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Elective Modules

General Education Elective Modules

Module Information for GE Elective Modules to be offered in Summer Semester, AY 2021/22


GEE5105 Urban Greenery & Ecology

(Offered by Faculty of Design and Environment)


Green spaces in the cities have become one of the essential infrastructures for the well-being of urban population. This module introduces the ecosystem functions and multiple benefits of urban greenery, discusses the challenges and limitations which it faces, and how to sustain ecological balance and diversity through a greenery network. Emerging trends in urban greenery, like native ornamental plants, green roof, vertical green wall, rain garden; eco-landscaping as management strategies, will be investigated.


Five field trips (18 hours) are especially designed to enhance the interactive learning experience for students to explore and analyze the environmental, socio-cultural, technological issues intertwined with urban greenery.


The following topics/areas will be covered:

  1. Definitions and structures of urban greenery
  2. Benefits provided and costs incurred by urban green spaces
  3. Urban green spaces worldwide
  4. Urban green spaces of Hong Kong
  5. Challenges and limitations
  6. Conservation of biodiversity in cities


Assessment Methods



Field Trip Reports *

Group Project

No. of assessment



Weighting as a % of module mark




Field trips arrangement (Tentative):


  Date No. of hours Theme Location (tentative) Fees incurred
1 End of Sep (during class time) 4 Pest threatening urban trees under climate change Olympic City and nearby (TBC)
  • Transportation fee
2 early Oct (during class time) 4 Greenery in urban core Kowloon Park & Jordan
  • Transportation fee
3 mid Oct (either am or pm) 3 Native vs Exotic ornamental plants - Visit to nursery Tsuen Wan Tso Kung Tam Nursery
  • Transportation fee
4 early Nov (during class time) 3.5 Residential green spaces Old and new greenery in Kwun Tong: Wo Lok Estate & Yue Man Square
  • Transportation fee
5 End of Nov (during class time) 3.5 Vertical greening Tseung Kwan O
  • Transportation fee




GEE5109 Toy Design

(Offered by Faculty of Design and Environment)


Students will acquire knowledge of the development needs of children and the role of objects in play. They will apply knowledge of child development to a simple design process and explore the creation a plaything. Experimental problem-solving and creative thinking will be encouraged as part of making toy design solutions. Besides this, students’ self-confidence, and learning will be developed along with students’ ability to work within a prescribed framework and communicate toy ideas.


On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Analyse and evaluate a range of toys and games on the market to place them into related categorisations;
  2. Judge appropriateness of a toy’s target user based on knowledge of child development and play needs;
  3. Generate toy design concepts through analysis of relationship between child development and toy design;
  4. Use creative problem-solving skills to generate play value in toy design concepts.


The following topics/areas are covered:

  1. Develop design communication skills including sketching thumbnails, making basic 3-dimensional artefacts, graphic and verbal presentation;
  2. Child development stages and necessity of play;
  3. Toy design methods, toy appreciation and consideration of function related to creating toy ideas;
  4. Problem-solving skills using divergent thinking and creative methods; 
  5. Classification of toy and game categories; and
  6. Group work involving creating and testing of original toy ideas.


The percentage contributions to the overall module assessment



Research Report

Design Project

No. of assessment



     Weighting as a % of

     module mark






GEE5201 Stress Management

(Offered by Faculty of Management and Hospitality)


The following aspects/abilities will be assessed by in-class assignments (during tutorial and practical classes), a reflective essay and a project:


competence in analysing the sources and factors leading to stress;


abilities in formulating stress prevention strategies and solutions for solving stress related problems;


competence in critically appraising principles of intervention for stress management; and


abilities in designing stress management and relaxation programme for different environment.


Assessment Methods

Assignments (during lecture or tutorial classes)              : 30%

Written Test                                                                      : 30%

Project                                                                              : 40%




GEE5205 Self-marketing & Personal Branding

(Offered by the Faculty of Management and Hospitality)


The primary purpose of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the principles of self-marketing and personal branding while also drawing on marketing and branding practices of leading brands. It also provides conceptual, practical and ethical considerations on how to market and brand an individual effectively.


