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选修单元 General Education Elective Modules

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Module Information

 

 

 

GEE5101 Effective Branding & Consumer Behaviour

(Offered by Faculty of Design and Environment)

 

This module aims to introduce the forces that shape the value systems of the society and individuals leading to different consumer behaviours in the socio-cultural context of a globalised world. It also aims to develop students’ awareness of effective branding in the marketplace. On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to apply the concept of consumer decision making process for the contemporary issues in global markets; perform research on consumer consumption and brand implication; and analyse and propose appropriate solutions for branding by identifying the specific issues relating to lifestyle segmentation of target.

 

The following topics/areas will be covered:

  1. Introduction to Consumer Behaviour
  2. Research Methodology
  3. Individual Determinants of Consumer Behaviour
  4. Environmental Influences on Consumer Behaviour
  5. Lifestyle Segmentation
  6. Situations and Decision Making
  1. Branding

 

 Assessment Methods

 

Component

Critique

Project

Report

No. of assessment

1

1

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

30%

50%

20%

 

 

 

GEE5102 Impact of Contemporary Design on Society

(Offered by Faculty of Design and Environment)

 

This module draws connections between societal issues and different types of design. The student explores how design can contribute and make improvement to fields such as sustainability and social welfare amongst others. The topics covered include sustainability, social innovation, universal design, activity-centred design, participatory design and emotional design. Students participate in a number of assessment tasks which utilizes their transferable skills and provides a chance for cross-pollination as groupings mixed with students from different programmes are encouraged. The learning is achieved through lectures, case studies, tutorials, research and practical work. The module will be taught by a Product Design staff from the Faculty of Design and Environment. A mass lecture will deliver theoretical knowledge followed by tutorials where students will divide into groups for discussion and activities. An interesting 3- hour site visit will be arranged for students to broaden their understanding of the topic in a real-life context. Exact location is different every year.

 

The following topics will be covered:

  1. Participatory Design
  2. Activity-Centred Design
  3. Emotional Design
  4. Universal Design
  5. Sustainability
  6. Social Innovation


 Assessment Methods

 

Component

Written

Assignments

Group Project and

Presentation

No. of assessment

2

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

70%

30%

 

Site visit arrangement (Tentative)

Date

No. of hours

Venue

Fees incurred

Mid way in the

semester

3

To be confirmed

Transportation fee

 

 

 

GEE5103 Living with Sustainable Materials
(Offered by Faculty of Design and Environment)

 

Living with Sustainable Materials is designed to develop students’ intellectual ability and aesthetic sense through the appreciation of contemporary materials used in designs for our daily life. Through an exposure to the innovative trends of the use of materials in the global market, students will develop social sensibility and an awareness of advance notions of sustainability from a socio-cultural perspective. Their creative thinking will also be fostered during the process of exploring and re-engineering various conventional and non-conventional materials.

 

The following topics/areas will be covered:

  1. Materials in Society
  2. Material Thoughts and Design Thinking
  3. Performance, Properties and Processes of Design Materials
  4. Selection, Experimentation and Exploration of Materials
  5. Transforming and Application of Materials

 Assessment Methods

 

 

Component

Research Log (Individual

Assignment)

Group Project

No. of assessment

1

4

Weighting as a % of module

mark

30%

 70%

 

The Research Log comprising students’ collections and evaluations of environmental issues; The Group Project will be used to assess students’ creative thinking, problem solving skill as well as their aesthetic quality, while requiring them to demonstrate their social sensibility in addressing a sustainability issue.

 

 

 

GEE5104 Landscape Appreciation

(Offered by Faculty of Design and Environment)

 

This module aims to introduce the basic principles and theories of landscape appreciation, through discussions on world-wide famous landscape sites and projects. This will broaden students’ perspective by presenting a general image of landscape architectural design practice, and demonstrates the environmental and social contributions of landscapes. This module will also raise students’ awareness of cultural and technological aspects of landscape architecture.

 

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to critique on landscape design based on comprehensive awareness of aesthetic, functional, cultural or technological issues. Students would be aware of the contributions of landscape architecture in environmental and social aspects as well as having knowledge and basic design theories on landscape architecture.

 

The following topics/areas will be covered (not in sequential order):

  1. Concepts of landscape and landscape appreciation
  2. Basic landscape theories and principles
  3. Physical and cultural landscapes
  4. History and future trends of landscape design
  5. Case studies (used to facilitate understanding on above mentioned theories and principles concurrently, both natural and artificial cases will be included):

 

The percentage contributions to the overall module assessment are:

 

Component

Individual Assignment

Group Project: In-class

exercise

Group Project: Oral Presentation

No. of assessment

1

1

1

Weighting as a % of

module mark

35%

15%

50%

 

Note: This module includes a 6-hour out-of-class site visit.

