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CUSA1071 How Chemistry Works 化学的真相
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(Last update on: 4 March 2021)



Key facts for Summer 2021:

Date:   2 – 4, 5* August 2021 (18 Hours)
Time:   9:30am – 12:30pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Teaching Platform:   Face to Face  (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) #
Enrollment:   24
Expected applicants:   Students who are studying S1-S3 (in the academic year 2020-2021)
Tuition Fee:   HKD 3,380.00
Lecturer:   Dr. CHEUNG Yu San (Department of Chemistry, CUHK)
Dr. Kendrew K.W. MAK (Department of Chemistry, CUHK)
* This date is reserved for make-up classes in case there is any cancellation of classes due to unexpected circumstances.
# This course is offered face-to-face lessons at CUHK campus. It may switch to online teaching in accordance with the pandemic development and the policy of the university.


This course is designed for students to learn about some fundamental chemical principles, and some general chemical knowledge related to our daily lives. This course allows students to understand how chemistry works in various daily life situations. Students will learn the basic principles of chemistry including atoms and molecules, structure and chemical bondings, molecular geometry and properties, spectroscopy, fluorescence and phosphorescence and the uses of modern methods to carry out chemical analysis, etc. This course includes lectures and hand-on experimental sessions.



Organising units:
  • Department of Chemistry, CUHK
  • Centre for Promoting Science Education, CUHK
Category:   Category II – Academy Credit-Bearing
Learning outcomes:   Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Understand some fundamental and important chemical principles such as atoms and molecules, structures and chemical bondings, and the relationship between molecular geometry and molecular properties, spectroscopy, fluorescence and phosphorescence.
  2. Recognize the roles of chemistry in some daily life situations.
  3. Understanding the principle involved in some modern chemical analytical methods.
  4. Acquiring hands-on experience in traditional and modern chemical analysis.
Learning Activities:
  1. Lectures
  2. Exercise and Assignment
  3. Lab
Medium of Instruction:   Cantonese supplemented with English
  1. Short answer test or exam
  2. Lab reports
Recognition:   No. of Academy unit(s):  1.25
* Certificate or letter of completion will be awarded to students who attain at least 75% attendance and pass the assessment (if applicable)
Expected applicants:   Students who are studying S1-S3 (in the academic year 2020-2021)
Organising period:   Summer 2021
Application method:   SAYT Online application