Social nature

Understanding coupled natural/environmental and human systems is fundamental to the quest for sustainability. But, what is “nature” or “environment”, or what are environmental issues? In this lecture, nature, environment, and envrionmental issues are discussed as a social construct subject to changing perceptions. To bridge the gap between natural and social students, theories and concepts from both, natural sciences and social sciences, are presented, which are relevant for human-environment interaction research. Climate change as a current threat is discussed from the natural science perspective as well as from deeply entrenched social worldviews to explore a complex environmental problem from a cross-disciplinary perspective. The goals is to equip students with perspectives and a language that can be used in cross-disciplinary research teams. This helps students to learn how to frame their research to communicate their own interests effectively with researchers of other disciplines and with public. School of Life and Environmental Sciences Multidisciplinary Subjects Tsukuba Campus This lecture is held online. Check information on Manaba a few days before the lecture starts to find out how the course is implemented.

1. Development of the human population
2. What is nature?
3. Technocratic, ecocentric and social view on nature
4. External, intrinsic and universal nature of nature
5. Changing perception of the environment: from Golden Age to the civilizing process
6. Environmental change and societal resilience: factors for societal collapse
7. Theories and concepts from natural science
8. Theories and concepts from social science
9. Climate change from the natural science perspective
10. Deeply entrenched views on climate change Parkner Thomas Fri3 1490111 1.0 3, 4 lectures Course is held online (Microsoft Teams, synchronous & asynchronous). Not offered from 2023.
Identical to 1F90011.
JTP. Online(Synchronous) 2B411 2 assignments (20% each) during coursework, final assignment 60%. https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2022/1490111/eng/0

Agro-Biomedical Science Group seminar

There is a wide range of issues associated with food and health from familiar problems to global issues. In this group seminar, each student group survey food and health issues, and propose the solution idea to solve a particular issue. Specifically, each group will first identify “issues related to food and health” and investigate the social, scientific, and business backgrounds related to the issues. Then, based on the research, they will put together a proposal for solving the issue, including elements of research, social practice, and business value, and make a group presentation. In addition to research and discussion by student groups, the group seminar will include excursions to related companies and research institutes, and business thinking training. International Joint Degree Master’s Program in Agro-Biomedical Science in Food and Health Tsukuba Campus Ichikawa Masao,Ohniwa Ryosuke,Ohbayashi Norihiko,Shinkai Yasuhiro,LOMBARDO Fabien Claude Renaud,Zheng Ling Intensive 0AVC016 1.0 1 Class Exercises Lecture is conducted in English.
9/12-9/30
Major required course. Register for courses with the course number of your major. Online(Synchronous). face-to-face https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2021/0AVC016/eng/

Basic Molecular Nutrition

We take the nutrients necessary for life support through our diet, overload and deficiency of the nutrients impair health. It is also little doubt that chemicals contaminated in water and foods affect human health, resulting in occurrence of a variety of diseases. In this lecture, first of all, the students will learn 1) fundamental biochemistry (e.g., metabolism and synthesis) of the five major nutrients (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, and minerals) in the body, 2) role of such nutrients in the body development/maintenance and aging, 3) onset of various diseases caused by excessive and deficient the nutrients, and 4) intake of the nutrients from food. Next, we will learn the health hazards caused by environmental pollutants contaminated in water and food. International Joint Degree Master’s Program in Agro-Biomedical Science in Food and Health Tsukuba Campus Ohbayashi Norihiko,Kumagai Yoshito,Shinkai Yasuhiro,Ohniwa Ryosuke,LOMBARDO Fabien Claude Renaud,Zheng Ling Fri3 0AVC015 1.0 1 Lectures Lecture is conducted in English.
Major required course. Register for courses with the course number of your major. Online(Asynchronous). face-to-face https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2021/0AVC015/eng/

Environmental Law

Content and purpose of this lecture is as follows.
(1)Understand the principles and basic concepts of Environmental Law and Policy(including international law and domestic law) to solve the environmental problems of domestic and global environmental issues.
(2)Outline the “framework of Basic Environment Law” and “Environmental Assessment Law”, and other environmental laws.
(3)Consider and discuss, for legal measures in developing countries and developed countries. As a result, develop the ability to understand and solve the environmental issues. This course will be conducted online (on-demand). Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences Tsukuba Campus Consider the environmental issues from a comprehensive point of view,

(1)to acquire knowledge about environmental law and policy to solve the environmental problems. also,

(2)to acquire the ability to agenda-setting skills, analytical skills for legal policy and environmental issues, and thinking skills for the resolution.”