 

 

 

GEE5106 Tree Safety Inspection & Climbing

(Offered by Faculty of Design and Environment)

 

This module helps students to build a fundamental knowledge to tree risk assessment and safe climbing of industrial standards. It includes lecture, tutorial and practical sessions. Student should be physically fit for outdoor activities, and is required to submit a signed health declaration form after adding the module. The registration will be rejected if the health declaration form is not submitted via Moodle within 2 days after adding the module.

 

30-hour (5 whole days) tutorial and field practical will be conducted in Tree Climbing Centre in Ma Wan and/or Yuen Long, thus there will be transport cost and lunch fee incurred. Suitable outdoor clothing, shoes and gloves should be worn during outdoor field practical sessions.

 

The following topics/areas will be covered:

  1. Tree risk assessment
  2. Climbing gear inspection
  3. Climbing techniques and procedures
  4. Emergency response

 

Assessment Methods

 

Component

Individual Assignment

Group Project

Individual Practical Assessment

 No. of assessment

1

1

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

40%

30%

30%

 

 

 

 

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

Component

Research Report

Design Project

No. of assessment

1

1

Weighting as a % of

module mark

    40%

60%

 

 

 

GEE5308 Web Technology & E-Commerce

(Offered by Faculty of Design and Environment)

 

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge of e-commerce systems and the design and analysis skills required for web application implementation which includes dynamic web page design, development techniques, authoring tools, web application frameworks and web animation for e-commerce applications. Students are not required to have computer programming knowledge. They will be encouraged to develop their web design practices for business requirements through class laboratory/tutorial sessions, individual assignments, as well as group projects.

 

The following topics/areas will be covered:

  1. Introduction to E-commerce System
  2. HTML5 and Web Pages Contents in E-commerce Applications
  3. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in E-commerce Applications
  4. Web Authoring Tools and Web Application Framework in E-commerce Development Process
  5. Web Animation for E-commerce Applications

 

 Assessment Methods

Component

Laboratory/

Tutorial

Assignments

Group

Project

No. of assessment

10

1

1

Weighting as a % of

module mark

30%

(by individual)

30%

(by individual)

40%

(by group)

 

Contact Information

Name: Mr Johnson Wu

Email: johnsonwu@vtc.edu.hk

 

 

 

 

GEE5309 Housing Policy and Management* 

(Offered by Faculty of Design and Environment)

 

Do you think housing is a major problem in Hong Kong?  Housing is a challenging agenda of our Government in these decades.  This module will guide you to appraise and evaluate this core public and social policy.    

 

This module aims to provide students opportunities to assess housing policies and the policy making process in Hong Kong and neighbouring countries, to appraise the role of government and private sector in housing under social, economic and political perspectives.  This module evaluates how housing and management theories can be applied in Hong Kong, China and other East Asian and Western countries in relation to housing development and management practice.

 

Assessment Methods

Component

Attendance &

Class

Participation

Assignment

Group Project

No. of Assessment

10

1

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

10%

(by individual)

45%

(by individual)

25% 

(Report)

20%

(Presentation)

 

 

Note: This module is taught in English, but Cantonese may be occasionally used to supplement teaching when necessary

 

Remark: 

* This module was offered by FDE with effect from Semester 1, AY2018/19.

 

 

 

GEE5202 Wellness & Lifestyle Management

(Offered by Faculty of Management and Hospitality)

 

This module aims to provide an overview of how individuals could increase control over health through lifestyle and behavioural modification.  This module will employ laboratory sessions, exercise sessions and experiential learning activities to equip students with the skills to pursue healthy lifestyle.  The tutorial venues will be at Human Performance Laboratory & Fitness Room at CW campus.  By completion of the module, students will be able to design, implement and review a personalized total wellness programme for themselves.

 

The following topics/areas will be covered:

  1. Introduction to Wellness and Lifestyle Management
  2. Wellness
  3. Healthy Nutrition
  4. Weight Management
  5. Self-Image and Self Esteem
  6. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

 

The following topics will be delivered in tutorials and practical classes:

  1. Change of Behaviour
  2. Fitness Activities
  3. Prevention of Cancer
  4. Addictive Behaviour
  5. Emotional Well-being

 

Assessment Methods

Component

Reflective Journal

Written Test

Projects

No. of assessment

1

1

2

Weighting as a % of module mark

30%

30%

40%

 

 

 

GEE5204 Personal Financial Management

(Offered by Faculty of Management and Hospitality)

 

The primary purpose of this module is to help students to learn the most updated, practical and down to earth personal finance practices / knowledge. After completing the module, students will be able to apply the knowledge in personal financial management in their future life.

