Human Biology and Organic Chemistry I - HKU SPACE: Dietetics, Food & Nutrition, Medical Sciences, Nursing Studies & Healthcare courses
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Life & Health SciencesDietetics, Food & Nutrition

Human Biology and Organic Chemistry I

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
03 Dec 2020 (Thu)
Next intake(s)
To be advised
3 months
Course Fee
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Deadline on 16 Nov 2020 (Mon)
2975 5881
3104 9137

The aim of this programme is to provide students the fundamental knowledge of biology and chemistry. This will equip them with the science foundation to further their studies in the field of biological sciences.

Programme Objectives
On completion of the programme, students should be able to:
1. describe the basic concepts and principles of chemistry and biology;
2. appreciate the applications of biology and chemistry with respect to living organisms ;
3. prepare students to undertake further studies in related areas in particular, the HKU SPACE Human Biology and Organic Chemistry II short course.

Programme Structure and Content

The total teaching hours is approximately 40. and  extends over  a period of approximately 3 months. There will be a 2 hour written test at the end of each module. 

Introductory Chemistry module:
- Understanding of matters, elements and compounds
- atoms and subatomic particles, periodic table
- physical and chemical properties of substances
- chemical bondings; acids and alkalis
- oxidation and reduction, electrolysis

Introductory Biology module:
- Introduction to biological molecules
- the structure of cell and its activities
- transportation of biological molecules
- nutrients and balanced diet
- generation of biochemical energy
- cellular homeostasis; reproduction


Students who complete the course with a minimum of 80 % attendance rate and pass ALL written tests will be awarded a Statement of Achievement by HKU SPACE.

Articulation Pathway

Students who have successfully completed this course will be eligible to apply for the HKU SPACE Human Biology and Organic Chemistry II short course.

Application Code 1860-SC398A Apply Online Now
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Days / Time
  • Monday, 7:00pm - 9:30pm and
  • Thursday, 7:00pm - 9:30pm; some Sat afternoons
  • HKU SPACE Learning Centre (usually Fortress Hill, Causeway Bay or North Point)
Applicants shall:
I. (a) hold a HKCEE with Grade E or above in 4 subjects; or
   (b) hold a HKDSE Level 2 or above in 4 subjects
II. provide evidence of English proficiency, such as
(a) have gained in the HKCEE Grade E or Level 2 in English Language (Syllabus B); or
(b) have gained in the HKDSE Level 2 in English Language.
Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$5,500

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Enrolment Method

Interested candidates should apply by returning the enrolment form, together with relevant supporting documents, copy of Hong Kong Identity Card (or valid working/dependent visa with original entry permit) and a course fee to either:

  • By Post: Dietetics, Food and Nutrition, HKU SPACE, 13/F, Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point (Attn to: Ms Annie Siu) OR
  • In Person: any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Counters (Attn: Dietetics, Food and Nutrition) OR
  • By online: through HKU SPACE website.
Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.