Competences:Analytical skills, Ability to solve problems N/A Asaga Hironobu,Mizunoya Takeshi Intensive 0AND376 2.0 1・2 Lectures Lecture schedule will be posted as soon as it is determined.
Identical to 01AD430.
Lecture is conducted in English.
Online(Asynchronous). face-to-face Assignments (Attendance will be confirmed by submission of the assignment)

Assignments: An essay report will be assigned in each lecture. ( around 250-300 words but size can be exceeded)

Content of the assignment: Your own thoughts on the topic of the lecture (agree / disagree)

Submission method: by email to the lecturer

Submission deadline: 2 weeks after the assignment topic is opened

Grading will be made based on the format and content of the submitted assignment.

Structure: introduction, main body, and conclusion

Suggested length: 250-300 words or more

Only students whose assignment submission rate is 70% or more will be evaluated. https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2021/0AND376/eng/

Special Lecture on Science Communication

This course focuses on the role of communication in the complex relationship between science and society. Through a series of discussion-based classes, we will review the foundational theories of science communication; examine the practices, relevance and importance of science communication in the modern world; and consider current themes in science communication research. Students are expected to actively participate in discussions and contribute to course content. 1. Science Communication – what is it?
2. Science Communication – why?
3. Terms, models, and reflections 1
4. Terms, models, and reflections 2
5. Issues in science communication: Science literacy
6. Issues in science communication: Public attitudes
7. Issues in science communication: Cultural influences
8. Issues in science communication: Social influences
9. Issues in science communication: Students sources topics 1
10. Issues in science communication: Students sources topics 2 Graduate School of Science and Technology Tsukuba Campus Communication ability
Internationality

Research ability
Specialized knowledge
Ethics Wood Matthew Christopher Intensive 0AH0310 1.0 1・2 Lectures and Class Exercises This course may not be available if there are too many participants. Identical to 01AA010.
Lectures are conducted in English if requested Students are evaluated, according to their understanding and aummarization. https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2021/0AH0310/eng/

Seminar in Advanced Biological Sciences

生物学研究の面白さを実感できるよう、先端的な研究内容を取りあげて、生物学研究の現状と将来展望についての理解力を養う。また、これらの研究の背景を理解するとともに、いかにしてブレイクスルーがもたらされたかを考えることで、課題解決能力の向上につなげることを目的とする。また、国際的に最先端の研究内容を理解することで、国際競争力の向上につなげる。 1. Frontiers in systematics
2. Frontiers in evolutionary biology
3. Frontiers in molecular biology
4. Frontiers in cellular biology
5. Frontiers in plant developmental biology
6. Frontiers in plant physiology
7. Frontiers in animal developmental biology
8. Frontiers in animal physiology
9. Frontiers in genome biology
10. Frontiers in ecology Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences Master’s Program in Biology Tsukuba Campus General competence:
Utilization of knowledge

Competence for Program in Biology:
Knowledge of natural science
Knowledge of biology Ishida Ken-ichiro,Miura Kenji,Nakada Kazuto,Chiba Chikafumi,Morino Yoshiaki,Shiratori Takashi Wed6 0ANA001 1.0 1 Lectures Lectures are conducted in English if requested. 必修. Online(Synchronous) Students are evaluated, according to their understanding, summarization, and presentation of the contents of the papers. https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2021/0ANA001/eng/