 

Studying the module GEE5204 Personal Financial management, will help students in two aspects:

  • Develop a plan to achieve financial security,
  • Improve their quality of life,

 

The contents of the module may include the following:

  • Career Planning
  • Money / Cash flow management
  • Consumer credit
  • Taxes
  • Housing decision
  • Legal protection and insurance
  • Investment
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning

 

The following topics/areas will be covered:

  • Understanding Personal Financial Management
  • Measuring Personal Financial Health
  • Cash or Liquid Asset Management
  • Using Credit Cards and Consumer Loans
  • Housing Decision
  • Personal Insurance
  • Investment Basics
  • Retirement planning

 

Assessment Methods

Component

Classwork

Individual Assignment

Group Assignment

Term Test

No. of assessment

6

1

1

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

15%

20%

40%

25%

 

 

 

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%

 

 

 

GEE5208 Accounting for Non-Accountants

(Offered by Faculty of Management and Hospitality)

 

This module aims to equip non-accounting and non-business students with the fundamentals of accounting knowledge and concepts. Students are enabled to examine financial statements and their financial implications to the various functions of a company. At the operational level, students learn how to apply financial accounting and management accounting knowledge and the techniques in managing a company.

 

The following topics will be covered:

  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Financial Statements
  • Cash Transaction and Internal Control
  • Cost Behavior and Allocation of Costs to Production
  • Simple Price and Quantity Analysis
  • Incremental Analysis and Resources Allocations

 

Assessment Methods

Component

Assignment

Quiz

Tests (Two)

No. of assessment

1

1

2

Weighting as a % of module mark

25%

25%

50% (25% each)

 

 

 

 

GEE5209 Business Management in Hong Kong
(Offered by Faculty of Management and Hospitality)

 

This module aims to prepare students, with little or no prior business education with a foundation knowledge in business management. It covers introductory topics in the areas of management, accounting and financial management, human resources management, and marketing. It also provides an introduction to the business environment in Hong Kong. Through the study of this module, students will be able to develop their analytical, evaluation and problem-solving skills in dealing with and responding to management issues.

 

The following topics/areas will be covered:

  1. Fundamentals of Management
  2. Accounting and Financial Management
  3. Human Resources Management
  4. Marketing Management
  5. Business Environment

 

Assessment Methods

Component

Individual Essay

Group Project

No. of assessment

1

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

40%

60%

 

 

 

 

GEE5210 Essentials in People Management

(Offered by Faculty of Management and Hospitality)

 

This module aims to equip students with comprehensive knowledge about different principles and concepts of human resource management functions and processes in relevant industries and provide a conceptual and practical understanding of a line manager and human resources manager’s role in organising, controlling, motivating and developing human resources so that they are committed to the maintenance of a high service standard ethic, and the satisfaction of customers’ and clients’ needs.

 

In addition, it facilitates students to build up professional, interpersonal, managerial and intellectual skills and knowledge in effective human resources management; and develop personal ability to contribute to the success of company goals and gain sustainable competitive advantage through competence in operational decision-making, problem-solving and change management in human resources aspects.

 

Assessment Methods

In-class Activities:                           20%

Test:                                                30%

Group Project:                                 50%

 

 

 

 

GEE5211 Introduction to Japanese Language & Culture 

(Offered by Faculty of Management and Hospitality)

 

This module is designed to introduce Japanese language skills to students who have no prior knowledge of the Japanese language. The main goal of this module is to develop fundamental Japanese proficiency at a survival level in four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  It also provides opportunities for students to understand the cultural differences between Japan and Hong Kong. 

 

The following topics/areas will be covered:

 

  1.  Japanese Language  
  • Japanese sound & writing system  
  • Basic conversations and greetings  
  • Basic grammar patterns 
  • Notions 

 

  1. Japanese  Culture 

 

Assessment Methods:

Component

Weighting as a % of module mark

Individual work

Group work

Language Learning Portfolio

20%

 

Test

  • Speaking (10%)
  • Written (listening, reading and writing) (20%)

30%

 

Film Critique

20%

 

Group Presentation

30%

 

 

Teaching medium:

The Japanese language component will be taught in Japanese supplemented with Chinese, the Japanese culture component will be taught in English.  

