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CUSA2043 An Ocean of Inspiration and Beauty 海洋启示录


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(Last update on: 2 Sep 2021)


Key facts for Summer 2021:

Date:   18, 25 September, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30* October 2021 (total 21 contact hours)
Time:   2:00pm - 5:30pm
Teaching Platform:   Face to Face  (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) #
Enrollment:   40
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to or studying S4-S6
Tuition Fee:   HKD 3,360.00
Lecturer:   Dr. CHUNG Kwok Cheong
* This date is reserved for make-up classes in case there is any cancellation of classes due to unexpected circumstances.
# This course is offered face-to-face lessons at CUHK campus. It may switch to online teaching in accordance with the pandemic development and the policy of the university.




The oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and is the biggest biome on Earth as well as the most important component of the biosphere. Being the crater of life on Earth, the ocean is also the crucial factor for maintaining life on Earth. In the history of mankind, the oceans have been admired and greatly respected for its significance in the exploration of nature, as well as in the development of human civilization. This course intends to offer an overview of the oceans from perspectives such as culture, history, science, philosophy and arts; as well as to acknowledge the importance of the oceans to mankind and other life forms on Earth. The core concepts include the roles played by the oceans in the development of human civilization, the impact and reliance of human beings on the oceans, ocean processes and the physical, chemical and biological properties of the oceans, diversity of marine ecosystems and marine organisms, how marine organisms solve their specific problems and provide inspirations for solving human problems, the importance of the oceans in maintaining global climatic and ecological balances, as well as how we should protect, conserve and sustainably exploit the oceans for our future generations and all life forms on Earth.

海洋覆盖了地球七成的表面,是地球最大的生物群系和生物圈最重要的部份。海洋既是地球上生命产的摇篮,又是维持生命的必要关键因素。 自古以来人类对神秘莫测的海洋既敬畏又向往;海洋是人类对自然的探索 以至文明的产生和发展过程中极重要部份。 本课程旨在让学员从文化、历史、科学、哲学、及艺术等角度去认识海洋;及了解海洋对人类以至其他生物的重要性。主要课程内容包括海洋在人类文明发展的角色、人类对海洋的影响和依赖、各种海洋过程及海洋的物理,化学,生物等方面的特性、海洋生态系和海洋生物的多样性、海洋生物如何适应独海洋环境并为人类提供解决问题的灵感、海洋在调节全球气候和生态平衡的功能、及我们应如何维护、保育及永续地开发海洋等。


Organising units:
  • Biology Programme, School of Life Sciences
  • Centre for Promoting Science Education, CUHK
Category:   Category II – Academy Credit-Bearing
Learning outcomes:   Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Describe the characteristics of the oceans as well as the specific marine ecosystems;
  2. Illustrate the adaptive features of marine organisms in various marine habitats;
  3. Understand the importance of the oceans to mankind and other inhabitants on Earth;
  4. Critique the impacts of various changes (e.g. human activities, pollution, etc.) on the marine ecosystems; and
  5. Establish a vision on conservation and sustainable exploitation of the oceans.
Learning Activities:
  1. Lecture
  2. Case Discussion
  3. Projects
Medium of Instruction:   Cantonese supplemented with English
  1. Short answer test or exam
  2. Selected response test or exam
  3. Presentation
  4. Discussion/Case study
Recognition:   No. of Academy unit(s):  1.5
* Certificate or letter of completion will be awarded to students who attain at least 75% attendance and pass the assessment (if applicable)
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to or studying S4-S6
Organising period:   Summer 2018; Summer 2019; Summer 2020
Application Method:   SAYT Online application