General Biology I

分子細胞生物学の教科書を参照しながらオムニバス形式で講義を行う。分子細胞生物学の基礎的な知識に関して復習しながら、先端的な研究の実例も交えて生物学の幅広い知識を得る。Nature、Science、Current Biology、PNASなどで報告される最先端の研究成果に関して、専門分野以外の論文でも読みこなせるだけの素養を身に付ける。 DNA, Chromosomes
Genomes
How cells read the genomes
From DNA to protein
Control of gene expression
Manipulating proteins
Manipulating DNA and RNA
Visualizing cells
Membrane structure
Membrane structure
Electrical properties of membranes
Intracellular compartments
Protein sorting
Intracellular vesicular traffic
Summary of the first half
Energy conversion: mitochondria
Energy conversion: chloroplasts
Mechanisms of cell communication
The cytoskeleton
The cell cycle
Apoptosis
Cell junction and cell adhesion
Extracellular matrix
Cancer (1)
Cancer (2)
Development of multicellular organisms (1)
Development of multicellular organisms (2)
Pathogens and infection
Innate immunity
Summary of the second half Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences Master’s Program in Biology Tsukuba Campus General competence:
Utilization of knowledge

Competence for Program in Biology:
Knowledge of natural science
Knowledge of biology Ishikawa Kaori,HAYASHI YOSHIKI,Suzaki Takuya,Sakamoto Kazuichi,Maruo Fumiaki,Ono Michiyuki,Inaba Kazuo,Chiba Chikafumi,Chiba Tomoki,kuwayama hidekazu,Nakada Kazuto,Nakano Kentaro,Tsuruta Fuminori,Miura Kenji,Sasakura Yasunori,Yaguchi Shunsuke,Horie Takeo,Sakurai Keisuke Wed5,6 0ANA011 3.0 1・2 Lectures Identical to 01AA030.
Lectures are conducted in English if requested. 西暦奇数年度開講。. Online(Asynchronous). Online(Synchronous) Students are evaluated, according to their understanding, summarization, and presentation of the contents of the papers. https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2021/0ANA011/eng/

Environmental Microbiology

Microorganisms are an important part of natural environments. Fundamental knowledge on environmental microbiology will be lectured. This lecture deals with the ecological role of microorganisms, the physiological state of microorganisms in the environment, microorganisms in extreme environments and application of microbial functions for conservation of environments. Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences Tsukuba Campus This course aims to understand basic knowledge in microbiology and how to use them to tackle problems in environmental sciences. Nomura Nobuhiko,Toyofuku Masanori Tue5,6 0AND364 2.0 1・2 Lectures Identical to 01AD305.
Lecture is conducted in English.
Hybrid or Others
オンデマンド型及び同時双方向型で実施 Lectures would be carried out online basically using Manaba and Zoom.
Reports or/and presentations would be assessed. Please check Manaba for details. Presentation and engagement to the course would be assessed. https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2021/0AND364/eng/

Soil and Water Environmental Colloid Science

Introductory and fundamental lecture of colloid and interface science is given placing an emphasis on the application to soil and water, and bio and environmental engineering. Environmental aspects of Colloid and Interface Science will be lectured intensively. Contents will cover;

1.Role of colloid and interface in soil and water environment.
2.Fundamental aspects of colloid and interface science. Browninan motion, diffusion, Boltzmann distribution, electric double layer, stability of colloid, introduction to thermodynamics, Gibbs’s free energy, chemical potential, rate theory of coagulation. Rate theory of coagulation, electrical double layer.
3.Application in engineering and bio-resources science. Mathematical tool of transport phenomena and thermodynamics will be lectured. Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences Tsukuba Campus The class will be held at seinou B201, presentation on the studied topic will be assigned. Adachi Yasuhisa Wed1,2 0AND354 2.0 1・2 Lectures Introductory and fundamental lecture of colloid and interface science is given placing an emphasis on the application to soil and water, and bio-environmental engineering. 9:30-16:00 生農B201(Seinou B201).
Identical to 01AD222.
Lecture is conducted in English. Assignment and Examination https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2021/0AND354/eng/

