What is HKUtopia?
Capstone experience is an integral part of the science major programme which focuses on integration and application of knowledge and skills gained in the early years of study. It can be seen as a culminating academic event for undergraduate students. The purposes of capstone experience are to integrate the curriculum thereby allowing students to make connections between course contents, skills learnt and applied contexts, and to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to organize and synthesize knowledge as developed throughout their academic programme. The capstone course carries a minimum of 6 credits and students must complete this for fulfillment of the graduation requirements. Capstone course is normally taken in the senior years (year 3 or 4) of study. The Department of Chemistry offers a range of courses (e.g. research project, internship, project-based course) for students to fulfill the capstone requirement in the Chemistry-Major curriculum.
In this web page, you will find information about the project-based course named HKUtopia: Capstone Experience for Chemistry Undergraduates (6 credits) offered by the Department of Chemistry. The course codes is CHEM4911. HKUtopia** is the idea of developing an ideal living environment through the use of chemistry and its related technology. We are living in a world of chemistry. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, chemistry contributes to almost every aspect of our daily lives. The findings in chemistry and advances in chemical technology have brought our living standards to a new high level. Moreover, chemistry provides solutions to many major challenges we are facing today. Issues like environmental pollutions and energy crisis are all connected to chemical context and require a chemistry solution. Chemistry, along with the related technology, is indispensable for us to achieve an ideal living environment.