Admission Requirements for the Building Services Discipline



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THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS 香港工程師學會

Admission Requirements for the Building Services Discipline


(Normal Route)


Item

Description

Remarks

Age

25 minimum




Academic

(either (a),

(b), (c),

(d) or (e) route)


(a) BEng / BSc degree in Building Services Engineering accredited by HKIE or equivalent
(b) Pass of EC Part 2 examination of BSE discipline
(c) BEng / BSc degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering accredited by HKIE or equivalent, plus the following top-up:-

(i) 2 modules at Bachelor degree level;

or (ii) 2 EC Part II BSE-oriented subjects;

or (iii) A master degree in BSE discipline;

or (iv) Two extra years of relevant and responsible experience

(Details please refer to attached)




  1. BEng (Hons) in Fire Engineering from the University of Central Lancashire plus top-up (details please refer to Section III attached) before 1999 intake.



  1. BEng (Hons) in Fire Engineering plus MSc in Fire Engineering from the University of Central Lancashire plus top-up (details please refer to Section III attached) from 1999 intake or after.

- Section 2 of "M3 -Routes to Membership" is relevant

(Academic Requirements)


- Degrees after 1.1.1992 must be from honours courses
- EC Part 2 examination has been superseded by the EC Graduate Diploma examination; the latter does not contain papers sufficient for Building Services Discipline.


Professional Training & Experience (either (a) or (b) route)

(a) Two-year recognised training followed by two-year responsible experience
(b) Six-year combined training/responsible experience

- Section 3 of "M3 - Routes to Membership" is relevant

(Training & Experience Requirements)



Professional Assessment

- Report of 1600 to 2000 words on Training and experience together with the relevant drawings and documents attached to the application form in English
- Interview
- Essay of about 1600 words to be written after the interview in English on a given topic (two hours allowed)

- Section 4 of "M3 - Routes to Membership" is relevant

(Professional Assessment)




Building Services Engineering Modules for

Supplementary Study and Continuous Professional Development

To Satisfy Admission Requirements of

Building Services Discipline

I. General Academic Requirements

Currently, the academic requirement for Member (BS Discipline) of the HKIE can be met with by:

(i) a recognized Bachelor degree in building services engineering, or

(ii) a recognized Bachelor degree in mechanical / electrical engineering plus a master degree (or postgraduate diploma) in Building Services Engineering; or

(iii) EC Part II with building services subjects (phased out since 2002); or

(iv) a recognized Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering, plus top-up as detailed hereinafter; or

(v) EC Graduate Diploma (or previously EC Part II) with mechanical or electrical engineering subjects, plus top-up as detailed hereinafter; or


  1. BEng (Hons) in Fire Engineering from the University of Central Lancashire, plus top-up as detailed hereinafter before 1999 intake.

(vii) BEng (Hons) in Fire Engineering plus MSc in Fire Engineering from the University of Central Lancashire plus top-up (details please refer to Section III attached) from 1999 intake or after.


Qualifications of (i) to (iii) fully satisfy the academic requirement for the BS Discipline. Requirements for candidates with qualifications of (iv)/(v) and (vi)/(vii) are detailed in sections II and III respectively.
II. Top Up Requirements for Qualifications of (iv) and (v)
The above categories of (iv) and (v) are for candidates who are working in the BSE field and are interested in the BS Discipline of HKIE, but not academically eligible for member admission and are required to have two extra years (on top of the normal minimum requirements of either 4 years for Scheme A route or six year combined training/experience) of work experience in BSE for fulfilling the requirement for Member in the BS Discipline. This 2-year extra requirement, however, may be waived by studying BSE-oriented subjects at first degree or higher degree level.
Many candidates of category (iv) or (v) seek for top up study of BSE-oriented subjects to enable them to become MHKIE in BS Discipline earlier than otherwise. Such subjects can be studied in the local universities. A list of modules (subjects) at Bachelor degree or higher degree level in the context of building services engineering is provided herewith at Section V. This list of modules is also relevant to those seeking for continuous professional development in areas of building services engineering.
For candidates through Formal Training route (Scheme A) or General Experience route, responsible experience toward Corporate Membership would only be counted after top-up requirements being fulfilled.

To waive the requirement of two extra years of work experience for non-BSE graduates to become MHKIE (BS Discipline), it is required to study and pass two modules, each of coverage similar to those shown on the list and of class contact not less than 30 hours. The modules are classified as A, B or C as given in Section V. Candidates with a degree in mechanical engineering should study modules of Group A or Group C. Candidates with a degree in electrical engineering should study modules of Group A or Group B.


