Teaching Development Grants
Completed TDG Projects

Capstone Experience

HKUtopia – A Project-based Course of Capstone Experience for Chemistry Undergraduates


In response to the inclusion of Capstone Experience as one of the graduation requirements in the new 4-year undergraduate curriculum with an aim to providing students with an integrated and holistic education, this TDG project aims to develop a well-structured project-based course to provide capstone experience for chemistry students with the following specific learning outcomes to echo the six educational aims of HKU undergraduate curriculum:

  1. to be able to observe and evaluate the various issues we are facing with and determine ways in which chemistry can be used to solve the problems,
  2. to be able to integrate theory and practice, and to understand limitations of their current knowledge,
  3. to be able to work in a team and to collaborate with people with different background, and
  4. to be able to advocate to others the appreciation for chemistry as to its relevance to our daily life.

With the introduction of this HKUtopia project-based course, the coverage of the Experiential Learning / Capstone Experience course list our Department offers is now more complete to cater for individual interest and ability of our students.

Principal Investigator

Dr. P.L. Tong, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceContact

Project level

Programme-level project

Project Completion

November 2012


  • In addition to the existing courses which are mainly lab-based, a well-structured project-based course in the category of Experiential Learning / Capstone Experience is now available for Chemistry Majors in both the 3-year and 4-year curricula to select.
  • A webpage has been constructed for the course (http://www.chemistry.hku.hk/hkutopia/) to provide students with the useful information to carry out the project.