Course Content

Geography

The geography field study courses of Caritas Chan Chun Ha Field Studies Center   conform to  the  Geography Curriculum and Assessment Guide (Secondary 4-6)  advocated by both the   Curriculum Development Council and  the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority. Our courses aim to assist students  in developing core knowledge, skills and values  of Senior Secondary Geography. Please find detailed descriptions in the following topic introductions.
Applicable to the 2019 HKDSE and onwards, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority add ‘Fieldwork-based Questions’ (FBQ) to the geography examinations. In order to foster students’ familiarization with the new examination requirements, our centre adjusts our field study courses, designing activities to cover the five dimensions of FBQ. Please find the details on the learning and teaching activities summary.

Course

  1. Perception Study of Natural Hazards
  2. Exploring the Coast in Cheung Chau
  3. Physical Environment of Cheung Chau
  4. Drifting Classroom
  5. Managing River and Stream Quality
  6. From Channel to Stream: Kai Tai River
  7. Changing Industrial Location -- Wong Chuk Hang
  8. Urban Problems in Cheung Chau
  9. Sustainable City Study
  10. Farming system in Mui Wo
  11. Farming system in Mui Wo (2-Days Version)
  12. Exploring Woodland in Cheung Chau (1 day)
  13. Exploring Woodland in Cheung Chau (2 day)
  14. Studies of Island Weather
  15. Dynamic Earth: From Theory to Practice of Geoconservation
  16. Traffic and Pedestrian Flow Studies

1

Perception Study of Natural Hazards

Course Intro

The perception of Cheung Chau residents towards storm surge is studied through observation, scoring, interview and questionaire. The distribution pattern of perception is examined and reviewed in order to conclude the push and pull factors in affecting people's choice of location of residence. The perception of storm surge acts as a proxy for the perception of tsunami in Cheung Chau. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Opportunities and Risks".

Field-site(s)

Cheung Chau

Knowledge

To understand the major natural hazards in Hong Kong.
To evaluate the perception of Hong Kong citizens on natural hazards.
To analyze the responses of Hong Kong citizens on natural hazards.

Skills

To test hypothesis.
To apply sampling methods in data collection.
To use data collection methods such as questionnaire, interview and scoring.
To use choropleth maps and scatter diagrams to process data.

Values

To understand the role of human in complex man-land relationship.

2

Exploring the Coast in Cheung Chau

Course Intro

Cheung Chau is an island with numerous coastal landforms. This course aims to understand how atmospheric factor, geological factor, marine factor and human activities affect a coast system. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Managing Rivers and Coastal Environments".

Field-site(s)

Cheung Chau coastal area

Knowledge

To identify the characteristics of coast and the coastal landform features.
To examine the factors and processes in shaping the coast.

Skills

To exercise the sampling methods.
To apply various data collection methods e.g. drawing field sketches and using field equipment for measurement.
To draw beach profile for processing and presenting the morphological data.

Values

To appreciate the beauty of the coast.
Be aware the importance of managing marine resources sustainably and maintaining the safety of marine resources.

3

Physical Environment of Cheung Chau

Course Intro

Igneous rock, a common rock type in Cheung Chau and Hong Kong, forms a lot of distinctive landforms after a long period of weathering and erosion. Through observing different weathering and erosional landforms, students will analyse how surrounding environment and geology affect the formation of natural landscapes in respect of internal processes and external processes. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Managing Rivers and Coastal Environments” and “Dynamic Earth”.

Field-site(s)

Little Great Wall to Nam Tum

Knowledge

To observe the geology in Cheung Chau.
To understand the physical landscapes along Little Great Wall to Nam Tum in Cheung Chau in relation to internal and external processes (weathering, erosion and mass wasting).

Skills

To practise geological fieldwork techniques.
To measure the weather conditions by field equipment.

Values

To appreciate and cherish the invaluable geological resources.

4

Drifting Classroom

Course Intro

Different fluvial landforms are formed along the rivers according to the changing of fluvial processes from the upper course to the lower course. At the same time, they are also subjected to the impacts of human activities. By collecting data of fluvial processes in River Silver in Mui Wo and comparing the data collected to a typical river, students will have better understanding on fluvial processes and the impacts of rural development. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Managing Rivers and Coastal Environments”.

Field-site(s)

River Silver, Mui Wo

Knowledge

To identify the characteristics of river courses and the associated landforms.
To relate the exogenic fluvial processes with the characteristics of river courses and the associated landforms.
To analyze how human factors (river management strategies and land use) affect the characteristics of river courses.

Skills

To collect field data by appropriate equipment.
To draw the cross section.

Values

To appreciate the natural beauty of rivers.
To respect and treasure the intimate relationship between rivers, ecosystem and settlement.
Aware the importance of water quality to water resources of China and H.K.

