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City University of Hong Kong

Curriculum Information Sheet for a Major/Degree

Department of Biology and Chemistry

Effective from Catalogue Term of Semester A in 2013 / 2014

The information provided on this form is the official record of the Major/Degree. It will be used for City University’s database, publication in various City University publications including Blackboard, and documentation for students and others as required.

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Part I

Major

(in English) :

Environmental Science and Management

(in Chinese) :

環境科學與管理

Degree

(in English) :

Bachelor of Science (Hons)

(in Chinese) :

榮譽理學士

Award Title (in English) :

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental Science and Management

(in Chinese) :

環境科學與管理榮譽理學士

(According to the approved structure of 4-year undergraduate degrees, the award title to be shown on a student’s diploma will be the degree and the major.)

Maximum Period of Study: 8 years (for normative 4-year degree)

6 years (for Advanced Standing I

(Note 1)

)

5 years (for Advanced Standing II

(Note 2)

)

Minimum Number of Credit Units Required for the Award

Normative 4-year degree

(Minimum credit units for graduation: 120;

Maximum credit units permitted for students: 144)

Advanced Standing I (Note 1)

(Minimum credit units for graduation: 90;

Maximum credit units permitted for students: 114)

Advanced Standing II

(Senior-year Entry) (Note 2) (Minimum credit units for

graduation: 60;

Maximum credit units permitted for students: 84)

120

Gateway Education: 30 College Requirement: 15 Major Requirement (Core + Elective): 57 (41 + 16) Free Electives: 18 90 Gateway Education: 21 College Requirement: 0 (15 waived)

Major Requirement (Core + Elective): 54 (41 + 13) Free Electives: 15 60 Gateway Education: 12 College Requirement: 0 (15 waived)

Major Requirement (Core + Elective): 45 (41 + 4) Free Electives: 3

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Aims of Major

This major aims to

train and produce graduates who are suitably educated to pursue a developing career in one or more of the following areas: environmental chemistry, environmental biology, water quality and waste management, ecosystems management and atmospheric environment, and to meet local and regional requirements in the industrial, commercial, government or education sectors.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

(Please state what the student is expected to be able to do at the completion of the Major according to a given standard of performance.)

Upon successful completion of this Major, students should be able to:

1.

Describe the general biological and chemical principles appropriate to the study of environmental topics, including global environmental phenomena, environmental microbiology, ecology, toxicology and pollution.

 Analyze and synthesize environmental data and information.

 Critically evaluate data and information from a range of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives, including environmental law, environmental economics, environmental policies and ethics.

2.

Competently perform a wide range of technical skills in environmental measurement and analysis, conservation and resource management, pollution control, waste treatment, impact assessment and quality management.

 Evaluate data to test hypotheses.

 Suggest further lines of investigation based on experimental data to create innovative and practical solutions.

 Demonstrate good time management and problem-solving skills, and independence in oral and written presentations.

3.

Critically evaluate experiments in the Environmental Sciences as reported in the literature and synthesize information in a constructive manner.

 Recognize the limitations inherent in hypotheses.

 Develop strategies for creating, updating, maintaining and enhancing knowledge in environmental sciences.

4.

Identify, analyze and reflect upon the responsibility of environmental scientists in society, with particular emphasis on the protection of the living environment, and application of the principles of sustainable development and “green” production.

 Apply the legal, economic and social aspects of environmental management.

 Recognize the moral and ethical dimensions of environmental investigations, and the need to adhere to professional codes of conduct.

 Apply environmental sciences knowledge to address ethical and social issues in the work environment.

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1. Gateway Education

(Please refer to http://www.cityu.edu.hk/edge/ge/ge_requirements.htm.) Normative 4-year Degree Advanced Standing I (Note 1) Advanced Standing II (Senior-year Entry) (Note 2) English (Senate/68/A4R) 6 credit units 6 credit units 3 credit units Chinese Civilisation – History

and Philosophy 3 credit units 3 credit units

Not compulsory requirement Area requirements: A minimum of

3 credit units from each of the three areas below:

Area 1: Arts and Humanities Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations Area 3: Science and Technology

21 credit units 12 credit units 9 credit units

2. Chinese Language Requirement (Senate/70/A5R)

From 2012 cohort onwards, students are required to satisfy the Chinese Language

Requirement as follows:

(i)

Students with an HKDSE score below 4 in Chinese, or an HKALE AS Chinese Language and Culture score below D

3-credit unit Chinese course*

(ii)

Students with an HKDSE score of 4 or above in Chinese or an HKALE AS Chinese Language and Culture score D or above, or those who have successfully completed the 3-credit unit Chinese course

No requirement

(iii) Students whose qualifications do not fall within (i)

and (ii) above No requirement

*The 3 credit units of the Chinese course will NOT be counted towards the minimum credit units required for graduation and will NOT be included in the calculation of CGPA.