 

 

 

GEE5213 The Art of Professional Speaking

(Offered by the Faculty of Management and Hospitality)

 

The primary purpose of this module is to equip students’ with professional speaking skills for a variety of professional contexts. Key concepts and techniques of public speaking will be introduced with emphasis on how to apply them to develop and deliver presentations tailored to specific purposes and audiences. The module enables students to plan and develop effective presentations, and utilise technology-enabled tools to maximise the presentation impact.

 

Studying the module will allow students to:

  • Apply and evaluate the key concepts, principles, and theories underlying effective public speaking to prepare and deliver high quality informative and persuasive speeches;
  • Perform audience analysis for speech adaptation to the intended audiences in a professional context;
  • Evaluate and select the suitable technological-enabled tools to enrich public speaking presentations;
  • Critically evaluate speeches delivered by classmates

 

The key contents of the module may include the following:

  • Types of speaking and speech purposes;
  • Audience analysis;
  • Planning informative and persuasive speeches;
  • Use language effectively in public speeches;
  • Integrating technology-enabled tools in public speeches;
  • Presenting impactful and engaging speeches in an engaging manner;
  • Ethics and law in public speaking; and
  • Presenting genres of public speaking

 

Assessment Methods

  • Individual Assignment (Written Speech Outline and Presentation):  25%
  • Tests:                                                                                                 25%
  • Group Written Assignment (Formal Written Speech Outlines):         25%
  • Group Presentation (Delivering Speeches):                                      25%

 

 

 

GEE5215 Guangdong Dim Sum Culinary Skills & Culture

广东点心烹饪工艺与文化

(Offered by Faculty of Management and Hospitality)

 

This module aims to introduce the art of designing and producing new Guangdong dim sum and to equip students with knowledge of the origins, characteristics, and development of dim sum in historical, cultural, and socio-economic contexts. Students will also gain an understanding of the cultural significance and influence of dim sum in Asia and beyond.

This module will offer opportunities for students to explore the techniques behind dim sum production, and to appreciate the well-known Guangdong dim sum culture.  It will also further enhance their innovative and creative abilities by experimenting and experiencing the integration of dim sum theory and practice.

 

The following topics will be covered:

  1. Introduction of Guangdong dim sum
  2. Production technology and innovation of Guangdong dim sum varieties
  3. Guangdong Dim Sum History and Culture

 

The percentage contributions of the assessment items to the overall module assessment are:
 

Practical Group Project                                    :          40%

Written Case Study Individual Assignment      :          40%

Quiz                                                                  :          20%

 

Teaching medium: Chinese

 

Remark: Students need to wear slip-resistant safety shoes entering the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

GEE5307 Food in Daily Life

(Offered by Faculty of Science and Technology)

 

This module aims to guide the students to explore everyday life cooking and food preparation activities from scientific perspectives. We will introduce the basic concepts of foods, diet and science behind cooking. Students’ learning will be facilitated by a mixture of lecture, tutorial and workshop. Students will be able to describe basic food components and their roles in a food system and current food safety issues. By completion of the module, students will able to interpret nutrition labels and analyze their diet as well as gain scientific knowledge behind cooking phenomenon in our daily.

 

The following types of topics/areas should be covered:

  • Essential food components – Macronutrients & Micronutrients
  • Diet analysis
  • Diet and weight management: Fitness & Sports
  • Food-borne illnesses/Food allergy
  • Role of food components in food products
  • Emulsions and foams
  • Cooking with fermentation
  • Cooking phenomenon
  • Sensory evaluation

 

Assessment Methods

Component

Individual Assignment

Individual Practical Reports

Group Project

No. of assessment

2

2

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

30%

30%

40%

 

 

 

 

GEE5310 Safety & Quality of Consumer Products

(Offered by Faculty of Science and Technology)

 

What do the pictograms on care labels of clothes mean? How to choose an appropriate down jacket by reading the ‘filling power’ value on hangtag? How is the age grade of different toys decided? What is the CE mark on electrical and electronic products?

 

This module aims to provide student a background on product safety and labelling requirements. With increasing concerns and incidents on product safety, consumers are more aware on the physical, chemical and other hazards related to the safety use of a product. This course will give a taste on general product safety requirements and the corresponding labelling related to these requirements. Product quality aspect will also be covered.

 

      Assessment Methods

Component

Assignments

Group Practical Reports

Group Project

No. of assessment

3

1

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

40%

30%

30%

 

 # The percentage contributions of the different assessment items to the overall module assessments.

 

 

 

 

GEE5312 Renewable Energy & Its Application in Buildings

(Offered by Faculty of Science and Technology)

 

This module aims to enhance students’ understanding of the different forms of renewable energy, including solar thermal, photovoltaic, biomass, wind, tidal, and geothermal energy. It will introduce the basic concepts of renewable energy sources, renewable energy conversion technologies, applications, and related polices. It will also provide an undergraduate level understanding of the conversion principles, the renewable energy applications in buildings, the current policies related to renewable energy in Hong Kong and other regions, as well as the present needs and future demands for renewable energy in Hong Kong. The module will be of great interest to students who want to learn more about renewable energy sources and their application in buildings.

