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Bachelor of Science in
Environmental Management and Technology (EVMT)

Courses
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ENVR 1030 Environment and Health [3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 003] This course is intended for UG students of all backgrounds. The course will cover concepts in environmental health including topics on outdoor and indoor environments, workplace, water and sewage, food, genetically modified organism, solid waste, communicable diseases, vectors and control, injury prevention, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, nanomaterials, environmental health standards, monitoring methods, energy related health issues, natural and manmade disasters, etc. The discussions on each of these topics will include nature of the issue, known and potential health effects, control and regulatory approaches. Local and regional examples will be used where applicable.

ENVR 1040 The Environment and Society – A Comprehensive Perspective [3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 004] This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between society and the environment. The class will examine the social, technological and environmental impacts of human societies past to present. This will include evaluating select environmental issues, such as climate change, from economic, social, scientific, business and health points of view. For students in their first and second year of study or those with approval from instructor for enrolling in the course.

ENVR 1050 The Sustainable Citizen [3 Credit(s)]

This course examines threats to our civilization’s sustainability. What does science tell us about these threats? How does our consumption and lifestyle drive these threats? What can we, as citizens, do to make our civilization more sustainable? At the end of the course, students should be able to provide a balanced and accurate explanation of the scientific issues and the action we can take. For students in their first and second year of study or those with approval from instructor for enrolling in the course.

ENVR 1170 Big History, Sustainability and Climate Change [3 Credit(s)]

[Alternate Code(s):CIVL 1170] Big History as an emerging interdisciplinary framework, provides a long term perspective to see the world through reconstructing the history from the big bang all the way to the present. In such a longer time scale, overview of stars, planetary and species evolution, as well as concepts in climate change and how it is related to sustainability of the planet’s environment for its current inhabitants, including humanity, will be discussed. The physical science basis, impacts, risk, mitigation and adaptation measures of climate change will also be investigated (including technical and social solutions). For local and regional vulnerabilities, such as extreme weather events, sea-levels rise, storm surge and coastal flooding, will be covered. The significance of collective learning under the big history framework, both as a driver for our exponentially growing impacts, as well as for better solutions, will be highlighted.

ENVR 1811 Environmental Management and Technology Study Trip I [1 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 2810,ENVR 181] The course is a study trip that will provide students with the opportunity to travel with a faculty member to various study sites that have a diversity of environmental or sustainability issues and see and discuss issues at the site with practitioners. The course will require students to prepare a presentation on one particular site and write a reflective report on their experience. Approval from instructor is needed for enrolling in the course. Grade P or F.

ENVR 2001 Academic and Professional Development I [1 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 1000] This is the first course of the series designed to assist students in developing attributes necessary for professional growth. This course is a one-year course designed to provide academic advising to students, to enhance their understanding of the latest environment topics, and to improve their communication skills. Students are required to attend discussion sessions with advisors and selected seminars. For EVMT students only. Graded P or F.

ENVR 2010 Environmental Science Fundamentals [3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 101] Understanding our environment, including the ecology, biodiversity and cycles of environmental ecosystems, human environmental impacts such as climate change, energy use, chemical toxicology, waste disposal, water and air pollution; conservation; exploration of new green technologies to reduce impacts, environmental law and changes in policies to ensure sustainability. Case studies through group projects. Exclusion(s): CIVL 1140

ENVR 2020 Urban Air Pollution [3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 1020, ENVR 002] The course is aimed at providing students with insights in how to deal with environmental problems and the way in which science interfaces with policies. It will cover major topics on the sources of air pollutions, air chemistry, oxidation of organic compounds and issues on control of air pollutant emissions and air quality management.

ENVR 2030 Material and Energy Balance for Environmental Management [3 Credit(s)]

Material and energy balance provides a quantitative account for materials and/or energy redistribution when changes happen. It is a tool which can be used to predict or solve practical problems like pollution control and management, product life-cycle
analysis and management of resources (e.g. energy, food and water) for sustainable
development. This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of
material and energy balance as applicable to environmental management. Covered
topics include pollution control and treatment and industrial/building energy
management. For EVMT students only. Exclusion(s): CENG 2010, CENG 2110

ENVR 2310 Introductory Environmental and Health Economics [3 Credit(s)]

[Co-List with SOSC 2310] This course introduces students to basic theories and findings in environmental and health economics. The emphasis is on how the economic models and concepts can be used to analyze environmental and health issues. The course begins with an introduction of theoretical economic concepts and models; then it moves on to several policy-relevant environmental and health topics. Particular issues include externality, common goods and public goods, valuation of environmental goods and health, market failure and health, environmental regulations, pollution and health, and the economics of climate change. Exclusion(s): SOSC 2310

ENVR 2811 Environmental Management and Technology Study Trip II [1 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 3810] This course is the second of two study trip courses directed at Division of Environment students in their second or third years of study. The course is a study trip that will provide students with the opportunity to travel with a faculty member to various study sites that have a diversity of environmental or sustainability issues and see and discuss issues at the site with practitioners. The course will require students to participate in the background research and selection of sites as well as assist in coordination of site visits. Students will prepare an in-depth presentation on one particular site and prepare a reflective report on their experience. Approval from instructor is needed for enrolling in the course. Graded P or F.

