Aims and Fit of Module
1. To give students a broad overview of the major impacts of environmental issues on our living planet and our society by looking at national and international environmental issues.
2. To develop students' understanding and appreciation of general natural environmental processes, ecosystem and biodiversity concepts.
3. To enhance students' appreciation of global environmental problems, such as climate change, pollution (air, water, soil), land use change (desertification, food security), and water issues (floods, water shortages).
Students completing the module successfully through lectures, seminars, and fieldtrips should: (note: for accreditation and other reasons, sub-headings could be added apart from the items below by departments)
A Having knowledge on general environmental processes and basic biodiversity concepts
B Understanding global environmental issues in an ever-changing world, such as climate change, pollution (air, water, soil), land use change (desertification, food security, food safety), and water issues (floods, water shortages)
C Understanding social implications of environmental issues relevant to China, e.g. food security, water shortage, ecosystem restoration, environmental protection, and government policy
D Developing students' understanding of how we can deal with these issues and “what then we should do for our planet and our future”
E Developing students’ appreciation of natural and impacted environments by field trips
Method of teaching and learning
The Module is taught through traditional two hour weekly lectures and by active participation in every other week seminars and one short fieldtrips. Lecture sessions are supported by class notes and reading materials. Students will have small group discussions to explore major environmental issues. Students will also prepare a class debate on a key subject. Field trip will provide students opportunities to observe different natural habitats and to measure basic environmental parameters and ecological variables. Students will prepare field trip reports.
*Should the University decide to cancel or postpone the field trip due to unforeseen environmental and/or political circumstances, the Department will either plan an appropriate substitute activity to meet the intended learning outcomes of the trip or make necessary arrangements to organise the trip at a later time, as appropriate.