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. Changing Industrial Location -- Wong Chuk Hang
  7. Urban Problems in Cheung Chau
  8. Sustainable City Study
  9. Exploring Urban Environment
  10. Agricultural system in Mui Wo
  11. Woodland Ecosystem Discovery
  12. Studies of Island Weather
  13. Dynamic Earth: From Theory to Practice of Geoconservation
  14. 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-sites

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.

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-sites

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 nature.

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-sites

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 practice geological fieldwork techniques.
Weather condition measurement.

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-sites

River Silver, Mui Wo

Knowledge

To identify the characteristics of river courses and the associated landforms.
To relate the exogenetic fluvial processes with the characteristics of river courses and the associated landforms.
To analyze how human factors (river management measures 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.

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-sites

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 rural environment that is affect by urban encroachment.

6

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-sites

Wong Chuk Hang

Knowledge

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

Skills

To use appropriate sampling methods to improve the representativeness 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 industry of Hong Kong.

7

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-sites

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.

8

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-sites

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.

9

Exploring Urban Environment

Course Intro

Urban environmental quality exhibits spatial variation, which can be partly explained by the concept of “distance decay”. This course allows students to test the validity of the hypothesis of the relationship between the environmental quality of urban area in Cheung Chau and its distance from the city centre by applying correlation coefficient. Other factors of the spatial variation are also discussed. This topic is relevant to the curriculum of “Building a Sustainable City”.

Field-sites

Cheung Chau downtown

Knowledge

To apply the concept of “distance decay” in the context of the “urban environmental quality”.
To understand the concepts of Geographic Information System.

Skills

To apply transect sampling.
To understand the statistical techniques and their application in geographical phenomenon.
To experience ArcGIS for spatial analysis.

Values

To develop students’ awareness of sustainable development

10

Agricultural 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-sites

Agricultural areas near Mui Wo Town

Knowledge

To understand agricultural system.
To examine how urban development affects agricultural activities.
To evaluate the feasibility of modern farming technologies for sustainable development.

Skills

To identify inputs, processes and outputs of different agricultural systems.
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 agriculture.

11

Woodland Ecosystem Discovery

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-sites

Chi Ma Hang Road, Cheung Chau

Knowledge

To understand abiotic components and biotic components from woodland ecosystem.
To understand the interrelationships between abiotic and biotic components.

Skills

To collect data of vegetation and micro-climate.
To conduct laboratory work of soil properties.
To compare and analyze first hand data.

Values

To develop a sense of tropical rainforests protection.

12

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-sites

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.

Values

To be sensitive to the changing environment around us.

13

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-sites

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

Skill of geology field work.
Different angles of critical thinking.

Values

To cherish the invaluable geology resources in Hong Kong.

14

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-sites

Cheung Chau downtown

Knowledge

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

Skills

Field observation, measurment and counting skill.

Values

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