 

The following types of topics/areas should be covered:

  • Renewable energy sources – Solar structure and Solar energy
  • Impact of renewable energy use on global climate and environment changes
  • Renewable energy conversion technologies: Principles & Classifications
  • Renewable energy applications in buildings: Solar thermal and solar PV
  • Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)
  • Building attached photovoltaics (BAPV)
  • Solar thermal and solar electric hybrid system in buildings
  • FiT scheme of renewable energy application

 

Assessment Methods

Component

Individual Assignment

Group Practical Reports

Group Project

No. of assessment

2

1

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

50%

30%

20%

 

 

   

 

GEE5315 Environmental, Health & Safety Implementation of Commercial & Industrial Project

(Offered by Faculty of Science and Technology)

 

This module aims to introduce the basic principles and best practices of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management of commercial and industrial project. Special emphases are on EHS planning, scheduling and control while addressing both the technical and behavioural aspects of managing EHS in commercial and industrial project. It will enhance student’s understanding of the connection between EHS implementation and work progress. The module will be of great interest to students who want to learn more about the EHS implementation in workplace and how EHS will be of vital importance for a success factor for commercial and industrial project.

 

Assessment Methods

Component

Quiz

Critical Reviews & Evaluations

Individual Project Written Report

Oral Presentation

No. of assessment

2

2

1

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

20%

20%

40%

20%

 

 # The percentage contributions of the different assessment items to the overall module assessments.

 

 

 

GEE5319 Introduction to Concepts of New Engineering Contracts

(Offered by Faculty of Science and Technology)

 

This module aims to enhance students understanding of contracts in Hong Kong. The module introduces concepts of general contracts and new engineering contracts (NEC). NEC started as an engineering and construction contract to be adopted in the building industry. However, it has evolved as a family of contracts useful in a variety of dealings. Such as procurement of goods & services, professional service advice, and dispute resolution. This module is designed to equip students with essential knowledge of NEC family of contracts. It would be useful in understanding the core philosophy and operational features of NEC.

 

The following types of topics/areas should be covered:

  • Introduction to General Contracts, NEC and Various Types of NEC Contracts
  • Key Terms, Concepts and Definitions concerning NEC
  • Identification of different project stakeholders
  • Managing NEC contracts
  • Hong Kong Government Guidance notes for NEC

 

Assessment Methods

Component

Individual Assignment

Group Project Reports

Group Project Presentation

No. of assessment

2

1

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

50%

40%

10%

 

 

 

 

GEE5321 Basics of Building Information Modelling

(Offered by Faculty of Science and Technology)

 

This module aims to introduce the basic concepts and essential background of building information modelling (BIM) to students of construction-related engineering, and other related professional disciplines. It extends the knowledge in engineering drawing and computer-aided design (CAD) in construction projects, and develop skills necessary for understanding virtual design and construction (VDC).

 

In this module, students will learn the conceptual background of BIM and apply the principles for the various aspects of BIM.

 

The following types of topics/areas should be covered:

 

  • Introduction to BIM
  • Computer modelling and visualisation
  • External and internal collaborations
  • Construction coordination and calculations
  • Sustainable design and energy analysis
  • Documentation and latest BIM trends

 

 

Assessment methods

Component

Individual Assignment

Project

No. of assessment

2

1

Weighting as a % of module mark

25% + 25%

50%

(BIM Modelling)

 

 

 

 

GEE5404 Literature & Modern China现代中国与文学
(Offered by School of General Education and Languages)

 

现代文学在中国社会曾经占据非常重要的位置,担负了启蒙、救国、抒情的主要功能。本选修课旨在引领学生认识中国现代文学(小说、散文、新诗)的重要作家及作品,分析文学作品的思想文化意涵与艺术技巧,评析现代文学与中国社会变迁的关系。除了细读、鉴赏中国现代文学作品外,学生还可以了解文学与作家人生、所属时代的复杂关系,继而反思个人对时代、生命的看法。

 

评估方式

评估方式

习作数量

所占本单元之百分比

小组报告(书面报告)

1

20%

小组报告(口头报告)

1

15%

课堂讨论

N/A

15%

个人习作

1

50%

 

Note: This module is taught in Chinese.

