Cross-institutional General Education Course-sharing Project

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Background

With the cross-institutional project “The Responsive University: Appreciating Content Sharing in General Education”, the four partner universities, namely: The University of Hong Kong (HKU), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), enter into an Agreement for Collaboration in Cross-institutional Course Enrolment. Under the Agreement, a total of ten courses will be designated for cross-institutional enrolment. Undergraduate students in the four partner universities can take any of these designated courses starting from the academic year of 2018-19 and receive transfer of course credits at their home institutions in accordance with the policy and guidelines on credit transfer at their home institutions.

Please visit the official website of the project for more details.

Designated courses

Below is a list of the ten designated courses, the host institution is provided in parenthesis after each course title. For the first nine courses, two course codes are stated; the first course code is for CUHK internal use and the second course code is the one used by the parnter university concerned. Students can view course description by clicking the corresponding course title below, and detailed course catalogues are available in CUSIS.

  1. UGEA2770/CCCH9020 “Science and Technology: Lessons from China” (HKU)

  2. UGEB2771/CCST9003 “Everyday Computing and the Internet” (HKU)

  3. UGEB2772/CCST9015 “Electronic Technologies in Everyday Life” (HKU)

  4. UGEB2773/CCST9010 “The Science of Crime Investigation” (HKU)

  5. UGEC2774/CCGL9001 “Hong Kong Cinema Through a Global Lens” (HKU)

  6. UGEC2775/CCHU9001 “Design on the Future: Sustainability of the Built Environment” (HKU)

  7. UGED2776/CCHU9022 “Journey into Madness: Conceptions of Mental Health and Mental Illness” (HKU)

  8. UGED1777/ISOM1500 “Insightful Decisions” (HKUST)

  9. UGED2778/APSS1A21 “Service Leadership” (PolyU)

  10. UGFN1001 “In Dialogue with Nature (Cross-institutional)” (CUHK)

Course content and schedules

Detailed course content and class schedule of each course are available on the official website of this project.

Course enrolment (applicable to CUHK students)

CUHK students should perform enrolment of the said ten courses in CUSIS, similar to the Four-Area courses offered by CUHK. When enrolling these 10 courses, CUHK students should also take note of the following:

  1. The above ten designated courses should follow the prevailing enrolment restrictions of University General Education courses offered by CUHK, as stipulated in the Student Handbook.
  2. Before your course enrolment in CUSIS, please check the class schedule of the respective course and take into account necessary travelling time. Students are expected to attend all the face-to-face sessions of their enrolled courses.
  3. By confirming the enrolment of these ten courses, enrolled CUHK students agree to give consent to CUHK in sharing their personal data among the partner institution of the Agreement for Collaboration in Cross-institutional Course Enrolment among HKU, CUHK, HKUST and PolyU, and to the partner institution for releasing their grades or other information relating to their study of the course to CUHK.
  4. Students are advised to go through the FAQs of the official website to familiarize with the special arrangement of taking these cross-institutional courses.

Course description

  1. UGEA2770/CCCH9020 “Science and Technology: Lessons from China” (HKU)

    In spite of the vast and superior knowledge possessed by the ancient Chinese relative to the rest of the world, China did not develop into a dominant technoculture. This course will explore some of the lesser known inventions and scientific development in ancient China and factors that caused China to fall behind the West in technological development. The contents of the course include perception of the material world in ancient China, early Chinese views of the universe, earth and nature, changes in the perception of these entities over time, scientific inventions and theories of ancient China, and the linkage between science, art and literature in China. Guest speakers will give insights on specific areas of technological advancement in ancient China.
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  2. UGEB2771/CCST9003 “Everyday Computing and the Internet” (HKU)

    In order to make informed decisions in this information age, everyone needs to have an efficient way to sift through and evaluate the myriads of information that is available through the Internet. The ultimate objective of this course is to help students develop a “computational” state of mind for everyday events. Specifically, the course will enable students to answer the following questions: What daily problems need to be solved by a computational method? Are such problems solvable? By what means can such problems be solved? Is it worthwhile to compute such problems? How do all these problems relate to the Internet that we use on a daily basis? We will also discuss intensively the societal impacts of computing technologies on our daily life. The course will be taught with minimal levels of mathematical and technical detail.

    Online lectures would be available for the whole course, making room for more in-depth learning in lecture sessions. Specifically, four to five lecture sessions would be conducted in collaborative workshop formats, whereby students need to work in teams to complete hands-on tasks corresponding to the topics covered in the course.
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  3. UGEB2772/CCST9015 “Electronic Technologies in Everyday Life” (HKU)

    From digital computers, smart mobile phones, Apple watch to many modern gadgets like intelligent robots and automonous vehicles, electronic technologies have become an indispensable part of our everyday life. In order to make informed decisions as to whether we should adopt these ever-changing electronic technologies, we have to develop a basic understanding of the principles, “substances” and cost-benefit considerations behind them. This course aims to: (i) arouse students’ general interest in science and technology, particularly with regard to current “high-tech” electronic products that they encounter every day; and (ii) enable students to develop critical intellectual enquiries concerning existing and latest electronic technologies they encounter in their everyday lives through lectures, discussions and hands-on experimentation. At the end of the course, students will not only be able to recognize how electronics works, but also be able to understand their social implications, as well as to develop critical thinking and to carry educated discussion about merits and common misconceptions associated with new technologies. The hands-on experiments will also allow the student to have the experience and some confidence in handling electronic components to solve a real problem using electronic technology.
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  4. UGEB2773/CCST9010 “The Science of Crime Investigation” (HKU)

