This course focuses on body structures of living organisms, nerves and information processing, behavior and intelligence, locomotion, biomimetics, measurement of human movement, systems for sports, welfare and rehabilitation, etc.
Living organisms themselves are very complicated systems. It is indispensable to consider living organisms as systems in order to develop practical systems related to living oeganisms including human beings. This course provides basic knowledge about living organisms as systems, as well as knowledge about practical systems theory related to living organisms.
By completing this course, students will be able to
1) Understand and explain basic knowledge about functions and structures of human and living organisms, such as biomechanics and biological infomation processing.
2) Understand and explain knowledge about practical systems theory such as biomimetics, sports engineering and welfare engineering.
body structures of living organisms, nerves and information processing, behavior and intelligence, locomotion, biomimetics, measurement of human movement, systems for sports, welfare and rehabilitation
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Topics of each class are explained. Group discussion may be conducted. Written reports related to the contents of the class may be assigned.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Body structures and functions of living organisms (cell, skeleton, muscle, nerval system, circulatory system)||Explain body structures and functions of living organisms (cell, skeleton, muscle, nerval system, circulatory system).|
|Class 2||Nerves and information processing of living organisms||Explain nerves and information processing of living organisms.|
|Class 3||Behavior and intelligence of living organisms||Explain behavior and intelligence of living organisms.|
|Class 4||Locomotion (1/3, walking, movement on land and flying) of living organisms||Explain locomotion (walking, movement on land and flying) of living organisms.|
|Class 5||Locomotion (2/3, swimming) of living organisms||Explain locomotion (swimming) of living organisms.|
|Class 6||Biomimetics (application of structures and functions of living organisms to robots)||Explain biomimetics (application of structures and functions of living organisms to robots).|
|Class 7||Special forms, structures and functions of human body||Explain special forms, structures and functions of human body.|
|Class 8||Measurement of human movement and systems for sports (1/2)||Explain measurement of human movement.|
|Class 9||Systems for sports (2/2)||Explain systems for sports (2/2, sports accompanying movement).|
|Class 10||Medical and welfare systems||Explain medical and welfare systems.|
|Class 11||Auditory sensing of living animals||Explain auditory sensing of living animals.|
|Class 12||Application of auditory sensing||Explain application of auditory sensing.|
|Class 13||Systems for rehabilitation||Explain systems for rehabilitation.|
|Class 14||Systems for mobility||Explain systems for mobility.|
|Class 15||Systems in living environment (in house, playground equipment)||Explain systems in living environment (in house, playground equipment).|
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.
Learning achievement for living organisms as systems and practical systems theory related to living organisms is evaluated by a final exam.