Foundation in Life Sciences

(R/010/3/0293) 04/20 (A6686)

The Foundation in Life Sciences programme in FIST is a one year pre-university programme delivered through engaging lectures and designed to guide students to actively seek knowledge. In this programme, lectures are supplemented with laboratory work to help students develop their practical skills, working confidence and ability to work effectively in a group. The subjects covered in this programme include Biology I (Cell & Function), Biology II (Cellular Reproduction & Genetics), General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving & Programming, Computer Applications, Maths (Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus & Statistics), Communicative English, Essential English, Academic English and Business Management. Collectively, these subjects provide a holistic, inspiring and balanced educational experience which equips students with a solid foundation for higher levels of learning and nurture their potential for future academic excellence at the tertiary level.

The Foundation in Life Sciences programme in FIST is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and mindset to pursue a degree in Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Bioinformatics in FIST. Bioinformatics is a specialized science programme that combines both studies in biology and information technology. What makes Bioinformatics truly unique is that it involves the use of computational tools and methods to process complex and vital biological data such as DNA and proteins. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of science and students who love both the sciences and information technology will find this field of science a truly rewarding and meaningful experience.


  • To produce students with ability to continuously acquire and apply fundamental knowledge and skills in pursuing education in Science with information technology application
  • To prepare students with effective communciation, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills qualified with good values as a leader or team member in life science related field


  • To acquire basic knowledge of life science and fundamental principles of computing for life science students
  • To apply basic techniques, skills and modern IT tools, through class activities and project work
  • To acquire social skills and create awareness of social responsibilities
  • To demonstrate moral and professional ethics and responsibilities
  • To communicate effectively and work independently, and as member/leader of a team in various context
  • To acquire analytical and problem-solving skills
  • To acquire lifelong learning skills and information management skills
  • To acquire entrepreneurial skills