 

 

 

GEE5408 Journey to the Exotic World of Microorganisms 
(Offered by School of General Education and Languages)

 

Microorganisms have been heralded as a solution to many of the contemporary world’s most pressing issues.  These tiny living things feed, decompose waste materials, make oxygen, control pollution, fuel our world, or even keep humans healthy.  Most importantly, microbial biotechnology harnesses the power of these creatures to solve environmental, medical, and sustainable resources problems.

 

This module unveils the diverse spectrum of this “Exotic World” in an attempt to demonstrate to the students an in-depth understanding of the complexities and interdependence of microorganisms-humans relationship. 

 

Lectures (approximately 14 hours), tutorials and practical sessions (approximately 28 hours) will be used to facilitate free exchange of ideas, opinions, and beliefs in order to encourage and nourish students’ critical and analytical thinking through discussions, problem-based learning, demonstration, and group assignments.  By linking our knowledge of microorganisms to their applications to industrial and medical sectors, we will discuss the problems and challenges for solving many of the human’s and world’s major problems.

 

Assessment Methods

Component

No. of assessment

Weighting as a % of module mark

Test

1

30%

Experiments

9

25%

Reflective Writing

1

20%

Group Assignment and Project

1

25%

 

 

 

 

GEE5409 Plants & Human Civilisations

(Offered by School of General Education and Languages)

 

Plants and Human Civilisations aims to provide students with a critical analysis on the role of plants as the single most influential factor that dominate human survival, rise and fall of civilisations and continuity of human societies.  A selection of plants that played pivotal roles in mankind will be introduced and their impacts on human civilisations will be investigated with a combination of scientific, cultural and societal perspectives.  Students are expected to articulate the impacts of plants on human civilisations and societies in the past, critically evaluate the contemporary issues both brought by and solved by plants at present, and project the advancement of mankind with breakthrough in plant sciences and agricultural biotechnology.

 

The following topics/areas will be covered:

The module is organized around the exploration and understanding of the intimate relationship between plants and humans.  Fundamental concepts of life sciences, including the plant and human biological systems, will be introduced at the beginning and throughout the topics of the module, which support students in analysing the impacts brought by the uses and abuses of plants:

 

Plants as our green friends

Seed of change – plants that changed the course of human history

Seed of culture – plants that shaped the cultures of civilizations

Seed of future – How plants continue to boost mankind transformation

 

Assessment Methods

Component

No. of assessment

Weighting as a

% of module mark

In-class activity and participation

Continuous assessments

10%

Debate

1

10%

Experiments

5

20%

Reflective Essay

1

30%

Group assignment and project

1

30%

 

 

 

 

GEE5410 Creative Writing in Chinese (中文创意写作)

(Offered by School of General Education and Languages)

 

本单元旨在通过文艺写作,提高学生的创意及中文表达能力。藉着课堂的创意写作活动,阅读和分析指定文学作品,学生将会认识小说、散文、新诗的文类特质及创作技巧。除了掌握不同文类的创作技巧,学生还可以通过创作来改变观看自己和世界的角度,提高创意。创意写作做为磨练文字技艺的有效方法,课程将会引领学生经历一次文字创造之旅。学生可以学会更好地表达自我,以及反思个人对时代、生命的看法。

 

教学语言:中文

 

本单元包括以下主题及学习重点:

第一部分:创意写作与日常生活

第二部分:新诗

第三部分:小说

第四部分:散文

 

评估方式

评估方式

习作数量

所占本单元之百

分比

个人习作(小说、散文、新诗各一)

3

60%

课堂讨论

N/A

15%

小组报告(口头报告)

1

25%

 

 

 

 

GEE5412 Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture

(Offered by School of General Education and Languages)

 

This module aims (i) to develop the language skills to enable students to communicate in Spanish at a survival level (A1.1, European Framework of Reference), dealing with short simple messages concerning themselves and their immediate surroundings and (ii) to provide an overview of the Hispanic Civilization on aspects related to history, arts, culture and society.

