Science and Technology2019-09-04T07:29:03+08:00

Science provides an understanding of all natural phenomena, while technology utilizes them for human benefit. In today’s world, students should be aware of the meaning and methods of science and technology, and how they shape the world around us. Courses in this area aim to acquaint students with scientific thought, observation, and experimentation so as to appreciate the impact of science and technology on the planet and human life. These courses will also help promote students’ interest, competence, and commitment to continued learning about contemporary science and technology. Upon completion of these courses, students are expected to understand the sequential nature of science and technology, to recognize and appreciate scientific or technological developments, to develop scientific thinking and methods for solving problems in our daily life, and to understand and communicate how technology facilitates the process of discovery in science and related disciplines.

GEST1001
Quantitative Reasoning for Business *
3 credits
2019-12-11T18:24:44+08:00

* Compulsory course for FBA students

Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 4 – Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

This course aims at providing students a sound foundation in mathematics that is required for future courses in quantitative methods and economics, as well as for some business subjects. The course also discusses how to apply quantitative techniques in dealing with some business and economic problems. By exposing the students to various business and economic applications through a wide range of mathematical procedures, the students not only will get familiar with numerous business procedures that require the use of mathematics, but will also be able to use mathematics to solve some basic business problems.

GEST1002
Quantitative Reasoning for Social Sciences *
3 credits
2019-12-12T09:20:01+08:00

* Compulsory course for FAH, FED (except for Bachelor of Education in Mathematics) and FSS students

Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 4 – Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

The goal of this course is to develop students’ quantitative reasoning skills through the enhancement of their mathematical and statistical literacy. The content of this course includes managing your money, logic, probability and statistics and basics of mathematical modelling. Real-life applications will be emphasized.

GEST1003
Quantitative Reasoning for Health Sciences *
3 credits
2019-12-12T09:27:48+08:00

* Compulsory course for FHS (except for Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics) students

Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 4 – Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

The goal of this course is to develop students’ quantitative reasoning skills through the enhancement of their mathematical and statistical literacy. The content of this course includes financial mathematics, logic, statistics, and linear programming and optimization. Application examples for health sciences will be emphasized.

GEST1004
Quantitative Reasoning for Science and Technology *
3 credits
2019-12-12T09:29:58+08:00

* Compulsory course for FED (Bachelor of Education in Mathematics), FHS (Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics) and FST students

Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 4 – Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

This course aims at providing a solid foundation of one variable calculus for science and technology students. The topics include basic reasoning skills, limit and continuity, derivative and its applications, integral and its applications.

GEST1005
Internet, Business and Society
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:41:45+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 5 – Information Technology and Knowledge Society

The emergence of Internet has changed society significantly. One of the main reasons for the tremendous changes is the popularity of Internet services offered to Internet users who make use of them in both business and personal life. This course will, therefore, introduce some popular and important Internet services to students and describe how they improve the operational efficiency in business and society. In addition, there is discussion of Internet security and privacy issues.

GEST1006
Logic and Reasoning for Business
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:41:58+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 4 – Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

This course is to introduce the basic concepts of logic, apply the knowledge in the context of daily applications and reasoning and to enhance student’s generic analytical ability in the area of business operations and strategy. The course will make use of various business scenarios to provide the students with training in thinking methods, different ways in solving the same problem, not just only the knowledge of the techniques of logic. Topics include concepts of logic and reasoning, logic puzzles, propositional logic, syllogistic logic and predicate logic.

GEST1007
Fun in Health Science
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:42:12+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 7 – Life Science, Health and the Human Condition

This course introduces important topics related to health in daily-life including the effect of environment, nutrition, and genetics on health, healthy aging, and mental and physical well-being. Biotechnology innovations and lifestyle modifications that can impact human health will be introduced. The course will be taught from a biological, biomedical, and biotechnological perspective. Students will participate in regular fun educational activities related to health sciences that illustrate and enforce the concepts learned in class.

GEST1008
Exploring the Earth
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:42:26+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 6 – Physical Science and the World

An introduction to major principles of physical geology covering the structure of the Earth, plate tectonics, volcanism and mountain building processes, weathering, sedimentation and rock formation, metamorphism and rock cycle, mass movement, earthquake, surface and underground water process, water and climate change.

