Subject Title: Foundation Biology
Subject Code: ABCT 102
Credit Value: 3
Responsible staff and department: Dr. Johnny C.O. Tang
Department of Applied Biology & Chemical Technology
Prerequisite: NIL
Learning Activities:
Lecture 32
Tutorial 12
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Total 44 hours
Assessment:
Continuous Assessment 50%
Examination 50%
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Total 100%
Aims:
The lectures aim to explain and discuss the knowledge of biology at foundation level which is essential to proceed to higher level of study in biologyrelated disciplines.
Learning Outcomes:
After successful completion of this subject, students should be able to appreciate the basic features and integrative nature of different biological components for survival.
Syllabus:
INDICATIVE CONTENT

TUITION

Cells:
Structure and function of the cell
Biomolecules
Homeostasis and transport within the cell
Photosynthesis and cellular respiration
Cell reproduction  mitosis and meiosis

8 hours

Genetics:
Fundamentals of genetics
Nucleic acids and protein synthesis
Inheritance patterns
DNA technology

6 hours

Body Functions:
Organization of human tissues, organs and systems
Overview of physiological functions:
Nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, renal system, immune system, endocrine and reproductive systems

20 hours

Microorganisms:
Bacteria and viruses
Protozoa
Algae and fungi

7 hours

Ecology:
Introduction to ecology and populations
Ecosystems and the biosphere

3 hours

Textbooks and Reference books:
Eldon E., Frederick C. and David B.

Concepts in Biology (11^{th} Edition)

Mc Graw Hill, 2005




Freeman S.

Biological science (2^{nd} Edition)

Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005

Subject Title: Fundamental Chemistry
Subject Code: ABCT103
Credit Value: 3
Responsible Staff and Department: Dr. C.H. Yeung
Department of Applied Biology & Chemical Technology
Prerequisite: Nil
Learning Activities:
Lecture 36
Tutorial 6
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Total 42 hours
The students are also expected to spend about 80 hours for selfstudy
Teaching and Learning Approach:
Lectures will provide students with general outlines of key concepts and guidance on further reading. Lectures will be further consolidated through assignments and tutorials.
Students will be assessed by assignments, quizzes as well as an endofterm written examination.
Assessment:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Examination 40%
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Total 100%
To pass the subject, students must obtain a grade D or above in both the Continuous Assessment and the Examination.
Aims:
This subject educates student with fundamental knowledge in chemistry. It is also a bridging course for students previously learning chemistry in a language other than English.
The subject has the following objectives:

to provide student with a broad fundamental knowledge in chemistry required for the study of science, technology, engineering or related programme.

to help student study chemistry effectively in an Englishmedium learning environment and to acquaint student with the necessary chemical vocabularies.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

Understand the fundamental principles of chemistry;

Have sufficient chemical knowledge for their chosen field of study.

Understand and appreciate the chemical terms and principles that they may encounter in written and oral communication.
Syllabus:
INDICATIVE CONTENT

TUITION

Atomic structure
Electromagnetic radiation, hydrogen spectrum, energy levels, electron spin, quantum numbers, dual properties of matter, wave function and probability, uncertainty principle, charge clouds of s, p, d and f orbits, radial distribution curves, electronic configurations of manyelectron atoms, Pauli exclusion principle, Aufbau principle, ionization energy, electron affinity, electronegativity, atomic and ionic radii and periodicity.

10 hours

Chemical bonding
Ionic bonds, covalent bonds, dative bonds, metallic bonds, van der Waals forces, hydrogen bonds, concepts of valance bond theory, resonance, molecular shapes by VSEPR method for main group elements,

6 hours

Properties of gas, liquid and solid
Gases: gas laws, ideal gas equation, Dalton’s law of partial pressures, kinetic molecular theory of gases, collision frequency, gas diffusion.
Liquids: viscosity, refractive index, surface tension, vapour pressure and variation of vapour pressure with composition of mixture.
Solids: amorphous solids, types of crystals, unit cell, coordination number.

