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BIOCHEMISTRY
STUDENT HANDBOOK
2009:-
a quick-guide
to biochemistry major
undergraduate students

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  The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學
                                                                           Department of Biochemistry


Dear students:
                      Chairman’s Message
        A very warm welcome to all of you joining the Biochemistry family. You have just started a
new chapter of your life and I believe we have much to offer you and nurture you becoming a
bachelor with solid scientific training to serve the society.
        Obviously, you have made a wise choice to major in Biochemistry. Whether you are a local
or non-local student, we are in the same family and our dream is to aim high and achieve academic
excellence to contribute to our society and humankind as a whole. We are committed to provide the
highest quality of teaching of Biochemistry which enables you to possess, when you graduate,
critical thinking, proactive and responsible attitude, efficient communication skills, a mastery of the
skills of the latest high technology, and a solid background in the basic concepts of biochemistry
with specialized training in a specific field or area of research.
         This quick-guide contains information about the curriculum design and course arrangements
in our B.Sc. Program. Do not hesitate to contact our staff in the Department when you have any
queries or problems, we shall try our best to help you. We also welcome your feedbacks and
comment for further improvement. May I wish you a successful academic year to come and your
study in the Department a fruitful and memorable one.

                                                                 Yours sincerely,

                                                                 P.C. Shaw Ph.D.
                                                                 Professor                         2
       The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學
                                                  Department of Biochemistry




Table of Contents
1. Chairman’s Message (p.2)
2. Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning (p.4-14)
3. University Required Courses (p.15-20)
4. Biochemistry Program Requirements (p.21-32)
5. Academic Counseling and Other Learning
   Experiences (p.33-36)
6. Contacts and Staff List (p.37-40)

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                                                           Department of Biochemistry

2. OUTCOMES BASED TEACHING AND LEARNING
                                      Student
                                      learni ng
                                       needs



                                      Desired
                                      learni ng
                                     outcom es




                  Learning
                                     Feedback             Content
                  activi ti es




                                    Assessment



                                          Actual                                  4
                                         learni ng
                                        outcom es
   The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學 2. Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning
                                                              Department of Biochemistry


• Five elements in curriculum/course design
   – Learning outcomes
      • Students’ learning needs
      • Clearly articulated
   – Content
      • Support the development of outcomes
      • Emphasize on coherence
   – Learning activities
      • Support the development of outcomes
      • Internalized knowledge and higher order thinking
      • “Out-of-Classroom” activities
   – Assessment
      • Assess the development of the entire set of outcomes
      • A learning activity itself to support the development of
        outcomes
      • The assessment of “out-of-classroom” activities
   – Feedback for evaluation
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      The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學 2. Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning
                                                             Department of Biochemistry


                OUR MISSIONS
1.   To provide quality education on the basic
     concepts and mechanism of biochemical
     processes, with emphasis on clinical and
     biomedical sciences.
2.   To provide training on the
     latest biochemical technology and
     opportunity of independent research.
3.   To cultivate the ability of critical
     thinking, a proactive and responsible
     attitude and efficient communication
     skills for high competitiveness in further
     study and in the job market.
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     The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學 2. Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning
                                                      Department of Biochemistry




Expected Learning Outcomes:
Our graduates are able to:
1. Acquire a sense of professionalism
   and work independently with good
   communication, analytical,
   research and technical skills;
2. Develop themselves as good
   researcher in life science;
3. Adapt to the changing social and
   research environments and to stay
   competitive in the job markets and
   for further studies.

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The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學   2. Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning
                                                           Department of Biochemistry


Knowledge Outcomes:
1.     A broadly-based core covering
       biomolecules, molecular biology, cellular
       biochemistry, metabolism, bioinformatics,
       proteins and enzymes;
2.     Basic principles and methodologies of
       recombinant DNA, genetic engineering,
       characterization of biomolecules and
       study of sub-cellular components;
3.     In depth-understanding of selected
       advanced areas, e.g. clinical biochemistry,
       immunology, neurosciences,
       biotechnology, endocrinology, structural
       biology, genomics and proteomics, etc.
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     The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學   2. Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning
                                                       Department of Biochemistry



