ENVS Course List

CHEM4003 Advanced Biochemistry and Laboratory


This laboratory course provides students with both theory and practice of modern biochemical techniques. Topics will include cell culture, immunological methods, genetic engineering, and protein separation technology.

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BIOL4013 Applied Environmental Biotechnology


Environmental biotechnology is an integrated approach which employs organisms for solving environmental problems such as soil contamination, air and water pollution, and fuel shortage. This laboratory based course aims to teach students advanced biotechnological skills such as bioassays, cytotoxicity tests, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), cell culture techniques and fermentation techniques for environmental applications such as bioremediation, wastewater treatment, biofuel production, pollutant detection, and microorganism identification and characterization. Upon finishing the course, students should have acquired the mentioned biotechnological skills which will enable them to synthesize knowledge to solve environmental problems and pursue postgraduate studies in the field of Environmental Biotechnology or related subjects.

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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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ENV4023 Atmospheric Science and Pollution


This course is devoted to a more in-depth study of topics in atmospheric chemistry and physics that are relevant to pollution and the application of this knowledge in understanding selected major atmospheric pollution problems. These topics include atmospheric photochemistry, chemistry of the stratosphere, troposphere and the atmospheric aqueous phase, atmospheric aerosols, atmospheric chemistry and climate, air pollution control philosophies and strategies.

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BIOL4003 Biodiversity Conservation


This course provides an introduction to biodiversity conservation and its implementation. In addition to in-depth discussion of ecological theories which play central roles in understanding the threats to biodiversity and the conservation of biological populations, species and communities, case studies will be used to draw attention towards the interplay of socio-economic, political, and cultural factors in threatening and conserving biodiversity. The roles of NGOs, government agencies and the private sector will also be discussed in detail.

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BIOL3023 Biology and Chemistry Laboratory


Experiments relevant to General Biology and General Chemistry are conducted to illustrate and consolidate students’ understanding of the fundamental concepts and basic principles of the subject. Solid training in basic laboratory techniques in Biology and Chemistry is provided through a series of well-chosen experiments. Students are provided with a solid training in basic laboratory techniques and practical skills necessary for more advanced laboratory courses and project work.

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CHEM3013 Chemical Analysis


This course is for the Environmental Science Programme. This course discusses techniques and instrumentation in modern chemical analysis relevant to environmental and life sciences. It provides a suitable analytical chemistry background for students in environmental and life sciences to pursue other advanced courses, such as Environmental Analysis and Monitoring. The topics discussed include (i) errors and statistical treatment of data, (ii) aqueous equilibria of acids and bases, (iii) titrimetric and gravimetric analysis, (iv) atomic and molecular spectrophotometric analysis, (v) mass spectrometry, and (vi) solvent extraction and chromatographic techniques.

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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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BIOL2023 Conservation Ecology


This course emphasises biological functioning at the levels of population, community, and ecosystem, and is organised around the principles of energy flow, nutrient cycles, and succession. Human interventions such as urbanisation, harvesting renewable and non-renewable resources, and pollution generation are considered in relation to natural limits, natural regulations and regeneration mechanisms, and long-term ecosystem stability. Students will be able to gain the knowledge of basic ecological principles, including species interactions, energy flow, nutrient cycles and succession, and habitats and ecosystems of the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong.

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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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ENV3033 Environmental Analysis and Monitoring


This course deals with methods and techniques used in the analysis of atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic pollutants in the environment. It introduces students to various indicators of environmental quality and pollutant analysis and monitoring techniques applicable to water, air and soil samples. Environmental modelling and its application to the evaluation of toxicity are also discussed and covered.

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ENV3023 Environmental Chemistry and Pollution Control


This course describes the sources, transport, reactivity and sink of contaminants in the environment, together with various technology options used for pollution control. It discusses the fundamental principles underlying the origins, effects and consequences of pollutants and pollution control which serves as a basis for the study of other environmental subjects such as environmental analysis and environmental management.

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