Faculty of Science (FoS)


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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Embedded Modules:

Designed for Final Year Pharmacy students, PR4195/PR4196 are modules that aim to equip students with the skills needed to (1) write their research proposal and Final Year Research Report, (2) prepare and give a formal oral presentation of their research work; and for PR4196 (3) prepare and present an e-poster.

In these modules, students have the opportunity to explore and become familiar with the style and conventions of academic writing and presenting in their own disciplines. In addition, the differences between written and oral discourse are explored, with a focus on presenting pharmacy-related research material to specialist audiences.

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