2020 International Bio-Creative Design【School of Life Science and Technology】 A(国際)

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School of Life Science and Technology
Matsuda Tomoko  Suzuki Takashi  Takahashi Masayuki  Robert F.Whittier  Ohta Hiroyuki 
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Course description and aims

Students are divided into the small groups and select a topic they would like learn and discuss from corona virus related research or "The Breakthrough of the year" selected by the Journal "Science". Then, they
1. Understand the science behind the finding. (Learn new things)
2. Explain it in clear logic to the audience in plain English.
3. Build an idea to make it even more useful to the society, and explain it.

Every person has to give a presentation in English at least once. All the discussion and the presentation should be done in English in principle. However, they can choose to do the discussion partly in Japanese, depending on their English ability.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. acquire wide technical knowledge about the bio-science and technology
2. apply deep originality and sharpen their spirit of inquiry
3. discuss in a small group
4. present orally in English
5. acquire strong leadership, sense of cooperation, flexibility, situation grasp ability, stress control ability to go to the global community
6. demonstrate their ability in an English environment undeterred by language challenges


creativity, advanced biotechnology and bioscience, discussion, international cooperation, English communication

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

There is group discussion time and presentations opportunity. Each team select a topic and understand it and find the further progress of the topic.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Selection of the interesting topics from corona virus related research or "The Breakthrough of the year" selected by the Journal "Science".
Class 2 Group discussion, how to do presentation in English Know the scientific content of the breakthrough. Know how to do effective presentation in English.
Class 3 Discussion Understand the breakthrough and develop further.
Class 4 Midterm presentation Midterm presentation
Class 5 Practice for the final presentation Practice for the final presentation
Class 6 Final presentation on Jan 15, 2021, 13:20-17:00 Final presentation (Zoom)
Class 7 Evaluate the presentations Discuss superior and week points of the presentations

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

At each classes, activeness during the group discussion and cooperativity are evaluated.
The final presentation will be evaluated for scientific content, presentation ability, and creativity.
The English linguistic ability is not targeted for an evaluation.

Related courses

  • Bio-Creative Design 1
  • Bio-Creative Design 2
  • Advanced Bio-Creative Design

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

Knowledge of basic bioscience and biotchnology

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