Recent infrastructure projects like the Central Reclamation (中環填海), the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (廣深港高速鐵路) and the extension of Tseung Kwan O Landfill site (將軍澳堆填區) clearly reveal the growing public concern about the significant impact of infrastructure development on our society and environment. In view of such growing public concerns, the major objective of this course is to arouse students’ interest to inquire into, through a series of local cases studies, the science and technology involved in infrastructure development and its associated impacts on our local community as well as the society at large, thus educating our students so that they can participate as responsible members in a contemporary society.
Throughout the course, lectures and documentary videos are used to introduce a simple yet clear picture of the engineering works involved in some of the completed and on-going major infrastructure developments in Hong Kong. An individual project is assigned to each student that requires them to discuss and review various issues, due to infrastructure developments, from different perspectives. Students are required to arrange site visits to infrastructure projects and operational facilities so that they can experience the actual construction operation and its impacts on the environment. Group presentations in the form of role play will also be used to engage students to appraise the impact of infrastructure development from different angles.
The course is suitable for students who are interested in knowing more about the infrastructure development around us.