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CUSA1003 Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: An Introduction 分子生物学和生物技术导论
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(Last update on: 4 March 2021)



Key facts for Summer 2021:

Date:   24, 31 July, 7, 14* August 2021 (17 hours)
Time:   10:00 am – 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
or 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Teaching Platform:   Face to Face  (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) #
Enrollment:   25
Expected applicants:   Students who promoting to or studying S6 who are interested in molecular biology
Tuition Fee:   HKD 3,320.00
Lecturer:   Professor KONG Siu Kai
* This date is reserved for make-up classes in case there is any cancellation of classes due to unexpected circumstances.
# This course is only offered face-to-face lessons at CUHK campus.


The structure of DNA was discovered by Watson and Crick in 1953. Since then, molecular biology has been developed rapidly and changed our lives in many ways. Another important milestone in biotechnology was the invention of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) by Kary Mullis in 1983 to amplify DNA. One of the well-known examples using these new technologies is the production of recombinant insulin by bacteria for the treatment of diabetes. Now, these topics become part of the new senior secondary biology curriculum in Hong Kong. To prepare students for these challenges, this course aims at helping students to learn the major concepts and methods of molecular biology and biotechnology. Topics include DNA structure, principles of molecular biology and application of recombinant DNA technology. Students will gain hands-on experience in culturing bacteria, introducing foreign DNA into bacterial cells (bacterial transformation) for recombinant protein production, running PCR and using DNA electrophoresis for paternity test.

沃森(Watson)和克里克(Crick)于1953年解构了脱氧核醣核酸(DNA)的结构。从那时起,分子生物学得到迅速的发展,改变了我们生活的许多方面。及后凯利穆利斯(Kary Mullis)于1983年发明的聚合濲链反应(Polymearse Chain Reaction) DNA扩增技术,亦是生物科技另一个重要的里程碑。结合这些新技术,其中一项比较著名的应用,是利用细菌生产重组胰岛素作治疗糖尿病之用。现在分子生物学课题已成为香港新高中生物课程的一部分。为迎接这个挑战,本课程旨在帮助学生加深认识/了解分子生物学和生物技术的概念和方法。主题包括DNA的结构,分子生物学原理和重组DNA技术的应用。学生将亲身体验如何将外来DNA放入细菌内(细菌转化)生产重组蛋白,怎样进行聚合濲链反应(PCR)和如何应用DNA电泳鉴定亲子关系等。


Organising units:
  • Programme of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, 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 major molecular biology concepts in the NSS Biology curriculum;
  2. Gain hands-on experience in doing real experiments;
  3. Gain new perspectives in the development and applications of biotechnology;
  4. Learn to solve problems related to the selected topics
Learning Activities:
  1. Lecture
  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 promoting to or studying S6 and interested in molecular biology.
Organising period:   Summer 2011; Summer 2012; Summer 2013; Summer 2014; Summer 2015; Summer 2016; Summer 2017; Summer 2018; Summer 2019; Summer 2021
Application method:   SAYT Online application