Master of Science / Postgraduate Diploma in
Environmental Science and Management (EVSM)

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  • Courses listed here will be offered based on resources available in each term and year. Details about course offerings in a particular term will be announced at course registration time.

Foundation course

Environmental Management Courses

ENVR 5250 Environmental Economics and Management [3 Credit(s)]

The course is designed to introduce students to key contemporary concepts in environmental economics and equip them with the approaches in economics that are generally applied to analyze environmental problems and policies.

ENVR 5260 Environmental Policy and Management [3 Credit(s)]

This course focuses both on how to make and how to study environmental policy and management. It will review major theories related to the formulation of environmental policies, including government reg ulation and economic incentives, and discuss the types of policy measures implemented in various public and business sectors. The discussion of environmental problems and policies will focus on examples th at are relevant for Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland, but will also include the experience of other countries and the debate surrounding global environmental issues.

EVSM 5230 Environmental Health and Management [3 Credit(s)]

The course will give an overview on environmental health and management, including topics on outdoor and indoor environments, workplace environment, water and sewage, food, solid waste, hazardous wastes, vectors and control, radiation, environmental health standards, natural and manmade disasters, risk assessment and management, etc. Each topic will include nature of the issue, known and potential health effects, control and regulatory approaches. More in-depth discussions will be given to occupational health hazards, with emphases on current control methods and technology.

EVSM 6070 Environmental Impact Assessment [4 Credit(s)]

Introduction to environmental impact assessment (EIA) and the EIA process in Hong Kong. The components of an EIA report including air, noise, water, waste management, environmental risk, ecological impact, and socio-economic impact assessments will be analyzed. Environmental law, environmental management and the importance of public participation will also be discussed. Case studies from Hong Kong will be used and comparison with EIA in Mainland China will be made. Exclusion(s): ENVS 5116

Environmental Science Courses

ENVR 5340 Fundamentals of Sustainability Science and Technology [3 Credit(s)]

The course is intended to link the interaction between the human and natural environment, focusing on how the anthropogenic activities have altered the natural environment and provide an overview on the emerging science and technology of sustainability. The course will identify the impacts associated with resource consumption and environmental pollution, and present the quantitative tools necessary for assessing environmental impacts and design for sustainability. At the end of the course, the students should be cognizant of the concept of sustainability, the metrics of sustainability and be able to use the principles of sustainable engineering in their respective field of practice.

EVSM 5220 Advanced Environmental Chemistry [3 Credit(s)]

The course provides an in-depth coverage of topics on inorganic and organic environmental contaminants, their structures, functions, sources and emissions, distribution, transformation and fate in the environment.

EVSM 5240 GIS for Environmental Professionals [3 Credit(s)]

Introducing GIS concepts, working with spatial data, managing GIS data, integrating GIS data with Google Earth/Map, remote sensing and model data, applying GIS technology to support environmental planning and management.

EVSM 5280 Introduction to Atmospheric Aerosols [3 Credit(s)]

Atmospheric aerosols, also known as, airborne particulate matter, are important air pollutants affecting our health, visibility, and global climate change. This course aims to provide a survey of the physical and chemical properties, the source identification, the atmospheric transformation, the sampling of atmospheric aerosols, and the determination of their chemical compositions.

Elective Courses

Environmental Management Courses

ENVR 6090 Special Topics in Environmental Management [1-4 Credit(s)]

Offerings are announced each term, if deemed necessary, to cover emerging topics in environmental management not covered in the present curriculum.

EVSM 5270 Environmental Law [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. Some important provisions of the basic environmental legislation in Hong Kong, environmental prosecution policy of Hong Kong and how to instigate a judicial review against a ministerial decision relating to the environment will also be covered in the course.

EVSM 5300 Corporate Environmental Strategy [3 Credit(s)]

The global environment will continue to degrade until there are significant changes in business practices and consumer behavior. This course will explore how environmental forces are creating threats and opportunities for business. It looks at "best practices" of numerous companies in different industries in order to understand how firms can reduce environmental harm and also be profitable. It explores how current business practices evolved to be environmentally harmful and why they are so ��sticky�� and resistant to change. The course uses readings, lectures and case studies for its delivery.

JEVE 5900 Carbon Management for Sustainable Environment [3 Credit(s)]

This course focuses on quantification and management of GHG emissions. It includes organizational GHG inventories; measurement standards and protocols; carbon information management systems; low carbon solutions; carbon trading and offsetting.

PPOL 5190 Policy Analysis and Design for Sustainable Development [3 Credit(s)]

Sustainable development problems pose some of the greatest challenges for policy makers around the world, and effective policy design requires analysts with strong subject matter understanding, creativity, and the ability to incorporate diverse perspectives and approaches. The goal of this course is to advance students' abilities to apply tools and methods, including analytical techniques and presentation skills, which are required for effective policy analysis and decision making in this area. Coursework in the course will be largely case based, and topical issues will be presented and mastered alongside different analytical skills and techniques.

PPOL 5210 Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management [3 Credit(s)]

This course is intended for students interested in environmental policies and management of the natural environment and its resources. The course provides students with a basic toolkit of quantitative and qualitative techniques used in resource planning and analysis, together with case studies with which to gain experience of their application. Students will also gain knowledge of regional and global directives affecting the environment, as well as approaches to policy evaluation.

