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 ANN21001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 環境微生物学
Subject Name
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Environmental Microbiology
Instructor KUGA YUKARI
クガ ユカリ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Weds1-4:IAS K303
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
Face-to-face class using PowerPoint.
When "face-to-face" is not possible, the lectures will be provided online using Microsoft Teams and Moodle (simultaneous interactive). 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 26 : Biological and Life Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 03 : Basic Biology
Eligible Students
Keywords SDGs_2, 3, 13, 14, 15 
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.
・The knowledge and understanding  to fully recognize the mutual relations and their importance among individual academic diciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to collect and analyze necessary literature or data among various sources of information on individual academic disciplines. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
The objectives of this class are to understand diversities and characteristics of kinds, functions, and ecological niches of microbes living in environments. Especially, their interactions between other organisms (e.g. animals, plants), and their roles in elemental cycles within ecosystems and in formation and maintenance of environments of the earth, will be highlighted.  Through the knowledge, global environmental issues will be discussed. 
Class Schedule lesson 1 Guidance, Scientific methods
lesson 2 History of microbiology, microscopy
lesson 3 History of life 1: co-evolution with earth environments
lesson 4 History of life 2: microbial diversity
lesson 5 Bacteria and archaea 1: characteristics and propagation  
lesson 6 Bacteria and archaea 2: diversity and ecological roles
lesson 7 Bacteria and archaea 3: biogeochemical cycles of nitrogen
lesson 8 Primary nutritional groups: autotrophs/heterotrophs,  photosynthesis/chemosynthesis
lesson 9 Virus 1: characteristics and transmission
lesson 10 Virus 2: hosts and ecological roles
lesson 11 Fungi 1: characteristics and propagation   
lesson 12 Fungi 2: diversity and ecological roles
lesson 13 Symbioses in biological concepts 1: mycorrhiza
lesson 14 Symbioses in biological concepts 2: lichen
lesson 15 Symbioses in biological concepts 3: plant disease

A final examination
When the final examination is not possible, participation, quiz, and report at the individual classes are taken into account for the evaluation.  
Handouts extracted from PowerPoint will be provided.
Any text books on environmental microbiology for university students are recommended.
PC or AV used in
(More Details) PowerPoint, Video 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Preparation and review on basic biology for university students is greatly helpful for understanding lectures. 
Grading Method Active participation in classes (15%), final examination (85%) 
Practical Experience Experienced  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it The various microscopy methods used in microbiology researches will be described based on the experience as a manager of a laser scanning confocal microscope facility at a foreign university. 
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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