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Core Curriculum

Description and Intended Learning Outcomes of Common Core

(effective from 2018-19)

 

Core Curriculum

As an essential part of the undergraduate curriculum at Lingnan University, the Core Curriculum is a key element and a requirement for all undergraduate students, irrespective of their majors. The Core Curriculum aims to provide students with a broad and balanced foundation through an exposure to a wide range of cross-disciplinary subjects. Designed to cultivate in students a crucial set of generic and transferable skills treasured highly and widely by educators and employers across the globe, the Core Curriculum is crucial to the realization of a cohesive, humanistic and all-round education that Lingnan aims to provide.

 

The Core Curriculum courses are not organised as mere supplements to the undergraduate programme curricula, but are embedded and integrated with the major disciplines throughout the 4-year studies. The Core Curriculum is made up of a Common Core and 5 clusters. Students are required to take all 4 courses in the Common Core and 5 cluster courses with one from each of the five clusters.

 

Common Core

CCC8011 Critical Thinking: Analysis and Argumentation

CCC8012 The Making of Hong Kong

CCC8013 The Process of Science

CCC8014 China in World History

5 Clusters
Creativity and Innovation
Humanities and the Arts
Management and Society
Science, Technology, Mathematics and Society
Values, Cultures and Societies

 

Aims and Objectives of the Core Curriculum

On completion of the Core Curriculum students are expected to be able to:

  • Exercise their intellect critically and their imagination freely;
  • Appreciate the values embodied in their own cultural tradition as well as in the traditions of other cultures;
  • Recognise the complexity of modern life and society, of changing rules, and of relationships in an interdependent world where many cultures co-exist and interact;
  • Understand personal responsibilities in society and pinpoint the difficulties often inherent in establishing a right course of action.
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    Common Core

    The Common Core aims to provide Lingnan undergraduates with a fundamental and indispensable knowledge base for developing analytical and critical thinking abilities and for making historically and scientifically informed judgments. To ensure that all undergraduate students at Lingnan acquire a common and firm intellectual foundation, the four Common Core courses are required for all students and designed to be taken in the first two years of a 4-year programme.

     

    The Common Core consists of the following four courses: “Critical Thinking: Analysis and Argumentation”, “The Making of Hong Kong”, “The Process of Science”, and “China in World History”. Together they are designed to achieve the learning outcomes below:

     

    Intended Learning Outcomes of the Common Core (CCILOs)

     

    CCC8011 Critical Thinking: Analysis and Argumentation

    The primary aim of this course is to teach first-year students the basic but crucial skills of analyzing, constructing, evaluating, and presenting arguments. Students will acquire these skills by learning about the basic concepts and methods of critical thinking and argumentation, and by working through problem solving exercises requiring them to employ these concepts and methods. Students will further develop these skills by producing extended arguments defending what they take to be the correct responses to accessible but challenging real debates and problems. The course also aspires to instill in students an open and inquiring attitude, so that students are more willing to look for reasons for and against their views, and more willing to change their views in the face of evidence. Hence, it is hoped that students will develop a habit of carefully assessing arguments upon completion of this course.

     

    Students are expected to demonstrate the following:

    CILO 1)

    The ability to successfully employ a number of central concepts of critical thinking and argumentation;

    CILO 2)

    The ability to recognize and clearly present arguments in ordinary language, and to analyze the structure of these arguments;

    CILO 3)

    The ability to establish the deductive validity or invalidity of an argument, to recognize and criticize the flaws of a weak argument, and to develop objections;

    CILO 4)

    The ability to evaluate the reasons for and against positions in sophisticated debates, and to construct clear and persuasive arguments that defend the student’s view about such debates;

    CILO 5)

    The ability to construct arguments cogently in speech and in ordinary English, including in the form of an argumentative essay.

     

    CCC8012 The Making of Hong Kong

    This inter-disciplinary course introduces students to essential facts and knowledge on the nature of society, politics and economy in contemporary Hong Kong. Through historical perspectives, students will be able to develop local as well as global perspectives on Hong Kong society, and will consider implications for future policy and practice.

