Biological Sciences

Please refer to the Graduate School webpage for general coursework requirement.
Please refer to the SBS webpage for departmental coursework requirement.

BIOL 6001 Presentation Skills and Research Seminars in Biological Sciences (Compulsory)
Contact Person: Dr David M Baker
   
BIOL 6002 Special topics in botany
This course aims to introduce students to special botany topics which are of relevance to their research study but have not been taken previously. Students will be instructed to attend one undergraduate course or a combination of undergraduate courses from the department as prescribed by the supervisor(s) and/or the Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee.  Students will be required to do further guided readings and/or attend extra tutorials.
Assessment: Examination (60-70%) and continuous assessment (30-40%) depending on the studies selected; pass/fail
Contact Person: Dr Wing-Kin Yip
 
BIOL 6003 Special topics in biotechnology
This course aims to introduce students to special biotechnology topics which are of relevance to their research study but have not been taken previously. Students will be instructed to attend one undergraduate course or a combination of undergraduate courses from the department as prescribed by the supervisor(s) and/or the Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee.  Students will be required to do further guided readings and/or attend extra tutorials. 
Assessment: Examination (60-70%) and continuous assessment (30-40%) depending on the studies selected; pass/fail
Contact Person: Dr Wing-Kin Yip
 
BIOL 6004 Advanced topics in food science
This course aims to introduce students to special food science topics which are of relevance to their research study. Students will be required to do further guided readings and/or attend extra tutorials and activities including exchange with food science related International programmes.  Assessment will be based on critical and logical thinking in problem-based-learning models in food science. 
Assessment: Written assignments (80%) and continuous assessment (20%); pass/fail
Contact Person: Dr Olivier Habimana
 
BIOL 6005 Advanced topics in nutrition
This course aims at providing in depth knowledge on special topics in human and animal nutrition.  Students need to consult their supervisor and select three topics from the following: Nutritional Status Assessment, Body Weight Regulation and Obesity, Nutrient-Gene Interactions, Metabolic Programming, Nutrition & Immunity, Nutrition & Cancer, Laboratory Animal Handling and Surgical Techniques.
Assessment: Written assignments (50-80%) and continuous assessment (20-50%) for each topic; pass/fail
Contact Person: Dr Jimmy C Y Louie
  
BIOL 6007 Biostatistics
(students who plan to undertake ecological research and have not previously passed BIOL6007 must take this course during the first year of their postgraduate studies)

The purpose of this course is to familiarise students with the main concepts and application of biostatistics. The course will give to students the skills to read, interpret, and critically evaluate the statistics used in different areas of biology, such as physiology, brain and behaviour, epidemiology, health and medicine, nutrition, ecology, microbiology and bioinformatics. The course will also introduce the students to the fundamental principles and experimental designs so that they will be able to design their own experiment within a sound statistical framework, develop their own hypotheses, test them via appropriate statistical tests and avoid common statistical pitfalls.
 
Course contents and topics: Introduction to Biostatistics; Descriptive Statistics; Hypothesis Testing; Chi Square Tests and Questionnaire Surveys; Normal Distribution and Other Distributions; Normality Tests; Comparisons between Two Distributions; Power Analysis and Effect Size; Comparison among Three or More Distributions; Analysis of Variance; Analysis of Covariance; Correlation and Regression Analyses; Multiple Regression Analysis; Introduction to Multivariate Analyses. Students will learn how to use Excel and/or R to conduct the statistical analyses, and correctly interpret the results.  
 
