Course Content

Biology

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Course

  1. Rocky Shore
  2. Freshwater Stream
  3. Terrestrial habitat
  4. Lichen Ecology
  5. Sandy Shore
  6. Urban Habitat
  7. Grassland
  8. Habitats Study
  9. Bio-technology
  10. Arthropod Diversity Survey
  11. Chi Ma Wan Biodiversity Survey

1

Rocky Shore

Course Introduction

Study of the ecosystem of a rocky shore. Students will use the abiotic or biotic factors measurement to explain the zonation pattern. Teachers may choose between instructional module and investigative module according to their learning progress and students' ability.

Field-sites

Nam Tam Wan, Cheung Chau

Knowledges

Explain the effect on the ecosystem of rocky shore with different degrees of exposure.
Explain the zonation pattern in a rocky shore community.
To realize the importance of biodiversity.
Identify the abiotic factors of rocky shore habitat and explain their effects.

Values

Appreciate the existence of various life forms in the world, and the different ways through which organisms adapt to their habitats.

Skills

Use appropriate instruments and proper sampling techniques (e.g. belt transect) for carrying out field study and to record a range of abiotic and biotic factors.

2

Freshwater Stream

Course Introduction

Study of the ecosystem of a freshwater stream. Different pollution index will be measured to justify the degree of water pollution.
Teachers may choose between instructional module and investigative module according to their learning progress and students' ability.

Field-sites

Mui Wo, Lantau

Knowledges

To familiarize structure of a freshwater stream ecosystem.
Study the types, sources and effects of pollutants on a freshwater stream.
To realize the importance of biodiversity.
Identify the abiotic factors of freshwater stream habitat and explain their effects.
Recognise the causes and problems of eutrophication and algal boom .

Values

Appreciate the existence of various life forms in the world, and the different ways through which organisms adapt to their habitats.

Skills

Use appropriate instruments and proper sampling techniques for carrying out field study and to record a range of abiotic and biotic factors.

3

Terrestrial habitat

Course Introduction

Study of woodland and grassland ecosystems. The ecological characteristics e.g. litter, soil and biodiversity of woodland would be compared to grassland.
Teachers may choose between task-based module, instructional module and investigative module according to their learning progress and students' ability.

Field-sites

Fa Peng, Cheung Chau

Knowledges

To familiarize the ecological succession of a woodland in Hong Kong.
To realize the importance of biodiversity.
Identify the abiotic factors of grassland and woodland and explain their effects.

Values

Appreciate the existence of various life forms in the world, and the different ways through which organisms adapt to their habitats.

Skills

Use appropriate instruments and proper sampling techniques (e.g. random sampling) for carrying out field study and to record a range of abiotic and biotic factors.

4

Lichen Ecology

Course Introduction

Study of the abundance of lichens in different places of Cheung Chau. The abundance and biodiversity of lichen would be explained by different abiotic factors and pollution.

Field-sites

Chi Ma Hang, Cheung Chau

Knowledges

Explain the distribution of lichens.
Describe the relationship between organisms in lichen.
Study the lichen distribution as an indication of air pollution
To realize the importance of biodiversity.

Values

Appreciate the existence of various life forms in the world, and the different ways through which organisms adapt to their habitats.

Skills

Use appropriate instruments for carrying out field study and to record a range of abiotic and biotic factors.

5

Sandy Shore

Course Introduction

Study of the ecosystem of a sandy shore. Students will use the concept of succession and biotic factors measurement to explain the zonation pattern.

Field-sites

Tai Kwai Wan, Cheung Chau

Knowledges

To familiarize the zonation pattern in a sandy shore community.
Explain the ecological succession of sandy shore.
To realize the importance of biodiversity.

Values

Appreciate the existence of various life forms in the world, and the different ways through which organisms adapt to their habitats.

Skills

Use appropriate instruments and proper sampling techniques for carrying out field study and to record a range of abiotic and biotic factors.

6

Urban Habitat

Course Introduction

Study of urban ecosystem. The abiotic and biotic characteristics of urban systems would be emphasized.

Field-sites

Urban Area, Cheung Chau

Knowledges

Explain both positive and negative human interactions in an ecosystem and their impact on biodiversity.
Discuss the dilemma between urbanisation and conservation.
To realize the importance of biodiversity.

Values

Appreciate the existence of various life forms in the world, and the different ways through which organisms adapt to their habitats.

Skills

Use appropriate instruments for carrying out field study and to record a range of abiotic and biotic factors.

7

Grassland

Course Introduction

Design a sampling method to study of the ecosystem of a grassland .

Field-sites

Chi Ma Hang, Cheung Chau

Knowledges

To familiarize structure of a grassland ecosystem.
To realize the importance of biodiversity.

Values

Appreciate the existence of various life forms in the world, and the different ways through which organisms adapt to their habitats.

Skills

Use appropriate instruments and proper sampling techniques for carrying out field study and to record a range of abiotic and biotic factors.

8

Habitats Study

Course Introduction

Study of different types of habitats, different types of sampling methods and relationships between organisms.

Field-sites

South Island, Cheung Chau

Knowledges

To familiarize various organisms.
To know the basic principles of different sampling techniques.
To realize the importance of biodiversity.

Values

Appreciate the existence of various life forms in the world, and the different ways through which organisms adapt to their habitats.

Skills

Use appropriate instruments and proper sampling techniques (belt transect and random sampling) for carrying out field study and to record a range of abiotic and biotic factors.

9

Bio-technology

Course Introduction

DNA extraction from plant tissue, and perform gel electrophoresis of DNA fragments.

Field-sites

St. Paul Campus, Cheung Chau

Knowledges

Explain the basic principle of DNA extraction
Explain the basic principle of gel electrophoresis.

Values

Appreciate the role of science and technology in understanding the inheritance of humans.

Skills

Perform gel electrophoresis and DNA extraction.

10

Arthropod Diversity Survey

Course Introduction

This course is collaborated with the University of Hong Kong in order to investigate the biodiversity of different types of arthropods in woodland with use of different sampling strategies (e.g. random sampling by quadrants and belt transect sampling).

Field-sited

Fa Peng and Chi Ma Hang, Cheung Chau

Knowledge

To realize the importance of biodiversity.
Identify the abiotic factors of grassland and woodland and explain their effects.
Be aware of the interactions between the biotic community and the abiotic factors of an ecosystem.
To understand different sampling methods.

11

Chi Ma Wan Biodiversity Survey

Course Introduction

This course will investigate the biodiversity of organism on the coastline of Chi Ma Wan with use of different sampling strategies (e.g. random sampling by quadrants and belt transect sampling).

Knowledge

Understand the biodiversity of different aquatic habitats.
Understand the zonation pattern of different types of shore.
Explain the role of decomposer and detritus feeder in energy flow and material cycles.
Explain the ecological succession in cow dung.
To realize the importance of biodiversity.