Studying the module will allow students to:

  • synthesize the theories of marketing and branding to conduct a self-audit;
  • apply marketing and public relations strategies to personal development and future career development with ethical considerations; and
  • critically select and manage information, develop and present arguments on marketing and branding issues


The key contents of the module may include the following:

  • Introduction to personal marketing;
  • Personal Ethics and Morals;
  • Personal Branding and visibility;
  • Personal marketing plan and self-evaluation;
  • Public speaking;
  • Reputation management; and
  • Challenges of the Online environment


Assessment Methods

Assignments                          : 30%

Written Test                            : 30%

Group Project                         : 40%




GEE5318 Food & Agriculture

(Offered by Faculty of Science and Technology)


This module aims to introduce the basic principles and best practices of different food agricultural systems. It provides specialist skills and knowledge about the most important issue related to food and agriculture, special emphases are on traditional cultivation, organic farming, vertical farming and hydroponic farming. It will enhance students’ understanding of the whole processes and critical concerns in cultivation techniques from seed to harvest. The module will be suitable for students from various disciplines, who are interested in sustainable agriculture and particularly for whom will engage in horticulture, landscape, catering, gastronomy, organic food growing, processing and production.


No examination and the percentage contributions to the overall module assessment are:

  • Field Work Log:                                          20%
  • Test:                                                            30%
  • Group Report and Presentation:                 50%


# the module is taught in English (for theory), supplemented with Cantonese in field work




GEE5419 Biographies in World History and Biographical Writing in Chinese


(Offered by School of General Education and Languages)




The following topics/areas will be covered本單元包括以下主題及學習重點:




  • 歷史與傳記的關係
  • 人文視野下觀照歷史的方式
  • 傳記的寫作手法與閱讀方式



  • 怎樣與不同意見的人合作
  • 真誠的價值與背叛的苦果
  • 個人的信念如何適應社會框架



  • 親族、聯姻與結拜
  • 等待時機的重要性
  • 對體制的順應與昇華



  • 影響他人的各種方式
  • 道德也是一種力量
  • 看見與別人不一樣的風景




  • 個人習作(影像 + 文字)       :                    50%
  • 小組報告(口頭報告)           :                    35%
  • 課堂討論                                 :                   15%



GEE5425 Understanding Hong Kong History & Culture through Heritage

(Offered by the School of General Education and Language)


This module aims to nurture students’ appreciation on heritage. Through sharing of examples in museum objects and heritage (both tangible and intangible), and a compulsory local study tour, this module articulates the value of heritage in representing humanity within specific historic and cultural context. The module also facilitates students to search for and to interpret “true stories” in Hong Kong society and culture based on tangible and intangible heritage as a primary source. The module also has a mission of arousing students’ awareness of and participation in heritage conservation, there will also be opportunities for them to reflect the possible impacts of urban development, globalization, policies and tourism on heritage conservation with case study.


  • Introduction to tangible and intangible heritage
  • Why do we conserve?
  • The parties involved in heritage conservation in Hong Kong and the principles
  • Tangible and intangible heritage in Hong Kong, and their connection with Hong Kong society
  • Challenges faced by heritage conservation in Hong Kong
  • Workshops on oral history, heritage observation and documentation


Assessment methods:


Weighting as a % of module mark

Active Class Participation


In-class Assignments on oral history and heritage documentation

15 %

Group Presentation on heritage conservation in Hong Kong


Reflective Essay




All enrolled students must attend a compulsory local study tour (Depending on circumstance of pandemic. Workshop on field study at historic sites is alternative arrangement.). The tour will take place in one of the 3-hour scheduled lessons. The tentative location of study tours: Sheung Wan for Chai Wan class; Yuen Long for Tsing Yi class.