details can be downloaded fromhttp://www.asa.hku.hk/admissions/tpg/prospectusor http://www.scifac.hku.hk/pg/prospective/tpgOnline application can be accessed viahttp://www.asa.hku.hk/admissions/tpgEnquiriesProfessor Andrew Malone / Professor L S ChanProgramme DirectorsDepartment of Earth SciencesRoom 309 James Hsioung Lee Science BuildingTel: 2559 2555 Fax: 2517 6912E-mail: awmalone@hku.hk or chanls@hku.hkProgramme DirectorsProfessor Andrew W Malone BBSBSc Leeds; PhD Lond; FICE FHKIE; RGEHonorary Professor, Department of Earth SciencesProfessor Malone is a geotechnical engineer witha contracting and consulting background. He wasformerly the Head of the Geotechnical EngineeringOffice of the HKSAR Government. His research interests coverlandslides and natural hazard safety systems.Professor L S ChanBSSc CUHK; MA, PhD CalifProfessor, Department of Earth SciencesProfessor Chan is an expert in geophysics, with astrong interest in the application of geophysicalmethods to engineering and environmentalproblems. His recent research projects include environmentalmagnetism, seismic risk analysis of Hong Kong area, surface wavemethods and gamma ray spectroscopy of weathered material. Heis also a leader on the development of urban geophysics in China.Visiting LecturersChen Margie Q F, PhD HKU; EGSChung P W K, BSc HKU; MSc Lond; DIC; CEng; MHKIE; FGS GEOHencher S R, BSc, PhD Lond; DIC; CEng; CGeol; RPE(G); MIMM;MHKIE; FGS Leeds UniversityHo H Y, BSc, MSc HKU; CEng; CGeol; MIMM ArupHo K K S, BSc(Eng); MSc Lond; MICE; MHKIE; FGS GEOKwong W KA, BSc MSc HKU; MBA CUHK; MHKIE Univic EngLau C K BSc, MPhil, PhD Cantab CEng, MICE, MIStructE, FHKIE, RPE,RSE, AP Fong OnLai K W, MSc AITl, MHKIE formerly HK Geological SurveyLi X D, BSc, MSc Nanjing; PhD Lond; HK Polytechnic UniversityMak B W L, BEng Monash; CEng; FCIArb; MICE AECOMMartin R P, BSc PhD Lond; MIMM; CEng; CGeolNg H K, MSc Southampton; FHKIE; FIStructE, JMKSewell R J, PhD Cantab HK Geological Survey GEOSolomon I BSc(Eng) Lond; CEng MIET MIEEE MHKIE FugroTang Denise, BSc MPhil HKU; HK Geological Survey GEOValidityThis booklet was prepared in January 2013 and information in it mayhave been superseded by subsequent changes.Faculty of ScienceThe University of Hong Kong12 Chong Yuet Ming Physics Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong KongTel: 2241 5287 Fax: 2858 4620 Email: science@hku.hk http://www.scifac.hku.hk/pg/prospective/tpg

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