2023 Research Development Project for Earth-Life Science M

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Graduate major in Earth-Life Science
Sekine Yasuhito  Fujishima Kosuke  Nakamura Ryuhei  Matsuura Tomoaki  Ida Shigeru  Genda Hidenori 
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Course description and aims

Through group exercises with industries in the fields of space science and life science etc, students learn how to set and solve social problems. In addition to acquiring the basic knowledge necessary for group discussions, students will acquire the skills necessary to implement basic science in society.

Student learning outcomes

The objectives of this class are to acquire the following abilities through student-industry collaboration:

1) Understand Earth-Life as systems and extract the problems inherent in the systems.
2) Understand the systems' bottlenecks and discuss and propose methodologies to improve them based on interdisciplinary discussion.
3) Acquire experimental and theoretical knowledge on Earth and planetary science, material chemistry, and life science.
4) Summarize the results and make presentations that different disciplines and backgrounds can be understood.


Earth system, life system, space industries, biotechnology, applied chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the class, students conduct group works and take the initiative in tackling the projects. Within the group, students perform project exercises through experiments and calculations based on the guidance of the lecturers. In addition to discussion inside and outside the group, the results of research are presented for industries and organizations. In presentation, students are trained by the lecturers.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Grouping and discussion
Class 2 Investigation of previous work Reviewing related previous work and extracting problems
Class 3 Basic lecture Acquirement of basic knowledge and discussion
Class 4 Planning of projects Setting short- and medium-term goals for planning in discussion
Class 5 Project research I Performing the set research theme
Class 6 Project research II Performing the set research theme
Class 7 Project research III Performing the set research theme
Class 8 Mid-term presentation & feebback Presentation of the results and get feedback from industries and faculty
Class 9 Review Get feedback and scrutinize issues
Class 10 Project research IV Performing the set research theme
Class 11 Project research V Performing the set research theme
Class 12 Project research VI Performing the set research theme
Class 13 Final presentation & feedback Presentation of the results and get feedback from industries and faculty
Class 14 Progress report writing Summarize the results of the research and development carried out as progress reports

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Attendence & attitude (50%), presentation & report (50%)

Related courses

  • ELS.C432 : Communicating Earth-Life Science to theWorld M
  • ELS.C401 : Earth-Life Science A
  • ELS.C402 : Earth-Life Science B
  • ELS.C403 : Earth-Life Science C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No required conditions

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Yasuhito Sekine (sekine[at]elsi.jp, 3289)

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