SOSC 5620 Sustainable Development [3 Credit(s)]

This course is designed to give students an understanding of how government and business professionals formulate policies related to the foundations of sustainable development. The course begins with an exploration into the concept of prosperity and conventional view of development in the context of environmental limitations. From that basis we will consider the economic, political and social ramifications of sustainable development and investigate the need for rejuvenation and innovation. Exclusion(s): SOSC 301E

ENVR 6060 Sustainable Economics [3 Credit(s)]

This course is designed to give students an interdisciplinary understanding on the concepts of sustainability, and its contemporary trend of development. The course will cover component concepts on sustainability, its implications from resource (renewable and non-renewable) exploitation; the strength of sustainability with respect to human made or natural capitals; the assessment for sustainability; and the inter-relationships between sustainability and business, governmental policy and human communities. Exclusion(s): SOSC 5620 

Environmental Science Courses

ENVR 5310 Atmospheric Dynamics [3 Credit(s)]

The study of atmospheric motions is essential for a better understanding of the relevant meteorological phenomena. This course introduces the conservation laws for primitive equations and classical concepts in fluid dynamics, which will allow students to gain physical insight into the fundamental nature of atmospheric motions. This course is suitable for students who require the foundation of fluid dynamics for advanced study in meteorology, oceanography, atmospheric and climate sciences. Previous Course Code(s): ENVR 6040G

ENVR 5320 Environmental Data Analysis [3 Credit(s)]

This course is designed for students at the start of their postgraduate studies. The course will provide students with knowledge in understanding and using statistical methods in environmental science and applications. Probability distributions, parametric tests of significance against non-parametric tests, Monte Carlo methods, Principal Component Analysis, etc. will be taught in the course facilitated by extensive use of real world problems as example.

ENVR 5350 Climate Dynamics [3 Credit(s)]

This course covers the dynamics of the atmosphere and ocean and the coupled dynamics, which govern our weather and climate. The course will introduce the essential features of the atmosphere and ocean circulation, as well as theories about instabilities in geophysical fluids. Knowledge and skills for running weather and climate models and analyzing data are also practiced in the course.

ENVR 6040 Special Topics in Environmental Science [1 - 4 Credit(s)]

Offerings are announced each term, if deemed necessary, to cover emerging topics of environmental concerns not covered in the present curriculum. Typical topics are carbon audit and management, integrated environmental management systems, air-sea interactions, Life cycle analysis: a system perspective, etc.

ENVR 6050 Introduction to Oceanography [3 Credit(s)]

An introduction to the fundamentals of physical, chemical, geological, geochemical, and biological oceanography. It unveils the mystery of the oceans including the formation of the continents, oceanic circulation, and formation of precious minerals in the deep oceans; discovers ocean resources from phytoplankton to fish. The course will lay the foundation for sustainable use of the oceans and discuss human threats such as global warming, overfishing, and coastal pollution. Background: second year Science or Engineering.

ENVS 5113 Marine Ecotoxicology [3 Credit(s)]

This course introduces the impacts and toxic effects of environmental pollutants on growth, morphology and species richness of marine organisms with emphasis at the population, community and ecosystem level. Concepts and methods to assess the impacts of toxicants in marine organisms and environment will also be discussed. Exclusion(s): LIFS 5320

ENVS 5114 Environmental Diseases and Microbiology [3 Credit(s)]

This course aims to study microorganisms in the natural environment and their potential impacts on human beings. Pesticides, chemicals, radiation, air and water pollution are the manmade hazards that are believed to contribute to human illness. Microorganisms or environmental agents cause airborne and waterborne infectious diseases as well as microbial biodegradation of pollutants will also be discussed.


ENVR 6100 Independent Study [1-3 Credit(s)]

Study on selected topics in environmental science under the supervision of a faculty member. The course may be repeated once for credits if the topic is different. Graded P or F.

EVSM 6950 MSc Project [3 Credit(s)]

An independent project on selected topics in environmental science under the supervision of a faculty member. Participation of external organizations in these projects will be particularly encouraged. The responsibility of control, administration and assessment of the projects rests with the University. The course may be repeated once for credits. This course is for MSc students only. Approval from instructor is required.

JEVE 5260 Air Pollution Meteorology [3 Credit(s)]

Atmospheric boundary layer, lapse rate, stability classification, atmospheric turbulence, dispersion modeling, boundary layer wind-tunnel. Exclusion(s): IBTM 5230 (prior to 2012-13), MECH 5260 (prior to 2012-13), MESF 526 (prior to 2011-12) Background: MECH 2210

JEVE 5320 Water Quality and Assessment [3 Credit(s)]

[Co-List with CBME 5320] Water quality standards, chemical, physical and biological contaminants in water. General laboratory measurements and instrumental analysis based on optical, electrical and chromatography methods. Toxicity and BOD tests. Pathogenic micro-organisms and microbial examination of water. Environment sampling and quality control and assurance. Exclusion(s): CBME 5320, CENG 5320

JEVE 5420 Biological Waste Treatment and Management [3 Credit(s)]

Principles of secondary, biological treatment processes, including sewage sand filters, trickling filters, activated sludge plants, lagoons, ponds, rotating biological contactors, aerobic and anaerobic digesters, and biological nutrient removal. Management of waste treatment systems and works. Exclusion(s): CIVL 5420 Background: CIVL 3420

JEVE 5460 Design and Management of Physico/Chemical Processes of Environmental Engineering [3 Credit(s)]

[Co-List with CIEM 5460] Principles, design and management practices of physico/chemical treatment processes for removing contaminants from drinking water and municipal wastewaters; includes coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, air flotation, centrifugation, filtration, membrane, air stripping, carbon adsorption, disinfection, chemical oxidation processes, operation management and residual management. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5460, CIVL 5410