6 hours

General inorganic chemistry
Main group elements and their compounds. Transition metals and their complexes: catalytic activity associated with ligands .Coordination numbers of metal complexes.

10 hours

General organic chemistry
Simple concept of orbital hybridisation of carbon: sp, sp^{2} and sp^{3}. Naming of compounds containing carbon chains and rings. Isomerism, regioisomer and optical isomer. A preliminary study of the functional group: alkane, alkene, alcohol, aldehyde, ketone, carboxylic acid, ester. Direct and simple functional group transformations.

10 hours

Textbooks and Reference books:
Essential
Chang R.

Chemistry, 7th ed.

McGrawHill 2002

Subject Title: Foundation Mathematics for Business
Subject Code: AMA102
Credit Value: 3
Prerequisite: Nil
Learning Activities:
Lecture 28
Tutorial and Student Presentation 14
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Total 42 hours
The lectures aim to provide the students with an integrated knowledge required for the understanding and application of mathematical concepts and techniques. To develop students’ ability for logical thinking and effective communication, tutorial and presentation sessions will be held.
Assessment:
Continuous Assessment 40%
Examination 60%
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Total 100%
To ensure that students learn and reflect continuously, Continuous Assessment is an important element and students are required to obtain Grade D or above in both the Continuous Assessment and the Examination components. The continuous assessment comprises of assignments, inclass quizzes and tests. The assignments are used to assist the students to reflect and review on their progress. The endofsemester examination is used to assess the knowledge acquired by the students and their ability to apply and extend such knowledge.
Learning Outcomes:
This is a bridging subject to provide the students with a broad foundation in Mathematics. It aims to prepare the students to study an undergraduate programme in a business related discipline. The emphasis will be on the application of mathematical methods to solving basic mathematical problems.
Upon satisfactory completion of the subject, students are expected to be able to:

apply mathematical reasoning to analyse essential features of different mathematical problems such as differentiation and basic probability;

extend their knowledge of mathematical techniques and adapt known solutions to different situations;

search for useful information and use statistical tables in solving basic statistical problems;

undertake continuous learning.
Syllabus:
Functions:
Basic concepts; Mathematical induction; Functions and inverse functions; Elementary functions.
Complex Number:
Trigonometric Equations; Algebra; Geometry; Roots.
Calculus:
Limits; Continuity; Derivatives Techniques of differentiation; Higher derivatives; Maxima and minima; Curve sketching.
Linear Algebra:
Matrices and determinants; Systems of linear equations.
Probability and Statistics:
Descriptive statistics; Frequency distribution; Mean, median and mode; Variance and standard deviation; Probability theory; Discrete and continuous random variables; Normal distribution; Sampling; Hypotheses testing and estimations.
Textbooks and Reference books:
Department of Foundation Mathematics The Hong Kong
Applied Mathematics 3^{rd} edition Polytechnic
University, 2004
L. Bostock & Core Mathematics for ALevel Stanley Thornes
S. Chandler 3^{rd} edition 2000
R.E. Walpole & Probability and Statistics for Engineers Prentice Hall
R.H. Myers and Scientists 2002
S.L. Myers & 7^{th} edition
K.Y. Ye
Subject Title: Foundation Mathematics I for Science and Engineering
Subject Code: AMA103
Credit Value: 3
Prerequisite: Nil
Learning Activities:
Lecture 28
Tutorial and Student Presentation 14
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Total 42 hours
The lectures aim to provide the students with an integrated knowledge required for the understanding and application of mathematical concepts and techniques. To develop students’ ability for logical thinking and effective communication, tutorial and presentation sessions will be held.
Assessment:
Continuous Assessment 40%
Examination 60%
––––––––
Total 100%
To ensure that students learn and reflect continuously, Continuous Assessment is an important element and students are required to obtain Grade D or above in both the Continuous Assessment and the Examination components. The continuous assessment comprises of assignments, inclass quizzes and tests. The assignments are used to assist the students to reflect and review on their progress. The endofsemester examination is used to assess the knowledge acquired by the students and their ability to apply and extend such knowledge.
Learning Outcomes:
This is a bridging subject to provide the students with a broad foundation in Mathematics. It aims to prepare the students for studying an undergraduate programme in Engineering or Science. The emphasis will be on application of mathematical methods to solving basic mathematical problems.
Upon satisfactory completion of the subject, students are expected to be able to:

