APSY Course List

PSY3023 Abnormal Psychology


This course will introduce students to the branch of psychology which deals with a diverse range of maladaptive human behaviours. Topics will include historical and theoretical perspectives on abnormal behaviour, and related methods of assessment, research, and intervention which are prominent in this area of psychology. This course will also include a detailed coverage of anxiety, stress, mood, thought, substance, personality, sexual, somatoform, and eating disorders, as well as disorders related to childhood and aging. Psychosocial dimension of these disorders will be considered, along with strategies for intervention which represent a variety of theoretical perspectives on treatment.

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GCVM1013 Applied Ethics in Science and Technology


This course begins with a brief introduction to ethical theories and principles focusing on some of the issues that are at once universal and timeless. Through discussion, debates, and studying particular cases (from personal stories, newspapers, magazines and films etc.), it is hoped that students will be able to reflect critically on real life issues and make their own decisions. Ethical issues in selected fields according to the students’ majors will be chosen and students will be encouraged to apply the theories they learn.

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PSY2003 Biological Psychology


The study of biological psychology has its roots in two disciplines: biology and psychology. The course attempts to link the two and provides an understanding of the methods by which biology is able to clarify and assist the student in understanding human behaviours and processes in our mental lives. Biological psychology will provide immediate, causal explanations for the role of the human brain in guiding and directing behaviour; this, taken in a greater context considers the role of the nervous system, hormones and immediate environment.

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GCCH1013 Chinese Thought through the Ages


(1) introduce important thought that have produced extremely important and significant impact on Chinese social development from past to present; (2) make a connection with contemporary social status by selecting a number of philosophical issues such as harmony, homogeneity/heterogeneity, conflict and unity, diversity and sustainability etc.; (3) analyse how ‘the past affects the present’, and how Chinese traditional thought has influenced the development and evolvement of contemporary Chinese society; and (4) help the students to have a better understanding of Chinese thought through different historical periods and to strengthen their sense of identity.

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PSY3043 Consumer Psychology


The field of consumer psychology refers to the study of how the population accesses the goods and services in their daily lives. This area of psychology draws heavily from the fields of advertising and marketing in the scope of business but it incorporates and complements these disciplines with anthropology, cognitive psychology and social psychology. Consumer Psychology has been recognised as a separate area of study within the discipline of psychology since World War II. Consumer psychology attempts to answer the questions of how, why, when and where do people buy or, not buy products. Consumer psychology studies individuals and group characteristics regarding how they satisfy their wants and needs. This involves examining demography, economic and social status and the effects of the environment and how it influences buyer decisions. Consumer psychology examines factors related to how a customer determines value; it attempts to measure the effects of advertising and marketing with the ultimate goal of influencing or predicting a customer’s decision.

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PSY4013 Counselling Psychology


This course intends to provide an overview of the counselling profession. Research in efficacy and assessment will be included in the course to emphasise the scientist-practitioner model. Students will also be informed of the various settings where counselling psychologists can contribute their professional knowledge.

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PSY2033 Developmental Psychology


Developmental psychology is designed to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge and appreciation of the concepts of human development. The student will begin with the introduction of scientific methods and research models in the area of human development. This will prepare the student to read and understand the evolution and technological advances in the discipline of psychology and particularly, developmental psychology. The student will be introduced to the “bio-psycho-social” model as it applies to human development; this will include relevant cultural and social issues related to the fact that human development is not driven or determined by isolated biological force but expressed as a dynamic between the elements of heredity and environment which shape the human organism.

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PSY3053 Educational Psychology


The course in educational psychology is developed to study how humans learn in educational settings. The course explores and examines the effectiveness of educational intervention and the psychology of teaching. The focus of educational psychology is upon how students learn and how they develop, this often takes place within the context of subgroups such as “gifted children” or children with “learning and educational disabilities”. Educational psychology locates itself within a wide range of specialties within the areas of educational studies. A course objective is to expose the student to a variety of these areas such as: instructional design, educational technology, curriculum development, special education and classroom management. The broad, overall objective of educational psychology is to introduce the relevant psychological principles, theories and methodologies to problems and issues found in areas of learning and education

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GCLA1903 English I

大学英文 I

The course involves instruction of English as both an academic subject and a foreign/second language. The course focuses on fundamental language skills that are related to reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It is also designed to enable students to study their major courses more effectively by focusing on the basic language and thinking skills of academic reading and writing.

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GCLA1913 English II

大学英文 II

Course objectives are aimed at further developing and improving the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening to a level appropriate for university study. This course builds on the skills taught in English I by taking the sentence writing skills from that course and developing them into academic style paragraphs using different patterns of organisation. The course will broaden student awareness of reading for academic purpose by instructing how to interpret different textual styles.

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GCLA1923 English III

大学英文 III

The course involves a careful instruction of English as both an academic subject and a second language. Students will be able to respond to and convey ideas in areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Speaking will focus on articulation and target language. Patterns of organization will be stressed in speaking and writing. Specific grammar and vocabulary will be addressed within essays. Reading and listening material will be accessed primarily from electronic resources and the library in order to facilitate comprehension of academic sources.

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GCLA1933 English IV

大学英文 IV

This course prepares students for communicating in an academic environment. Major topics of this course include research activities which will enable students to find appropriate academic sources about the topics being studied and use references to support their writing. Public speaking skills will be introduced to enhance their spoken language. Reading and listening material will be accessed primarily from electronic resources and the library in order to further academic research skills and avoid plagiarism.

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PSY3073 Experimental Psychology


The major objective is to provide the student with hands on experience and practice related to experimental methods in psychology. This process includes planning, designing and conducting a piece of experimental research and communicating the results to fellow students. Students will be introduced to the basics of scientific methods, principles of observation and reporting. Developing computer skills as a foundation for data analysis will be emphasised. The laboratory part of the course will provide the research experience, develop the research project and demonstrate the skills of scientific communication in both written and oral forms. The course will also introduce the important topics of research ethics and guidelines established for the protection of animal and human subjects.

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PSY4004 Final Year Project I (PSY)

毕业论文 I

The main aim of this course is to guide and empower final year psychology students to initiate, explore, analyse, and complete their research project. The objectives of this course are to provide opportunities for students: (1) to develop their individual critical thinking and research design skills, as well as analytical and intellectual abilities; (2) to apply the formal knowledge and skills gained on the degree programmed, to real, practical psychology research; and (3) to integrate their competencies, so as to better prepare themselves for the transition from the academic to the work situation.

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PSY4005 Final Year Project II (PSY)

毕业论文 II

This course is intended for students who want to carry out more in-depth research in their Final Year Project. Same as Final Year Project I, but it will be restricted to students who have academically performed very well in year 2 and year 3, and in Final Year Project I. Enrolment in this course requires the approval of the Programme Director. Students are required to independently carry out a scientific literature review, to critically appraise certain theories, concepts or beliefs, and to prepare students for a higher degree study

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