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CUSA1071 How Chemistry Works 化學的真相
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(Last update on: 26 April 2022)


Key facts for Summer 2022:

Date:   22, 24, 25* August 2022 (11 Hours)
Time:   9:30 am – 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm / 5:00 pm
Teaching Platform#:   Face to Face (CUHK)
Enrollment:   30
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to or studying S1-S3
Tuition Fee:   HKD 2,310.00
Lecturer:   Dr. Kendrew K.W. MAK
* This date is reserved for make-up classes in case there is any cancellation of classes due to unexpected circumstances.
# This course will be offered on CUHK campus in face-to-face mode. 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. Students will learn the basic principles of chemistry including atoms and molecules, structure and chemical bondings, molecular geometry and properties. This course is conducted in the format of lecture.



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):  0.75 - 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
Organising period:   Summer 2021; Summer 2022
Application method:   SAYT Online application