 

On completion of the module, students are expected to be able to demonstrate acquisition of basic language skills for communicating in Spanish at a survival level and the capacity to discuss and analyse common topics and issues associated with the Spanish-speaking world. Specifically, students should be able to:

1. Familiarize themselves with the basics of Spanish pronunciation so that they can be understood when communicating simple messages to Spanish speakers or reading aloud short texts in Spanish;

2. Develop strategies for communicating at survival level in a class where Spanish is being used and for learning vocabulary and Spanish grammar;

3. acquire basic Spanish vocabulary commonly used in everyday situations and employ basic grammar structures including agreement rules (singular/ plural, masculine/feminine); the possessive adjectives; the demonstrative pronouns; the definite and indefinite articles; common quantifiers, adverbs and prepositions; conjugate regular verbs, some common irregular verbs and reflexive verbs in present tense; use the verbs “Ser” and “Estar”;

4. Communicate simple messages in survival Spanish: greetings and introductions (formal and informal), spell and count; give and request basic personal information, talk about friends and family, talk about professions and nationalities, describe people and places;

5. Respond critically to questions covered in the readings and lectures concerning the Hispanic cultures and societies;

6. Provide some in-depth analysis of one topic related to the Spanish-speaking world chosen by the students.

 

Spanish language tutorials are conducted in Spanish supplemented with English and lectures on Hispanic culture are conducted entirely in English.

 

 

The following topics, skills, grammar points, vocabulary and tasks will be covered in this module:

TOPICS

SKILLS

GRAMMAR POINTS

VOCABULARY

SOCIOCULTURAL ASPECTS

TASKS

Greetings and Introductions

Introduce yourself, greet others and communicate basic personal information.

Spelling, agreement rules, verb conjugation, questions

 

Professions, nationalities and countries

Names and capital cities of Latin American countries

Introduce friends and celebrities to others

Making Contact

Introduce others, formal and informal greetings, ask and give telephone numbers

More on agreement rules, possessive adjectives, demonstratives, regular verbs in present tense

More on professions and countries greetings, numbers from 0 to 10

Basic information about Spain

Interview some visitors to Hong Kong

Family and Friends

Talk about your family, describe people, ask and tell one’s age

Definite articles, more on agreement rules, possessive adjectives, common irregular verbs (Tener, Salir, Hacer, Ser and Estar)

Family names, descriptive adjectives

Spanish and Mexican families

Talk about a relative

 

Module Outline (Hispanic Culture)

  • Key facts and figures about the Hispanic world.
  • How to approach the study of foreign cultures? Culture as a social construct.
  • Spanish imagery, symbolism and myth: bullfighting, flamenco, Carmen and the Virgin.
  • Spain, the cradle of the Hispanic civilization, seen through its history, art and heritage.
  •  A Tale of two Worlds: The Encounter between Spaniards and Native Americans.
  • Optional topics:
    • Don Quixote de la Mancha and the invention of the Western modern novel.
    • Great Spanish painters: Velázquez, Goya, Picasso and Dali.
    • Modernism and Antoni Gaudí.
    • The New Spain: National identities, gender relations, immigration.
    • Food and wine culture in Spain.
    • Equality and Freedom in Latin American Societies.
    • Latin music: tango, salsa and their influence in world music.
    • Pablo Neruda and his poetry.
    • The Art of Mexican Muralists and Frida Khalo.
    • The Aleph: introducing the world of Jorge Luis Borges. 

 

Assessment Methods

Component

No. of assessment

Weighting as a

% of module mark

Language Learning Portfolio & Participation

1

20%

Test (written and oral)

1

30%

Film Critique

1

20%

Group Presentation

1

30%

 

 

 

 

GEE5413 Service Leadership in a New Era

(Offered by School of General Education and Languages)

 

The concept of “service leadership” is highlighted in this course as service industry plays a dominate position around the world nowadays. This module aims at providing insights on becoming a service leader in a new era through cultivating appropriate knowledge skills, characters and compassion towards self, others and society. An effective service leader is expected to show commendable sensitivity in negotiating with the service provider and the recipient. Integrating the concepts of management, political sciences, psychology and sociology, the module will stimulate students’ reflections on how they can manage their personal and professional lives efficiently and develop sensitivity to oneself and to others.

 

Assessment Methods

Component

No. of assessment

Weighting as % of module mark

Class Participation and engagement

N/A

10%

Mid-term Individual Reflective Note

1

40%

Group Project Final Presentation

1

10%

Group Project Report

1

40%

 

 

 

 

GEE5414 Making Sense of Our World: Selected Topics in Sociology

(Offered by School of General Education and Languages)

 

This module is designed to inspire students to systematically and critically understand our world, human experience and various social issues through sociological perspectives and concepts. It aims at enabling students to make sense of human behaviours in the society, to discern the social relationship and interaction, and to comprehend the contemporary world.

 

The following areas/topics will be covered:

 

Sociology and Our World

Socialisation and Self Development

Social Mobility

Social Culture

Races, Ethnicity, and Minority Groups

Family and Intimate Relationships

Sexuality and Gender

 

Assessment Methods

Component

No. of assessment

Weighting as a % of module mark

Class engagement and participation

N/A

15%

Group Presentation

1

25%

Individual Essay

1

60%

 

 

 

 

GEE5417 Western Classical Music Appreciation

(Offered by the School of General Education and Language)

 

What is western classical music? How do you start exploring the overwhelming world of western classical music and pick music which you enjoy?