III. Top Up Requirements for Qualifications of (vi) and (vii)
Graduates of the BEng (Hons) in Fire Engineering awarded by the University of Central Lancashire before 1999 intake are required to top up with the following in order to enter the BS Discipline:
(i) A MSc degree (or postgraduate diploma) in Building Services Engineering, or

  1. One module each on HVAC and Building Electrical Systems at degree level with each module having not less than 30 teaching hours. Currently, BC4753 Electrical Services I and BC4763 HVAC Engineering Elective I offered by SCOPE of City University of Hong Kong are considered to have appropriate contents in meeting these requirements.

Graduates of the BEng (Hons) in Fire Engineering plus MSc in Fire Engineering awarded by the University of Central Lancashire from 1999 intake or after are required to top up with the following in order to enter the BS Discipline:
(i) A MSc degree (or postgraduate diploma) in Building Services Engineering, or

(ii) One module each on HVAC and Building Electrical Systems at degree level with each module having not less than 30 teaching hours. Currently, BC4753 Electrical Services I and BC4763 HVAC Engineering Elective I offered by SCOPE of City University of Hong Kong are considered to have appropriate contents in meeting these requirements.


For candidates through Formal Training route (Scheme A) the top-up must be completed during the training period and prior to commencement of responsible experience. For candidates through General Experience route the top-up must be completed prior to the commencement of the six-year requirement on combined training/responsible experience. For candidate who has sufficient pre-graduation building services experience, the Building Services Discipline Advisory Panel may consider to approve the candidate on individual merits to complete the top-up during the training period and prior to commencement of responsible experience for satisfying the Membership requirements.
IV. Opportunities for Study of BSE Programmes
Moreover, there are candidates who do not have a degree qualification yet, or their degree awards are not recognized by the HKIE. These candidates may wish to pursue a first degree or MSc degree in BSE in local universities. The followings are opportunities of study:


1.

Programme:

BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering




University:

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University




Mode of study:

Full-time / sandwich




Normal period of study:

3 years / 4 years




Accreditation

Full accreditation by HKIE (for BS Discipline)










2.

Programme:

BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering




University:

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University




Mode of study:

Part-time [Entry requirement: HD or HC]




Normal period of study:

4 years




Accreditation:

Full accreditation by HKIE (for BS Discipline)










3.

Programme:

BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering




University:

City University of Hong Kong




Mode of study:

Part-time [Entry requirement: HD or HC]




Normal period of study:

3⅓ years




Accreditation:

Full accreditation by HKIE (for BS Discipline)










4.

Programme:

BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering




University:

City University of Hong Kong




Mode of study:

Full-time




Normal period of study:

3 years




Accreditation:

Full accreditation by HKIE (for BS Discipline)










5.

Programme:

BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (Building Services Stream)




University:

The HK University of Science and Technology




Mode of study:

Full-time




Normal period of study:

3 years




Accreditation:

Full accreditation by HKIE (for mechanical engineering discipline)










6.

Programme:

BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering




University:

The University of Hong Kong




Mode of study:

Full-time




Normal period of study:

3 years




Accreditation:

In the process of seeking full accreditation from HKIE (for BS Discipline)










7.

Programme:

BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering




University:

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University




Mode of study:

Full-time [Entry requirement: HD or HC]




Normal period of study:

2 years




Accreditation:

In the process of seeking full accreditation from HKIE (for BS Discipline)










8.

Programme:

MSc / PgD in Building Services Engineering




University:

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University




Mode of study:

Part-time / Full-time




Normal period of study:

2 to 3 years / 1 year










9.

Programme:

MSc in Building Services Engineering




University:

The University of Hong Kong




Mode of study:

Part-time




Normal period of study:

2 to 3 years










10

Programme:

MSc / PgD in Fire and Safety Engineering




University:

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University




Mode of study:

Part-time




Normal period of study:

2 to 3 years










11

Programme:

MSc in Intelligent Building Technology and Management




University:

The HK University of Science and Technology




Mode of study:

Part-time




Normal period of study:

2 years



V. List of Modules (Subjects) for Top Up or CPD in BSE
This list of BSE-oriented modules (subjects) is intended to provide information and guidance to candidates seeking for top-up to satisfy academic requirement for Member of the HKIE BS Discipline described in Section II above. It is also relevant to those seeking for continuous professional development in areas of building services engineering.
These modules are offered in the universities in Hong Kong, and available to candidates on part-time study basis. Application for study of modules should be made through the corresponding departments and universities, and are subject to limit on the number of enrollment. As the modules are subjected to changes from year to year, those interested are advised to approach the relevant universities for latest information.
The list summarizes information on the name of modules, pre-requisites, contact hours, brief syllabus, subject level (BSc/BEng or MSc), and the department and university offering those modules, including:
a) Modules offered by the Department of Building & Construction, City University of Hong Kong (pages 5-7);

b) Modules offered by the Department of Building Services Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (pages 8-12);

c) Engineering Council (UK) Graduate Diploma examination, BSE-oriented paper (page 13)

