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Courses 2019-2020


BIOL2015 Biodiversity 

Dr Law Man Suet Michelle, Prof Qiu Jianwen


The course covers the diversity of plant and animal kingdoms. The service-learning project collaborates with Environmental Association in a plantation enrichment programme. Students will apply their knowledge to conduct biodiversity surveys in plantation enrichment sites and promote biodiversity to HKBU members and the general public. 


BIOL2017 Cell Biology (DHL)

Dr Patrick Yue


HKBU students will design scenarios for an augmented reality learning trail about food and nutrition to be implemented in local secondary schools. Secondary school students will walk through the trail on their own campus using mobile devices and scan QR codes at different check points to complete mini tasks. 


BIOL3016 Environmental Health and Toxicology  

Dr Patrick Yue


This course provides general knowledge about toxicology, routes of human exposure to toxic chemicals, and biological responses to toxicants. Students will acquire methods for evaluating potential toxicity and applications of toxicological data to assess potential health. To put these theories into practices, students will conduct an advocacy campaign in a secondary school with a focus on microplastics. 


CHEM4025 Advanced Instrumental Analysis (DHL)

Dr Li Hung Wing


HKBU students will demonstrate chemical experiments for secondary school students to introduce the basic concepts and functions of instrumental analysis on food and environment. 


CMED3059 Orthopaedics and Traumatology of Chinese Medicine and Tui Na II  

Dr Tu Feng, Mr Cheung Chun Hoi


This course provides the fundamental theory of orthopaedics and traumatology of Chinese medicine, and the basic clinical knowledge of these diseases and the rules of treatment based on the differentiation of symptoms and signs. One of the tasks for students is to carry out falls risk assessment based on international guidelines and introduce measures to prevent falling among the elderly. 


COMP4117 Information Systems: Design and Integration

Dr Martin Choy, Dr Jean Lai


This course aims at developing students’ ability to make use of advanced software tools and programming techniques for information systems development. It also simulates a real-life working environment so that students will gain experience of working as team members by helping NGOs and social enterprises to develop various systems with a humanistic touch. 


ECON3075 Service-Learning in Sustainable Development 

Dr Aries Wong


This course raises students’ awareness towards the importance of the balance of economic development, social inclusion and environmental impact through experiential learning. By collaborating with NGOs, students will apply their knowledge in developing projects related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including sustainable cities and communities, and reduced inequalities. 


EDUC7250 Inclusive Education

Dr Tang Kit Yi


This course introduces students to the study of the inclusion of students with special needs and explores the development and the role of inclusive education, and aims to enhance the understanding of the individual requirements of students with diverse needs. The course pays special attention to students with disabilities in mainstream schools, and the strategies that can be used to optimise their educational experiences. 


EURO2015 Model European Union 

Dr Martin Chung


HKBU students will be involved in a simulation of European Council (summit) meetings together with secondary school students from different ethnic backgrounds to promote diversity and integration. Our students will serve as mentors of the secondary school students, who will be acting as assistants to their “Head of States” when the different European countries debate and negotiate on various issues. 


EURO4006 European Economic and Business Life: travailler en contexte international

Dr Emilie Tran


Students will be involved in simulated professional situations with representatives from French-speaking European countries, and develop their knowledge about the business world so as to acquire a “know-how” tool set in an occupational context. Students will also serve the underprivileged in Hong Kong by partnering with Food Angel. This course is taught in French. 


GDAR1887/GDSC1887 Paths to Service Leadership in Health Services 

Dr Kevin Yue, Dr Wu Ho Yee, Mr Cheung Chun Hoi


Special emphasis will be put on health communication involving healthcare personnel, administrators, the community and the media. Students will provide services to needy groups in two host organisations such as elderly homes and Chinese medicine clinics. 


GDAR1977/GDSS1977 Service Leadership and Career Fulfillment

Professor Victor Wong, Mr Toby Yip, Dr Rosa Tang, Ms Alice Yau, Ms Angelina Chan


This course focuses on promoting a cross-disciplinary understanding of life-career planning and service leadership. It aims to offer an informative and accessible guide for students to engage in meaningful service projects during their studies and to pursue career fulfilment in the future. 


