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Programme Description

Environmental management is of growing importance in the daily operation of private and public sectors. Throughout the past few decades, new environmental tools have emerged to enable policymakers and decision-makers to deal with environmental challenges presented in their planning and operation, including environmental accounting, environmental risk assessment and environmental management system certification. At the same time, the establishment of environmental regulation in different jurisdictions makes it necessary for different sectors to comply with different legal and regulatory requirements. This multidisciplinary programme is catered for students who have a strong interest and dedication in environmental management and sustainability.

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Study Mode Normal Period of Study JUPAS Code EdUHK Programme Code
Full-time 4 Years (for Year 1 Admissions)
2 Years (for Senior Year Admissions)
JS8702 A4B092

 

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Programme Aims

The BSc in Integrated Environmental Management [BSc(IEM)] programme offers our next generation a multidisciplinary and comprehensive training encompassing science, computing, socioeconomic and regulatory dimensions, enabling graduates to deal with environmental issues from different perspectives.

The programme aims to provide students with a solid training in both scientific inquiry and social sciences inquiry so that they can understand the nature and complexity of the environmental challenges faced by the humanity. Upon the completion of the programme, students will be able to apply professional knowledge to manage a broad range of environmental issues in the real world.

Programme Features

In-depth Integrated Understanding
Analyses pressing environmental sustainability challenges at the local, regional and international levels from scientific, regulatory, institutional and ethical perspectives.

Evidence-based & Communication-driven
Develops sustainable solutions and recommendations based on prudent use of scientific evidence and conveys important messages related to environmental sustainability through quality communication.

Experiential Learning
Enables students to apply their knowledge and skills through participating in the Internship, overseas field trip*, experiential learning activities, and other community engagement activities.
*not applicable for Senior Year Entrants

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • PILO1: Apply key concepts and theories in the field of environmental studies and management;
  • PILO2: Identify different environmental challenges in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and the world from scientific, social and political and regulatory perspectives;
  • PILO3: Assess the effectiveness of different environmental management approaches with reference to scientific, social and ethical aspects;
  • PILO4: Explain different types of environmental problems and risks based on relevant scientific data to different audiences; and
  • PILO5: Propose appropriate policies, strategies, and solutions with respect to different environmental scenarios.

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Programme Structure

Domain Year 1 Admissions Senior Year Admissions
Credit Points (cps)
Major Major Core
  Coursework 39 24
  Overseas Field Trip 3 /
  Internship 3 3
Major Elective 3 3
Cross-Faculty Core Course 3 /
Major Interdisciplinary Course 3 3
Final Year Project Honours Project / Capstone Project 6 6
Second Major* / Minor(s) / Electives 30 15
General Education 22 6
Language Enhancement 9 /
Total: 121 60

* Not applicable for Senior Year Admissions.

Notes:
(1) Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.
(2) [For Year 1 Admissions only] Students admitted into this programme are required to join the Overseas Field Trip (“Contemporary Environmental Issues”) and contribute 18% of the estimated cost of the trip in order to complete the programme.
(3) [For Year 1 Admissions only] Students admitted into this programme starting from the 2023/24 cohort are required to visit the Greater Bay Area (GBA) for a short trip (e.g. 1-day or 2-day 1-night trip) in order to complete the Cross-Faculty Core Course. While the GBA trip is heavily subsidised, students are still required to contribute 18% of the estimated cost of the trip ("student contribution"), whereas personal entertainment, meals expenses, travel document fee and personal insurance costs will not be supported. The estimated cost of the GBA trip for students admitted to the 2023/24 cohort is not available yet as it is subject to a variety of factors such as changes to the cost of the GBA trip as a result of inflation, trip duration, traveling expenses, the exchange rate, etc. The exact amount of student contribution is thus not available.

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Major Studies

The Major Core courses of BSc(IEM) equip students with essential concepts, theories and advanced understanding related to environmental management and studies, in which the Internship provides real-life platforms for students to integrate and apply their knowledge and skills on environmental management acquired in other courses of the programme. The Major Elective courses offer students an opportunity to further develop their interest. The Major Interdisciplinary course is designed to develop students’ understanding on the major issues affecting sustainable development in the global community.

The Cross-Faculty Core Course (cFcc) will comprise 3 individual components with 1 credit point each and separately assessed with the aim to widen students’ horizon and look beyond Hong Kong. In Component I, lectures with topics related to Basic Law / National Security will be arranged; in Component II, students will have the opportunities to undertake visits in Greater Bay Area; in Component III, a variety of themes which are linked to the University’s development niche areas will be offered by Faculties.

