(Program Code: M280)
The MPhil degree requires the completion of at least 15 credits of approved coursework taken from more than one department, participation in the graduate seminar program EVNG 6050 every semester and the successful defense of a research thesis. Of the 15 credits, students are required to take at least 9 credits from courses offered by the School of Engineering in List A below. Students taking courses from List B must have the prior approval from their research supervisors and the final endorsement of the Program Director. Students who do not have sufficient exposure to environmental courses need to take CIVL 2420 and/or MECH 4210 or equivalent courses as advised by the EVNG Program Committee. In addition to the 15 credits, students must present at least one seminar and complete LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes during their degree studies. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 501 with the agreement of the Program Director and PG Coordinator. Students must demonstrate in their research thesis competence in environmental research and pass the oral defense examination.
 
 
(Program Code: D280)
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is awarded upon the successful completion of a program of advanced study that includes at least 15 credits of approved coursework taken from more than one department. Of the 15 credits, students are required to take at least 9 credits from courses offered by the School of Engineering in List A below. Students taking courses from List B must have the prior approval from their thesis supervisors and the final endorsement of the Program Director. Students admitted to this program should possess a Master’s degree. In exceptional circumstances, if outstanding students are admitted to the program without a Master’s degree, they may be required to take additional credits to fulfill the program requirements. Students with a Master’s degree in an Environmental Engineering or a closely related field may be granted credit transfer by the Program Director. Students must participate in the graduate seminar program EVNG 6050 every semester. In addition to the 15 credits, students must present at least two seminars and complete LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes during their degree studies. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Program Director. After a student has enrolled in the PhD program, a Thesis Supervision Committee will be established to supervise the program of study and thesis preparation. To become a doctoral candidate, the student must pass a qualifying examination within the first 18 months of his/her PhD studies. The qualifying examination involves the submission of a research proposal and an oral/written examination given by the Thesis Supervision Committee. The purpose of the qualifying examination is to establish the student’s ability to formulate and conduct original research in the chosen field of study. Upon completion of the postgraduate study and the thesis, the candidate is required to defend the thesis before a Thesis Examination Committee.
 
Courses
 
Students are required to take at least 9 credits of courses from List A. A maximum of 6 credits of 300-level undergraduate courses may be taken.  Students must have prior approval from their research supervisors and the final endorsement of the Program Director if they take courses in List B.
 
List A
Course Course Title Credits
CENG 5210 Advanced Separation Processes 3
CENG 5310 Measurements of Air Pollutants 3
CENG 5320 Water Quality Assessment 3
CENG 5650 Environmental Biotechnology 3
CENG 5760 Advanced Physio-Chemical Treatment Processes 3
CENG 5840 Nanomaterials for Chemical Engineering Applications 3
CIVL 4430 Environmental Impact Assessment 3
CIVL 4460 Process Design of Environmental Engineering Facilities 3
CIVL 4470 Air Quality Control and Management 3
CIVL 4480 Air Quality Modeling and Analysis 3
CIVL 4520 Municipal Hydrosystems Engineering and Management 3
CIVL 5410 Physical-Chemical Water/ Wastewater Treatment 3
CIVL 5420 Biological Waste Treatment 3
CIVL 5430 Aquatic Chemistry 3
CIVL 5450 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Site Remediation 3
CIVL 5460 Landfill Engineering and Design 3
CIVL 5470 Industrial Wastewater Treatment 3
CIVL 5480 Pollutant Transport in Soils and Groundwater 3
MECH 4040 Noise Control 3
MECH 4210 Air Pollution Control 3
MECH 4350 Indoor Air Quality in Buildings 3
MECH 5210 Fluid Dynamics 3
MECH 5260 Air Pollution Meteorology 3
 
List B
Course Course Title Credits
ENVR 5210 Environmental Microbiology 3
ENVR 6050 Introduction to Oceanography 3
EVSM 5220 Advanced Environmental Chemistry 3
SOSC 5620 Sustainable Development 3
 

Course Description

CENG 5210 Advanced Separation Processes [3-0-0:3]
Separation of gaseous and liquid mixtures by adsorption. Affinity chromatography. Membrane separation technology: reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration. Electrophoresis and other product recovery methods. Background: CENG 3210 Prerequisite: CENG 3220 or equivalent



CENG 5310 Measurement of Air Pollutants [3-0-0:3]
Characteristics of criteria air pollutants; air sampling; reference and equivalent methods for gaseous pollutants; particulate sampling; federal reference methods; cascade impactors; real time monitors; denuder technology; statistical issues. Exclusions: ESCE 531 (prior to 2009-10), JEVE 5310 



