Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code ANL14001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 脳機能学
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Brain Function
ウケナ カズヨシ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 3rd-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Tues5-8:IAS K312
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 26 : Biological and Life Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 04 : Life Sciences
Eligible Students
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to specify necessary theories and methods for consideration of issues.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The ability to conduct research proactively by combining knowledge,  understanding, and skills for the tasks, based on flexible creativity and imagination. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
The course provides an outline of basic brain functions related to instinctive behavior and mind to have students understand brain functions in a comprehensive and scientific way, especially from a neuroendocrine perspective (focusing on hypothalamic function). 
Class Schedule Lesson 1: Guidance & Introduction
Lesson 2: Brain functions coordinating body regulation
Lesson 3: Topics of Brain functions
Lesson 4: Brain functions and subtances
Lesson 5: Brain functions and autism
Lesson 6: Brain functions coordinating rhythm 1
Lesson 7: Brain functions coordinating rhythm 2
Lesson 8: Brain functions coordinating appetite and sleep
Lesson 9: Research results presentation by students 1
Lesson 10: Brain functions coordinating instinct behavior
Lesson 11: Research results presentation by students 2
Lesson 12: Brain functions coordinating feeding behavior
Lesson 13: Research results presentation by students 3
Lesson 14: Research examples of Brain functions
Lesson 15: Research results presentation by students 4 & Summary

Students are required to summarize each class into a report and submit them at the end. 
Reference book: Kaibou-seiri wo omoshiroku manabu (Atsuko Masuda, Saio publisher) and Minnano Seimeikagaku (Kitaguchi et al., Kagaku Dojin) in Japanese. 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Files that were used in classes are shown in the online learning system “Moodle”. Classes are conducted with the use of PowerPoint files, which are displayed on a screen by a liquid crystal projector. 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Students are required to actively ask questions or conduct research about what they cannot understand in the classes. 
Requirements Students are required to perform presentation, ask questions, and participate in discussions every class. 
Grading Method Evaluation is performed in a comprehensive manner based on students’ participation and attitude in classes, assignment presentations, discussions, and reports. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message I hope that students will actively conduct research for assignments to understand the brain, which is the central core of their body and mind. Understanding of the brain leads directly to an understanding of ourselves. 
Other https://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/ukena/ 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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