2017 Creative Collaboration Works on Life Sciences(ACLS)

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Life Science
Itoh Takehiko  Tokunaga Makio  Nakamura Satoshi  Akiyama Yutaka  Iwasaki Hiroshi  Kamachi Toshiaki  Seio Kohji  Yamada Takuji  Konishi Fumikazu  Jovic Dragomirka  Ito Hidehiro  Matsuzaki Yuri  Yano Takahisa 
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Course description and aims

We form teams of three students. Each team is composed of two students who major in life science and one who major in computer science. We then give these teams assignments to solve by using collaborative approaches from their specialities. This group exercise is aimed at cultivating students’ practical abilities to analyze problems, find their causes and make the right decision with regard to the solution. It is also designed to establish communication and divisional cooperation between these students with different backgrounds who use different terminologies, through a series of practical exercises. In addition to assignments given by teachers, students are required to come up with and engage in assignments by themselves as well.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Acquire the ability to communicate with the researchers who have different backgrounds.
2) Have an understanding of research problem arising from the different background major in life science and in computer science.
3) Design an experiment or draw up a research plan, collect and analyze the data obtained.
4) Acquire the oral competence necessary to make presentations and debate effectively.


collaborative approaches, communication between students with different backgrounds

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students work in teams throughout this course and conduct a series of experiments that each focuses on a certain
theme. Students must read the experiment course materials before the start of each experiment to ensure smooth running.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 To be announced by each team. To be announced by each team.


Course materials are provided before class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided before class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Full attendance and completion of all experiments are compulsory.

Related courses

  • ART.T453 : Workshop on Group Problem-Solving (ACLS)

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

No prerequisites.

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