Biomaterials Science

In this course, the students will get an overview about achievements and current trends in the field of biohybrid systems for innovative applications in Life Science. The biohybrid systems discussed are conjugates and molecular assemblies consisting of biogenic molecules (biomolecules such as proteins or lipids) and abiogenic compounds and materials (e.g., synthetic polymers, amphiphiles or inorganic particles). Methods of biohybrid preparation and characterization will be presented with a critical evaluation of current and possible future applications, for example in medicine and biotechnology. The focus will be mainly on peptide- and protein-polymer conjugates due to the diverse functionalities of peptides and proteins for a broad range of applications. The course consists of 10 lectures, each 75 min. The topics presented and discussed in the lectures are scheduled as follows. Master’s Program in Life Science Innovation Tsukuba Campus Expertise, English language proficiency Walde Peter Johann,Ichikawa Sosaku Intensive 0AXA701 1.0 1 Lectures Lecture is conducted in English.
Hybrid or Others
Combination of Online (Asynchronous) and Online (Synchronous)

Two times online (Synchronous) classes during these days.
1. 8 Oct. (Fri) from 16:00 (JST): Introduction and overview (about 30 minutes)
2. 15 Oct. (Fri) From 16:00 (JST) : Summary lecture, Question-and-answer and Closing (about 60 minutes) Students are expected to be interested in the course topic and willing to learn something about an exciting field in which understanding of basic chemical, physical and engineering aspects are the basis for successful applications as well as for ideas about the development of novel, innovative and sustainable biohybrid systems. The “paper summary report” (approximately two or three A4 pages long) has to be sent to the teacher electronically (as doc file and as PDF) until not later than three weeks after the course finished, together with a PDF of the paper summarized (including Supplementary Information, if applicable).

The “paper summary report” will be evaluated (100 %) according to the following grades: A+ (achieved the goal with excellence); A (achieved the goal with good results); B (achieved the goal); C (achieved the minimum goal); D (did not achieve the goal). https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2021/0AXA701/eng/

Biomolecular Engineering

Supramolecules and macromolecules consisted of biomolecules can be used as practical tools and materials because of unique chemical and physical properties, biocompatibility and sustainability. This subject provides recent topics on biomolecular engineering. Master’s Program in Life Science Innovation Tsukuba Campus Expertise, Proficiency in English Hirakawa Hidehiko,Tomita Shuichiro,Teramoto Hidetoshi,Kameda Tsunenori,Miyagishi Makoto,Ichikawa Sosaku Thu1,2 0AXA702 1.0 1 Lectures Lecture is conducted in English.
Hybrid or Others
Basically online (Asynchronous). Some lectures may be given onsite. Grading will be carried out in the following two phases, and students fulfilling the criteria below will pass.

(1) Lists of research papers related to the lectures: At least one paper for each lecture. The outlines of the papers in the lists need be understood.

(2) A report on a selected paper from the above lists: Significance and novelty of the research need to be clearly described.

Note that grades from A+ to C are to be determined based on scientific criticism (additional experiments and/or discussion to improve the research) on the selected paper. Hidehiko Hirakawa hirakawa.hidehiko.ge@u.tsukuba.ac.jp https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2021/0AXA702/eng/

Project Management

This course provides an overview of project definition, project management terminology and processes (start-up, planning, execution, supervisory control, closure) and deepens understanding of basic project management. In addition, an overview of the project management tools that are actually used, methods of use, and examples of use will be shown. Students will understand the basics of project management practices that are useful for the research and development of biomaterials. Master’s Program in Life Science Innovation Tsukuba Campus Expertise, Proficiency in English Sato Tomoichi,Kiyota Mamoru,Hirakawa Hidehiko Thu1,2 0AXA703 1.0 1 Lectures Lecture is conducted in English.
Online(Asynchronous) Students may be required to bring a PC to learn how to use the tools on the exercise. Grades are evaluated based on performance by the exercises assigned to students.

It is evaluated on performed appropriateness of each assumed project management theme setting and are based on the degree of achievement (understanding and completeness) of the project management tool that manages them.

Appropriateness of virtual project theme setting (20%)

Achievement of virtual project theme management tools (80%; For each tool 20% x 4 tools are assumed)

Grades (A+, A, B, C and D) are to be determined based on percentage of achievement out of 100%

(A+ 100%; A >80%; B >70%; C >50% and 49%>D) https://kdb.tsukuba.ac.jp/syllabi/2021/0AXA703/eng/