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    Ecological Conservation and Environmental Assessment
    ENVR S850F
      More information: Course Guide
    Ecological Conservation and Environmental Assessment
    Course Start Date
    Spr 2021
    Course Level
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Spr 2022
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Spr 2021
    Postgraduate 2 terms 10
    Spr 2022

    Course Coordinator: Dr C C Tang, BSc, PhD (HKU)

    Important notes
    This course will be taught through a part-time face-to-face mode. The course will be presented in English. However, learning materials and references related to relevant technological developments in China might be in written Chinese.

    Lectures will be scheduled on weekday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.

    ENVR S850F is a course designed by the School of Science and Technology for the Postgraduate Certificate programme in Environmental Studies. This course directs students to contemporary concepts and advanced practices in ecology, conservation and environmental protection, with special emphasis on their relevance to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process. The philosophical perspective, theories and techniques of ecological protection and EIA will be studied in detail with the help of cases, field surveys, site visits and mini-projects. Students will be exposed to a stimulating learning environment in biological conservation and environmental assessment by means of various workshops and interactive activities.

    The course intends to develop students' knowledge and practical skills in carrying out conservation and EIA activities in a local context. The course also aims to familiarize students with legislation and current trends in environmental assessment, with particular reference to the situation in the Pearl River Delta.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • Principles in ecology and their applications in ecological conservation

    • Global, regional and local concerns in conservation and protection of biodiversity

    • Environmental impact assessment as a tool in environmental planning and conservation

    • Statutory EIA requirements and Eco-IA practices in Hong Kong

    • Policies, local legislation and technical measures in ecological conservation

    • Conservation and EIA practices in mainland China, with particular reference to the Pearl River Delta

    • Conservation and EIA in regional and strategic contexts

    • EIA, conservation and sustainable development

    The course assessment will be divided into a continuous assessment (50%) portion and a final examination (50%). The continuous assessment portion will include a quiz, an assignment and a mini-project report. A final examination will be conducted at the end of the course. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Set book(s)
    Stiling, P (1996) Ecology: Theories and Applications, 2nd edn, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall International.

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