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Introduction to Local Ecology


 CEF Reimbursable Course (CEF Course Code: 44Z114583)

Course Title:
Introduction to Local Ecology
Course Code:
Mode of Study:
Part Time
Contact Hours and Study Period:
1-2 sessions per week, a total of 36 contact hours in two months’ time
Teaching Medium:
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Commencement Date:
November 19, 2019 (Tuesday)
Tuition Fee:
HKD7,980 (expense for site visits is excluded)
Application Deadline:
November 6, 2019 (Wednesday)
Application Method:
Download and fill in Course Application Form (proof of academic qualification is required) and return to Academy for Sustainable Communities by application deadline
Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm Tel: 3917-4767 Email: ruralsd@hku.hk
Class Venue:
The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Dr Chun Chiu PANG

Course Description:
This course introduces the basic concepts in ecology, the ecology of Hong Kong and the interrelationships between ecology and other disciplines. The course will further discuss some pressing ecological issues and review the effectiveness of current conservation measures. Practical ecological conservation and assessment methods will be introduced and students will develop basic skills in conducting biodiversity survey through fieldwork.

Assessment and Recognition:
Students, who attained attendance rate of not less than 70% and have the course assessment passed, will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement by the Policy for Sustainability Lab. This course is one of the four modules of the "Certificate in Sustainable Communities" programme (QF Level: 3; QR Registration No.: 18/000784/L3; QR Registration Validity Period: From 11 Sep 2018 - on-going). Students who have obtained a Certificate of Achievement in all four modules are eligible for the "Certificate in Sustainable Communities" awarded by the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education.

Entry Requirements:
(a) have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in five subjects including Chinese Language and English Language; or
(b) have passed five subjects in HKCEE, including Chinese Language and English Language; or
(c) hold equivalent academic qualifications, taking into consideration individual merit

Course Contents and Timetable:

Date Contents
November 19, 2019 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-10:00pm Lecture: Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment
November 26, 2019 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-10:00pm Lecture: Natural history and ecology of Hong Kong
November 30, 2019 (Saturday) 2:00pm-5:00pm Field Trip: Vegetation succession in Hong Kong: a field trip in Lung Fu Shan and Pokfulam
December 3, 2019 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-10:00pm Lecture: Ecosystems in Hong Kong
December 7, 2019 (Saturday) 9:00am-12:00pm Field Trip: Nature Conservation through farming in Hong Kong: case study in Long Valley
December 10, 2019 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-10:00pm Lecture: Biodiversity survey data collection and analysis
December 14, 2019 (Saturday) 9:00am-3:30pm Field Trip: Plant survey practice and analysis (with poster presentation)
December 17, 2019 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-10:00pm Lecture: Ecological issues and conservation
December 21, 2019 (Saturday) 9:00am-3:30pm Field Trip: Bird survey techniques (with poster presentation) - Victoria Park
January 7, 2020 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-10:00pm Presentation: 15 to 20-minute group presentation on environmental/conservation issues
January 11, 2020 (Saturday) 2:00pm-5:00pm Contingency
January 14, 2020 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-8:00pm Examination: 40 multiple-choice examination

Please note:
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. The mother course (
Certificate in Sustainable Communities) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 3).

Students' Feedbacks:

"Enhanced my knowledge of ecology and ecotourism in the Hong Kong context."

"The field trip and post-trip poster presentation were fun 
and helpful for us to understand more about the lecture contents."


Sustainable Communities Fellowship Scheme: 
Graduates of the course will be invited to join the Academy’s Fellowship Scheme as Fellows. The Scheme aims to form a network of committed individuals which provide not only continuous support for the members but also a platform for experience sharing in pursuit of community-based sustainability across different disciplines and sectors. Fellows are also eligible to participate in the Sustainability Hackathons and the Rural in Action Start-up Scheme.

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