Aims & Objectives

The broad aims of the Chemistry curriculum are to enable students to: 
  • develop interest and maintain a sense of wonder and curiosity about chemistry;
  • construct and apply knowledge of chemistry, and appreciate the relationship between chemistry and other disciplines; 
  • appreciate and understand the evolutionary nature of science;
  • develop skills for making scientific inquiries;
  • develop the ability to think scientifically, critically and creatively, and solve problems individually and collaboratively in chemistry-related contexts;
  • discuss science-related issues using the language of chemistry;
  • make informed decisions and judgements on chemistry-related issues;
  • develop open-mindedness, objectivity and pro-activeness;
  • show appropriate awareness of working safely;
  • understand and evaluate the social, ethical, economic, environmental and technological implications of chemistry, and develop an attitude of responsible citizenship.

Department Members

Department Head

Ms. Hung YW

Teachers

Dr. Choi CF, Mr. Chu YF

Curriculum (Junior Form)

Topic I Planet Earth
  • To provide opportunities for students to explore the world we are living in. This world is full of chemicals which can be obtained from the earth's crust, the sea and the atmosphere.
 
Topic II Microscopic World I
  • To study the chemistry which involves the linkage between phenomena in the macroscopic world and the interaction of atoms, molecules and ions in the microscopic world.

Curriculum (Senior Form)

Topic II Microscopic World I
  • To study the chemistry which involves the linkage between phenomena in the macroscopic world and the interaction of atoms, molecules and ions in the microscopic world.
 
Topic III Metals
  • To develop an understanding of how metals are extracted from their ores and how they react with other substances.
 
Topic IV Acids and Bases
  • To study the properties and reactions of acids and bases/alkalis, and the concept of molarity.
 
Topic V Fossil Fuels and Carbon Compounds
  • To study carbon compounds which play an important role in different industries and in daily life
  • To appreciate the use of fossil fuels which has brought us benefits and convenience, such as providing us with domestic fuels and raw materials for making synthetic polymers like plastics and synthetic fibers, alongside environmental problems such as air pollution, acid rain, and global warming.
 
Topic VI Microscopic World II
  • To identify polar bonds and their partial charges.
  • To explain the polarity of a molecule.
  • To understand the different natures of intermolecular forces and explain certain physical properties.
 
Topic VII Redox Reactions, Chemical Cells and Electrolysis
  • To understand the chemistry involved in a chemical cell and the concept of redox reactions.
  • To predict products in electrolysis according to the different factors affecting the preferential discharge of ions.
 
Topic VIII Chemical Reactions and Energy
  • To understand the concepts of energetics in terms of practical work on the simple calorimetric method and quantitative treatment of Hess's law.
 
Topic IX Rate of Reaction 
  • To learn different methods that can be used to follow the progress of a reaction and the factors that affect the rate of reaction 
  
Topic X Chemical Equilibrium 
To enhance students' understanding of the concepts involved as well as the relationship between different types of equilibria.
 
Topic XI Chemistry of Carbon Compounds 
  • To study the reactions of the functional groups (including the reagents, reaction conditions, products and observations).
  • To learn some important organic substances such as aspirin, detergents, nylon and polyesters.
 
Topic XII Patterns in the Chemical World 
  • To develop an understanding of the importance of the Periodic Table in Chemistry like the periodic trends of physical properties of some elements and the periodic relationship between acid-base properties of selected oxides.
 
Elective Part
Topic XIII Industrial Chemistry 
  • To provide students with opportunities to advance their knowledge and understanding of some fundamental chemistry principles, and to develop an understanding of industrial chemistry such as the Haber process, chloroalkali industry and the methanol manufacturing process.
 
Topic XV Analytical Chemistry 
  • To apply their knowledge and skills they have acquired in previous topics of the Compulsory Part.
  • To plan and carry out appropriate tests for the detection of some common chemical species.
  • To solve problems related to estimating quantities of substances, if possible, in authentic situations. 
  • To study the modern instruments which play a key role in chemical analysis in the modern days.

Activities

Bishop Hall Junior Scientist


Experiment Demonstration on Information Day


Form 2 STEM Showcase


Science Festival


Hong Kong Chemistry Olympiad for Secondary Schools


The Hong Kong Chemistry Olympiad for Secondary Schools is a project learning competition jointly organized by the Hong Kong Association for Science and Mathematics Education (HKASME), the Hong Kong Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. It aims at promoting the interest of students in learning Chemistry and developing students’ problem solving, communication and science process skills through project learning.

“Chemists Online” Self-study Award Scheme


The “Chemists Online” Self-study Award Scheme (COSAS) is jointly organized by the Hong Kong Virtual University and the Science Education Section of the Education Bureau. The aim of the Award Scheme is to enhance scientific literacy of senior secondary students by providing them with an exposure of more advanced chemistry online lectures.