College of Humanities and Sciences (CHS)

Assessment ES1000 is a 100% Continuous Assessment course.
Units Nil
Workload 2-2-0-2-2
Preclusion(s) Nil

This is a required course 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 course before they are allowed to read the next required English course, 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 course 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 course.
Units Four
Workload 0-4-0-3-3

1. Placement through the Qualifying English Test or a pass in ES1000.

2. Only students who matriculated in AY2016/17 and onwards can take 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 course 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.

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SP1541 is a 100% Continuous Assessment course.

Units Four
Workload 0-4-0-3-3

Students who are required to read ES1000 Foundation Academic English and/or ES1103 English for Academic Purposes must pass those modules before they are allowed to read this module.

  1. Non-CHS students
  2. Students who have read and passed FAS1101, ES2531, ES2631, ES2660, UTW1001% and RVX100%
  3. Students in SPS (Special Program in Science) who have read and passed SP2271 are precluded from SP1541

The SP1541 course aims to equip students with critical thinking, reading, and writing skills that underlie effective communication of complex scientific content for a non-specialist audience. The course focuses on critical analysis and evaluation of science communication strategies to develop and consolidate students’ understanding of the differences between scientific academic texts such as research reports and popular science texts such as science news articles. 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 an educated non-specialist audience.

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Assessment Continual Assessment 100%
Units Four
Workload 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s) Nil
Preclusion(s) ENV1202

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

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

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