GE2333 - The Science of Cosmetics

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Chemistry
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 3: Science and Technology
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2022/23

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course allows students to discover social and scientific concepts of human beauty, with an emphasis on ways to live a healthy life. The course material includes some introduction to basic chemistry and biology related to cosmetic products. Issues related to (1) human perception and concepts of beauty, (2) the history and science of cosmetics and (3) the safety of cosmetics, will be discussed. Apart from interactive lectures and tutorials, students will learn some simple experimental techniques through making their own cosmetics (gloss lipstick, hair cream, moisturizing serum and sun block) in the four laboratory sections. Students will also know explore various aspects of the cosmetic industry through the guest lecture by representatives from the international cosmetics industry. At the end of the semester, students are required to give a group presentation on a topic related to cosmetic use and production.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 70%
Examination: 30%
Examination Duration: 1 hours
Detailed Course Information


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