ENVR 2900 Internship/Service Learning [1 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 3900] The internship/service learning provides students a first-hand understanding of interconnected sectors of environment, business and society. Students will be working in teams enabling them to practice teamwork, communication and professional skills. The internship is a structured professional work experience in which students can apply their knowledge to problems and situations relevant to their professional preparation. Service learning benefits students by providing the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to improve our community and solve real-world community problems as well as civic problems. The credit may be earned part-time during summer months. Students are required to take a pre-internship/service orientation session. May be repeated for credits if different topics are taken, but the total credits may not exceed two. Instructor’s approval is required for enrollment in the course. Graded P or F.

ENVR 3001 Academic and Professional Development II [1 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 2000] This is second course of the series designed to assist students in developing attributes necessary for professional growth. This course is a one-year course designed to provide academic advising to students, to enhance their understanding of the latest environment topics, and to improve their communication skills. Students are required to attend discussion sessions with advisors and selected seminars. For EVMT students only. Graded P or F. Prerequisite(s): ENVR 2001

ENVR 3002 Introduction to Atmospheric Science [3 Credit(s)]

The course mainly consists of two parts: atmospheric physics and atmospheric
chemistry. Atmospheric physics topics include evolution of the earth’s atmosphere,
introduction to the atmospheric structure, composition, dynamics, thermodynamics,
circulation, and weather patterns. Atmospheric chemistry topics include tropospheric
chemistry, air pollution chemistry and toxicity, greenhouse gases and climate change,
stratospheric chemistry and ozone depletion. For EVMT students and students with
consent from the course instructor only. Exclusion(s): ENVS 3002 Prerequisite(s):
(CIVL 1140 OR ENVR 2010 OR LIFS 1030 OR PHYS 1003) AND (MATH 1003 OR MATH
1013 OR MATH 1018 OR MATH 1020 OR MATH 1023)

ENVR 3003 Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency [3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 4000F] This is an introduction to Green Buildings and their Energy Management. The course will consider Green Building attributes together with their economic, social and environmental impacts. Emphasis will be given to their energy conservation and resulting Carbon Dioxide emission reductions. For students in their second year of study and above.

ENVR 3010 Special Topics in Environmental Studies [1-4 Credit(s)]

Selected topics of current interest in environmental studies. May be repeated for credit, if the topics studied are different. Graded letter grade or P/F.

ENVR 3110 Sustainable Development [3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 2110, ENVR 111] Sustainable development integrates improvements in human welfare with improvements in the health of the environment. It is societies attempt to solve the degradation that economic and social development has imposed on the environment. To solve environmental crises such as climate change, pollution, or destruction of biodiversity we need to integrate environmental practices into all our activities, pulling together new technologies, lifestyles, economic theories and business practices, and government policies. This course looks at how this process of integration works at the international, national, and municipal levels and from the organization perspectives of different industrial sectors, businesses, and communities. Exclusion(s): SOSC 3180

ENVR 3210 Environmental Technology [3 Credit(s)]

This course emphasizes on the fundamental science and engineering principles of the innovation, design, development and application of environmental technologies for conservation and pollution abatement. The course covers both existing and emerging environmental technologies for the sustainable development including energy conservation and renewable energies, carbon neutral lifestyle, green building, manufacturing and processing, technologies for improved air, water, soil qualities, waste reduction and reuse, etc. Exclusion(s): CIVL 2410 Prerequisite(s): ENVR 2010 AND ENVR 2030

ENVR 3220 Energy Resources and Usage [3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 222] This course provides a non-technical overview of energy resources and their usage with a focus on policy issues and options related to ensuring adequate future supplies at acceptable prices and limiting environmental impacts. Environmental impacts will be considered primary with respect to air pollution, but also as appropriate, with attention to water quality and quantity impacts, and land degradation resulting from energy extraction, conversion, and use. Concerns about potential resource exhaustion (e.g. peak oil), future prices, climate change (and strains on other planetary boundaries) will also be considered.

ENVR 3310 Green Business Strategy [3 Credit(s)]

[Co-List with MGMT 3160] This is a course about new strategic opportunities arising from environmental risks. Public and regulatory demand for environmental products and services must co-exist with the corporate institutions of maximizing shareholder wealth. This course examines both the theoretical and practical issues that arise in attempting to balance the health of the natural environment with value creation. Is there an inherent conflict between the institutions of business and our ability to care for the environment? What competitive opportunities are created for firms and what do they have to do to seize these opportunities? The lessons from the course will be of interest to both students of strategy and the environment.

