Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Applied Biological Science
Lecture Code L0001041 Subject Classification Liberal Arts Education (day)
Subject Name 教養ゼミ
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Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students
セオ アイラ,チョウメイ ヨウスケ,ホソノ ケンジ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Weds5-8:ABS C302
Lesson Style Seminar Lesson Style
(More Details)
Seminar, Discussion, Presentation, Fieldwork 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 21 : Fundamental Competencies for Working Persons
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students
Eligible Students 1st grade of graduate students
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
The Liberal Arts Seminar is a mandatory two-credit course for all university students. With high school studies becoming more diverse, the university has noticed a more diverse range of students entering their institution. Some students struggle to adjust to the independent nature of university study and may not have experienced the joy of learning. The Liberal Arts Seminar aims to actively involve new students in learning activities, promote communication between students and faculty, and encourage the formation of learning groups to foster intellectual interest. 
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Elementary School Teacher Education
(Abilities and Skills)
・Being able to collect, critically analyze, and examine infomration related to elementary education. (Information collection and analysis ability)

Special Support School Teacher Education
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Having basic knowledge and understanding of liberal arts education, which is academic base needed to receive technical or professional education.

(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Acquire the intellectual abilities which serve as a basis for conducting research activities and social activities at a university.

(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge, understanding about knowledge, the understanding basic education about the basic education

Occupational Therapy
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・Acting power based on an ethical judgment in the health medical care
・  An inquisitive mind for medical and health care, welfare, and education, and the ability to get things done in occupational therapy
・The abilities and attitude required to cooperate with others and experts in other professions as a member of a medical team
・An ability for creative and scientific problem solving 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course serves as an introduction to our school, providing motivation to learn specialized subjects. To achieve this objective effectively, we introduce the Project-based Learning (PBL) method, which focuses on educational practices in the rural areas of Hiroshima. As part of the course, you will visit rural areas such as Sera Town, Funo Town, and Toyosaka Town for a one-day outdoor practice, where you will work together with rural people and municipalities. Prior to this, we will have a meeting to discuss the objectives and provide some preliminary learning. After the visit, a conference will be held to report the results of your rural experiences, and each class will prepare a presentation. Additionally, you will have opportunities to gain knowledge and skills for studying at our university. 
Class Schedule The following is a tentative schedule that may be subject to change based on the progress of the class and the availability of facilities. The community experience study will be held on Saturdays.

・Field trip to a farm
・Presentation and other classes at the Central Library
・Field trip to the museum
・Fieldwork, field study, and post-training
Reference materials such as books and URLs on the web will be used for researching assignments. 
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(More Details) Use PowerPoint presentations, etc. 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
In experiential learning, it is important to conduct prior research and identify tasks, so please actively engage in learning on an individual basis. In addition to class time, there may be opportunities to gather in groups for preparation. 
Requirements The local training for regional experiential learning will be conducted once on a Saturday in mid-May (date and location to be announced separately). During the local training, we will travel by bus to a region within Hiroshima Prefecture and engage in experiential learning and exchange activities with the local community. 
Grading Method The following criteria 1-6 will be used as a reference for evaluating credit recognition:

1. Was there evidence of voluntary learning activities and formation of a voluntary learning attitude? [Self-directed learning]
2. Did the student actively participate in group discussions? [Participation attitude]
3. Did the student engage in sufficient thinking for understanding problem points and their solutions, and did they have a sufficient understanding? [Thinking and understanding]
4. Did the student conduct sufficient material collection for learning? [Self-study]
5. Was the student able to present their learning outcomes logically and effectively? [Presentation content and attitude]
6. Was the student able to organize their tasks and answer questions raised during the session? [Task organization and Q&A] 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message The purpose of this course is to develop self-directed learning, logical and critical thinking, and appropriate self-expression skills. Therefore, it is important for students to take a proactive approach and engage in their own learning. 
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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