5

Managing River and Stream Quality

Course Intro

The river characteristics as well as stream quality may change along with the development of rural areas. By comparing the water quality and its surrounding areas of the upper course, middle course and lower course of the rivers in Mui Wo, students are able to have an in-depth analysis of the major reasons of water pollution and the related management strategies. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Managing Rivers and Coastal Environments”.

Field-site(s)

River Silver and Wang Tong River, MuiWo

Knowledge

To understand the fluvial processes with the characteristics of the river courses.
To analyze how human factors affect the fluvial process and water quality.
To study the management strategies of river systems.

Skills

To collect data by field equipment and conduct laboratory work.
To draw the cross section.

Values

To concern the effects of urban encroachment on rural environment.
To aware the importance of water quality to water resources of China and H.K.

6

From Channel to Stream: Kai Tai River

Course Intro

The government has run revitalisation project in Kai Tak River. The project changed Kai Tak River from nullah to stream. The students will observe the river management strategies and understand the relation with the land use nearby. The effectiveness of the revitalisation project will be assessed. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Managing Rivers and Coastal Environments”.

Field-site(s)

Kai Tak River (Wong Tai Sin Section)

Knowledge

To understand the usage of the urban stream.
To understand the management strategies of urban stream.
To analyze the relationship between stream and surrounding land uses.
To analyze the effectiveness of stream revitalization.

Skills

To master the skills in measuring the width and depth of urban channel.
To classify and record the land use and land use distribution.
To observe the river management strategies and understand their .relationship with the surrounding environment.
To calculate the percentage of land use, draw pie chart and conduct questionnaire survey.

Values

To appreciate the urban stream after revitalization.
To aware the importance of good water quality to China and Hong Kong.

7

Changing Industrial Location -- Wong Chuk Hang

Course Intro

Since the economic restructuring in Hong Kong, the industrial development is diminishing. In this study, it would investigate an industrial district of the past, namely Wong Chuk Hang, to understand the changing industrial location. From the study, it aims to enhance students’ understanding of the theme Changing Industrial Location in the curriculum.

Field-site(s)

Wong Chuk Hang

Knowledge

To understand the present situation of manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries in the study area.
To analyze the change of manufacturing industry and the factors affecting industrial location of Wong Chuk Hang.

Skills

To use appropriate sampling methods to improve the validity and reliability of data collected.
To use various fieldwork strategies to collect first-hand data e.g. land use mapping, categorizing and counting, observation and recording.
To use appropriate statistical graphs to process quantitative data.

Values

To cherish the advantage of industrial development between China and Hong Kong.

8

Urban Problems in Cheung Chau

Course Intro

Urban development causes different urban problems. This course allows students to test the validity of the hypothesis of the relationship between the urban problems in Cheung Chau and its distance from the city centre by applying choropleth map. Other factors of the spatial variation are also discussed. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Building a Sustainable City”.

Field-site(s)

Cheung Chau downtown

Knowledge

To investigate the relationship between urban problems and distance of town centre of study area.

Skills

To assess the level of urban decay.
To draw choropleth maps.

Values

To develop students’ awareness of urban problems and sustainable development.

9

Sustainable City Study

Course Intro

Urban development causes different urban problems. This course allows students to test the validity of the hypothesis of the relationship between the urban problems in Cheung Chau and its distance from the city centre by applying choropleth map. Other factors of the spatial variation are also discussed. Try to solve the urban problems from a sustainable development angle. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Building a Sustainable City”.

Field-site(s)

Cheung Chau downtown

Knowledge

To investigate the relationship between urban problems and distance of town centre of study area.
To solve urban problems from a sustainable development angle.

Skills

To assess the level of urban decay.
To draw choropleth maps.
To compare the effects of different sampling methods.

Values

To develop students’ awareness of sustainable development.

10

Farming system in Mui Wo

Course Intro

Mui Wo used to be one of the most popular agricultural areas in Hong Kong. During the recent decades, the agricutlrual systems in Mui Wo are undergoing a series of changes due to the interactions between rural and urban development. This course aims to investigate the functioning of current agricutlrual systems so as to understand the rationales in the changes of agricultural systems. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Combating Famine”.

Field-site(s)

Agricultural areas near Mui Wo Town

Knowledge

To understand farming system (Conventional farming and hydroponics).
To examine how urban development affects farming activities .
To assess the feasibility of sustainable farming development through application of modern agricultural technology.

Skills

To classify land use in various agricultural areas.
To conduct laboratory works of water samples.
To analyse second-hand data.

Values

To develop students’ awareness of the development of sustainable farming.
To understand the impact of farming activities on the ecological environment and our responsibilities.
Be aware the importance of sustainable farming development to the national food supply security.