GDBU1956/GDSS1956 Service Leadership Practicum 

Professor Gerard Prendergast


This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to gain real-life working experience related to service-learning and community engagement. Students learn to work collaboratively with the community, and become aware of the reciprocal relationship between the society and the NGOs that influence them. 


GEOG4016/CHSG4016/GEOG7540 Sustainable Energy and Technological Innovation in China

Dr Daphne Mah


Students will examine and analyse China’s energy policies and technological options and will develop interactive teaching materials, games and toys to introduce these complex concept of renewable energy in China to primary school students. 


GEOG4065 Energy Policy and Analysis 

Dr Daphne Mah


Students will examine and analyse energy policy-making and policy responses to the challenges posed by the dynamic relationships between energy, environment, economy as well as society. Students will introduce these concepts to primary school students in a playful way using interactive games and DIY solar toys. 


HIST3106 Current Issues in Hong Kong and China

Dr Daniel Kwok


This course is designed to motivate students to pay close attention to current issues which are of great relevance and significance to Hong Kong and China. Students will first participate in a guided walk in Pokfulam Village. Based on the walk experience and interviews with villagers, students will design a service that contributes to the wellbeing of the villagers. 


HUMN 3025 Chinese Song Lyric Writing 

Dr Chow Yiu Fai


This course introduces students to the world of Cantopop, the beauty of Chinese lyric, and the creative as well as technical dimensions of lyric writing. Students will be guided to enter various underrepresented communities to conduct interviews, and turn the life stories of people from all walks of life into lyrical lines. These young lyricists may also be engaged in a concert to perform their own songs. 


HUMN4036 Identity Politics in the Era of Globalization

Dr Jason Ho


This course explores the formations, negotiations, and power struggles of identity in film, literature, cultural history, theoretical discourse, and in daily life. It examines the politics and ethics of representing identity and difference, especially cultural and sexual differences in various local, national, and global settings. Students will design and organise a human library towards the end of course by involving the marginalised populations in Hong Kong. 


MKTG3006 Global Marketing  

Dr Glos Ho


Students will be global marketers of local Hong Kong traditions in this project. They will assist a social enterprise, Eldage, in customising one of its popular products, Hong Kong public light bus sign keychain for an Asian market (Korea, Japan, Thailand or Indonesia). This is a course that attracts many visiting students and speaks to one of HKBU’s goals: campus internationalisation. 


ORGC3007 Organizational Communication Training and Development

Dr Kimmy Cheng


This course is designed to explore the principles and practices of employee training and development. Students will group themselves into a team of 4-5 and take responsibility to analyse, design and conduct a training programme for teenagers from Yan Oi Tong who are job hunting and/or seeking career advice. 


PERM3015 Recreation Programming and Event Management  

Dr Chen Kuan-Chou Kenneth


This course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge in planning, organisation, marketing, promotion, management, and evaluation of live sports or special events. Students will conduct a workshop to develop the leadership and team spirit of young athletes, and hold HKBU UTeam annual dinner to commend students’ athletic achievement and promote participation in sports. 


PERM4007 Leadership and Communication in Sport and Recreation (DHL)

Professor Cheung Siu Yin


HKBU students will deliver a lecture on health and exercise for secondary school students. Those with coaching certificates of a particular sport will conduct training in sport skills, and those without coaching certificates will conduct physical fitness activities for a smaller group of secondary school students. 


POLS2015 Government and Politics of Hong Kong 

Dr Kenneth Chan


This course enables students to become acquainted with the political institutions and developments of Hong Kong by introducing them to the dynamics of sociopolitical changes after 1997. Towards the end of the course, they are expected to evaluate critically the major debates about one heated topic in relation to the current situation of Hong Kong: the District Council election. 


PRAD3056 Campaign Planning and Management (Section 1)

Dr Vivienne Leung


This course examines the steps in researching, planning, managing, implementing, and evaluating strategic communication campaigns and programs. On top of practical application, students will also integrate public relations, advertising, and management techniques in developing their ideas and creativity. The partnering organisation is GO! Ginger Onion, a subsidiary communication platform of Hang Seng Bank. 


PRAD3105/PRAD3056 Strategic Communication Practicum/Campaign Planning and Management (Section 3) 

Dr Michelle Huang, Mr Henry Fung, Dr Timothy Fung


The Campaign Planning and Management course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply communication theories and skills in researching, planning, managing, and evaluating strategic communication campaigns and programmes. The Strategic Communication Practicum aims to provide students with practical experience by participating in surveys, planning and the execution in the activities and corporation programmes. The cross-course collaboration will require students to go through the entire cycle of campaign management from idea creation to project implementation.  