CENG 5320 Water Quality Assessment [3-0-0:3]
Water quality standards, chemical, physical and biological contaminants in water, general laboratory measurements and instrumental analysis based on optical, electrical and chromatography methods. Toxicity and BOD tests. Pathogenic microorganisms and microbial examination of water. Environmental sampling and quality control quality assurance. Exclusions: ESCE 532 (prior to 2008-09), JEVE 5320 



CENG 5650 Environmental Biotechnology [3-0-0:3]
Introduction to legislation, Economics and treatment technology. Waste Characteristics, Major Metabolic Pathways, Degradation of Aliphatic, Aromatic, Halogenated Compounds, Reactor Systems and Bioremediation Technologies (Aerobic Anaerobic, BNR, Composting, Landfill, Biofiltration, Artificial Wetlands, SRB, Bioleching Bacteria.) Exclusions: CENG 4610, CENG 4620 



CENG 5760 Advanced Physio-Chemical Treatment Processes [3-0-0:3]
Wet-air oxidation, catalytic oxidation and combustion, advanced oxidation, supercritical oxidation, selective adsorption, membrane separation, electrochemical and concomitant separation/reaction processes. Exclusion: JEVE 5760 



CENG 5840 Nanomaterials for Chemical Engineering Applications [2-1-0:3]
[Previous Course Code: CENG 600J] [Co-list with NANO 535]  Nanomaterials and nanotechnology have become a rapid growth area in the 21st century.  This course provides an introduction to students who enter into this exciting area of research.  The course will focus on major routes for the synthesis of nanostructured materials.  Selected applications of nanomaterials in chemical engineering applications, such as separation and catalysis, will be studied. Background: CENG 511 (prior to 2008-09) Exclusions: CENG 4540, NANO 5350 Prerequisites: CENG 1500, CENG 3210, CENG 3230 



CIVL 4430 Environmental Impact Assessment [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code: CIVL 300Q]  This course describes relationship of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and environmental policy act; methods and procedures for environmental impact identification, prediction, evaluation and mitigation; contents in an EIA report. Exclusion: CENG 4720 Prerequisite: CIVL 2410 or CIVL 1140 



CIVL 4460 Process Design of Environmental Engineering Facilities [3-1-0:3]
Basic principles in the process design of environmental engineering facilities, such as water and wastewater treatment systems, pump station, as well as sanitary landfill disposal. Prerequisite: CIVL 2420 



CIVL 4470 Air Quality Control and Management [3-0-0:3]
Historical and health impact studies related to air pollution.  Atmospheric stability and its impact on the transport and dispersion of pollutants.  Sources of major air pollutants.  Comparison of urban, industrial and transport related air pollution issues, using Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta as examples.  Control of stationary and mobile emission sources.  Air quality management - framework, policy tools and comparison of different approaches. Exclusion: MECH 4210  



CIVL 4480 Air Quality Modeling and Analysis [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code: CIVL 300S]  Atmospheric structure and circulations.  Monitoring and analysis of air quality data.  Role of modeling in air quality management.  Observational-based and emission-based modeling.  Simple regulatory models.  CMAS, an advanced emission-based air quality modeling system.  Local and regional applications of air quality models, their use and limitations. Prerequisite: MECH 4210 



CIVL 4520 Municipal Hydrosystems Engineering and Management [3-1-0:3]
The course integrates the knowledge of hydrology, hydraulics, statistics, economics, and optimization in dealing with municipal hydrosystems engineering and management.  In particular, focuses will be given to quantity aspect of water supplies and water excesses.  The hydrosystems to be covered include water distribution, urban sewage and stormwater drainage, reservoirs/detention facilities, pumps, etc. Prerequisites: CIVL 2160 and CIVL 3520 and CIVL 3530 and IELM 3020 



CIVL 5410 Physical-Chemical Water/Wastewater Treatment [3-0-0:3]
Principles of treatment for removing contaminants from drinking water and municipal wastewaters; includes equalization, neutralization, precipitation, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, air stripping, carbon adsorption, disinfection. Exclusion: JEVE 5460 Prerequisite: CIVL 2420 



CIVL 5420 Biological Waste Treatment [3-0-0:3]
Principles of secondary, biological treatment processes; includes sewage sand filters, trickling filters, activated sludge plants, lagoons, ponds, rotating biological contactors, aerobic and anaerobic digesters, and biological nutrient removal. Exclusions: CIEM 542 (prior to 2007-08), JEVE 5420 Prerequisite: CIVL 2420 



CIVL 5430 Aquatic Chemistry [3-0-0:3]
Chemistry applied to reactions occurring in water and wastewater, includes inorganic solution chemistry, chemical equilibrium, acids/bases, coordination chemistry, chemical kinetics, colloid chemistry, solubility and precipitation, oxidation-reduction potential. Prerequisite: CIVL 2410 