Skills Outcomes (generic competencies
and transferrable skills):
[1] Communications, oral and writing;
[2] Leadership;
[3] Creativity;
[4] Work independently;
[5] Use of information technology;
[6] Perform quantitative analyses with basic statistics;
[7] Propose innovative ideas;
[8] Analytical skills for problem solving;
[9] Critical thinking.
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 The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學   2. Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning
                                                        Department of Biochemistry


Professional Skills:
[1] Able to do quantitative analyses of
    biochemical reactions and sub-cellular
    components;
[2] Able to design experiments to test hypothesis;
[3] Write research proposal and report;
[4] Apply knowledge to daily life;
[5] Self learning capability.



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                                                        Department of Biochemistry


Attitudes/Values Outcomes:
1. Aware of latest developments in
   Biochemistry and Molecular
   Biology;
2. Recognition on traditional and
   current issues in biochemistry;
3. Propose new ideas;
4. Able to adapt changing
   environments in the society and
   life science research.                                                      11


  The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學   2. Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning
                                                          Department of Biochemistry

Teaching Quality Assurance
1. Feedback mechanisms
2. Assessments by Management Teams
   to tackle problems
3. Monitoring of Actual Learning
   Outcomes
4. Constant review of course contents,
   evaluation methods, learning
   activities, and arrangement of staff
   duties to improve learning
   environment
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  The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學 2. Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning
                                                       Department of Biochemistry
Teaching Quality Assurance Mechanisms
 *Course Evaluation                           Individual Teachers
 (term based)

    External Examiner’s
             Comments                         Course
                                              Coordinators




                                                                              Department Head
 *Staff-student
 Consultation Meeting                         *Curriculum and
                                              Teaching Assurance
*Curriculum Forum or
                                              Committee
Focused Group
Discussion
 Surveys of Alumni and                        Executive
 Employers on Curriculum                      Committee and
 and Learning Outcomes                        Board Meeting

 *Student Engagement
 Survey                                    Curriculum Retreat (for
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                                            2. Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning
                                Departmental
                              Board Meeting &
                             Executive Committee
                                  Meeting)




                                                      •Academic Exchange
•Non-local Student Affairs
                             Curriculum &             •Career Counseling
•Staff-Student (Ud.g)
                                                      •Scholarship
   Consultation              Teaching Quality         •Course Registration
•Summer Internship           Assurance Committee       and New Student
  and Research Exchange
                                                       Orientation


                                            Technical Staff
                  Alumni Affairs              Management
                   Committee                   Committee

          College-based and Faculty–based Counseling Systems
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                                                        Department of Biochemistry

3. UNIVERSITY REQUIRED COURSES
Program of Studies for Biochemistry Majors
 15 units (F.7) or 21 units (F.6) of General
  Education courses

 2 units of Physical Education courses

 At least 59-61 units of major Biochemistry
  courses

 Remaining units in minor/elective courses; all
  students must have earned at least 99 units
  (F.7) or 123 units (F.6) to graduate.
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 The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學   3.   University Required Courses
                                                     Department of Biochemistry



       University Course Load
    A student shall take no less than 12 units of
     courses in any term.
    A student shall take no more than 21 units
     of courses in a term.
    Two units of Physical Education in first
     year: PHE 1021/1022; PHE1029.




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                                                         Department of Biochemistry




General Education
• Requires 15 Units (F.7) and 21 Units (F.6) of
  General Education Courses

• Courses required by the University and those
  designed by the College of his/her affiliation

• Science students cannot take certain science-
  related topics (please refers to your General
  Education Selection Guide)
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   The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學   3.   University Required Courses
                                                            Department of Biochemistry


Selection of General Education Courses
College       College GE Courses   University GE Courses         Total
Chung Chi /      6 Units           9 Units (F.7)
New Asia                           15 Units (F.6)


United           5-6 Units         9-10 Units (F.7)              15 Units (F.7)
                                   15-16 Units (F.6)             21 Units (F.6)


Shaw             4-6 Units         9-11 Units (F.7)
                                   15-17 Units (F.6)




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    The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學      3.   University Required Courses
                                                       Department of Biochemistry




   Faculty Language Requirement
   • All F.6 and F.7 entrants will
     be required to take and pass
     some of the English language
     courses and/or Chinese
     language courses to fulfill the
     faculty language requirement.


