Undergraduate Student-initiated Experiential Learning (USEL) Program

In order to encourage students to develop their own project idea, the School of Engineering is providing student-driven practicum opportunities to UG students through the Undergraduate Student-initiated Experiential Learning Program. Students may initiate projects of their interest under guidance of a faculty member of School of Engineering.


Application Procedure and Timeline

Students may choose to apply for participating in non-credit bearing project or enrolling in a credit-bearing course. This Program will not support Final Year Project or Final Year Thesis, or any course other than the USEL course.

Interested students should submit the application form to the School for consideration. Please download the form here. After identifying your advisor and completing the form, please submit your application to DENG Office (Rm6542, 6/F, lifts #27/28) or via usel@ust.hk.

For students who apply for non-credit bearing project, they may apply at any time. For students who apply for enrolling in a credit-bearing course, students should submit the application form to the School of Engineering at least 1 week before the end of add/drop period after discussing the project and seeking endorsement from a faculty advisor. Students will be notified of the result by email. Students should register for the course after receiving notification of approval from the School.  The School will not enrol students in the USEL courses.  Students must register for the appropriate course on their own via SIS, and this must be completed by the end of the add/drop period for that term. Approval, if granted, usually applies to the same term only.  Renewal of approval is required for every new regular term.


Deadlines for Fall 2019-20

Submission of proposals to School of Engineering:              
6 September 2019

Registering for the corresponding USEL course on SIS:    
16 September 2019 (i.e. University Add/Drop Deadline)                                                                  

There are 3 USEL courses carrying different numbers of credits (a different suffix will be added to the course code for different academic terms):

               ENGG2991C - Undergraduate Student-initiated Experiential Learning (1 credit)

               ENGG2992C - Undergraduate Student-initiated Experiential Learning (2 credits)

               ENGG2993C - Undergraduate Student-initiated Experiential Learning (3 credits)

If students on the same USEL project have different preferences for credit-bearing and non-credit bearing project, 2 separate applications must be submitted to the School.   For the credit-bearing project, the role played by each group member should be described clearly so as to justify the granting of credits.  One fixed credit value will be approved for all members in the same credit-bearing project.


Requirements of the Program

Please note that each project team is required to participate in the poster fair and make a presentation on the experiential learning day. The following documents are required to be submitted to the School of Engineering on or before specific deadline, with details as follows:

  1. 2 Printed Posters (A0 size and in portrait orientation)
  2. A short video overview (1-2 minutes in wmv format)
  3. Powerpoint for presentation (10-15 minutes)

For required format of poster, video production and presentation, please refer to the attached guidelines.


Photograph and video shooting will be arranged on the day.  Students are requested to authorize the School to use photos/video recordings of such reports/demonstrations for publications, educational and promotional purposes.