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This program helps to enhance the knowledge and competencies of building services and related professionals engaged in complex multi-disciplinary building projects that involve the provision of effective and efficient solutions to an ever-evolving urban built environment.

Program Objectives
Ever since the first appearance of the term ‘Intelligent Buildings’ in US in the early 1980s, it has grown into a major area of study for design and management professionals involved in major modern urban building projects. The start of the twenty-first century is witnessing rapid developments in intelligent building design technology and management. Building services engineers have to deal with complex multi-disciplinary building projects that involve the provision of effective and efficient solutions to an ever-evolving urban built environment. The provision of a quality and up-to-date postgraduate level program such as this MSc program helps to enhance the knowledge and competencies of professionals who are engaged in intelligent building projects in modern metropolises such as Hong Kong and major cities in Mainland China. The program aims to contribute towards the sustainability of today’s urban built environment.

The MSc program in Intelligent Building Technology and Management is a postgraduate degree program designed for professionals in the building services industry. They can be mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, building services engineers, civil engineers, architects and other building operation professionals who wish to pursue comprehensive studies in intelligent building design, operation and facilities management. Our program consists of core courses that equip students with the basic theme and foundation on intelligent building technology and management concepts, and a variety of electives that cover topics from safety and health issues, risk management, energy management, to impact analysis and use of advanced building materials, indoor air quality, facility management, etc. The program aims to provide a balance between both frontier technology updates and management strategies, in both a quantitative and qualitative way.

Curriculum
All students are required to take a total of 30 credits to complete the MSc(IBTM) program. The program consists of two core courses that all students are required to take. The remaining credits will be taken from the elective courses. Subject to the approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of nine credits of non-IBTM courses, which may include a maximum of six credits of CIEM courses from the MSc program in Civil Infrastructural Engineering and Management and a maximum of six credits of MESF or MECH courses offered by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as partial fulfillment of the graduation requirement.

Core Courses
-IBTM 5010 Intelligent Building Facility Management
-IBTM 5050 Intelligent Building System

Elective Courses
-IBTM 5150 Advanced HVAC Systems
-IBTM 5200 Advanced Energy Conversion Systems
-IBTM 5260 Architectural Acoustics and Audio Systems
-IBTM 5300 Computational Methods in Building Environment Design
-IBTM 5330 Energy Management in Buildings
-IBTM 5430 Indoor Air Quality Technology and Management
-IBTM 5460 Materials in Built Environment
-IBTM 5470 Mechanical Vibration
-IBTM 5500 Occupational Safety and Health Issues in Buildings
-IBTM 5530 Risk Management and Decision-Making in Intelligent Building
-IBTM 5550 Financial Assessment of Intelligent Building Systems
-IBTM 5620 Electrical Facilities in Intelligent Buildings
-IBTM 6010 Special Topics in Intelligent Building Systems *
-IBTM 6010A Special Topics in Intelligent Building Systems: Leadership & System Design
-IBTM 6010B Special topics in Intelligent Building Systems: Mechanical Vibration
-IBTM 6010C Special Topics in Intelligent Building Systems: Entrepreneurship and Smart Building Technologies
-IBTM 6010D Special Topics in Intelligent Building Systems: Micro Sensors for Smart Buildings
-IBTM 6950 Independent Studies *

All Core and Elective courses carry 3 credits each, except IBTM 6950 which is worth 3 or 6 credits.

* A maximum of six credits of IBTM 6010 and a maximum of six credits of IBTM 6950 (which may be taken once only) may be counted toward the graduation requirement.

** Courses are offered subject to needs and availability.

Facilities
Students can enjoy library support, computer support, sports facilities, and email account at no extra cost. Upon graduation, students could also apply for related alumni services.

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