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The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學   3.   University Required Courses
                                             Department of Biochemistry



Foundation Requirement for
BCH Non-local Students/S6 entrants

1. BIO1005

2. CHM 1070/1870

3. One course from BCH1002,
   CHM1280, MAT1320,
   PHY1001, STA1310

3.   University Required Courses
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                                                                Department of Biochemistry

    4. Biochemistry Program Requirements
                  at least 99 units to                 Full-time B. Sc. Program
                        graduate                                in Biochemistry


      General             Major                     Physical
     Education            Course                   Education
    (>15 units)        (59-61 units)                (2 units)                Other
                                                                            Courses
                                                        Major
Year 1             Year 2          Year 3                                   (>23 units)
                                    Core               Elective
 Core               Core                               Courses
                                  Courses
Courses           Courses                             (20 units)
                                   (4-6 units)
(15 units)        (20 units)
      4.     Biochemistry Program Requirements
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                                                          Department of Biochemistry
    B.Sc. in Biochemistry Core Courses
   Frontiers in Biochemistry
   Fundamentals of Biochemistry
   Cell Biology
   Basic Laboratory Techniques in Life Sciences
   Research and Communication skills in Life Sciences


                    Proteins and Enzymes
                    Bioenergetics and Metabolism/Lab
                    Self-Study Modules in Biochemistry
                    Methods in Biochemistry/Lab
                    Molecular Biology/Lab
                    Recombinant DNA Techniques

             Selected Topics in Biochemistry
             Guided Study in Biochemistry or
             Supervised Research in Biochemistry


       4.       Biochemistry Program Requirements
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                                                      Department of Biochemistry




                                                 Laboratories /
                                             Videos/ Presentation
  Lectures and Tutorials




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The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學   4. Biochemistry Program Requirements
                                                   Department of Biochemistry

Recommended Course Pattern for F.7 entrants
• First Year of Attendance
  – 1st term: BCH2030, BIO2120, SCI2000, 2002
  – 2nd term: BCH2000, BIO2310/2313

• Second Year of Attendance
  – 1st term: BCH 3040, 3080/3680, 3090
  – 2nd term: BCH 3030/3630, 4010, 4020/4610

• Third Year of Attendance
  – 1st term: BCH 0430, elective courses
  – 2nd term: BCH 0440 or 0441, elective courses




   4.   Biochemistry Program Requirements
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                                                      Department of Biochemistry

First Year of Attendance
for F.7 entrants
• First Term
BCH 2030   Fundamentals of Biochemistry                              3 Units
BIO 2120   Cell Biology                                              3 Units
SCI 2000   Research and Communication Skills in Life Sciences        1 Unit
SCI 2002   Basic Laboratory Techniques in Life Sciences              2 Units

• Second Term
BCH 2000 Frontiers in Biochemistry                                   2 Units
BIO 2310 General and Molecular Genetics                              3 Units
BIO 2313 Genetics Laboratory                                         1 Unit
                                                             Total 15 Units
    4.   Biochemistry Program Requirements
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                                                     Department of Biochemistry

                     Second Year Of Attendance
                     core courses for F.7 entrants
            First term
              –   BCH 3040   Proteins and Enzymes                        3 Units
              –   BCH 3080   Bioenergetics and Metabolism                3 Units
              –   BCH 3680   Bioenergetics and Metabolsim Lab.           2 Units
              –   BCH 3090   Self-Study Modules in Biochemistry          2 Units
              Second term
              –   BCH 3030   Methods in Biochemistry                     3 Units
              –   BCH 3630   Methods in Biochemistry Lab.                2 Units
              –   BCH 4010   Molecular Biology                           2 Units
              –   BCH 4020   Recombinant DNA Techniques                  1 Unit
              –   BCH 4610   Molecular Biology Lab.                      2 Units

                                                                  Total 20 Units

4.   Biochemistry Program Requirements
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                                                     Department of Biochemistry



                                  Third Year of Attendance
                                 core courses for F.7 entrants