List of BSE-oriented subjects/modules at first degree or higher degree level, available to candidates on part-time study basis, offered by the Department of Building & Construction, City University of Hong Kong:




Name of Subject/Module

Group

Pre-requisite

Contact Hours

Brief Syllabus

Level of Subject

BC 3752

Electrical Services



C

Basic Electrical Sciences and Services

42

Elevator technology; Fundamental elevator traffic design; Power quality problems; Electromagnetic compatibility and interference; Essential supply; Open-loop and closed loop control; Lighting protection


BEng

BC 3762

HVAC Engineering



B

Basic Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

42

Air conditioning systems; Ventilation Systems; Space Heating Systems; Automatic control; Commissioning, operation and maintenance; Introduction to HVAC&R analysis


BEng

BC 3772

Fire Engineering and Plumbing Services



B

Basic Fire Science and Plumbing

42

Transient flow analysis; Sewage and refuge disposal; Engineering options; Piped gases; Fully hydraulic calculations and analyses; Introduction to fire modelling

BEng

BC 4753

Electrical Services Elective I



C

Basic Electrical Sciences and Services

42

Electromagnetic environment; Causes and impacts of electric power harmonics; Crosstalk; HV and LV distribution system; Protection, load flow; Electrical insulators; High voltage equipment; Emergency generator design, UPS


BEng

BC 4763

HVAC Engineering Elective I




B

Basic Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

42

Thermal environment; Air quality; Energy conservation measures; Energy codes; Noise and vibration control

BEng

BC 4773

Fire Engineering Elective I



B

Basic Fire Science and Plumbing

42

Fire processes; Thermochemistry; Premixed and diffusion flames; Thermal decomposition; Combustion; Compartmental fires, Building fire modelling

BEng

Please note that the module codes specified in this leaflet may change from time to time by the Universities.
List of BSE-oriented subjects/modules at first degree or higher degree level, available to candidates on part-time study basis, offered by the Department of Building & Construction, City University of Hong Kong:


Name of Subject/Module

Group

Pre-requisite

Contact Hours

Brief Syllabus

Level of Subject

BC 4754

Electrical Services Elective II



C

BC 0701

42

Photometry and radiometry; Human factors; Interior lighting design; Daylighting; Computer aided lighting design; Case studies; New topics of research in illumination engineering


BEng

BC 4764

HVAC Engineering Elective II



B

BC 0702

42

Thermal equipment performance; Direct contact heat and mass transfer; Component modelling and simulation; Performance analysis and optimisation of environmental plant systems


BEng

BC 4774

Fire Engineering Elective II



B

BC 0703

42

Critical appraisal in current technology developments; Performance based fire codes; Performance based codes for fire engineering systems


BEng

BC 4755

Building Electronics Elective I



C

Basic Electronics

42

Programmable logic controllers; PID control; Adaptive and self-tuning control; Intelligent buildings; Building automation systems; Integrating technologies; Software packages in BAS; Condition based maintenance


BEng

BC 4756

Vertical Transportation Elective I



C

Basic Electrical, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering

42

Statutory regulations; Safety and maintenance; Mechanical and structural components; Computer aided lift design; Automatic car control; Computer based group supervisory control; Computer simulation of lift systems


BEng


Please note that the module codes specified in this leaflet may change from time to time by the Universities.

List of BSE-oriented subjects/modules at first degree or higher degree level, available to candidates on part-time study basis, offered by the Department of Building & Construction, City University of Hong Kong:




Name of Subject/Module

Group

Pre-requisite

Contact Hours

Brief Syllabus

Level of Subject

BC 4757

Building Electronics Electives II



C

BC 0901

42

Basic network architecture and local area networks; Distributed systems; Layered protocols; BACNETs; Digital filtering; Propagation theory; Telephone traffic; CABD, SMATV; VSAT systems


BEng

BC 4758

Vertical Transportation Elective II



C

BC 0902

42

Controlled rectifiers; Choppers and inverters; Braking and reversing of a.c. and d.c. machines; Control concept; Various lift drives; Energy losses and saving; Controller design; Special lifts and escalators; Artificial intelligence applications


BEng


Please note that the module codes specified in this leaflet may change from time to time by the Universities.