UCPN1005 & GCPS1005 The Art of Persuasion and Public Speaking (DHL)


High-calibre HKBU students who have completed the Public Speaking course will teach secondary school students how to prepare and deliver effective speeches. 


VART3405 Studio: Experience Design 

Mr Kingsley Ng, Mr Andrea Ingrassia, Dr Evelyn Kwok


Students of this 9-unit course will develop the concept of “Hong Kong people” through talking to and working with different people and NGOs that are invested in the (re)examination of Hong Kong identity. Students will set up an exhibition about experiencing Hongkongness towards the end of the course, and the service component is a mixture of direct and indirect services as well as advocacy.  


VART4086 Further Studies in Studio and Media Arts (Installation Art) – Community Art (DHL)

Prof Leung Mee Ping


This course aims to provide an opportunity for students to study in-depth selected topics in contemporary issues related to the various creative practices in Studio and Media Arts. The course changes subjects/themes regularly, and for this semester, it will be community-related, with the integration of service-learning elements. Further details will be announced in due course. 


Sexuality Education in Taiwan (Love and Human Sexuality)  

Dr Lai Hor-yan, Angel, Ms Wong Kin Yu


This service-learning project provides an opportunity for students to develop and deliver sexuality education workshops to secondary school students of tribal communities in Taiwan. It will bring together social work expertise from HKBU and National Taiwan University to provide educational resources to Taiwanese youths, and students’ cultural awareness and sensitivity will be enhanced. 


Learning through Teaching Others

Ms Connie Leung


This course is a collaboration between HKBU’s Language Centre (English Section) and a leadership course offered by The Education University of Hong Kong. The project develops a service-learning partnership among two universities and an NGO by examining the perspectives of those engaged in the service experience, and aims to highlight important aspects of the service-learning experience for schoolchildren. 


Courses available in the previous semester: 

BIOL3007 Ecology 

Dr Anthony Lau, Dr Michelle Law


Students will use knowledge on biodiversity and ecological succession to conduct a rapid biological assessment and provide a baseline species list of plants, insects, amphibians and birds found at the community partner site - Yan Garden in Dongguan. They will also teach groundskeepers of Yan Garden and students from the local community to use mobile applications to identify and document species found there. The visit will allow the local community to envision the results of ecological restoration. 


BIOL4015 Fermentation and Enzyme Technology

Dr Patrick Yue


The project will pair up university and secondary school students to work on interactive activities related to fermentation and science. University students will design games and case studies to introduce fermentation and its application to daily lives. In particular, students will demonstrate how fermentation can achieve zero food waste and make garbage enzymes for cleaning purposes. Our students will also design innovative recipes and prepare snacks that involve the use of fermentation.  


CHEM4085 Food Analysis 

Dr Gray Ho


Students of the course will apply their knowledge of food analysis to assist Foodlink, an NGO that redistributes surplus food from local caterers to marginalised groups, to meet the stringent standard of food safety and quality. They will also assist in the redistribution of food at homeless shelters and to the street dwellers. 


CHIL2005 History of Classical Chinese Literature (Pre-Qin to the Five Dynasties)

Dr Chan Hon Man


Students of the course will act as literary tour guides for secondary school students in Tuen Mun, imparting historical insights and literary knowledge to our next generation, and giving guidance on the compulsory classical Chinese texts in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) syllabus. 


CMED3058 Orthopaedics and Traumatology of Chinese Medicine and Tui Na I 

Dr Tu Feng, Mr Cheung Chun Hoi


The popular use of traditional Chinese medicine for orthopaedic conditions has stood well against the test of time. Students of the course will use their professional knowledge to help relieve the pain symptoms of the elderly. They will also introduce measures to prevent falling among the elderly. 


GDAR1887/GDSC1887 Paths to Service Leadership in Health Services

Dr Kevin Yue, Dr Wu Ho Yee, Mr Cheung Chun Hoi


Special emphasis will be put on health communication involving healthcare personnel, administrators, the community and the media. Students will provide services to needy groups in two host organisations such as elderly homes and Chinese medicine clinics. 