• First term
  – BCH 0430       Selected Topic in Biochemistry           2 Units


• Second term
  – BCH 0440       Guided Study in Biochemistry             2 Units
     or
  – BCH 0441       Supervised Research in Biochemistry      4 Units

                                                    Total 4-6 Units
 4.   Biochemistry Program Requirements
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                                                                                 Department of Biochemistry


                                    Elective Courses For Major Requirement (20 units)

                                        •Aspects of Neurosciences
Biochemistry Program Requirements




                                        •Basic and Applied Immunology
                                        •Clinical Biochemistry
                                        •Clinical Biochemistry and Endocrinology Lab
                                        •Molecular Endocrinology
                                        •Microbial Biotechnology
                                        Plus other elective courses from sister Programs
4.




                                        (Group B and C)
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                                    The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學
                                                                                 Department of Biochemistry



                                                        Major Elective Courses: Group A
Biochemistry Program Requirements




                                    Students are required to take at least one course accompanied
                                    by laboratory (total of 8 units) from this group.
                                      BCH 4030    Clinical Biochemistry
                                      BCH4830     Clinical Biochem & Endocrinology Lab
                                      BCH 4040/4640 Aspects of Neurosciences / Lab.
                                      BCH 4060/4660 Basic and Applied Immunology / Lab.
                                      BCH 4130    Molecular Endocrinology
                                      MBT 4530    Microbial Biotechnology
4.




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                                                                                         Department of Biochemistry


                                    Major Elective Courses: Group B
                                    Students may also take courses from this group (with or without taking the
Biochemistry Program Requirements



                                    accompanied laboratory course)

                                    ENS 3320/3920 Biochemical Toxicology/Lab.
                                    ENS 4250/4252 Environmental Health / Lab.
                                    ENS 4310/4510 Methods in Toxicological
                                                             Research / Lab.
                                    FNS 3010/3011 Nutrition and Human
                                                   Development / Lab.
                                    FNS 4150/4151 Introduction to Medical
                                                             Nutrition Therapy / Lab.
                                    FNS 4160/4161 Nutrition Planning & Food
                                                   Policy / Lab.
4.




                                    MBT 4520      Animal Biotechnology

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                                                                                     Department of Biochemistry
                                    Major Elective Courses: Group C
                                    BCH2070 Research Internship
                                    Courses from Biology Department, e.g.
Biochemistry Program Requirements


                                      BIO3410 General Microbiology
                                      BIO3630 Animal Physiology
                                      BIO4310 Human Genetics
                                      BIO4330 Bioinformatics and Proteomics
                                    Courses from CMB Program, e.g.
                                      CMB3010 Cell and Molecular Biology Lab I, CMB3020 Cell and
                                             Molecular Biology Lab II,
                                      CMB4001 Protein trafficking, CMB4002 Protein Folding,
                                             CMB4003 Signal Transduction,
                                      CMB4101 Cancer Cell Biology, CMB4102 Stem Cell Biology,
                                             CMB4103 Neuronal Cell Biology,
                                      CMB4201 Genomics, CMB4202Transcriptomics, CMB4203 Metabolomics
                                    MED3090 Principles of Drug Actions
4.




                                    STA3210 Statistical Techniques in Life Sciences

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                                                                                 Department of Biochemistry

                                      To graduate, you
                                    • Must satisfy:
Biochemistry Program Requirements




                                      Biochemistry Major courses requirements
                                      Faculty Language requirements
                                      General Education courses
                                      Intensive Program in Putonghua,
                                           Cantonese & English (PCE1001,
                                           PCE1002, PCE1003)
                                      Physical Education courses
                                      Information Technology Proficiency
                                    • Must obtain a grade point average of not lower than 1.5 in
                                      all Major courses coded 2000 or above
                                    • Please refer to Undergraduate Student Handbook 09-10
4.




