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Experiential Learning Fund Project 2014-15


Project Title Project Coordinator(s)
Business Consulting Practicum
Course code: BUSI2005
Number of undergraduate students participating: 50
Dr. C. K. Lok, Faculty of Business and Economics
Hong Kong Film Festivals: Experiential Learning Activities for CLIT2084 ‘New’ Cinema Across National Boundaries
Course code: CLIT2084
Number of undergraduate students participating: 30
Professor Gina Marchetti, Department of Comparative Literature
International Capstone Experience
Course code: DENT5031
Number of undergraduate students participating: 20
Professor Gary S. P. Cheung, Faculty of Dentistry
Glocal Solutions: A cross-disciplinary approach to improve the quality of life in rural areas
Course code: CIVL2109 / FOSS2019
Number of undergraduate students participating: 80
Ms. Jessie Chow & Dr. George Wong, Faculty of Social Sciences & Department of Civil Engineering
Child’s Physical Activity and Eating Habits at Home – How to Involve, Educate and Empower the Domestic Helper – Developing and Testing an Intervention
Course code: PBSL1121 / EXSC1002
Number of undergraduate students participating: 30
Dr. Sobko Tanja, Institute of Human Performance
Shaping the Landscape: Land Art Workshop & Exhibition
Course code: CCHU9023
Number of undergraduate students participating: 120
Ms. Vincci Mak, Division of Landscape Architecture
Human Rights in Practice
Course code: LLAW3222 / LLAW6242 / JDOC6242
Number of undergraduate students participating: 30
Ms. Kelley A. Loper, Faculty of Law
International Capstone Experience in Cambodia Community Nutrition and Public Health Education
Course code: BIOL2534
Number of undergraduate students participating: 10
Dr. Jennifer M. F. Wan, School of Biological Sciences
Social Venture Management Internship Course
Course code: BUSI2812
Number of undergraduate students participating: 80
Mr. David Bishop, Faculty of Business and Economics
Transformative Business Immersion
Course code: BUSI2816
Number of undergraduate students participating: 20
Mr. Beau LEFLER , Faculty of Business and Economics
HKU on the Move – Using Smartphone Pedometer Technology for Increasing Physical Activity in HKU Students
Course code: PBSL2238/EXSC2006
Number of undergraduate students participating: 25
Dr. Shirley Siu Ming FONG, Institute of Human Performance
Design on the Road to Burma: Experiential Learning in the Landscape Planning Curriculum
Course code: ARCH3041
Number of undergraduate students participating: 19
Mr. Ashley Scott KELLY, Division of Landscape Architecture
Animal behavior, ecology and conservation: Biodiversity research through hands-on experiential learning
Course code: BIOL2318/2328 (3-year) / BIOL3955 (4-year)
Number of undergraduate students participating: 30
Dr. Leszek KARCZMARSKI, School of Biological Science
Building in a Village
Course code: ARCH1071
Number of undergraduate students participating: 70
Mr. John LIN & Mr. Olivier OTTEVAERE, Faculty of Architecture
Disability Rights Experiential Learning Programme
Course code: LLAW3071/6063
Number of undergraduate students participating: 76
Ms. Kelley A. Loper, Faculty of Law


Business Consulting Practicum

Course code: BUSI2005
Dr. C. K. Lok, Faculty of Business and Economics

The Business Consulting Practicum (BCP) provides an experiential learning opportunity for students to develop their innovation and gain hands-on bsiness consulting experience. Students provides consulting advice to business clients in real-life projects under the guidance of the faculty teacher and professional mentors.

Students will be assessed on their participation, business consulting proposal, interim report, final report, peer evaluation, and oral presentation to client. Evaluations by the professional mentor, client, consultant-in-residence serve to inform the faculty teaher to determine the final assessment marks on individual tasks.


Hong Kong Film Festivals: Experiential Learning Activities for CLIT2084 ‘New’ Cinema Across National Boundaries

Course code: CLIT2084
Professor Gina Marchetti, Department of Comparative Literature

The course, “New” cinemas across national boundaries (CLIT 2084) promotes an understanding of how curated media events, such as film festivals, form temporary communities and contribute to the dynamic cultural life of a society. The experiential learning project will be a central part of the course where students will learn to curate a film festival and understand its potential impact on the cultural life of a community. They will interact with curators, attend film events, participate in and organise workshops, experiencing first-hand the various roles that go into the marking of a film destival, culminating in their final project of curating a film event themselves.

Students will be assessed on the quality of their research on “new” cinemas at international film festivals, their ability to develop and execute a project plan for a film festical, their ability to work in groups to realize the plan, and their reflection on the process. In addition, the assessment criteria involve the quality of the academic research involved in executing the project and the standard they achieved in the sucessful implementation of their film festival plan.


International Capstone Experience

Course code: DENT5031
Professor Gary S. P. Cheung, Faculty of Dentistry

The course, International Capstone Experience (DENT 5031), is offered to final year dental students to practice outreach dental service to needy or rural overseas region. It is an integrative project that forms a capstone experience in the professional core of the curriculum in a global environment.

