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  The use of plastic bags in HK  
 

Process 1

You are going to conduct a survey to investigate citizens’ habit of using plastic bags in Hong Kong. After that, you are going to present your findings in front of your classmates for 15 minutes and hold a critique section for 5 minutes.

 

l   Register a free account at my3q (or other similar sites)

for the purpose of conducting online survey

l   Design a questionnaire which includes

1)factual questions, 2)opinion questions and 3)demographic data

l   Forward to others and regularly monitor the progress

Ask as many as possible and don’t focus on specific age group

l   Collect the results and interpret the findings

You have to explain every question and cross-tabulate / inter-relate some questions

l   Prepare a group presentation for 15 minutes and a critique for 5 minutes

You have to use powerpoint as the media of giving the presentation and answer the floor questions

 

 

 

You may browse the following links to help with this task:

1.      http://www.my3q.com/misc/register/freeRegister.phtml

This is a page for starting an account for online survey

2.     http://www.cc.gatech.edu/classes/cs6751_97_winter/Topics/quest-design/

This is a page as a tutorial for setting questions in the survey

3.      http://ihome.cuhk.edu.hk/~s061336/sta300307/t1.pdf

This is also a page as a tutorial for setting questions in the survey and it is from a local site

4.      http://learningstore.uwex.edu/pdf/G3658-14.pdf

This is a page for interpreting the results using Microsoft excel

5.      http://logic.csc.cuhk.edu.hk/~b200256/soc1111/a-ppt.htm

This is a page for the tutorial of using powerpoint for presentation


Process 2

 

Preparation part:

1)   Form into a group of 5.

2)   Each group is assigned a different role. (one of the six roles, A. consumers, B. Chain Shop owners, C. Government, D. Social Workers and E. Environmental NGO groups)

3) Read the 6 suggested English websites concerning the environmental and social issues brought about by the consumption of plastic bags.

 

i) http://student.thestandard.com.hk/student/ls_content_vpdf.asp?id=322

This document includes some inspiring information concerning reducing the consumption of plastic bag in Hong Kong.

 

ii) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/5045922.stm

BBC news reports on Ikea’s charging for plastic bags and some corresponding measures to reduce the consumption of plastic bags. The resulting effects of charging fee for plastic bags in different countries are also mentioned.

 

iii) http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=2007_4323443

This article includes the pros and cons of choosing between plastic bags and paper bags. Also, instead of charging fee for plastic bags, other practices of reducing the use of plastic bags are mentioned.

 

iv) http://www.packagingknowledge.com/degradable_biodegradable_bags.asp

This website introduces the differences between degradable and biodegradable plastic and their respective effects made to the environment. There are also different news articles concerning environmental measures taken by different prominent companies.

 

v) http://www.passaiccountynj.org/Departments/naturalresources/recproco.htm

This website includes the pros and cons of recycling and other environmentally friendly measures.

 

vi) http://www.defra.gov.uk/ENVIRONMENT/WASTE/topics/plastics.htm

This is the website of the UK Department for Environmental Good and Rural Affairs. There is information about figures about consuming plastic bags in UK.

 

4)   Each group research 5 more related websites, at least 3 of which have to be in English.

5)   Decide your own standpoint.

6)   Brainstorm and organize your arguments and support according to the standpoint of your group.

7)   Think of some possible arguments from other groups and brainstorm some rebuttals to convince others.

 

Panel Discussion part:

 

1)   Students sit according to their groups.

2)   Each group has 3 minutes to state their standpoint and major arguments.

3)   Then, there are 20 minutes of open discussion. Each group can raise new arguments and supports, defend other’s challenge and challenge others according to their own standpoint.

4)   Finally, each group has 3 minutes to sum up their ideas and their responses to the opinions of other groups.

5)   The discussion may or may not lead to a conclusion.

6)   Then, students vote for the best performance group, the most creative group and the best speaker.

7)   The winning groups and student will receive a prize.


Process 3

You develop a creative plan to show that how you can use fewer plastic bags in you daily life and in Hong Kong. After brainstorming ideas, you have to create two flow chart to show the steps. Your plan should be creative but feasible!

²  You should pay attention to the following:

l   Your plan should be original, but you can research reference

l   The more creative your plan is, the better!

l   Your flow charts can be colourful and with graphics

l   You may want to take the following into consideration: feasibility, people’s preference

l   You may discuss with other classmates to inspire each other

l   You may research suggestions on the web to get some inspirations

http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/waste/prob_solutions/env_levy.html

http://www.worldwatch.org/node/1499

http://www.reusablebags.com/facts.php?id=7

http://www.worldjute.com/jute_policy/polybag.html

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/04/26/plastic_bags_may_be_banned_in_boston/?page=1

l   You may use the software “inspiration” to create the flow charts http://moodle.cuhk.edu.hk/mod/resource/view.php?id=16833

After creating the flow charts, you have to write a proposal in 500 words to the governement. Your suggestions should be given in details.

²  You should pay attention to the following:

l   The language you use should be rather formal, e.g. avoid using short forms like, “it’s”.

l   You should organise your proposal in a sensible way, e.g.include a heading and sub-headings



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