 

This module not only aims to help students understand western culture, history and society through music, but also broaden their horizon and develop artistic and aesthetic sense. It will foster skills such as critical listening, learning basic music vocabularies, and understanding different performance practices, as well as equipping students with the ability to evaluate and understand certain classical masterpieces. Upon completion of this module, students should possess basic skills to appraise the development of western classical music through critical analysis. No musical knowledge is required.

 

 Assessment Methods

Component

No. of

assessment

Weighting as a

% of module mark

Active Class Participation

N/A

10%

Listening Quiz

1

20%

Concert Report/ Programme Note

1

20%

Group Presentation

1

20%

Reflective Essay

1

30%

 

# The percentage contributions of the different assessment items to the overall module assessments.

 

Note: This module is taught in English, but Cantonese may occasionally be used to supplement teaching when necessary

 

 

 

GEE5421 Music Technology, Creativity & Production

(Offered by the School of General Education and Language)

 

This course aims to help students recognise the characteristics and potential of technology in music production. It also provides students an opportunity to write music that works for practical applications such as popular songs, radio/television commercials, audio/video trailers, documentaries/film scoring, new age music, theatre music, multimedia performances, etc. Student will analyse the musical features of well-known Cantopop songs and other commercial music. By the end of the course, students will acquire skills for music production.

 

Pre-requisite: have passed the examination of Grade 3 Performance (any instrument) under ABRSM; or have an equivalent level of performance skill.

 

 Assessment Methods

Component

No. of

assessment

Weighting as a

% of module mark

Active Class Participation

N/A

10%

Cantopop/background music production (Group work)

1

30%

Group presentation

1

20%

Research essay (Individual)

1

40%

 

Note: This module is taught in English, but Cantonese may occasionally be used to supplement teaching when necessary. Music studio visit may also be arranged during lecture time.

 

 

 

GEE5423 Chinese as a Foreign Language & Culture

(Offered by the School of General Education and Language)

 

This module is designed for undergraduates of non-Chinese ethnic backgrounds who are interested in learning the lingua franca and culture of Hong Kong. It aims to (i) develop students’ Chinese language skills (spoken Cantonese and written Chinese) important for practical use in the social and workplace settings of Hong Kong, (ii) provide an overview of the Hong Kong society on major cultural aspects related to history, customs and traditions, and (iii) increase students’ linguistic and inter-cultural awareness for appropriate and effective communication in a predominantly ethnic-Chinese city such as Hong Kong. The medium of instruction is English supplemented with Chinese.

 

Assessment

Students are assessed continuously during the learning process, with timely guidance and feedback given by the module instructor. The percentage contributions to the overall module assessment are:

 

  • Active Class Participation           10%
  • Language Learning Portfolio      30%
  • Group Presentation                     30%
  • Test (Written and Oral)               30%

 

Medium of Instruction: English

 

Teaching and Learning Strategies  

Learning contents for this module are presented using multiple teaching methods: mini lectures, tutorials, group discussions, field trips, word games, role plays, and presentations. A learner-centred approach is adopted and students are given ample opportunities to use the target language to carry out various oral and written communication tasks through engaging in a wide range of student-directed activities. Authentic materials, both spoken and written, are adapted to contextualise the learning and teaching of the language skills required for effective communication in spoken Cantonese and standard written Chinese. For instance, video clips, pop songs and mass media materials (e.g. newspapers and magazines) are used to broaden student knowledge in connection with key issues discussed in class. 

 

Pre-requisite

 

This GEE module is eligible for non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students (i) who are admitted to THEi with a pass of overseas Chinese language qualifications including but not limited to GCE AS Level or A Level Chinese, GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O Level Chinese, or any other Chinese Language qualifications deemed acceptable by THEi; and (ii) who have been granted exemptions from taking GEC4101 Chinese 1 and GEC5102 Chinese 2.

 

 

 

 

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:

Component

Weighting as a % of module mark

Active Class Participation

10%

In-class Assignments on oral history and heritage documentation

15 %

Group Presentation on heritage conservation in Hong Kong

25%

Reflective Essay

50%

 

Remark:

All enrolled students must attend a compulsory local study tour. The tour will take place in one of the 3-hour scheduled lessons. The tentative locations of study tour are in Central (for CW class) and Yuen Long (for TY class).ns of study tour are in Central (for CW class) and Yuen Long (for TY class).