     

    On satisfactory completion of this cluster course area, students will be able to:

    CILO 1)

    Describe features of Hong Kong society which make it unique;

    CILO 2)

    Explain essential social, political and economic issues relating to Hong Kong;

    CILO 3)

    Evaluate these issues from local as well as global perspectives;

    CILO 4)

    Develop and organize analysis, ideas and arguments in essay form;

    CILO 5)

    Work cooperatively and effectively in groups to carry out academic assignments.

     

    CCC8013 The Process of Science

    This course will introduce students to the process of science and the role that science plays in today’s world. Students will meet twice per week in two 1.5 hour blocks, that will take two thrusts—lecture and tutorial/lab. The lecture portion will develop the students’ understanding of how science works, the role of science in the world, and introduce some of the great challenges in science and technology facing the human population today. Instructional methods will include lectures, short videos, small group class activities, and individual reflection and writing. The lab portion will introduce students to the process of science and allow them to conduct their own independent research project.

     

    On satisfactory completion of this cluster course area, students will be able to:

    CILO 1)

    Define science and compare/contrast it to other ways of learning about the world;

    CILO 2)

    Successfully apply the "hypothesis testing protocol";

    CILO 3)

    Discuss when and why scientists use statistics to help test hypotheses and correctly apply the appropriate statistical analysis;

    CILO 4)

    Design, conduct, analyze, and report on the results of an independent research project;

    CILO 5)

    Discuss examples of how proper use or misuse of science can affect society;

    CILO 6)

    Discuss the role of science in solving grand/global challenges.

     

    CCC8014 China in World History

    This common core course focuses on China’s political, economic and cultural interactions with the rest of the world from ancient times to the present, and the impact of such contacts on both China and the world. Through analyzing some important historical events and topics grouped under four major themes, the course will examine China’s changing relations with the major regions of the world, China’s contacts with the other parts of the world, the changing mutual perceptions of China and the rest of the world, and comparisons of Chinese practices and institutions and those of other regions.

     

    On satisfactory completion of this cluster course area, students will be able to:

    CILO 1)

    Demonstrate a basic understanding of China’s historical relations with the other regions of the world;

    CILO 2)

    Demonstrate an understanding of the historical context that has helped to shape the contemporary world;

    CILO 3)

    Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which different civilizations and cultures have interacted with each other;

    CILO 4)

    Demonstrate an understanding of historical causation;

    CILO 5)

    Analyze primary sources within their historical context;

    CILO 6)

    Evaluate and construct historical arguments;

    CILO 7)

    Write and speak effectively in English.

     

    Alignment of CILOs with CCILOs in the Common Core

    Common Core courses

    CCILO 1

    CCILO 2

    CCILO 3

    CCILO 4

    CCILO 5

    CCILO 6

    Percentage of CCILOs met

    CCC8011 Critical Thinking: Analysis and Argumentation

     

     

     

    50%

    CCC8012 The Making of Hong Kong

     

     

     

    50%

    CCC8013 The Process of Science

     

     

     

    50%

    CCC8014 China in World History

     

     

     

    50%

    Percentage of courses satisfying a PILO

    25%

    25%

    25%

    25%

    100%

    100%

    100%

     

    CCILO 1)

    Demonstrate critical thinking skills, especially the ability to analyze, construct, evaluate, and communicate arguments;

    CCILO 2)

    Coherently discuss Hong Kong and its place in the world from a variety of angles, including economic, social, political, and historical perspectives;

    CCILO 3)

    Explain and apply approaches used by science to address and solve problems and the central components of experimental and quantitative methodologies;

    CCILO 4)

    Provide coherent account of the historical interactions between China and the rest of the world, in cultural, economic, political and other domains;

    CCILO 5)

    Approach real life problems in an empirically informed and methodologically sound manner and pinpoint the main difficulties in addressing them;

    CCILO 6)

    Communicate ideas and reasoning clearly and effectively in speech and in writing.

     

    Approved Cluster Courses

    Cluster Courses Intended Learning Outcomes

    Course Exemption/Credit Transfer for Core Curriculum Courses