College of Humanities and Sciences (CHS)


Assessment ES1000 is a 100% Continuous Assessment module.
Modular Credits Nil
Workload 2-2-0-2-2
Prerequisite(s) Students should have sat for the Qualifying English Test, and obtained a ‘Band 1’ result.
Preclusion(s) Nil

This is a required module for students whose Qualifying English Test results show that they would benefit from basic English language skills support. Students in the course must pass this module before they are allowed to read the next required English module, English for Academic Purposes (ES1102/ES1103). The purpose of ES1000 is to improve the students' English language skills in reading, writing and grammar. These skills are taught, reviewed and reinforced through online, in-class and appropriate out-of-class activities. Assignments include reflections, written assignments and progress tests.

This module is taught over 1 semester with a two-hour online lecture/discussion/quiz and a two-hour sectional teaching per week.

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Assessment ES1103 is a 100% Continuous Assessment module.
Modular Credits Four
Workload 0-4-0-3-3
Prerequisite(s) Students should have sat for the Qualifying English Test and obtained a ‘Band 2’ result or, if they obtained a ‘Band 1’ result, they must pass ES1000 Foundation Academic English, before registering for ES1103.
Preclusion(s) ES1102

ES1103 serves as a bridging course for students who have taken the university's Qualifying English Test and are deemed to require additional language support for the academic context. It aims to equip students with the knowledge of the academic genre and the ability to apply such knowledge in academic communication. The module adopts a reading-into-writing approach using themed readings as springboard texts for students' writing and provides opportunities for analysing and internalising ways of organising academic texts. Students will acquire essential academic skills required to cope with the rigour of academic writing at a tertiary level.

This module is taught over 1 semester with 2 two-hour sectional teachings per week.

ES1103 is excluded from the limit on Level-1000 modules.

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Assessment

ES1541/SP1541 is a 100% Continuous Assessment module.

Modular Credits Four
Workload 0-4-0-3-3
Prerequisite(s)
  1. If students are required to take ES1000 Foundation Academic English,and/or ES1102/ES1103 ,English for Academic Purposes, they must complete those mod ules before taking ES1541/SP1541.
  2. ES1541 is meant for students from cohort 2013 and 2014.
  3. SP1541 is meant for students from cohort 2015 and after.
Preclusion(s)

Those who have taken SP1203, ENV1202, SP2171, UTown and USP writing modules, ES1601 are precluded from taking ES1541/SP1541.

The ES1541/SP1541 module aims to equip students with the relevant knowledge and skills of how to communicate complex scientific content in ways that are comprehensible and accessible to non-experts. The module presents principles and strategies to deepen students’ understanding of the differences between scientific academic texts such as research reports and popular science genres such as science news articles (Haupt, 2014). Students will be exposed to popular science texts in various scientific disciplines, which will serve as the basis for group discussions, individual presentations and the writing of science news articles targeted at the educated non-specialist audience.

ES1541/SP1541 is a compulsory module for all Science students, except for Pharmacy and Environmental Studies students, from the August 2013 intake.

This module is taught over 1 semester with 2 two-hour sectional teachings per week.

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Assessment Continual Assessment 100%
Modular Credits Four
Workload 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s) If students are required to take ES1000 Foundation Academic English, and/or ES1102/ES1103 English for Academic Purposes, they must complete those modules before taking this course.
Preclusion(s) ENV1202

This module is designed for undergraduate students pursuing the Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree with the aim of helping them to develop critical thinking, reading, writing and speaking skills relevant for communication with academia and with the public. The curriculum deals with three main interrelated areas:

  • Communication with the public - raising public awareness of environmental issues through science-based advocacy
  • Communication with academia - developing skills in academic writing
  • Argumentation within environmental studies - examining environmental issues using the Precautionary Principle.

This module is taught over 1 semester via a blended approach with a three-hour sectional session per week.

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This module is designed to build essential skills for effective scientific reading and writing. At the end of the module, students should be able to critically read selected scientific papers and discuss their findings accurately, coherently, and concisely.

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Workplace Communication helps students refine their written and interpersonal communication skills for the workplace. Students learn to frame and present their written and verbal messages clearly, convincingly and effectively, as appropriate to the context, audience, and purpose of the communication. Topics include email, report and minutes writing skills; meeting skills; and interpersonal interaction skills with colleagues and superiors. Classes are conducted in an interactive and engaging manner, and incorporate roleplays, small group dicussions and self-reflection activities.

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