Students will be assessed on (1) qualty of participation, communication and professionalism during organisation of the trip, actual visit and fieldwork; (2) professionalism and quality of clinical work during outreach dental service; (3) presentation of the project; (4) quality of documentation and self-reflection of learning in individual report; and (5) performance in oral examination.


Glocal Solutions: A cross-disciplinary approach to improve the quality of life in rural areas

Course code: TBC
Ms. Jessie Chow & Dr. George Wong, Faculty of Social Sciences & Department of Civil Engineering

This is a cross-disciplinary experiential learning project offered to undergraduate students from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Department of Civil Engineering. The course focuses on student-directed, lecturer supported project management on improving quality of life in rural settings. Based on a need analysis of the community, an innovative small-scale construction project will be implemented by students, under the supervision of local community partner. Students will create a design that meets community needs, while utilizing their academic training as well as local constraints in capacity, resources, and time.

Students will be assessed on project implementation, multi-media presentation, integrated essay, need analysis site report, action plan/project proposal, and reflective journal. Students will be assessed by Faculty teachers, fieldwork supervisor (community partner) and peers.


Child’s Physical Activity and Eating Habits at Home – How to Involve, Educate and Empower the Domestic Helper – Developing and Testing an Intervention

Course code: PBSL1121 / EXSC1002
Dr. Sobko Tanja, Institute of Human Performance

The course, Physical Activity and Health (PBSL1121/EXSC1002), provides students with evidence-based knowledge of health enhancing physical activity. The experiential learning project will integrate activities aimed at (1) enhancing family communication about physical activitiy and food, (2) learning together about physical activity and food, and (3) working as a team to improve family habits in physical activity and food. The experiential learning project is part of a more comprehensive project led by the project coordinator.

The experiential learning project is assessed as part of the overall assessment of the course (30% of the coursework). Students will be assess on their portfolio, active participation in the intervention and report of the intervention.


Shaping the Landscape: Land Art Workshop & Exhibition

Course code: CCHU9023
Ms. Vincci Mak, Division of Landscape Architecture

The experiential learning project is an integral part of the Common Core Course CCHU9023: Shaping the Landscape: A Quest for Harmony between Nature and the City. Besides lectures and seminars to discuss and critique how different groups in society respond to such imbalance and whay they do to restore a healthy reciprocal relationship between human beings and nature, the discipline and medium of land art are also introduced to students via a ‘Land Art Workshop & Exhibition’ in which students are to explore creative options to express their environmental concerns and opinions via the process of making art at a site/location in Hong Kong.

The experiential learning component of the course will be assessed as part of the overall assessment of the course. Students will be given a grade to evaluate their performance and ability to accomplish the tasks in the exercise. Students are also required to keep a sketchbook/log-book to document their design and learning process. This sketchbook is also part of the assessment. The ‘artist statement’ will also serves as a channel for students to reflect that they learn from the workshop and the exhibition experiences.


Enhancing the Experiential Human Rights in Practice

Course code: LLAW3222 / LLAW6242 / JDOC6242
LLAW3222 / LLAW6242 / JDOC6242 Christ, Faculty of Law

The course, Human Rights in Practice (LLAW322/LLAW6242/JDOC6242), consists of 4 expereintial learning projects. The projects provide students with opportunities to learn how legl practitioners, human rights advocates and NGOs engage substantively with international human rights standard through litigation, policy advocacy and capacity-building programs. The clinical projects focus on cutting-edge human rights issues that have important practical implications for legal and policy developments in Hong Kong and China and are divided into two streams: (1) gender and sexuality, and (2) disability rights.
Students will be assessed on (1) attendance at training sessons, seminars and meetings with fieldwork supervisors, (2) drafting of substantive legal documents relevant to the work of the community partners, (3) developing client care/advocacy/interview techniques, and (4) presentation and discussoin of client casework.


International Capstone Experience in Cambodia Community Nutrition and Public Health Education

Course code: BIOL2534
Dr. Jennifer M. F. Wan, School of Biological Sciences

The course, Nutrition and Public Health (BIOL2534), provides students the opportunity to understand the relationship between public health nutrition, public health education, poverty and inequality in different societies. Students will be able to develop nutritional epidemology and research tools to determine the factors involved in public health nutrition. Students will carry out research internship in Cambodia where they will gain knowledge and experience of carrying out research work in rural areas and research general health and socio-economic issues to carry out their own project work on campus to sustain their experiential learning process.

Students will be assessed on their ability to design and conduct research study as well as communication and presentation skills. The assessment will be divided as such: verbal skill, design research proposal, critical analysis of data, and social inclusion


Social Venture Management Internship Course

Course code: BUSI2812
Mr. David Bishop, Faculty of Business and Economics

The Social Venture Management Internship Course (BUSI 2812) provides an experiential learning opportunity for all students to work directly for social ventures in management level roles under the guidance of the faculty instructor and professional mentors. Students will have opportunities to manage teams, solve real-life problems, and gain hands-on business experience, which will strengthen their skills, help them implement academic business concepts in a practical way, and will greatly improve their ability to compete in the job market. Starting with one social venture, Soap Cycling, the course has expanded to 4 social ventures, including an employment agency for domestic workers, the first microfinance organisation in Hong Kong, and an English education venture aimed at financially improverished students.