CIVL 5450 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Site Remediation [3-0-0:3]
Regulatory aspects of the handling and disposal of hazardous wastes, and innovative technologies for hazardous wastes treatment and contaminated soils such as bioremediation, and soil washing will be included. Exclusions: CIEM 5410, JEVE 5410 Prerequisite: CIVL 2410 



CIVL 5460 Landfill Engineering and Design [3-0-0:3]
Practical aspects of solid waste collection methods and equipment, current available disposal techniques with emphasis on complete engineering design of landfill systems, and landfill leachate treatment will be included. Prerequisite: CIVL 2410 



CIVL 5470 Industrial Wastewater Treatment [3-0-0:3]
Procedures for industrial surveys; includes waste sampling, waste characterization, treatability studies, selection of treatment methods for achieving cost effective operation, case studies of selected types of industrial waste treatment. Exclusions: CIEM 547 (prior to 2008-09), JEVE 5470 Prerequisite: CIVL 2420 



CIVL 5480 Pollutant Transport in Soils and Groundwater [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code: CIVL 609E]  Study on (1) subsurface contamination, groundwater hydrology and soil chemistry, (2) pollutant transport and fate in saturated and unsaturated zones, and (3) soil and groundwater remediation.  Besides, site contamination assessment process and common remediation technologies used in HK will be discussed. Prerequisite: CIVL 2410 



ENVR 5210 Environmental Microbiology [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code: AMCE 521]  For MSc/GD in EVSC, MSc/GD in EVNG, MPhil/PhD in AESc, MPhil/PhD in MESc and MPhil/PhD in BIOL only.  The course provides an introduction to the fundamental features of environmental microorganisms and an understanding of their roles in the functioning of our ecosystems and their importance to mankind. Exclusions: AMCE 520 (prior to 2008-09) and ESCE 520 (prior to 2009-10)



ENVR 6050 Introduction to Oceanography [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code: AMCE 605]  An introduction to the fundamentals of physical, chemical, geological, geochemical, and biological oceanography. It unveils the mystery of the oceans including the formation of the continents, oceanic circulation, and formation of precious minerals in the deep oceans; discovers ocean resources from phytoplankton to fish. The course will lay the foundation for sustainable use of the oceans and discuss human threats such as global warming, overfishing, and coastal pollution. Background: second year Science or Engineering 



EVSM 5220 Advanced Environmental Chemistry [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Codes: AMCE 522, ENVR 522]  For MSc/GD in EVSM, MSc/GD in EVNG, MPhil/PhD in AESc, MPhil/PhD in MESs, MPhil/PhD in EVST, MPhil/PhD in EVMT and MPhil/PhD in BIOL only.  The course provides an in-depth coverage of topics on inorganic and organic environmental contaminants, their structures, functions, sources and emissions, distribution, transformation and fate in the environment. Exclusions: AMCE 520 (prior to 2008-09) and ESCE 520 (prior to 2009-10)



MECH 4040 Noise Control [3-0-0:3]
Properties of sound. Hearing mechanism. Instrumentation and noise measurements. Sound propagation outdoor. Construction and community noise. Transportation noise. Noise assessment and control. Indoor noise and vibration problems. Prerequisites: MECH 2310 and MECH 3210 



MECH 4210 Air Pollution Control [3-0-0:3]
Structure of the atmosphere. Air quality in Hong Kong. Sources and fate of air pollutants. Air pollution meteorology and dispersion. Control technologies and environmental impact assessment. Exclusion: IBTM 5230 Prerequisite: CIVL 2510 or MECH 3210 



MECH 4350 Indoor Air Quality in Buildings [3-0-0:3]
Indoor air pollutants in buildings and their transport dynamics with respect to building ventilation systems. Design methodology in handling indoor air quality in buildings and enclosed spaces. Building environmental assessment method. Exclusions: IBTM 5430, JEVE 5350 Prerequisite: MECH 2310 



MECH 5210 Fluid Dynamics [3-0-0:3]
Tensor notation, derivation of Navier-Stokes equations, vorticity transport, viscous flow, flow separation, boundary layer, flow instability, turbulent boundary layer, stratified flow, rotating flow. Background: MECH 3210 Exclusion: MESF 5210 



MECH 5260 Air Pollution Meteorology [3-0-0:3]
Atmospheric boundary layer, lapse rate, stability classification, atmospheric turbulence, dispersion modeling, boundary layer wind-tunnel. Background: UG Fluid Mechanics Exclusions: IBTM 5230, JEVE 5260, MESF 526 



SOSC 5620 Sustainable Development [3-0-0:3]
This course is designed to give students an understanding of how government and business professionals formulate policies related to the foundations of sustainable development. The course begins with an exploration into the concept of prosperity and conventional view of development in the context of environmental limitations. From that basis we will consider the economic, political and social ramifications of sustainable development and investigate the need for rejuvenation and innovation. Exclusion: SOSC 301E

 
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