The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Department of General Education
UGX 357 Chaos Related to Daoism (2009-2010)
UGX 357 由道家思想辨析混沌 （09-10）
1. Basic Information
3 (LECT 3)
Time and Venue:
Saturday, 0930 -1215, DLH 703
English, supplemented with Putonghua
DENG Tiancheng (DLH 125, 68474082)
Saturday, 2100 – 2300, or by appointment, around midnight preferred.
MAT 2040 Linear Algebra II and ERG 2030 Signals and Systems (OR MAT 3090 Fourier Analysis), but subjected to requisite waiver upon individual consult with the instructor. Students are also recommended to take MAT 3070 Intro. to Topology, and PHI 3131 Pre-Chin Taoists before getting enrolled to this course.
1. There are trial sessions before formal course commences. Interested students may send e-mail to instructor, indicating their name, SID, e-mail, and phone number, or RSVP online at http://ihome.cuhk.edu.hk/~b0671683 (site avails mid-April onward) No fee is applied for attending those extra trial sessions for CU registered full time students.
2. Local day-students who register this course may be subsidized for Saturday commuting once they provide valid receipt of Octopus card commuting payments to Bursar’s Office before 18 DEC 09. Total amount refunded shall not exceed HKD 200. Presentation of SID is required as well.
The course is designed to give students basic knowledge about Chaos theory. Supplementary reviews of Cybernetics, System Theory, Information Theory, and Holography will be conducted throughout the term. A functional approach in joint-theories study will then be used and the course will extend to further employ Daoism philosophy with the theories to give students a better understanding of the inborn integration of traditional Chinese thinkings and the modern science basics. Particular engineering systematic works will be examined as case studies through team projects.
3. Required Textbooks
PowerPoint slides are to be updated regularly at WebCT.
Recommended Readings and materials:
Elizabeth Jane Davis, Thomas J. Smith, Dorothy Leflore: Chaos in the classroom: a new theory of teaching and learning. Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, 2008.
Kenneth M. Sayre: Cybernetics and the philosophy of mind. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1976.
C. R. Evans and A. D. J. Robertson: Cybernetics. London: Butterworths, 1968.
Selected supplementary materials further exploiting the materials discussed in lecture will be scanned in PDF and uploaded to WebCT.
4. Assessment Scheme
4 out of 5 Random Quizzes (20%)
Team Project (40%)
Final Exam (40%)
The instructor carefully designs a series of on-class quizzes to promote understanding of class materials. The quizzes will be held without prior notice. Hence students are expected to attend classes regularly so as not to lose points this part. It is nevertheless okay to miss one quiz, or attend every quiz and get best 4 quiz marks counting into the grade.
Students are expected to form group of 4-6. Each group should conduct a simple systematic project analysis using the methodology discussed in class.
Project chosen should meet the following criteria:
1. is based on a linear model, or can be properly simplified to a linear model; and
2. demonstrates moderate usage of information integration; and
3. employs system theory in designing and manipulating; and
4. shows a moderate complexity.
A short presentation of about 20 minutes is scheduled for each group to briefly introduce the analysis outcomes. A formal report is then required to be submitted by 2359, 11 DEC 09, which concludes the team project. Also a declaration receipt generated by VeriGuide system is required to be attached in the e-mail.
Please note that The Chinese University of Hong Kong places very high importance on honesty in academic work submitted by students, and adopts a policy of zero tolerance on cheating in examinations and plagiarism. Any related offence will lead to disciplinary action including termination of studies at the University. For details please check out http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/policy/academichonesty/.
The final exam includes multiple choices and short essay questions. Exam is of 1 hour and 30 minutes long, and will NOT be arranged in centralized final period. More details including cover ranges will be announced later in class.
5. Instructor Bibliography
purposed hon. BSc, ILTech (Chicago, IL), 2011
purposed BEng, BBA, CUHK (Hong Kong), 2012
purposed BArch, U of Civil Eng. and Arch. (Beijing, China), 2015
purposed joint-scholar, IEEE (Santa Monica, CA), NG (Washington, DC)
Current research interests
1. MTR, an Oracle case study in systematic integration.
2. How are Daoism philosophical terms analogous to modern scientific sense. – The Cybernetic, Systematic, Holographic, and gradually Chaotic approaches.