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CUSA2023 Introduction to Bionics 仿生學淺談

Key facts for Summer 2017:
Date: 5, 12, 19, 26* August 2017
Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm (with 1 hour lunch break)
Tuition fee: HKD 2,900.00

Download course outline for Summer 2017

* This date is reserved for make up class in case there is any cancellation of classes due to bad weather or other unexpected factors.

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. This course aims to introduce to the students the methodology and major applications of bionics. Students will also gain hands-on experience through participating in laboratory activities and in the group projects.



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):  1.5
* A certificate or letter of completion will be awarded to student upon completion.
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to S2-S3.
Organising period:   Summer 2012; Summer 2013; Summer 2014; Summer 2015; Summer 2016; Summer 2017
Application Method:   SAYT Online application