List of BSE-oriented subjects/modules at first degree or higher degree level, available to candidates on part-time study basis, offered by the Department of Building Services Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:




Name of Subject/Module

Group

Pre-requisite

Contact Hours

Brief Syllabus

Level of Subject

BSE521

Air Conditioning Control and Operation



B

Thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics as normally covered in BSc/BEng courses

42

Air conditioning systems: part-load and year-round operation, system performance and operational problems; Ventilation systems: outdoor air control, ventilation effectiveness, ADPI, fan-duct network; Chilled water systems: primary and secondary water loops, constant and variable flow; System control: air side control, water side control; Energy requirement: cooling load profile, fan and pump power, system operation for energy effectiveness and heat recovery, chiller optimization.


MSc

BSE522

Building Energy Simulation



B

Engineering degree in BSE, Electrical or Mechanical or equivalent

42

Building energy estimation method; Building thermal performance modelling; Plant models, plant component models; Integrated building and plant performance simulation; Building and plant simulation packages - theoretical background, applications and limitations.


MSc

BSE533

Fire Dynamics



B

Thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics as normally covered in BSc/BEng courses


42

Fire processes; Premixed and non-premixed flames; Fire plumes; Fire properties of materials; Ignition; Spread of flame; Smoke; Compartmental fire; Active protection systems; Building fire modeling; Use of fire engineer’s calculator, e.g. FPETOOL.


MSc


Please note that the module codes specified in this leaflet may change from time to time by the Universities.
List of BSE-oriented subjects/modules at first degree or higher degree level, available to candidates on part-time study basis, offered by the Department of Building Services Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:


Name of Subject/Module

Group

Pre-requisite

Contact Hours

Brief Syllabus

Level of Subject

BSE531

Computational Fire Modelling for Building Design



B

Thermofluids and engineering mathematics as normally covered in BSc/BEng courses

42

Zone modelling techniques: modelling of heat release rate, fire plume, ceiling jet; Field modelling techniques: turbulence and turbulent modelling, solution of velocity-pressure coupled equations, boundary conditions and wall functions, use of commercial computational fluid dynamics packages; Application of fire modelling results: simulation of compartmental fire, atrium fire, tunnel fire, sprinkler-plume interaction, evaluation of fire engineering systems.


MSc

BSE532

Fire Engineering Systems



B

Knowledge of thermodynamics, hydraulics and electronics normally covered in BSc/BEng courses

42

Basic engineering science of water-based / gas / dry power fire engineering systems; Pedestal fire hydrant system, sprinkler system, water spray/deluge system, drencher system, fixed foam system, dry pipe foam system; Halon gas system, CO2 system and dry powder system; Computer programmes for system design; Smoke control systems; Fire safety control in HVAC systems; Fire detection systems, fire communication systems and false alarm.


MSc

BSE535

Design Considerations for Fire Safety Management



A

Nil

42

Fire safety management by design: rationale of fire safety design, system approach to fire safety design, NFPA decision tree, basic science of fire, fire hazards; Risk analysis and assessment: fire risk ranking, risk assessment model, response and performance of fire systems, human responses; Fire safety administration in the building industry: principles and techniques of fire safety management, planning for emergencies, fire insurance, fire investigation, security; Case studies.


MSc

Please note that the module codes specified in this leaflet may change from time to time by the Universities.
List of BSE-oriented subjects/modules at first degree or higher degree level, available to candidates on part-time study basis, offered by the Department of Building Services Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:


Name of Subject/Module

Group

Pre-requisite

Contact Hours

Brief Syllabus

Level of Subject

BSE542

Energy Efficient Buildings



A

Engineering degree in Electrical, Mechanical or BSE or equivalent

42

Overall building energy use: overview, energy requirement , usage pattern, energy tariffs; Building energy management: approaches, energy conservation programme, policies; Retrofitting and upgrading buildings for energy conservation; Building energy audit and survey; Demand side management: strategy in achieving building energy efficiency, building waste energy recovery; Economic analysis of energy conservation/upgrading programmes.


MSc

BSE547

Indoor Air Quality Engineering



A

Basic knowledge in HVAC systems

42

Indoor environment: human psychological and physiological aspects, BEAM IAQ assessment; Air quality: air cleanliness, ambient air quality, rationale for standards; Indoor air pollutants: gaseous pollutants, airborne particulate, VOCs, radon, biological contaminants; Indoor air movement: air flow in confined and unconfined spaces, filtration systems; Instrumentation and measurement techniques; Control measures: improved IAQ by HVAC system design, removal of contaminants.


