2020 Special Lecture: Physical Activity

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Humanities and social science courses
Takahashi Masaki  Fukuoka Toshihiko  Tanaka Hideto  Hayashi Naoyuki  Sakuma Kunihiro  Kotani Yasunori 
Class Format
Lecture    (ZOOM)
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon1-2(W242)  Thr1-2(W242)  
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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 mechanisms, medicine 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, medicine、nutrition

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.

Capacity is 100 or less students.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Homeostasis. (on Monday) Understand about the homeostasis. (on Monday)
Class 2 Introduction on classes on Thursday. Understand basic concepts of this course on Thursday.
Class 3 Information processing of vision. (on Monday) Understand the information processing of vision.(on Monday)
Class 4 Muscular activity and health Understand roles of muscular activity on health.
Class 5 Extreme environments in human. (on Monday) Understand the extreme environments in human.(on Monday)
Class 6 Endurance exercise and health Understand roles of endurance exercise on health.
Class 7 Introduction on classes on Monday. Study about metabolic syndrome. Understand about metabolic syndrome.
Class 8 Modern society (globalization) and infectious diseases Understand the characteristics of infections caused by globalization.
Class 9 Exercise performance under high and low temperature environment. Understand basics of thermoregulation.
Class 10 Relationship between physical activity and health promotion. Understand the relationship between physical activity and health promotion.
Class 11 Exercise performance under high and low temperature environment. Consideration of the competition time at the Olympic games. Understand thermoregulation during exercise.
Class 12 Relationship between nutrition and sports. Understand the relationship between nutrition and sports.
Class 13 Effects and risks to the body of various sports events, Lifelong sport that fits you Understand the effective application of sports activities.
Class 14 Relationship between circadian rhythms and exercise and sports. Understand the relationship between circadian rhythms and exercise and sports.

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.


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.)



Capacity is 100 or less students.

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