ENVR 3410 Economics for Environmental Policy and Management [3 Credit(s)]

This course begins with a brief review of key economic principles (e.g., economic as distinct from engineering efficiency, comparing benefits and costs at the margin, discounting). It then moves on more in-depth treatments of areas that are the focus of environmental economics. These include externalities, common property resources, market failure, ‘valuation’ of un-priced impacts of economic activity, and policy instruments for controlling pollution and other forms of environmental degradation. Throughout the course, the emphasis is on fostering an intuitive understanding of the topics and how they relate to real world decision making. For EVMT students only. Prerequisite(s): ECON 2103 OR ECON 2113 OR ECON 2913 OR ECON 3113

ENVR 3420 Environmental Law and Regulations [3 Credit(s)]

The course will provide students with the basic legal concepts which include the hierarchy of courts in Hong Kong, the difference between civil and criminal proceedings and their possible redresses or remedies available from the courts. Important provisions of the basic environmental legislation in Hong Kong, environmental prosecution policy of Hong Kong and how to investigate a judicial review against a ministerial decision relating to the environment will also be covered in the course.

ENVR 4000 Special Topics in Environmental Studies [1-4 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 300] Selected topics of current interest in environmental studies. May be repeated for credit, if the topics studied are different. Graded letter grade or P/F.

ENVR 4001 Academic and Professional Development III [1 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 3000] This is the third course of the series designed to assist students in developing attributes necessary for professional growth. This course is a 2-semester course designed to provide academic advising to students, to enhance their understanding of the latest environment topics, and to improve their communication skills. Students are required to attend discussion sessions with advisors and selected seminars. For EVMT students only. Graded P or F. Prerequisite(s): ENVR 2001 and ENVR 3001

ENVR 4010 Independent Study in Environment Issues [1-4 Credit(s)]

Faculty directed independent study of selected topics in Environmental issues. For EVMT students and students with consent from the instructor. Graded P or F.

ENVR 4220 Urban and Regional Planning [3 Credit(s)]

The course provides an introduction to the planning process in the public sector. Fundamental planning concepts, historical overview of planning, and planning methods comprise the first part of the course. These basic ideas will be followed by application of these principles to problems in urban and regional contexts. Specific topics include the legal basis for planning, land use planning and zoning, transportation planning, economic development, and environmental planning. In additional to conceptual considerations and application, attention will be given to the planning for sustainable development; strategies for conservation and management of critical natural resources; environmental ethics in land use development. For EVMT students and students with consent from the instructor.

ENVR 4310 Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship [3 Credit(s)]

A critical issue for green business is managing technology-driven innovation to create sustainable competitive advantage. Major topics include: how the innovation process works; managing innovation; creating entrepreneurial companies; coping with strategic challenges facing innovators; new venture management. Students will develop their own green business plan. For EVMT students and students with consent from the instructor. Prerequisite(s): ENVR 3110

ENVR 4320 ESG Management and Reporting [3 Credit(s)]

This course covers systems for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management and reporting but with a strong focus on accounting and reporting on environmental aspects. It looks at (1) assessing an organization’s impact on society and the natural environment; (2) establishing procedures for managing, accounting for and reporting significant impacts; and (3) assessing and improving performance. The course covers case studies on problems and good practice. This is about how companies can both enhance their value and make human civilization more sustainable.

ENVR 4330 Environmental Geographical Information System [3 Credit(s)]

This course will cover a board spectrum of concepts and practices in Geographical Information System (GIS). It starts with the fundamental concepts and elements in geographic science and technology. Spatial data modeling and integration methods will then be discussed followed by various geospatial analysis approaches for both vector and raster data. Cartographic principles, spatial relationships, projection and coordinate systems will be discussed in-depth. During the course, students will be introduced to contemporary GIS software and apply GIS technology to support local and regional environmental planning and management. For EVMT students and students with consent from the instructor.

ENVR 4800 Environmental Management and Technology Seminar [1 Credit(s)]

This is a year-long seminar series presented by faculty members and guest speakers on selected topics in environmental management and technology. For EVMT students only. Graded P or F.

ENVR 4980 Environmental Management and Technology Capstone Project I [3 Credit(s)]

Each EVMT student is required to complete a capstone project before graduation. This is the first course of a two-term project in which the student can synthesize and apply knowledge from their courses. The project is conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.

ENVR 4990 Environmental Management and Technology Capstone Project II [3 Credit(s)]

Continuation of ENVR 4980. Prerequisite(s): ENVR 4980