MSc

BSE534

Legislation Aspects of Fire Safety Management



A

Nil

42

Fire safety management by legislation: principles and philosophy of fire safety legislation, legal systems, code of practice, fire services installations inspection and testing, fire safety practice, self-regulation; Insurance; Fire safety and the community: community fire losses, fire statistics, fire safety provisions and management strategies, public fire safety education; Performance based fire codes; Case studies.


MSc

Please note that the module codes specified in this leaflet may change from time to time by the Universities.
List of BSE-oriented subjects/modules at first degree or higher degree level, available to candidates on part-time study basis, offered by the Department of Building Services Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:


Name of Subject/Module

Group

Pre-requisite

Contact Hours

Brief Syllabus

Level of Subject

BSE511

Lighting Engineering



C

Engineering degree in Electrical, Mechanical or BSE or equivalent

42

Photometry and colorimetry: quantities, standards and measurements; Lighting equipment and systems: lamps, luminaires and control gear, electrical characteristics, harmonic compensation, Lighting design: design criteria, calculations of illuminance, utilisation factors; Daylighting: sky models, daylight-linked control systems; Lighting and environment: visual performance and its assessment; Design decisions: integration of electric light and daylight, energy conservation and lighting control systems, lighting economics; Computer aided lighting design; Case studies.


MSc

BSE515

Electrical Installations in Buildings



C

Electrical engineering fundamentals as covered in an engineering degree or equivalent

42

HV supply and distribution in buildings; Review of design and operating criteria: electricity supply regulations and codes; Electric safety and risk assessments; Earthing for lightning protection, functional purposes and safety; Fault calculation for LV systems; Overcurrent protection for large plant, cabling systems, motor drives, etc.; Standby generation, reliability analysis, co-generation schemes; Uninterruptible power supplies; Motor drives: transient and harmonic analysis, system energy analysis.


MSc

BSE512

Engineering Intelligent Buildings



C

Electrical engineering fundamentals as covered in an engineering degree or equivalent

42

Intelligent buildings: concept and implementation strategies; Building management system (BMS); Communication in BMS; BMS function and control optimization; Direct Digital Control; Communication system in buildings; vertical transportation; Electromagnetic compatibility; Power quality issues; Harmonics analysis; System reliability studies.

MSc

Please note that the module codes specified in this leaflet may change from time to time by the Universities.
List of BSE-oriented subjects/modules at first degree or higher degree level, available to candidates on part-time study basis, offered by the Department of Building Services Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:


Name of Subject/Module

Group

Pre-requisite

Contact Hours

Brief Syllabus

Level of Subject

BSE541

Building Acoustics



B

BSc/BEng in mechanical engineering, BSE or equivalent

42

Acoustic fundamentals: fundamental properties of sound and waves, sound propagation and transmission inside buildings and in air ducts; Acoustic design and planning: requirements for auditoria, lecture theatres, plant rooms and etc., directional and spacial impression, reverberation, echo, silencers, active noise control; Environment impact and local legislation; Vibration: acoustically driven vibration, control and transmission; Problem investigations: noise and vibration measurement, data analysis techniques, software packages.


MSc

BSE543

Building Environmental Assessment



A

Nil

42

Global issues: electrical loading and equivalent CO2 production, ozone depletion and global warming, abusive use of natural resources; Local issues: demand of electricity, use of water, wastewater discharge, recycled material, local environmental impact; Building environmental assessment methods; Assessment of energy use; Energy audit; Indoor issues: indoor environmental quality factors, current legislation and standards; Pollutants in buildings; Indoor air quality; Health and safety; Safety audit; Health audit.


MSc

Please note that the module codes specified in this leaflet may change from time to time by the Universities.
Engineering Council (UK) Graduate Diploma examination, BSE-oriented paper:


Name of Subject/Module

Group

Pre-requisite

Contact Hours

Brief Syllabus

Level of Subject

D207

The Built Environment



A







External Environment: Basic principles of solar effects, weather and climate with their components - temperature variations, wind, rain and their effects;

Internal environment: Includes a whole range of human physiological effects;

Thermal Environment: Principles of steady and dynamic heat flow and applies them to the thermal performance of the building;

Visual Environment: The flow of natural light from the sky through fenestration and its distribution among room surfaces by reflection;

Aural Environment: Generation of noise by engineering installations in buildings and by external sources such as road traffic and aircraft;

Functional Requirements of Buildings: Overall performance of the building, and with such matters as the optimization of building form, orientation and siting in terms of the range of environmental factors.




BEng equivalent





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