apply mathematical reasoning to analyse essential features of different mathematical problems such as mathematical induction;

extend their knowledge of elementary functions and systems of equations to solve simple mathematical problems;

appreciate the concept of complex numbers so as to apply to science and engineering problems;

undertake continuous learning.
Syllabus:
Functions:
Basic concepts; Mathematical induction; Functions and inverse functions; Elementary functions.
Complex Number:
Trigonometric Equations; Algebra; Geometry; De Moivre’s Theorem; Roots.
Linear Algebra:
Matrices and determinants; Systems of linear equations.
Textbooks and Reference books:
D. Varberg, E.J. Purcell Calculus Prentice Hall
& S.E. Rigdon 8^{th} edition 2000
Department of Foundation Mathematics The Hong Kong
Applied Mathematics 2^{nd} edition Polytechnic
University
2004
L. Bostock & Core Mathematics for ALevel Stanley Thornes
S. Chandler 3^{rd} edition 2000
F.R. Giordano, Calculus for Engineers and Scientists, AddisonWesley
M.D. Weir & 1988
R.L. Finney
Subject Title: Foundation Mathematics II for Science and Engineering
Subject Code: AMA104
Credit Value: 3
Prerequisite: AMA103 Foundation Mathematics I for Science and Engineering
Learning Activities:
Lecture 28
Tutorial and Student Presentation 14
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Total 42 hours
The lectures aim to provide the students with an integrated knowledge required for the understanding and application of mathematical concepts and techniques. To develop students’ ability for logical thinking and effective communication, tutorial and presentation sessions will be held.
Assessment:
Continuous Assessment 40%
Examination 60%
––––––––
Total 100%
To ensure that students learn and reflect continuously, Continuous Assessment is an important element and students are required to obtain Grade D or above in both the Continuous Assessment and the Examination components. The continuous assessment comprises of assignments, inclass quizzes and tests. The assignments are used to assist the students to reflect and review on their progress. The endofsemester examination is used to assess the knowledge acquired by the students and their ability to apply and extend such knowledge.
Learning Outcomes:
This is a bridging subject to provide the students with a broad foundation in Mathematics. It aims to prepare the students for studying an undergraduate programme in Engineering or Science. The emphasis will be on application of mathematical methods to solving basic mathematical problems.
Upon satisfactory completion of the subject, students are expected to be able to:

apply mathematical reasoning to analyse essential features of different mathematical problems such as differentiation and integration;

extend their knowledge of mathematical techniques and adapt known solutions to different situations;

apply appropriate mathematical techniques to model and solve problems in science and engineering;

search for useful information and use statistical tables in solving basic statistical problems;

undertake continuous learning.
Syllabus:
Differential Calculus:
Limits and continuity; Derivatives; Techniques of differentiation; Higher derivatives; Maxima and minima; Curve sketching.
Integral Calculus:
Definite and indefinite integrals; Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; Techniques of integration; Geometric and physical applications.
Probability and Statistics:
Descriptive statistics; Frequency distribution; Mean, median and mode; Variance and standard deviation; Probability theory; Discrete and continuous random variables; Normal distribution.
Textbooks and Reference books:
D. Varberg, E.J. Purcell Calculus Prentice Hall
& S.E. Rigdon 8^{th} edition 2000
L. Bostock & Core Mathematics for ALevel Stanley Thornes
S. Chandler 3^{rd} edition 2000
F.R. Giordano, Calculus for Engineers and Scientists AddisonWesley
M.D. Weir & 1988
R.L. Finney
R.E. Walpole & Probability and Statistics for Engineers Prentice Hall
R.H. Myers and Scientists 2002
S.L. Myers & 7^{th} edition
K.Y. Ye
Subject Title: College Physics I
Subject Code: AP101
Credit Value: 3
Prerequisite: Nil
Learning Activities:
Lecture 28
Laboratory 9
Tutorial and Student Presentation 5
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Total 42 hours
The lectures aim to provide the students with an integrated knowledge required for the understanding and application of Foundation Physics.
Assessment:
Continuous Assessment 40%
Examination 60%
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Total 100%
Learning Outcomes:
On completing the subject, students will be able to:

solve simple problems in mechanics using vector method;

apply Archimedes’ principle to solve problems in hydrostatics;

use Doppler’s effect to explain changes in frequency received;

apply simple laws in optics to explain image formation;

explain ideal gas laws in terms of kinetic theory;

apply the first law of thermodynamics to simple processes;

define electrostatic field and potential;

solve problems on interaction between current and magnetic field;

apply electromagnetic induction to various phenomena; and

describe simple models of the atom and the nucleus.
Syllabus:

Mechanics: Vectors; Rectilinear motion with uniform acceleration; Projectile; Newton's laws of motion; Motion under constant force; Momentum, work, energy. Collisions; Hydrostatics and Archimedes' principle.

Wave: Longitudinal and transverse waves and equation of traveling wave in 1D; Doppler effect; Image formation in lenses and mirrors; Microscope and telescope.

Thermal physics: Conduction, convection and radiation; Ideal gas and kinetic theory. Work, heat and internal energy; First law of thermodynamics applied to different processes.

Electromagnetism: Coulomb's law; Electrostatic field and potential difference; Parallelplate capacitor and the effect of dielectrics; Magnetic force on moving charge and current; Hall effect; Faraday's law of induction; Lenz's law; Inductors.

Modern Physics: Photons and photoelectric effect; Simple model of the atom and the nucleus; Radioactivity; Nuclear fission and fusion.
Textbooks and Reference books:
Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 2000, Prentice Hall
Physics CAI in CDROM, 2000, USTC
Computer Simulation System for College Physics Experiment, Version 2.0 for Windows, 2000, USTC
Halliday, Resnick and Walker, Fundamentals of Physics with CDROM, 6^{th} edition, 2000, Wiley
Subject Title: College Physics II
Subject Code: AP102
Credit Value: 3
Prerequisite: AP101 College Physics I
Learning Activities:
Lecture 28
Laboratory 9
Tutorial and Student Presentation 5
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Total 42 hours
The lectures aim to provide the students with an integrated knowledge required for the understanding and application of Foundation Physics
Assessment:
Continuous Assessment 40%
Examination 60%
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Total 100%
Learning Outcomes:
On completing the subject, students will be able to:

solve problems on rotation of rigid body about fixed axis;

define simple harmonic motion and solve simple problems;

apply Bernoulli’s equation to simple problems in fluid flow;

explain phenomena related to the wave character of light;

solve simple problems related to the Carnot cycle;

use Gauss’ law in solving problems in electrostatics;

determine the magnetic field due to simple current distribution; and

use the Bohr model to explain the hydrogen spectrum.
Syllabus:

Mechanics: Rectilinear motion under variable force; Circular motion; Newton's law of universal gravitational; Gravitational potential energy; Rotation of rigid body about a fixed axis; Simple harmonic motion; Fluid flow and Bernoulli's equation.

Wave motion: Huygen's principle; Interference and diffraction; Polarization.

Thermal physics: Further examples in the first law of thermodynamics; Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics; Carnot cycle.

Electromagnetism: Gauss' law; Electrostatic field and potential due to charge distribution; Various types of capacitors; BiotSavart law and Ampere's law; Types of magnetic materials.

