GE2325 - Chemistry of Sustainable Life

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Chemistry
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 3: Science and Technology
Course Offering Term*:
Summer 2018

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course will introduce students to the development and limits of sustainability and will engage students in the discovery of the importance of chemistry in everyday sustainable life at the personal and environmental levels. The course will review the evolution of sustainability to enable students to understand how informed decisions can be made. A molecular view of life will be connected to the essential components of food we need to sustain a healthy mind and body over a lifetime. The role of drugs to solve functional problems of biology will be described with a few examples. The nature of chemicals needed to provide an enhanced quality of daily life at home and personal care will be discussed. The personal and environmental levels will be bridged by a presentation of green living and working environment design by a guest lecturer. At the environmental level, the students will discover that energy is perhaps the most important factor of sustainability. To enforce this, a debate will be organized on the sustainability of the use of conventional, nuclear, green energy technologies. The most important environmental and health issues with respect to clean air, land and water will be reviewed and discussed. The various approaches to deal with pollution prevention and waste management in air, land, food and water including waste valorization will be described. Finally, teams will present the most important challenges of sustainability in Hong Kong.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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