Students will be assessed on their creation of action plan, weekly reports, general manager reports, and project presentation. There is ongoing formal feedback process where students will know how they are performing during the course, and are therefore given opportunities for improvement prior to the final assessment.



Transformative Business Immersion

Course code: TBC
Mr. Beau LEFLER , Faculty of Business and Economics

This course is a five-week total immersion experience into unfamiliar geography, economy, sociality and environment. After a one-week preparation period, students will travel to a pre-selected location where they will immerse themselves in the daily economic lives of individuals in the community, quickly working to pinpoint possible inefficiencies, weaknesses or stresses in the business processes, relationships, and economic models in the small community. the students will be living with local families in a homestay arrangement, allowing them to more quickly understand the local culture, customs and business practices.

As such, the main objectives of the project are to:
1. provide students the opportunity to put into practice the business skills they are learning in the classroom;
2. incorporate a transformative experience into the course through a four-week stay (including homestay) in a pre-selected location in a developing country;
3. assess student learning through appropriate rubrics specifically designed for an experiential learning environment;
4. develop a model for both students and the Faculty of Business and Economics to engage in socially responsible activities, through a project that blends business management skills with altruistic assistance to small business owners in developing countries.



HKU on the Move – Using Smartphone Pedometer Technology for Increasing Physical Activity in HKU Students

Course code: PBSL2238/EXSC2006
Dr. Shirley Siu Ming FONG, Institute of Human Performance

This project would be part of the 6-credit course Measurement of Physical Activity (PBSL2238/EXSC2006). The students would gain hand-on experience in assessing the physical activity level and physical fitness of their peers. it would be a valuable and additional component of the course.

The main objectives of this project are to:
1. enable the students to apply the physical activity and physical fitness measurement principles to practice;
2. increase the awareness of physical activity among HKU students by using the smartphone pedometer technology;
3. enhance and promote experiential learning to HKU undergraduate students.



Design on the Road to Burma: Experiential Learning in the Landscape Planning Curriculum

Course code: ARCH3041
Mr. Ashley Scott KELLY, Division of Landscape Architecture

This project will bring together two streams of region-scale teaching and experiential learning in the Division of Landscape Architecture (DLA). The first stream extends previously GHELC-funded projects “Flooding Bangkok” and “Thailand’s Water Economics” that worked with infrastructural development along the Chao Phraya Watershed after the 2011 floods and explores the industrial expansion and potential of abandoned shrimp ponds. the project continues eastward as Thai industry pushes into Myanmar, expanding the scope of study from environmental and social dynamics to cross-boundary political forces that impact the region. The second stream, previously at the master’s level, is part of a consortium of 20 institutions organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s South America Project. HKU’s Project, “Design for Conservation”, investigates alternative development strategies for the Peruvian Amazon, a region environmentally and politically impacted by Chinese investment in Latin American infrastructure and road-building projects.



Animal behavior, ecology and conservation: Biodiversity research through hands-on experiential learning

Course code: BIOL2318/2328 (3-year) / BIOL3955 (4-year)
Dr. Leszek KARCZMARSKI, School of Biological Science

This experiential learning project will introduce students to the endeavours of developing, designing, planning implementing and conducting field studies of animal behaviour and behavioural ecology, population of biodiversity conservation., habitat management and conservation planning. Conducted in flied locations, a wildlife sanctuary in a tropical rain forest of Sabah, Malaysia (Subclass A) and in diverse coastal habitats of central Philippines (Subclass B), these courses will give students a unique opportunity to learn new skills and exercise their scientific reasoning.



Building in a Village

Course code: ARCH1071
Mr. John LIN & Mr. Olivier OTTEVAERE, Faculty of Architecture

This project will introduce the students in the beginning of their studies to the experience of building a permanent architectural pavillion as part of the public space in a rural village in China. It will allow students to understand the larger social and physical impace of architecture on local communities. As part of the newly implemented Introduction to Architecture Deign Studio in the first year of the studies, the goal is to introduce design and the impact that design can have in the very beginning of studies.


Disability Rights Experiential Learning Programme

Course Code: LLAW3071/6063
Ms. Kelley A. Loper, Faculty of Law

This project aims to:
1. promote a culture of experiential learning by expanding opportunities for students to actively participate in and contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights and social justice, with particular attention to disability rights, in Hong Kong and elsewhere;
2.enhance the legal education of the students by facilitating critical analysis of the law, the legal system, and the client’s place in the legal system and the lawyers’ role;
3. provide students with the opportunity to practice their professional skills and ethics, and to engage substantively with international human rights standards through policy advocacy, research and capacity-building programmes;
4. provide students with the opportunity to merge theory and practice so that they will develop the solid theoretical bases and practical skills needed for the practice of law while providing legal assistance to under-represented individuals and civil society organizations; and
5. provide students with opportunities to develop a professional network and form mentoring relationships.