Modern physics: The Bohr model and the hydrogen spectrum; Law of radioactive decay; Equivalence of mass and energy; Nuclear power.
Textbooks and Reference books:
Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 2000, Prentice Hall
Physics CAI in CDROM, 2000, USTC
Computer Simulation System for College Physics Experiment, Version 2.0 for Windows, 2000, USTC
Halliday, Resnick and Walker, Fundamentals of Physics with CDROM, 6^{th} edition, 2000, Wiley
Subject Title: Introduction to Hong Kong
Subject Code: APSS182
Credit Value: 3
Prerequisite: Nil
Learning Activities:
Lecture (with outings) 28
Tutorial and Student Presentation 14
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Total 42 hours
Students would participate in six outings by which they are introduced to, on the one hand, the historic sites that could exhibit the traditional social lives of Hong Kong people and on the other the modern landscapes of Hong Kong.
The lectures aim to provide the students with an integrated knowledge required for the understanding and application of sociological concepts to understand the social and cultural development of Hong Kong;
Assessment:
Continuous Assessment 100%
50% term paper
50% presentation
Examination 0%
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Total 100%
Learning Outcomes:
Students are able to

describe the historical development of the pre1841 Hong Kong;

understand the social life of the pre1841 Hong Kong;

depict the historical trajectory of the colonial Hong Kong;

analyze the social, cultural and political aspect of the colonial Hong Kong;

understand the social life of the post1997 Hong Kong.
Syllabus:
Students are required to attend seven tutorials and present their views on various aspects of the traditional and modern social lives in Hong Kong. They are encouraged to focus on the cultural and social aspects of Hong Kong society.

Pre1841 Hong Kong: Wall Communities and the Form of Living

Visit: Markets at Yuen Long, Fanling and Sheung Shui

Domestic Villages and the Survival Strategies

Visit: Tai O – a fishing Village

1841: The Coming of the Colonial Hong Kong

Visit: Central and Sheung Wan

The Chinese Communities

Visit: Wan Chai

Post1950’s Hong Kong: the Minimally Integrated Social and Political System

Visit: Hong Kong Museum of History

Modern City Life of Hong Kong: Shopping Malls

Residence Patterns of Hong Kong People: Public Housing and HomeOwnership

Landscape of Hong Kong: Disney World, Tourism and Economic Development

Hong Kong’s Tomorrow
Textbooks and Reference books:
Leung, Benjamin K.P., 1996. Perspectives on Hong Kong Society, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press.
Lau, S.K., et al., various years. Indicators of Social Development: Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Chinese University Press.
Leung, Benjamin, K.P., 1990. Social Issues in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press.
Various Years, The Other Hong Kong Report, Hong Kong: Hong Kong Chinese University Press.
Subject Title: Community Service
Subject Code: APSS183
Credit Value: 3
Prerequisite: nil
Learning Activities:
Lecture 28 hours
Tutorial and Student Presentation 14 hours
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Total 42 hours
The lectures aim to provide the students with an integrated knowledge required for the understanding and application of

introducing knowledge and concepts which enable students to understand the interplay of self, community, and society

enhancing students’ sensitivity to a wide range of social issues in our society

helping students develop genuine concern for other individuals and increase the capacity of selfreflection, personal growth and developing interpersonal skills

nourishing civic consciousness by providing volunteer services to the vulnerable group in the community
Assessment:
In sum, the students’ performance in this subject will be assessed by the following methods:

Preservice analytical paper – students are required to write a short paper of about 1000 words to demonstrate their understanding of the key concepts (i.e. civil society, citizenship, community care) and the relationships of these concepts to volunteer community services.

– to be conducted within each service team on other team members’ levels of participation and contribution to the workshop.
The student will be given a PASS grade only if students fulfil the following subject requirements with satisfactory performance:

Punctual submission of preservice analytical paper;

Fulfilment of 12 hours of experimental community services with proper attitudes;

Participation in the workshops and the peer assessment exercise as an active member of the service team.
Continuous Assessment 100%
Examination 0%
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Total 100%
Learning Outcomes:
On completing this subject, students are expected to:

Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of civil society, citizenship and community care, and be able to relate these concepts to volunteer community services.

Enhance selfunderstanding, selfconfidence, leadership and interpersonal skills.

Experience a personal reflection on direct volunteer services to the community.
Teaching/Learning Methodology
