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PG Courses Offered

LIFS 5001 Responsible Conduct of Biomedical and Biotechnology Research [3-0-0:3]
[Co-List with BIEN 5001] This course will present some of the most common ethical issues encountered in biomedical research and biotechnology. Students will engage in active discussion to provide deeper understanding of each issue. The objective of this course is to raise awareness of the ethical issues around biomedical/bioengineering research, and encourage critical and responsible consideration of research conduct. Topics covered will fall into three categories: 1) Research integrity, 2) Applied ethics in biological research and biotechnology, and 3) Contemporary ethical issues arisen from emerging biotechnologies. Graded P or F. Exclusion(s): BIEN 5001 Background: Some knowledge of general biology concepts, equivalent to introductory biology at the undergraduate level

LIFS 5070 Workshops in Biosciences [2-0-3:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): BISC 507] [Co-List with NANO 5070] Laboratory exercises, including recombinant DNA technology, protein purification, microscopy, tissue culture and other technologies currently in use. Exclusion(s): NANO 5070 Background: LIFS 3120


LIFS 5120 Advanced Topics in Biophysical Chemistry [2-1-0:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): BISC 512] [Co-List with NANO 5310] This course is designed for the postgraduate students majoring in Life Science, Chemistry and Physics. Advanced nano-related topics such as bioinformatics, peptide design, basic and biological application of NMR, protein structure and function and techniques of biophysical chemistry, nano science and technology, etc. Exclusion(s): NANO 5310


LIFS 5240 Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): BISC 524] Principles underlying the structure and function of the nervous system, integrating molecular, cellular systems, and computational approaches. Topics include chemical neurotransmission, sensory processes, control of movement, neuroendocrinology, neuronal plasticity in development and learning. Background: 'LIFS 2210 (for Biochemistry majors) or LIFS 2040 (for Biology majors)' and 'LIFS 3240 or LIFS 4950'


LIFS 5260 Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Diseases [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): BISC 526] Advanced topics on the biochemical basis of human diseases, molecular medicine and structure based drug design; an oral presentation and a written essay on a specific topic are required. Prerequisite(s): LIFS 4760 or equivalent


LIFS 5320 Ecotoxicology [3-1-0:4]
[Previous Course Code(s): BISC 532] To study the impact and toxic effects of pollutants on diversity, growth and metabolism of living organisms and the ecosystem as a whole. Exclusion(s): ENVS 5113 Background: LIFS 3160


LIFS 5710 Cellular Regulation [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): BISC 571] Molecular basis of cellular regulation. Cellular signal transduction cascades. Exclusion(s): LIFS 6270


LIFS 6000 Special Topics in Life Science [1-4 credit(s)]
This course includes selected topics of current interest in Life Science which are not covered by existing courses. Credit to be determined on case by case basis based on workload. May be repeated for credit, if different topics are covered. Enrollment may require approval of the course instructor.


LIFS 6111 Life Science Postgraduate Student Seminar [1 credit]
[Previous Course Code(s): LIFS 6110, BICH 601, BIOL 611] Advanced seminar series presented by postgraduate students on their research topics in biological sciences offered in Fall/Spring Terms. This course may be repeated for credit. Graded PP, P or F. Exclusion(s): ENVS 6011


LIFS 6112 Current Topics in Neuroscience [2-0-0:2]
This course will expose postgraduate students to selected current topics in Neuroscience. This course may be repeated for credits. Graded P or F.


LIFS 6113 Current Topics in Biochemistry and Biophysics [2-0-0:2]
This course will expose postgraduate students to selected current topics in Biochemistry and Biophysics. This course may be repeated for credits. Graded P or F.


LIFS 6114 Current Topics in Biotechnology and Traditional Chinese Medicine [2-0-0:2]
This course will expose postgraduate students to selected current topics in Biotechnology and Traditional Chinese Medicine. This course may be repeated for credits. Graded P or F.


LIFS 6115 Current Topics in Development and Systems Biology [2-0-0:2]
This course will expose postgraduate students to selected current topics in Development and Systems Biology. This course may be repeated for credits. Graded P or F.


LIFS 6116 Current Topics in Genomics and Bioinformatics [2-0-0:2]
This course will expose postgraduate students to selected current topics in Development and Systems Biology. This course may be repeated for credits. Graded P or F.


LIFS 6117 Current Topics in Cell Biology [2-0-0:2]
This course will expose postgraduate students to selected current topics in Development and Systems Biology. This course may be repeated for credits. Graded P or F.


LIFS 6170 Special Topics in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology [2-2-0:4]
[Previous Course Code(s): BISC 617] Recent advances in molecular, cell and developmental biology will be presented and discussed in lectures and tutorials. Exclusion(s): NANO 617 (prior to 2008-09) Background: LIFS 3030 or LIFS 3110


LIFS 6410 Seminar Enrichment Course [1 credit]
[Previous Course Code(s): BIOL 641] Study on selected current topics in life science through attending seminars in LIFS seminar series. Students can repeat the course for credits. Graded PP, P or F.


LIFS 6420 Project Research [1-3 credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): BICH 690, BIOL 642] Project research in one of the life science research laboratories under the supervision of a faculty member. Graded P or F. (for Visiting Internship Postgraduate student)


LIFS 6660 Molecular Medicine [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): BISC 666] This joint course offered under the HKU-CUHK-HKUST Centre for Advanced Study will give an introduction to basic concepts as well as modern techniques and technologies in Molecular Medicine. Cancer as well as neurodegenerative diseases will be used as disease models in most of the examples covered in the course. Classes will be held in the campus of the university concerned for that part of the course offered.


LIFS 6770 Professional Development in Science (Life Science) [0-2-0:2]
This two-credit course aims at providing research postgraduate students basic training in ethics, teaching skills, research management, career development, and related professional skills. This course lasts for one year, and is composed of two parts, each consisting of a number of mini-workshops. Part 1 of the course is coordinated by the School; and Part 2 consists of some department-specific workshops which are coordinated by the department. Graded PP, P or F.

LIFS 6800 Frontiers in Non-coding RNAs [2-2-0:4]
This course will cover the biogenesis and function of non-coding RNAs, drawn from molecular, biochemical and cell biological studies. Dysfunction of non-coding RNA in disease and the application of non-coding RNA as research tools will be discussed.

LIFS 6990 MPhil Thesis Research
[Previous Course Code(s): BICH 699, BIOL 699] Master's thesis research supervised by a faculty member. A successful defense of the thesis leads to the grade Pass. No course credit is assigned.


LIFS 7990 Doctoral Thesis Research
[Previous Course Code(s): BICH 799, BIOL 799] Original and independent doctoral thesis research. A successful defense of the thesis leads to the grade Pass. No course credit is assigned.

 

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