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CUSA0023 The Diary of Tai Po River, a Scientific Approach 大埔河的日記(科學編)

The course is a one day course (with 8 contact hours) covering the science aspects of pollution, it will be part of a theme based programme initiated by HKAGE on environmental pollution. The main theme of the course will be the introduction of the key concepts in environmental pollution and practical techniques of field biology investigation. Classroom-based teaching on concepts in pollution will be supplemented with tutorials and laboratory sessions. The course will be delivered in Cantonese, while printed material will be written in English or Chinese.

Objectives of the course:
1. To cultivate the spirit of intellectual exploration in Science concepts related to environmental pollution, in particular stream and water pollution; and
2. To enhance and further develop gifted students’ investigation, research and problem solving skills through Inquiry-Based Learning.


1. 以水質污染及河流污染為主體內容以培育學員對於與環境污染有關的科學概念的學術探究精神;及
2. 通過探究式學習去培育及提升資優學生的探究及解難技巧。

Organising units:
  • Centre for Promoting Science Education, CUHK
  • Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE)
  • School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, CUHK
Category:   Category II – Academy Credit-Bearing
Learning outcomes:   Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Experience local habitats affected by pollution in HK through a scientific field study in Tai Po River;
  2. Evaluate scientifically the different treatments HK government can do to recover polluted sites; and
  3. Realize how environmental protection works can bring values to the society.
Learning Activities:
  1. Lectures
  2. Exercise and assignment
  3. Lab
  4. Discussion of case
  5. Field-trips
Medium of Instruction:   English and Chinese
  1. Short answer test or exam
  2. Selected response or exam
  3. Lab reports
Recognition:   No. of Academy unit(s): 0.5
* Academy unit will be awarded to students who satisfied all the course requirements and have satisfactory performance.
Expected applicants:   S1-S6 students
Organising period:   Summer 2013
Application method:   Submit application to Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education
Others:   Participant who satisfied all the course requirements and has satisfactory performance will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by HKAGE.
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