11

Farming system in Mui Wo (2-Days Version)

Course Intro

Mui Wo used to be one of the most popular agricultural areas in Hong Kong. During the recent decades, the agricutlrual systems in Mui Wo are undergoing a series of changes due to the interactions between rural and urban development. This course aims to examine the operation of agricutlrual systems so as to understand the rationales in the changes of agricultural systems, and investigates how the local farmers in Mui Wo tackles the major constraints and difficutlies encountered. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Combating Famine”.

Field-site(s)

Agricultural areas near Mui Wo Town

Knowledge

To understand the operation of agricultural system (conventional farming and hydroponic system).
To examine how urban development affects conventional agricultural activities.
To evaluate the feasibility of modern technologies to overcome the agricultural constrains encountering in Hong Kong.

Skills

To exercise sampling methods.
To apply various field data collection methods, such as scoring, mapping and interview.
To conduct chemical testing of soil and stream water quality.
To analyse second-hand data.

Values

To develop students’ awareness of the development of sustainable farming.
To understand the impact of farming activities on the ecological environment and our responsibilities.
Be aware the importance of sustainable farming development to the national food supply security.

12

Exploring Woodland in Cheung Chau (1 day)

Course Intro

By comparing and contrasting the characteristics between woodland and grassland through a series of laboratory work, students explore the interrelationship among biotic components and abiotic components in the ecosystem. This study helps students to have a more thorough understanding of the importance of tropical rain forest. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Disappearing Green Canopy”.

Field-site(s)

Chi Ma Hang Road, Cheung Chau

Knowledge

To understand the characteristics of abiotic and biotic components of a woodland ecosystem.
To understand the structure of woodland and the characteristics of plants in woodland.

Skills

To collect data collection of vegetation and soil.
To compare and analyze first-hand data.

Values

To cherish the interdependence of human and natural environment.
To nurture students’ concern of the tropical rainforest and awareness of the importance of protection of tropical rainforest on safeguarding national ecological security.

13

Exploring Woodland in Cheung Chau (2 day)

Course Intro

By comparing and contrasting the characteristics between woodland and grassland through a series of laboratory work, students explore the interrelationship among biotic components and abiotic components in the ecosystem. This study helps students to have a more thorough understanding of the importance of tropical rain forest. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Disappearing Green Canopy”.

Field-site

Chi Ma Hang Road, Cheung Chau

Knowledge

To understand the characteristics of abiotic and biotic components of a woodland ecosystem.
To understand the structure of woodland and the characteristics of plants in woodland.
To understand human interference on woodland environment.

Skills

To collect data collection of vegetation and soil.
To compare and analyze first-hand data.

Values

To cherish the interdependence of human and natural environment.
To nurture students’ concern of the tropical rainforest and awareness of the importance of protection of tropical rainforest on safeguarding national ecological security.

14

Studies of Island Weather

Course Intro

Subject to physical factors and human factors, weather varies a lot. This course allows students to collect weather information from different field sites in Cheung Chau. Through hypothesis testing, the collected data is used to reflect the interrelationship of weather elements and the reasons for regional weather differences can be induced. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Weather and Climate”.

Field-site(s)

Cheung Chau

Knowledge

To understand the weather elements and the factors contributing to the weather differences.
To examine how the natural factors and human activities affect weather.

Skills

To use different field equipment to measure weather elements.
To compare the weather data of different field sites in Cheung Chau.
To draw broken-line graph of different weather data.

Values

To be sensitive to the changing environment around us.

15

Dynamic Earth: From Theory to Practice of Geoconservation

Course Intro

Lai Chi Chong is a field site rich in geological characteristics. It is also one of the famous Geoparks in Hong Kong. Geotourism is a new trend in sightseeing; its success still depends on the collaboration of different stakeholders. In this course, students explore the opportunities and difficulties of geotourism through issue-based learning. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Dynamic Earth”.

Field-site(s)

Lai Chi Chong, Sai Kung

Knowledge

To examine the underlying factors and processes in shaping the geology and geomorphology of the study area.
To investigate the possibility of development of geotourism in the study area.

Skills

To practise skills of geology field work.
To inspire different angles of critical thinking.

Values

To cherish the invaluable geology resources in Hong Kong.

16

Traffic and Pedestrian Flow Studies

Course Intro

Cheung Chau is characterized by unique transport modes which are mainly walking and bicycle. In this course, students will investigate the factors affecting the spatial variation of transport system and transport modes through field observation and data collection. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Transport Development, Planning and Management”.

Field-site(s)

Cheung Chau downtown

Knowledge

To study the traffic and pedestrian flow.
To analyze the interrelationship between the traffic and pedestrian flow and surrounding environment.

Skills

To use field observation, measurement and counting skill to collect data.
To understand sampling method to improve the validity and reliability of data collected.

Values

To understand the relationship between the transportation system and social development.