GEST1009
Multimedia Technology in Modern Society
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:42:42+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 5 – Information Technology and Knowledge Society

The aim of this course is to introduce and explore the impact of multimedia technology in different aspects of modern society. The contents include visual communications, digital content in website, digital effects, moving image, new media possibilities and experience. The course is also designed to provide the fundamentals and practices for popular technologies and application software for 2D and 3D composition in our daily lives, such as Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk 3DS Max, etc. Lastly the course explores the creativity in interactive and tangible media, and possible research areas in multimedia.

GEST1010
Chemistry and Modern Society
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:42:58+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 6 – Physical Science and the World

This course is designed for students that are non-chemistry majors and will be taught with a physical science basis. This course relates application of chemistry to the benefits of modern society. It provides an introduction to the study of the properties and changes in matter. Course emphasizes topics such as: sustainable future, global climates, energy usage followed by their applications in synthetic plastics, medical drugs, food nutrition, genetic engineering, and modern materials.

GEST1011
Environmental Science
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:43:21+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 7 – Life Science, Health and the Human Condition

Throughout this course, students can better understand the unity and diversity of life interacting with the surrounding environments. Such major topics as population ecology, community interactions, ecosystems/biogeochemical cycles, biosphere and human impact on biosphere, and animal and social behavior will be covered. Students will also learn the unifying concepts in biology, the cellular basis and the ongoing flow of life, plant and animal systems and their control, and ecology and behavior; and so that students will be able to explore physical and biogeochemical processes and appreciate the importance of the quality of environment.

GEST1012
Electricity and Life
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:43:34+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 6 – Physical Science and the World

This course is about the study of physical science for non-engineering students with emphasis on basic electricity related topics. The focus of the course is not only the elementary physics of electricity; but also enlightening applications in Energy, Telecommunication, Health and Safety of electricity for the human life. Some demonstrations and hand-on experiments are also arranged to provide hand-on experiences and insights for the students on the relative topics.

GEST1013
Mathematics in Modern Society
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:43:53+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 4 – Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

The aim of this course is to enhance students’ mathematical literacy and interest. It emphasizes the relevance and practicality of mathematics in modern society. Through the study of different applications, students will see how mathematics comes into our daily life. The mathematical techniques involved are taught via hands-on applications. The topics discussed may vary from year to year.

GEST1014
Mysteries of the Universe
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:44:08+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 6 – Physical Science and the World

In this course, we aim to explain the fundamental concepts including gravity, Einstein’s relativity, cosmology, etc. Topics including the solar system, the climate of the earth, the life cycle of stars, gravitational lensing, cosmic microwave background radiation will also be discussed. No prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary.

GEST1015
Physics and Modern Society
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:44:28+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 6 – Physical Science and the World

To enable students to know the use of physics in modern society and technology. Fundamental laws of nature are emphasized with examples of various applications in daily life. Moreover, selected topics of physics relevant to modern society are included. Topics are presented at an introductory level for the students with little or no background in physical science.

GEST1016
Mystery of Chemistry
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:46:36+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 6 – Physical Science and the World

This course will describe a series of interesting stories about the birth, evolution, and important discovery of chemistry. Students will learn fundamental chemistry knowledge from interesting chemistry stories, discovery of chemistry mysteries, and through in-class fancy chemistry demonstrations. The course will also bring students to the frontier of modern chemistry researches which are closely related to our daily life.

GEST1017
Modern Drug Discovery: Drugs and Health
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:46:47+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 7 – Life Science, Health and the Human Condition

How many drug pills and tablets do you take in your lifetime? What’s the role of drugs in human society and today’s health care system? What separate drugs from food and toxins? How long does it take to find a new drug and why some drugs are so expensive? If you have ever had one of these questions, then consider taking this GE course. The course aims to enhance understanding and appreciation of the important and multifaceted roles that drugs play in our daily life. No previous background in pharmaceutical or life sciences is required.