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3.

College/School Requirement, if any

Course Code

Course Title Level Credit

Units

Remarks

Normative 4-year Degree Mathematics (6 credit units) MA1200 /

MA1300

Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra I /

Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra I B1 3 MA1201 /

MA1301

Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra II /

Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II B1 3 Computing (3 credit units)

CS1102 / CS1302

Introduction to Computer Studies /

Introduction to Computer Programming B1 3 Science (6 credit units)

Choose two from the following three subject areas: Physics

AP1201 General Physics I B1 3

Chemistry

BCH1100 Chemistry B1 3

Biology

BCH1200 Discovery in Biology B1 3

Advanced Standing I (Note 1)

College Requirements waived. 15

Advanced Standing II (Senior-year Entry) (Note 2)

College Requirements waived. 15

Part III

Major Requirement (

57

credit units)

1. Core Courses (

41

credit units)

Course Code Course Title Level Credit Units

Remarks MA2172 Applied Statistics for

Sciences and Engineering

B2 3 BCH2004 Principles of Analytical Chemistry B2 4 BCH2005 Principles of Environmental Chemistry B2 4

EF3040 Economics of Environment B3 3

LW3956 Environment and Law B3 3

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Environmental Engineering SEE3201 Atmospheric Science –

An Introductory Survey

B3 3

SEE4202 Atmospheric Chemistry B4 3

2. Electives (16 credit units)

 To fulfil the 16 credit unit major elective requirement, students of normative 4-year degree may:

(a) choose any courses listed in the table below; OR

(b) select courses all under one particular category (i.e. A, B and C) for 12 credit units. Such selection will allow students to develop some in-depth understanding in a particular category of the subject discipline, and choose ONE/TWO more course(s) listed in the table below to fulfil the requirement.

 Students of Advanced Standing I are required to fulfil 13 credit units.  Students of Advanced Standing II are required to fulfil 4 credit units. # Courses offered in alternate years

Course Code

Course Title Level Credit

Units

Remarks A. Water Quality & Waste Management

BCH4021 Environmental Pollution B4 4

BCH4023# Biological Treatment of

Wastes

B4 4 Students may take either BCH4023 or BCH4034 but not both.

BCH4034# Environmental Control and

Waste Treatment

B4 4

BCH4035# Environmental Measurements B4 4

SEE4218# Water Quality Engineering B4 3

JC4004 Frontiers of Environmental

Sciences

B4 1

B. Ecosystems Management

BCH3038 Environmental Sampling and

Risk Assessment

B3 4

BCH3068A General Ecology B3 3

BCH4035# Environmental Measurements B4 4

BCH4073# Soil and Terrestrial Plant

Ecology

B4 4

BCH4078 Aquatic Ecology B4 4

C. Atmospheric Environment

SEE4212# Physics of Climate B4 3

SEE4213 An Introduction to

Environmental Data Analysis

B4 3

SEE4216# Air Pollution Measurement

and Control

B4 3

JC4004 Frontiers of Environmental

Sciences

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Others: Research-Related Courses BCH3042 Directed Studies in Biology/Chemistry/ Environmental Sciences B3/B4 1-4 BCH4037 Seminar Series B4 3 BCH4036 Project B4 6

Note: Under the 4 minus 1 model (Advanced Standing I), the minimum number of credit units required for graduation is 90. Students with HKALE or equivalent qualifications are required to take 15 credit units of free electives, or a minor to fulfil the curriculum requirement.

CU

College Requirement: 15 CU (waived) --

Major Requirement 54

Gateway Education Requirement 21

Free Electives 15

90

Under the 4 minus 2 model (Advanced Standing II), the minimum number of credit units required for graduation is 60.

CU College Requirement: 15 CU (waived) --

Major Requirement 45

Gateway Education Requirement 12

Free Electives 3

60

Part IV

Admission Requirements for Entry to the Major, if any

(Department can state the prerequisites required for admission to the Major.)

Nil

Part V

Additional Information (e.g. Accreditation by professional and statutory bodies, etc.)

N/A

Note 1: For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications. Note 2: For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted to the senior year.

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