 

List of Major Courses
Year- Semester Course Title
Major Core Courses
1-1 Society and Nature
1-1 Ecology
1-2 Environmental Science and Management
1-2 Statistics for Environmental Analysis
2-1 Pollution Control and Waste Management
2-2 Spatial Data Analysis and GIS
2nd SB Contemporary Environmental Issues
3-1 Environmental Impact Assessment
3-1 Environmental Modelling
3-2 Environmental Ethics
3-2 Environmental Education and Communication ^
3rd SB Internship
4-1 Environmental Politics and Policy
4-1 Environmental Economics
4-2 Environmental and Public Health Risk Assessments
4-2 Food Security, Safety and Management
Major Elective Courses (Choose ONE only)
3-1 Conservation and Management of Natural Resources
3-1 Innovative Technologies for Environmental Management
3-2 Environmental Education and Communication #
Major Interdisciplinary Course
4-1 The Sustainable Development Goals and Education

2nd SB – 2nd Summer Block (between Year 2 and Year 3);
3rd SB – 3rd Summer Block (between Year 3 and Year 4)


^ Major Core Course for Senior Admissions only.
# Major Elective course for Year 1 Admissions only.
Remarks: The course list is subject to change and approval.

 

Experiential Learning

The programme comprises two Major Core courses which involves experiential learning:

Contemporary Environmental Issues

Held in the summer between Year 2 and Year 3, this course provides students with first-hand experience on the occurrence of, and application of concepts relevant to environmental issues in global context. The course involves a series of seminars to allow students understanding of selected environmental issues; along with an overseas field trip. The course is designed with an aim to enhance students’ connection of theories to their practices using authentic examples. Through visiting university’s partners, organisations, companies, urban sites and natural attractions, the course creates an interactive learning environment where students combine knowledge acquired from site visits, field activities, seminars and lectures to investigate real-world problems.

 

Internship

Held in the summer between Year 3 and Year 4, the internship course aims to provide students with real-life integrated environmental management experiences strongly linked to their future career. This allows students to apply, practise and integrate their knowledge and skills acquired in the other courses of the programme in solving authentic environmental problems. Through the internship course, students are able to apply the knowledge and skills they learnt from the programme to gain authentic job experiences, critically reflect and get inspired on a potential future career in environmental management.

The Final Year Project comprises of two courses:

  • Honours Project I / Capstone Project I: Research Methods and Proposal
  • Honours Project: Research Report / Capstone Project II: Project Output

Students can opt for capstone project that allow them to apply their environmental knowledge acquired through the programme in a community setting. Students will be given opportunities to translate their environmental knowledge into different everyday practices and develop their portable skills throughout the process.

On the other hand, students can opt for Honours Project as their final year project. Honours Project provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge acquired from the programme in a research context. Students need to demonstrate their competence in using qualitative and quantitative skills in their research projects.

Students of the BSc(IEM) programme are encouraged to adopt “Science for Environmental Management” or “Sustainable Tourism” Minors. These two Minors are developed in view of the professional and career needs of the students.

The “Science for Environmental Management” Minor (15 cps) comprises more skill-based courses which can further provide students with knowledge in the areas of environmental science and enhance their professional skills and practical capacity for engaging in the environmental and industrial sectors.

On the other hand, the “Sustainable Tourism” Minor (15 cps) will be useful for students who wish to apply their environmental knowledge in the tourist sector.  More specifically, this minor equips students with knowledge and perspectives in understanding the multiple connections between contemporary tourism practices and environmental management. By completing the courses in the minor, students will be able to understand the theoretical underpinnings and best practices of sustainable tourism.

Alternatively, students can freely take courses offered by any academic departments of the university as Second Major (applicable to Year 1 Admissions only), Minor(s) and/or electives to suit their career aspirations and interests.

The EdUHK’s General Education programme prepares students to be active agents of change, by broadening their intellectual horizons, helping them make connections among different areas of knowledge and between their formal studies and life outside the classroom, and strengthening their capacity for sound thinking and good judgement. It offers a varied but balanced mix of individual courses across a range of subject areas and disciplines, set within an integrated structure of (i) General Education Foundation Course, (ii) General Education Breadth Courses, (iii) Experiential Learning, and (iv) University ePortfolio with a total of 22 credit points (cps).

i. General Education Foundation Course (4 cps)

General Education Foundation Course is a 4-cp course that will run for the whole academic year, and be taken by all first-year students at EdUHK. This course will equip students with the diverse knowledge-bases and skills for their intellectual and professional developments in local, national and global contexts. In Semester 1, there will be a series of lectures and/or workshops on selected themes and topics (e.g. University life planning, research and inquiry, Basic Law, national security, professionalism, ethics etc.,). In Semester 2, students will be introduced to a wide variety of themes and issues in general education (e.g. language, well-being, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, conservation etc.,) by taking part in the lectures delivered by Chair Professors / Professors and external Guest Lecturers. These lectures are substantiated by small class tutorials for building communities of dialogue and inquiry that foster the intellectual growth of students as reflective thinkers deliberating issues of importance to their own lives, society and the world as a whole.