GDCV1007 Hong Kong Cinema and Hong Kong Culture  

Dr Chen Chih-ting


The course will require students to conduct interviews with grass-root, marginalised community members in Yau Ma Tei and produce a documentary about their interviewees' cinematic memories. The interviewees will then be invited to a screening of the documentaries as well as a film of their own choice in Broadway Cinematheque, which is also in the Yau Ma Tei neighbourhood. The project aims at rebuilding connections with the underprivileged communities through the sharing of a very important cultural resource: Hong Kong cinema.  


MKTG3006 Global Marketing

Dr Glos Ho 


Students will be global marketers of local Hong Kong traditions in this project. They will assist a social enterprise, Eldage, in customizing one of its popular products, Hong Kong public light bus sign keychain for an Asian market (Korea, Japan, Thailand or Indonesia).


Students' work


ORGC2025 Interpersonal Communication 

Mr Henry Fung


This course introduces students to the major theories and principles of effective communication. In this service project, students will organise interpersonal communication workshops for secondary school students to enhance their self-esteem and communication skills.  


ORGC3047 Organizational Event Planning and Management

Dr Kimmy Cheng


Students will apply event management principles and practices in helping the CSR (corporate social responsibility) team of South China Morning Post (SCMP) to organise and execute its annual flagship fundraising event (5-A-Side Football Tournament) in November. They will take charge of a specific task e.g. preparing crisis management plan, negotiating with donors, etc. 


PCMD3036 Health Care in Chinese Medicine 

Dr Zhang Qingling


Students of this course will join farming activities with elderly and students from Lingnan University. During the activities, HKBU students will interview the elderly about their diet, eating habits and healthy living wisdom, such as secret recipe or family recipe. Making use of the knowledge and theories learned in the course, students will then analyse the information collected and provide recommendations on the elderly’s diet and eating habits that better suit the nutritional needs of elderly.  


PERM3016 Fitness and Recreation for Selected Population

Dr Chen Kuan-Chou Kenneth


Students will learn and apply knowledge on how to modify exercises for individuals and groups based on age, medical conditions and special needs. In this project, students will serve as fitness instructors to design and lead two half-day activities for two selected populations: children with special needs and the elderly.  


PERM3037 Motor Learning and Development 

Prof Cheung Siu Yin


Students of this course will apply what they have learned to facilitate motor learning and promote physical exercise. They will design a Wellness Promotion Programme for Hong Kong Baptist Hospital Au Shue Hung Health Centre. The Programme will consist of dance, exercises and games and will target older adults.  


Video of Elderly Services


POLS2007 Introduction to Research Methods

Dr Kenneth Chan


The service-learning component of this course grasps the timely opportunity of an anticipated political tsunami inflicted on the pro-government parties and their candidates. It invites students to explore “inclusive governance” by addressing concerns about electoral integrity in Hong Kong and exploring effective ways to promote gender issues in the District Council election. Students will set up e-platforms to collect data and observe the election in order to explore the gender dynamics in various districts and communities and gender mainstreaming in the society at large.  


PRAD3105 Strategic Communication Practicum  

Dr Michelle Huang, Mr Henry Fung


This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to synthesise their previous learning by applying communication theories and skills into practice. Under the supervision of the course instructors, students will work in groups for a real-world client to conduct on- or off-campus projects in productions of public relations collaterals, marketing research, event management and branding, or delivery of CSR strategies. 


Students' work


TRAN4047 Translation Workshop

Dr Pan Jun


Students in the Translation Workshop will involve in the work of the third sector and assist them in providing people with access to vital knowledge in their language. They will apply their bilingual skills and serve the community at large. Towards the end of the course, these young translators will produce and publish the second issue of TransFeed (a bilingual magazine) that reflects upon their authentic translation services provided to the community. 


VART3405 Studio: Experience Design  

Mr Kingsley Ng, Mr Andrea Ingrassia, Dr Evelyn Kwok


Students of this 9-unit course will (re)design food and culinary experience on HKBU campus and improve its controversial food culture. The project encourages students to propose and implement ideas that will promote healthy living and low-carbon food, and the service component is a mixture of direct and indirect services as well as advocacy.  


For detailed course syllabus, please refer to the University Student Handbook.