Prerequisites: Pass in BIOC1600 Perspectives in Biochemistry or BIOL1110 From Molecules to Cells or BIOL2306 Ecology and Evolution or ENVS1301 Environmental Life Science or ENVS2002 Environmental Data Analysis
 
Teaching: 36 lectures, 24 tutorials/computer-lab sessions and 100 reading/self-directed study
Assessment: Assignment (50%) and Examination (50%)
Contact Person: Prof Kenneth M Y Leung
 
BIOL 6009 Advanced studies in Ecology & Biodiversity for postgraduate students
This course aims to provide student centred learning opportunities which will be designed for each individual student. Students will be required to take parts of existing Masters courses or advanced courses from the BSc curriculum which are considered necessary for their particular needs and which they have not previously taken.  Opportunities for internships with local conservation organizations (1 day per week over at least one semester), that will allow students to gain relevant practical experience, may also be available. 
Assessment: Examination (70-80%) and continuous assessment (20-30%) depending on the studies selected; pass/fail
Contact Person: Professor Gray A Williams
 
BIOL 6014 Guided study in  endocrine/microbial research
This course aims at providing the student a guided approach to his/her chosen area of research study in endocrinology or microbiology.  The guided study is coordinated by the student’s research supervisor. Students are required to consult their supervisors and select topics that are related to their research project(s).  
Assessment: Written assignments (50-70%) and continuous assessment (-30-50%) from laboratory reports, laboratory meeting presentations and discussions and any other assignments; or based on the discretion of the supervisor that may include written examination, essays, and any other assignments; pass/fail
Contact Person: Professor Will W M Lee and Dr Jidong Gu
 
BIOL 6015 Advanced experimental  techniques in endocrinology/microbiology
This course focuses on advanced techniques in experimental animal and microbial sciences to assist the student’s research studies.  The learning is coordinated and taught by the student’s research supervisor.  Students are required to consult their supervisors and select topics related to their thesis studies from and not limited to the following: Advances in Growth Hormone Research, Signal Transduction within Animal Cells, Cell Culture and Biosensing Techniques and Design, Cytochemical and Cytometry Techniques,  Gene Cloning and Related Techniques, Laboratory Animal Handling and Surgical Techniques, Protein and Peptide Analysis and Synthesis, Transgenic Biotechnology in Animals, Advanced Immunoassays and Immunotechniques, Clinical Laboratory Techniques.
Assessment: Written assignments (50-70%) and continuous assessment of laboratory performance (30-50%); pass/fail
Contact Person: Professor Will W M Lee and Dr Jidong Gu
 
BIOL 8017 Advanced studies in Environmental Sciences
This course aims to provide student centered learning opportunities which will be designed for each individual student. Students will be required to take parts of existing advanced courses from the BSc curriculum (Environmental Science major) which are considered necessary for their particular needs and which they have not previously taken.
 
Assessment: Examination (70-80%) and continuous assessment (20-30%) depending on the studies selected; pass/fail
Contact Person: Prof Gray A Williams
The course will be offered to SBS RPG students only.
 
BIOL 8018 'Omics' and Systems Biology
Recent progress in high-throughput omics technology has revolutionized the biological research. Genome-wide profiling of various biomolecules simultaneously by omics technology generates huge amounts of data, providing the potential to obtain a global and holistic view of the system. This course aims to introduce the state-of-the-art technologies of Omics and Systems Biology, and overview of various applications of omics technology in agricultural, biomedical, environmental, and nutritional sciences.
This course will also provide students hands-on experience in large scale data analysis. The course covers proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, and systems biology with special focus on sequence alignment, microarray, next generation sequencing, computational modeling with systems biology, and statistic programming. This course will make the state-of-the-art knowledge of Systems Biology and know-how available to those working on an omics projects as well as those preparing their research proposal.
Assessment: Examination (60%) and assignment (40%)
Contact Person: Dr Jiangwen Zhang 
 
BIOL8020 Special Topics in Food & Nutritional Science
This course aims in creating practical skills related to food & nutritional science. The learing will strengthen their technical skills in the student's research studies. Students will be required to take on of the existing advanced courses in BSc curriculum (Food & Nutritional Science Major) which are of relevance to their research study but have not been taken previosuly.
Assessment: Examination (30-50%) and continuous assessment (50-70%) depending on the studies selected; pass/fail
Contact Person: Dr Jetty C Y Lee