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Common First Year

Academic Advisors/Mentors/Year Tutors

Academic Advisors

An Academic Advisor will be assigned for each programme/concentration.

Major Roles and Responsibilities
  1. To conduct briefing session to students of programme(s) during the orientation session of Science Faculty.
  2. To provide guidance to Year 1 students who are interested to study his/her programme.
  3. To provide information on relevant courses such as study schedule and course selection.
  4. To advise students on any academic issues.
List of Academic Advisors


Student will be assigned a staff member as Mentor. The mentor will meet with the student regularly. The objective is to provide a friendly and supportive environment to student throughout his/her study at the University. If close relationship between the mentor and the student is established and maintained, potential problem can be identified and averted at early stage.

Major Roles and Responsibilities
  1. To advise the student on matters relating to his/her academic programme and monitor his/her overall progress in the programme.
  2. To advise the student on personal, social and/or other problems which may arise. When necessary, refer problems to other channels such as the Chaplain, Counsellor, Director of Student Affairs, Head of Career Section and Head of Counselling and Development Section, etc.
  3. To guide the student in his/her job search and placement.
  4. To keep in contact with the student after his/her graduation in order to monitor his/her progress and receive evaluation and feedback regarding the programme.

Year Tutors

At the beginning of the academic year, faculty members are appointed as Tutors for each class of students. They are appointed to support the Programme Director with respect to assisting students on a year to year basis.

  • Year 1 Tutor
    • To ensure proper registration, orientation, and acclimatization of students.
    • To serve as advisor on academic and personal matters to students in the year to which they are appointed, and to enlist additional faculty advisors as needed.
    • To monitor overall progress of students assigned to them and to make recommendations to the Programme Director concerning progression, repeating areas of the Programme, and other matters.
  • Year 2 Tutor
    To have the same duties as Year 1 tutor, while the target group is Year 2 students.
  • Year 3 Tutor
    • To have the same duties as Year 1 tutor, while the target group is Year 3 students.
    • To advise students on matters related to selection of projects for their final year of study, e.g. appropriate procedures to be followed and faculty-wide standards to be met.
  • Year 4 Tutor
    • To have the same duties as Year 1 tutor, while the target group is Year 4 students.
    • To provide industrial and cross-departmental liaison for students taking final year project as needed.

Introduction to Biology

  • suit the needs of students who need a broad background in biology; and
  • to deliver the main principles and mechanisms in biological sciences for pursuing in-depth studies

Introduction to Chemistry

  • provide students with fundamental concepts and principles in chemistry; and
  • to demonstrate the diverse and important applications of chemistry in everyday life.

Essence of Computing

  • prepare students with problem solving methodologies and skills using computer;
  • discuss the key components of a computer and the use of computer in our daily life.
  • introduce high level programming methodology and skills.
  • upon completion, students are able to:
    1. describe how a computer works and its importance in our daily life and
    2. write high level programs for solving real world problems.


  • introduce general calculus of a single real variable; and
  • help students understand the basic concepts and fundamental theories of differentiation, integration and their applications.

Introduction to Physics and Energy Science

  • introduces the basic concepts of physics with emphasis on real-life examples;
  • explores the fundamental physical principles in the workings of everyday objects and natural phenomena;
  • discusses physical principles applied in the field of energy science and technology.

Integrated Science Laboratory

  • provide students with basic foundation knowledge in laboratory; and
  • give practical experience in solving real life problems by integrating knowledge from various science perspectives.

Common First Year courses

"Common First Year" courses refer to the list of science courses that all of you will study in the first year, so you can build up a solid foundation before moving on to your Major programme.