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GTSC2005: Astronomy for the 21st Century

Course Aims:

This course aims to provide students with basic scientific understanding and appreciation of the wonder of the universe. It introduces the students to the study of phenomena outside the confines of the Earth and explores the relationship between humanity and the cosmos. Students will learn to think like a scientist and use the scientific method not only to answer questions in this course but also to help them make decisions in their life. They will also explore how astronomy has influenced our society and everyday life, shaped our world views from ancient to modern times and contributed to the development of modern technology.

CILOUpon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
CILO 1Explain the major developments in the history of observational astronomy that have shaped our world views.
CILO 2    Describe the current understanding of such study areas as planetary science, stellar formation and evolution, galaxies, and the evolving universe;
CILO 3Illustrate the underlying scientific principles and the basic methods used by astronomers and the influence of astronomical science on the society;
CILO 4Examine the role of humanity as an emergent part of the universe and the impact of astronomy in modern technology and in our everyday life.

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    Astronomy in Ancient Times
II.The Sky We See
III.Gravity: From Newton to Einstein
IV.Exploration of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems
V.The Birth, Life and Fate of Stars
VI.The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe
VII.Cosmology and Life
VIII.Astronomy in Everyday Life

Assignments (20%)
Paper/Presentation (25%)
Mini-project (25%)
Final Examination (30%)

GTSU2015: Green Energy Innovation for Sustainable City

Course Aims:

Energy production and consumption is the biggest contributor of pollution and greenhouse gases worldwide. To avert the dire consequences of climate change and build towards a sustainable future, in particular for densely populated and energy intensive cities like Hong Kong, we need to develop and implement green energy initiatives across all sectors. This course introduces students (no science background is needed) to basic concepts of green building, transport and city design with a focus on cutting-edge green energy technologies, e.g., energy-saving and renewable energy technologies. Case studies of existing green buildings and transportation systems as well as the most energy-efficient cities, such as Reykjavik (Iceland) and San Francisco (US), will engage students to apply their knowledge to assess green technologies in practice, propose measures applicable to Hong Kong, and formulate ideas for sustainable city development.

CILOUpon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
CILO 1Describe the basic principles of green energy technologies, such as energy-saving and renewable technologies, and discuss energy supply and consumption from local and global perspectives.
CILO 2Use simple quantitative analysis to estimate energy efficiency and energy reduction by different green technologies.
CILO 3Use simple quantitative analysis to estimate energy efficiency and energy reduction by different green technologies.
I.Energy Supply and Consumption
II.Energy-saving technologies
III.Clean Energy Technologies
IV.Case Studies

Assignments (30%)
Individual Project Report (25%)
Group Presentation (15%)
Final Examination (30%)