2016 Special Lecture: Physical Activity

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Humanities and social science courses
Hayashi Naoyuki  Suda Kazuhiro  Maruyama Takeo  Ishikawa Kunihiro  Kotani Yasunori 
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Mon1-2(W531)  Thr1-2(W531)  
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Course description and aims

The instructor will introduce various phenomena related to the body and physical activities, explaining the underlying physiological, engineering, psychological, and social mechanisms and backgrounds.

Student learning outcomes

Students will gain an understanding of the various underlying mechanisms of physical phenomena, and be able to observe body movements from a scientific perspective.


physical activity, sports, physiology, psychology, engineering

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Attendance is taken every class.
Take note that the instructor changes based on the day of the week.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, Homeostasis Understand health, homeostasis.
Class 2 Introduction on classes on Friday Understand basic concepts of this course.
Class 3 Mechanisms of vision Understand basics of vision.
Class 4 Central nervous system for Human Motion Understand roles of brain and spinal cord on voluntary human motion.
Class 5 Physical exercise under extreme circumstances Understand difficulties of physical activity under extreme circumstances.
Class 6 Structure and function of skeletal muscles Structure and functions of skeletal muscles. Understand the structure and functions of skeletal muscles.
Class 7 Human being in space Understand physiological responses to space.
Class 8 Hypertrophy and atrophy of skeletal muscles Understand mechanisms of hypertrophy and atrophy in skeletal muscles.
Class 9 Measuring Brain Activations  Understand fMRI and EEG, and temporal resolution and spatial resolution
Class 10 Obese and diabetes Mechanisms inducing obesity and diabetes, and prevention of them are reviewed.
Class 11 Human sciences and social factors Effect of technology on National Insurance system and anti-depressant effect of exercise are reviewed.
Class 12 Effect of exercise on our body Review on adaptation induced by regular exercise habit.
Class 13 Hormonal system and exercise, Anti-doping Understand doping and the significance of the anti-doping movement.
Class 14 Locomotive syndrome and its mechanisms Understand locomotive syndrome and sarcopenia and their mechanisms.
Class 15 Safe way of sports activity by various people under various circumstances. Understand safe way of sports activity in various circumstances.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required in English textbook.

Assessment criteria and methods

The four instructors assess quiz and/or short reports.

Related courses

  • LAW.W101 : Health Science
  • LAW.W111 : Laboratory of Health Science
  • LAH.T312 : Special Lecture: Sports Science
  • LAW.W221 : Advanced Sports Exercise

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


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