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CUSA2023 Introduction to Bionics 仿生学浅谈
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(Last update on: 3 Sep 2021)



Key facts for Summer 2021:

Date:   30 October, 6, 20 November, 4, 11, 18, 23* December 2021
Time:   2:00pm – 5:00pm
Teaching Platform:   Face to Face  (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) #
Enrollment:   40
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to or studying S2-S3
Tuition Fee:   HKD 3,380.00
Lecturer:   Dr. CHUNG Kwok Cheong
* 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.



Bionics is the branch of science dedicated to the studying of the characteristics, structure or functions of bio-systems for innovations in developing new technology, it is also known as “Biomimicry” or “Biomimetics”. Since 1960s, bionics has developed quickly and applied widely in various fields of science and technology. With an emphasis on the scientific basis of various processes or phenomena in nature, this course aims to introduce to the students the various inspirations which human beings acquired from nature, the methodology, the major applications, and the advancements of bionics. Students will learn on-line in form of lectures, videos, demonstrations, quizzes, discussions, and also gain hands-on experience through participating in worksheets and self-exploratory activities.



Organising units:
  • Biology Programme, School of Life Sciences
  • 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 the scope of bionics and its applications in various fields;
  2. Understand and appreciate the processes of how insights from nature are studied and transformed into technology to solve various technical problems;
  3. Appreciate the characteristics, complexities and adaptiveness of materials built by nature, and how they can tackle the challenges encountered in the course of evolution;
  4. Evaluate critically the superiority of designs made by nature over that by humans;
  5. Have a thorough understanding of the principles of animal flight;
  6. Discuss, develop and apply concepts and principles in solving a range of problems encountered in designing and constructing a high-performance glider plane.
Learning Activities:
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Projects
Medium of Instruction:   Cantonese supplemented with English
  1. Essay test or exam
  2. Short answer test or exam
  3. Selected response test or exam
  4. Presentation
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 promoting to or studying S2-S3.
Organising period:   Summer 2012; Summer 2013; Summer 2014; Summer 2015; Summer 2016; Summer 2017; Summer 2018; Summer 2019; Summer 2020; Summer 2021; Autumn 2021
Application Method:   SAYT Online application

31* August 2019