ENVS Course List

BIOL3003 Environmental Health and Toxicology


The course provides general knowledge concerning the various routes of human might be exposed to toxic chemicals. Main emphasis will be placed on the biological responses to toxicants, methods for evaluating potential toxicity, and applications of toxicological data to assess potential health risk.

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ENV3053 Environmental Nanotechnology


This course is designed to provide students with both theory and practice on modern techniques in nanotechnology and nanomaterial including synthesis, characterisation and application. The course aims to provide good academic foundation in the areas of nanotechnology and nanomaterial. It intends to give a deep knowledge of fabrication and characterisation of nanostructures to meet the emerging demands of nanotechnology professionals and will prepare the participants for a successful career in the nanoscience and nanotechnology.

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ENV3043 Environmental Study Laboratory


The practical sessions consist of experiments that utilise the techniques commonly used in environmental studies. The course illustrates the theoretical background of the subject and provides students with practical experience in biological and chemical treatments of waste and microbial conversion of biomass or organic waste. Students are trained in the basic principles and techniques for sampling and sample treatment; analytical techniques including physical, chemical and biological techniques, for environmental investigations; and practical experience in treatment methods for removal of environmental contaminants.

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ENV4004 Final Year Project I (ENV)

毕业论文 I

This is a semester long individual project on an interdisciplinary or applied topic related to the field of environmental science, utilising knowledge and skills acquired in this programme and beyond. Assessment is based on a thesis and an oral presentation upon completion of the project. The course guides students in the development of research methodology appropriate to the practice of environmental technology and management. The project gives the students opportunity to work on problems of an applied or interdisciplinary nature that has real-world significance.

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ENV4005 Final Year Project II (ENV)

毕业论文 II

With the approval of the Programme Director Course Description: Please read the course description of ENV4004. This course is for students who wish to carry out more in depth research for their final year projects. To enrol in this course, students must have a satisfactory report for ENV4004 and the approval of the Programme Director.

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ENV4003 Green Business Management


Green Business Management examines the role of business in reducing the burden on the natural environment, and the impacts on profit and the environment in adopting new management approaches. The economic growth and the environmental impacts, and how to mitigate them, are the major focuses of the course. The contents include the greening of business at all stages - from the management, production to product. The students are introduced to various conflicting ideas regarding economic development and environmental degradation, and whether the technological advances hold the key to saving the environment.

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MHR3003 Human Resource Management


This course is designed to prepare students for a successful business career as a human resource professional by providing them with a broad understanding of issues and principles in human resource management in various organisational settings.

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GCIT1003 IT for Success in Everyday Life and Work


This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of Information Technology (IT), and develops students’ confidence in using computers and computer applications. Useful and practical course contents are selected for learning how to be a competitive person in this information era. Students are introduced to the background of Computer Science, and the modern IT sector. Some of the major IT organisations are introduced, and current IT issues and questions are discussed. The basic architecture and design of a computer is explained. Software applications useful for students of all majors are introduced.

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ENV4013 Integrated Solid Waste Management


This course provides an understanding of solid waste problems, waste generation, handling, and treatment with the emphasis on recycling. The course will include the study of the waste generation scenarios in developed and developing countries with special reference to waste generation in China. It will discuss the various waste treatment technologies, their pros and cons and the success stories. The emphasis will be on how to reduce solid waste and various issues such as producer responsibility, polluter pays, etc. The resource conservation using the three “R”s and the role it plays in the integrated waste management scenario will be emphasised in order to: (1) to understand the origins of waste and the social, political and economic issues involved with waste disposal; (2) to review the waste generation problem and to examine various physical, chemical and biological waste treatment methods; (3) to introduce the various technologies in reducing and reutilising the various types of wastes; and (4) to have a comprehensive knowledge of the current and projected legislation regarding waste and their potential implications.

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BIOL3013 Introduction to Environmental Biotechnology


This course provides a general understanding of the principles and applications of biotechnological techniques in environmental monitoring, pollution control and removal of contaminants, particularly in environmental biomonitoring, biodegradation and bioremediation, biofuel production and waste water treatment. In addition, it introduces specific applications of biotechnology in microbiological wastewater treatment, bioremediation and ecological engineering.

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ENV3063 Introduction to Environmental Geology


The course provides students the opportunity to learn the geological structure, and the constituent of the Earth relating to its natural processes; help equip students with an understanding of the interactions between geologic/ecological processes and the society, the earth’s dynamic and changing environment, the application of geologic information to the entire spectrum of interactions between people and the physical environment; and help students appreciate how geology interacts with major environmental problems facing people and society.

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ENV2003 Introduction to Environmental Science


The course introduces students to the basic principles, concepts, and issues in environmental science, and demonstrates to them how environmental issues and resources problems are interrelated. Emphasis is given to those topics that demonstrate how environmental issues are related to our everyday life. Students should be able to understand how human activities cause environmental pollution problems, and recognise how modern environmental technologies could remedy such problems.

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ENV3073 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management


This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with an emphasis on how the vector data model is used to assess and analyse environmental problems. After providing a brief overview of vector GIS concepts and applications, students will examine vector data structure, and vector data acquisition, with a focus on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and database creation, management, and manipulation. In addition, students will learn the basics of geocoding, network application and map construction to explore and analyse environmental problems.

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ENV4063 Introduction to ISO Generic Management Systems (ISO9001 & ISO14001) and Auditing

ISO 通用管理系统(ISO9001 和 ISO14001)与审核

This course gives an introduction in three main areas: ISO9001 standard, ISO14001 standard and auditing. ISO9000 and ISO14000 families are among the most widely known standards of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO). They are generic management system standards, which can be applied to all types and sizes of organisation. ISO9000 family has become an international reference for quality management requirements in business operation. The ISO14000 family functions as practical tools for any organisation to provide assurance on environmental issues to external stakeholders. Auditing functions as a management tool for monitoring and verifying the successful implementation of an organisation’s quality and environmental policy. In addition to the elaboration of the requirements of the relevant International Standards, case studies will be used to facilitate discussion.

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ENV4033 Land Contamination and Remediation


This course aims to provide the students with a general understanding of the pathways of soil contamination, the most important groups of inorganic and organic chemical contaminants, the sources and key properties which affect their fate in soils, their availability to plants and their toxicity to humans and ecosystems. Various forms of land contamination and the various traditional as well as modern technologies being used to remedy the contamination will be discussed. Specifically, the course provides an understanding of how human activities have led to an increase in the load of contaminants in the land; the pathways of soil contamination; and the various physical, chemical and biological treatment technologies.

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