2019 Advanced Bio-Creative Design

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Life Science and Technology
Instructor(s)
Ohta Hiroyuki  Aizawa Yasunori  Ogura Shunichiro  Tagawa Yoh-Ichi  Nikaido Masato  Hayashi Nobuhiro 
Course component(s)
Exercise
Day/Period(Room No.)
Wed7-8(緑が丘3号館3F-5F)  
Group
-
Course number
LST.A230
Credits
2
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
2-4Q
Syllabus updated
2019/4/8
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

This course provides opportunities for students to experience active collaborations and to find productive solutions though group work. Students will form groups based on what social issue(s) or problem(s) they want to tackle and afterwards each group will start group-work to solve the problem(s) by any scientific approaches. For the purpose, students use the laboratory in the Collaboration Center for Design and Manufacturing to perform experiments for the problem solving. Each group makes progress reports in the course every 3 weeks, where advisory professors will give each group feedbacks on issue settings, strategy design for tackling issues, experimental choice and design, data interpretation, presentation skills and so on. By repeating the whole process, students will learn methods and tips for promoting collaboration. At the end of this course, the public context will be held where group presentatiosn on the social issues and their solutions will be evaluated by academic and non-academic judges. Through the experience, it is expected that students will be aware of tighter connections between what they study from textbooks and what the society demands from academic fields.

Student learning outcomes

1) to experience active group-working aiming at social issue solution by means of scientific knowledge and approaches learned from textbooks.
2) to experience tight collaborations among students and with professors to accelerate productuve group work.
3) to learn presentation skills to get benefitial feedbacks.
4) to witness what the society demands from science and technology and what science and technology can do for the society.

Keywords

Creative collaboration, Team management, Science- and technology-based approaches toward social issues, interactive presentation skills

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At the 2nd class, students makes working groups and do experiments they design to solve their issue(s), at the laboratory in the Collaboration Center for Design and Manufacturing or some other places depending on the each purpose. Each group make progress reports presentations at the 3rd, 6th and 9th classes, where advisory professors will give each group feedbacks on issue settings, strategy design for tackling issues, experimental choice and design, data interpretation, presentation skills and so on. At the second last class (14th), the public context will be held where all the group will make presentation about the issue they tackle and the solution they make, which will be evaluated by judges recruited from academic and non-academic fields; scientific communicators and junior high school teachers. At the final class, all the students will make a 3-min presentation on his or her achievements during this course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of this course The purpose and flow of this couse will be explained.
Class 2 Group discussion (goal setting and group making) Each student will make a 3 min presentation on social issue(s) that he or she want to tackle in this course, and then based on the presentations, students will form groups.
Class 3 Group presentation (goal setting) Each group will make a 10 min presentation on social issue(s) that the group decides to tackle in this course, and obtain feedbacks from advisory professors.
Class 4 Discussion of concrete approaches Based on the feedbacks obtained, each group promotes the group work. Each group will design experiments or research documents to decide concrete approaches toward goals of the group work.
Class 5 Experiments, document research, and their evaluation Each group will start experiments and re-evaluate its goal setting by interpreting the experimental data and/or by researching documents related to the social issues.
Class 6 Group presentation (Progress reports) 1 Each group will make a 10 min presentation on its group work, and obtain feedbacks from advisory professors.
Class 7 Group work Based on the feedbacks obtained, each group will promote group work.
Class 8 Group work Based on the feedbacks obtained, each group will promote group work.
Class 9 Group presentation (Progress reports) 2 Each group will make a 10 min presentation on its group work, and obtain feedbacks from advisory professors.
Class 10 Group work and preparation for Public Context Based on the feedback obtained, each group will promote experiments and document research toward the problem solving and also start preparing for group presentation in the Public Contest.
Class 11 Group work and preparation for Public Context Based on the feedback obtained, each group will promote experiments and document research toward the problem solving and also start preparing for group presentation in the Public Contest.
Class 12 Practice for presentation at Contest Each group will make a presentation prepared for the public contest, and obtain feedbacks from advisory professors.
Class 13 Preparation for presentation at Contest Based on the feedback obtained, each group will prepare its presentation for the public contest.
Class 14 Public Context (Note: held on weekend) Each group will make its presentation prepared at the public contest, and will be evaluated by judges with different backgrounds.
Class 15 Student presentation Each student will make a 3 min presentation on what he or she does accomplish and does not.

Textbook(s)

N/A

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not prepared by the course.

Assessment criteria and methods

All the 5 presentations will be evaluated and scored by advisory professors. Student's attitude will also be considered for scoring.

Related courses

  • GRG.B102 : Bio-Creative Design 1
  • GRG.B103 : Bio-Creative Design 2
  • GRG.B104 : International Bio-Creative Design

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

Molecular Biology 1 & 2, Biochemistry 1 & 2.
Skilled in chemical and biological experiments.

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