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                                    The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學
                                                          Department of Biochemistry


5. Academic Counselling
• Year 3 students:
  CC / UC Prof Faye Tsang
  NA / SC Prof. K.M. Chan
• Year 2 students:
  Prof. Edwin Chan
  Prof. K.F. Lau
• Year 1 students:
  Prof. W.N. Au
  Prof. T.F. Chan


   5.   Academic Counselling and Other Learning Experiences
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                                                            Department of Biochemistry
  Other Learning Experiences
• Ohio University Exchange Program and other
  University/College based exchange programs
• Summer research program: participation in
  research work within the department.
• DREAM (Dedicated Research Exchange and
  Mentorship): participation in research work in foreign
  laboratories (e.g. UK, USA).
• Summer Internship: participation in summer jobs
  in R and D team of local biotechnology firms (e.g. HK
  DNA Chips, CK Life, etc) or Law firm (Patent Law) or
  Government Departments (e.g. AFCD).
• Career development workshops: annual event
  allows alumni to talk about the trend of job market and
  their paths of success in career developments.


     5.   Academic Counseling and Other Learning Experiences
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                                                         Department of Biochemistry


    Dedicated Research Exchange and
      Mentorship (DREAM) Program
•   To provide chances for BCH
    undergraduates to work in
    foreign renowned research
    laboratories;
•   To enable students to learn
    advanced biochemical
    techniques;
•   To foster and strengthen
    collaboration between the CU
    Biochemistry Department and
    foreign scientists .


    5.   Academic Counseling and Other Learning Experiences
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5. Academic Counseling and Other Learning Experiences                    Department of Biochemistry

  Extracurricular activities organized by the Biochemistry Society
      Extracurricular activities organized by the Biochemistry Society




 Biochemistry Shield
   Biochemistry Shield




                     New Semester Banquet
         The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學                  2008 Ocamp 四代同堂
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                                                                 Department of Biochemistry

6.       Contacts and Staff List
      Name of Staff               Title                Tel. No            Office
 Prof. W.N.S. Au 區詠娥          Associate Professor      31634170           M314B
 Prof. H.Y. Chan 陳浩然          Associate Professor      31634021           MMW509B
 Prof. K.M. Chan 陳竟明          Associate Professor      31634420           SC184
 Prof. T.F. Chan 陳廷峰          Assistant Professor      26096876           SC186
 Prof. Z.Y. Chen 陳振宇          Professor                26096382           SC179
 Prof. Y.M. Choy 蔡棉           Sr. Research Fellow      26096057           M316B
                              and Part-time lecturer
 Prof. W.P. Fong 方永平          Professor                26096868           M302A
 Prof. John W.S. Ho 何永成       Associate Professor      26096114           MMW612A
 Prof. Walter K.K. Ho 何國強     Adjunct Professor         26096345          SC185
 Prof. S.K. Kong 江紹佳          Professor                26096799           M514B
 Prof. K.F. Lau       劉國輝     Assistant Professor      26961106           SC291


 6.     Contacts and Staff List
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                                                            Department of Biochemistry

  Name of Staff            Title                 Tel. No          Office
Prof. S.T. Lee 李秀端         Associate Professor   26096333         SC181
Prof. K.N. Leung 梁國南       Professor             26096802         M312B
Prof. L.K. Leung 梁禮國       Associate Professor   26098137         MMW507C
Dr. H.K. Ngai    魏雄鉅       Instructor            31634359         MMW507B
Prof. C.K. Ngo   敖志祺       Res Asst Professor    26096346         M316A
Prof. P.C. Shaw 邵鵬柱        Chairman and Professor 26961363        SC192A
                                                 26096803         M314A
Prof. S.C. Tsang 曾守焯       Adjunct Professor     26096316         SC290
Prof. S.Y. Tsang 曾淑瑩       Assistant Professor   26961020         MMW607
Prof. W.W. Tso 曹宏威         Adjunct Professor     26096387
Prof. K.B. Wong 黃錦波        Professor             26098024         SC289
Prof. K.S. Woo   胡錦生       Research Professor    26961303         1/F, CSLB




     6.   Contacts and Staff List
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                                                  Department of Biochemistry
 Biochemistry Department
                                         (
To contact us, please call: 2609-6359
E-mail : biochemistry@cuhk.edu.hk
Internet: http://www.bch.cuhk.edu.hk
Fax :     2603-7246

Office address: Rm 191, Science Centre
                South Block

Contact person: Ms Janny Lee / Iris Leung


     6.   Contacts and Staff List
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                                             Department of Biochemistry




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