    This course introduces students to the scientific, legal and ethical concepts that underpin forensic science. Forensic science spans all scientific disciplines such as anthropology, biology, chemistry, computing, medicine, physics, etc. Students will explore and develop an understanding of the principles of forensic science through an overview as well as more topic-specific lectures, and experience hands-on tutorials involving scientific analysis of forensic evidence. Knowledge gained will be applied and assessed through individual tasks as well as a collaborative project on as assigned case.
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  5. UGEC2774/CCGL9001 “Hong Kong Cinema Through a Global Lens” (HKU)

    In an age where cross-cultural interactions and global traffics are frequent, Hong Kong cinema cannot be regarded merely as a local cinema. It is an interesting site where complex global processes can be traced. Flows of capital, film personnel, technologies, ideas and creativity are vibrantly circulating inside and outside the cultural industry of filmmaking, resulting in phenomena such as transnational co-productions and cross-cultural cooperations. These dynamic processes are inflected in characterization, plot development, and space-time configurations on Hong Kong screens. This course takes students on an interdisciplinary exploration of the local-global interactions from a variety of approaches. With a selection of Hong Kong films, the course aims to help students attain a thorough understanding of the two-way relationship between the local, popular entertainment and the global film scene by investigating the major questions concerning globalization. Film critics and scholars will be invited to conduct guest lectures.
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  6. UGEC2775/CCHU9001 “Design on the Future: Sustainability of the Built Environment” (HKU)

    The course is intended to inspire thinking about the way we should construct our living environments in future, in order to find the most sustainable balance. It explores a range of broad issues including: population and urbanization, materials resources, and human systems (such as transportation and public health), in order to understand the concept of ‘sustainable development’. It evaluates the different media and strategies that people have used / are using to advocate for more sustainable approaches to the environment and community.

    This course is run using a ‘flipped classroom’ pedagogy. Students are required to undertake up to one hour of pre-class activities (typically watching and responding to on-line course videos) in preparation for the classroom sessions which are run in workshop format involving a wide range of group activities and interactive exercises. There are no tutorials in this course. The on-line components deliver the bulk of the course content, in class activities are designed to develop understanding of the content, to explore contexts and interconnections, and to actively apply it to different scenarios.
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  7. UGED2776/CCHU9022 “Journey into Madness: Conceptions of Mental Health and Mental Illness” (HKU)

    Portrayed by mass media, there is an exaggerated link between mental illness and violence. Mental illness is often considered as an adversary that should be dealt with by medical professionals. Challenging this monopolized medical discourse on mental illness, this course aims to expand the students’ view to appreciate how mental illness has been psychologically influenced, socially constructed and policed, as well as culturally shaped. Coupling biochemistry’s knowledge of mental illness with self-reflections, students are expected to develop a critical and comprehensive understanding of mental illness and mental health. With the use of experiential exercises, case studies, and film viewing, students will be further encouraged to scrutinize mental health issues in their daily lives. As there is a growing number of individuals challenged by mental illnesses both locally and internationally, students will have high chance of encountering an individual with mental illnesses in their social circles, workplaces or even family in the future. The development of a comprehensive and critical view towards mental illnesses will definitely prepare them to face this future challenge.

    [All students will be required to plan and organize a compulsory experiential learning activity for service users at a mental health agency/setting during Reading Week. The experiential activity is compulsory and if interested students foresee that they cannot commit to this, they should not be enrolling in this course.]
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  8. UGED1777/ISOM1500 “Insightful Decisions” (HKUST)

    The course helps students develop better analytical and decision making skills in approaching practical and important social and business issues. Students will derive solutions or conclusions that require critical thinking, creativity, quantitative analysis, and common sense. Cover topics in decision traps, quantitative decision models, statistical reasoning, computer tools, data-analysis techniques, etc. and, more importantly, how these decision analysis concepts and tools can be applied in a broad set of social and business problems.
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  9. UGED2778/APSS1A21 “Service Leadership” (PolyU)

    This subject is designed to enable students to:
    1. Learn the basic models of leadership with reference to the service sector;
    2. Understand the basic leadership attributes intrinsic to effective service leaders, including leadership competences, moral character, and caring disposition;
    3. Reflect on their own service leadership qualities, including leadership competences, moral character, and caring disposition;
    4. Learn to develop and apply the basic qualities of an effective service leader;
    5. Cultivate an appreciation of the importance of Service Leadership to the development and wellness of oneself, other people and the whole society.
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  10. UGFN1001 “In Dialogue with Nature (Cross-institutional)” (CUHK)

    This course is an intellectual pursuit across various natural sciences including the two most fundamental ones, physical and biological sciences. Ancient Greek philosophers took the lead in exploring the physical world and the world of life with reason and hence laid the foundations of natural science. This human enquiry into Nature leads to a reflection on the human understanding of Nature and the humans’ place in Nature.

    From the writings and stories of great scientists selected from influential literatures, students can gain a general understanding of the concepts and methodology of science, and of how scientists relate their academic pursuit to contemporary life, thereby developing their own perspectives on scientific issues. Students will be required to read, discuss and write about a wide range of texts in philosophy, science and its history. Emphasis will be placed on students’ capacity to respond critically to these texts in written as well as oral presentations. Through these learning activities, students are expected to develop a lifelong capacity and enthusiasm to continue such dialogues with science texts in the future.

    The content of this course is identical to that of UGFN1000 “In Dialogue with Nature”, one of the two award-winning courses in the General Education Foundation Programme of CUHK. The mode of course delivery is blended. Teaching and learning activities are mainly conducted online but there are also several onsite meetings for face-to-face teacher-student interaction and discussion among students from different UGC-funded institutions.

    More details are available at: 
    http://www5.cuhk.edu.hk/oge/index.php/en/2011-06-22-08-12-11/ugfn-1001.

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Enquiry

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Telephone: 3943 7075 (within office hours)

 

Last update: 7 August 2018

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