GEST1018
Nutrition and Food Safety
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:47:02+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 7 – Life Science, Health and the Human Condition

With the huge rise in diet-related illnesses such as obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and in food safety emergencies, this course aims to provide students with knowledge of the dynamic fields of human nutrition and food safety. It includes an overview of nutrition and human health, and various topics ranging from explanations of the fundamental nutrients (e.g. carbohydrate, lipid, protein and minerals) to the numerous risks to our food and water supplies (e.g. bacterial contamination, agricultural pesticides, food additives, allergens, and industrial chemicals). It will also introduce students to the serious effects of diet-related diseases/disorders and provide them with the knowledge required to make good food choices. This GE course will be of great interest to all learners because the contents are relevant to daily life.

GEST1019
Microelectronic Chip Technology in Daily Life
3 credits
2020-12-18T11:29:38+08:00
Year Level: 1
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Nil

As enabled by powerful technology, microelectronics have become essential in our daily lives. They are also used in a wide range of fields such as healthcare, environmental monitoring, robotics or entertainment etc. This introductory course in microelectronics is tailored for non-engineering students and teaches how to use microelectronic chip components interacting with the environment through sensors and communicate wirelessly with other devices. It covers topics from evaluation and implementation of sensor interface, data conversion, signal processing and device communications. This customized course is bottom-up based, which starts from introducing basic components in information systems, such as 5G communication. Then, followed by system and architectural interface considerations. Finally, the students have a chance to complete a case study on one for Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (AIoTs) related system.

GEST2000
Active Lifestyles, Wellness and Sports Science
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:47:24+08:00
Year Level: 2
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 7 – Life Science, Health and the Human Condition

This course is designed to expose students to the relevant principles in sports science as related to health and fitness, and to discuss how students can apply the relevant sports science principles in one’s daily life for making sustainable healthy life style choices to improve one’s health and fitness. From the perspectives of sports science, topics relevant for health and fitness, such as health promotion, concepts and principles of exercise, self-evaluation and exercise prescription for health-related physical fitness, effective weight management and nutritional issues, building up healthy social relationships through fitness exercise and practice, sports injury prevention, first aid, etc., will be covered. The course emphasizes the relevance and application of the sports science principles for improving one’s physical and mental health.

GEST2001
Biology in Our Daily Life
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:47:40+08:00
Year Level: 2
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 7 – Life Science, Health and the Human Condition

In this course, students will be introduced to basic concepts and principles of human biology and health, and recent technological advances in biomedical science. This class aims to highlight on how biology affects human daily life, from simply understanding human bodies to nutrition, treatment of diseases such as cancer and infection, and the personalized medicine. This course will not only broaden the scope of students’ understanding of the world from life science perspectives, but also increase overall awareness of the fact that life science has profound effects in everyday life.

GEST2002
Psychology and Health
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:47:56+08:00
Year Level: 2
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 7 – Life Science, Health and the Human Condition

How is stress linked to heart disease? Will the immune system change because of psychological stress? Can a sugar pill cure back pain? Do married people live longer? What influences healthy eating? What helps people to cope with illness? Are there ethnic variations in health? How can we change people’s health behaviors to improve their health? This course tries to answer these questions, and provides an overview of Health Psychology — a young and exiting field of study that examines the bi-directional relationship between people’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and their physical health.

GEST2003
Exploring Chinese Medicine
3 credits
2019-09-17T03:48:09+08:00
Year Level: 2
Equivalent GE Area(s) in 2011/2012 Model:
Area 7 – Life Science, Health and the Human Condition

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been practiced in China and other Asian nations for more than 2,000 years and has gained increasing attention and popularity all around the world including Europe and North America. The main objectives of this course are 1) to provide a historical overview of the discoveries our ancestors made from natural products; 2) to discuss how modern technologies are used for mining the treasure and uncovering the healing power of Chinese medicine; 3) to introduce the cultures developed along with the therapeutic philosophy in Chinese medicine. Students will learn the basic principles of TCM, and acquire up-to-date information on the medicinal use and scientific research of TCM.

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