Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Applied Biological Science
Lecture Code L0014001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Introduction to Applied Biological Science I
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Subject Name in
Introduction to Applied Biological Science I
リアオ ローレンス マンザーノ,アサオカ サトシ,ウエダ アキヒロ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Weds5-8
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
Face-to-face unless pandemic situation becomes more severe and university orders online classes 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 25 : Science and Technology
Course Area(Discipline) 03 : Natural Environment
Eligible Students students from School of Applied Biological Science, but others are also welcome
Keywords biodiversity, environment, food production, human societies, population, sustainability, SDGs, CN 
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)
Applied Biological Science Program
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Basic knowledge and understanding required for acquiring expertise 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
The class will introduce basic concepts of sustainability applicable to human life and environmental stability. After taking the class, the students are expected to better understand and participate in discussions affecting humans and the environment in both developed and underdeveloped countries. 
Class Schedule lesson1 Evolution of the biosphere and biodiversity
lesson2 Biodiversity and its role in human and earth systems
lesson3 Deforestation and its socio-economic impacts
lesson4 Think globally, act locally: Creative solutions to address deforestation
lesson5 Climate change impacts on biological systems
lesson6 Remediation and restoration of disturbed aquatic ecosystems
lesson7 Impacts of alien and invasive plants and animals
lesson8 UN SDGs - Aquatic food production and the blue economy
lesson9 Food waste, food loss and global hunger
lesson10 Sustainable agriculture
lesson11 Human population and its social impacts
lesson12 Fertilizer resources supporting agricultural crop production

lesson13 Declining human population in Japan - is this a problem?
lesson14 Sustainable energy
lesson15 Humans and environmental ethics

Final examination consisting of questions which can be answered with short and practical answers based on lessons learned in class and prior knowledge. Instructors will assist students in completing reports.

Difficult technical words in English will be explained clearly. English will be spoken slowly and clearly by the instructors. 
No prescribed text or reference books but occasionally hand-outs and notes will be distributed 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Basic lecture using Power Point slides, occasionally YouTube videos will be assigned for home viewing as supplemental class material 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Average level of English speaking, reading and listening comprehension will be helpful. The class is a good way to practice English listening skills in particular. 
Requirements Students can bring their laptops and English-Japanese dictionaries at all times.  
Grading Method Submission of written assignments and short reports. Passing of final examinations (written test at the end of the term) - 30% assignment scores + 20% Attitude + 50% examination/quizzes 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message Instructors are available for student consultation outside of class hours. Students can make appointments with instructors to consult about lessons and related matters, especially if more information is needed by students. 
Other The instructors will teach using English even if no one among them is a native English speaker. Students are encouraged to use class experience in increasing their confidence and strengthen their skills in English communications. Gaining better language skills can only be achieved through constant practice such as in this class. 
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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