In addition to the face-to-face lectures, video lectures will be arranged as appropriate to allow students to learn flexibly at their own paces. As a unique feature of the course, e-Learning assessments and a reflective entry of their learning experiences will be submitted by students after lectures and become an important part of the e-Portfolio. The online learning activities and tasks will encourage students to reflect and think critically on various themes and issues based on learning artefacts and experiences, thereby, charting the paths for their personal, intellectual and professional developments.

ii. General Education Breadth Courses (9 cps)

Under the new curriculum (from 2019/20 onwards), the General Education Breadth Courses (GEBCs) (9 cps) are composed of General Education Breadth Learning Strands (1-3) (GELS) (Level 1-2), Positive and Values Education (PAVE) Course and General Education Interdisciplinary Course (GEIC) (Level 4). Students have to take one from each of the components in order to fulfill the GEBCs (9 cps) requirement.

These courses aim to equip students better for the study of the ontological, epistemological and/or methodological issues in a wide variety of disciplines. In addition, a new 3-cp GEIC (Level 4) will be offered on cross-faculty basis for students from Year 2 Semester 2 to Year 3 Semester 1, in order to enable them to appreciate the complexity of issues and problems that transcend disciplinary boundaries and to make sense of them through dialogues across disciplines.

Students are allowed to take GELS and/or PAVE Course(s) after the completion of GEFC or concurrently with GEFC in Year 1 Semester 2 if they are interested and their curriculum schedules allow. After the completion of any GELS/PAVE Course, students are allowed to take the GEIC from Year 2 Semester 2 to Year 3 Semester 1.

iii. Experiential Learning (6 cps)

Experiential Learning (EL) is composed of a 3-cp Co-curricular Service Learning Course (CSLC) and a 3-cp Experiential Learning Course (ELC) which will be offered by departments under the GE domain. Students have to take one of each component for fulfilling the EL (6 cps) requirement.

The 3-cp CSLC provides students with an opportunity to engage in learning in action and through co-curricular learning activities with direct service elements in real-life or work-place context while complementing, connecting with, and mirroring their learning experiences derived from formal curriculum.

The 3-cp ELC encourages students to learn through experimentation, observation, reflection and (re-) conceptualization while undertaking a wide variety of activities, such as creative work, field studies, projects, thematic overseas trips, outward-bound training, etc. These courses enrich students’ learning experiences and skills through learning, thinking and reflecting on practice, in practice and for practice, while exposing them to authentic and real-life contexts.

CSLCs will be made available for all undergraduate students to be taken starting from Year 1 and completed before the final year. On the other hand, undergraduate students are required to take the compulsory Experiential Learning Course (ELC) on “Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I)” (3 cps) in Year 2 (the study semester will be assigned by GEO) so as to increase students’ awareness of entrepreneurship as a process and strengthen their self-efficacy beliefs and confidence to complete entrepreneurial tasks; provide students with concrete experience for proposal and reflection in “entrepreneurship models/ phases” and/or “innovation as taking a new approach to solving a problem”; and equip students with competencies and experiences that enable them to initiate/ participate in entrepreneurial value-creating processes.

iv. University ePortfolio (3 cps)

University ePortfolio is a 3-cp “capstone” course which requires students, when they are approaching the end of their undergraduate studies, to reflect critically on their learning experience within General Education in their disciplinary, professional and co-curricular studies, as well as in their lives beyond graduation, and, to develop an integrated view of how and where they position themselves with respect to their future goals, plans, and aspirations. Students will prepare and submit an annotated University ePortfolio based on their experiences, reflections and stored artefacts from their undergraduate studies. Students are encouraged to keep electronic (soft) copies of all their coursework material starting with the completion of the GEFC for potential inclusion in the University ePortfolio.

For Senior Year Admissions

Students admitted to Year 3 in 2023/24 are only required to complete 6 cps in total for General Education. Students are required to take ONE course from either Experiential Learning (EL) or General Education Breadth Courses (GEBCs); and ONE University ePortfolio course.

Students in the programme are expected to develop the ability to communicate effectively in English and Chinese (including Putonghua). To assist them in meeting this goal, the Centre for Language in Education (CLE) will offer a comprehensive package of mandatory credit-bearing and mandatory non-credit bearing language enhancement activities, amounting to no less than 297 hours of taught courses and documented self-access study. This comprises 138 hours of English (including two 3-cp courses), 99 hours of Chinese (including one 3-cp course), and 60 hours of Putonghua, over the four years of the programme. The language enhancement package requires students to make use of the Arthur Samy Language Learning Centre (ASLLC) and related facilities available at the Tai Po campus.

Students may be exempted from selected Chinese, English or Putonghua courses in the package if they have fulfilled the exemption criteria of individual courses.

Non-Cantonese-speaking students will be required to study two non-credit bearing Cantonese courses. English-speaking students can study Cantonese and Putonghua courses.

Senior year entry students will be exempted from the language enhancement courses.

Medium of Instruction

The programme will mainly be conducted in English. All Major courses will be taught in English. For some non-Major courses, Putonghua or Cantonese will be adopted as the medium of instruction when the language is considered to be most effective for teaching.

Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

Graduates can find employment across a wide range of fields, including Environmental Consultancy, Non-government Environmental Organisations, Public & Private Sectors in Environmental Management, Environmental Testing, etc.

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