Introduction to Applied Life Science I

Numbering Code U-AGR02 1B103 LJ79 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year 1st year students Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Fri.1
Instructor name SHIRAI OSAMU (Graduate School of Agriculture Professor)
KITAZUMI YUUKI (Graduate School of Agriculture Assistant Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course To develop basic academic skills to examine topics related to applied life science, such as the environment, life, food, and energy, mainly from the perspective of chemistry. Based on chemistry learned in high school, students learn the fundamentals that are necessary to master specialist subjects at university. It is intended that Weeks 1 and 15 will be spent receiving guidance from teaching staff.
Course Goals To develop fundamental concepts of basic physical and analytical chemistry and chemical thermodynamics which serve as basic chemistry and calculating abilities. To apply the knowledge in the field of life science. Furthermore, to acquire an overview of the field of physical chemistry in applied life science.
Schedule and Contents (Lecture plan)
Lectures 2-8 (Shirai)
Basic physical and analytical chemistry
 The unit and formula, differential calculus, and integral calculus, which are useful for science
 Two faces of entropy
 What is the essence of chemical equilibrium?
Biophysical chemistry in the area of applied life sciences
 What is polarography?
 What is a Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR)?
 Nerve transmission, cell-to-cell communication, and the electric circuit
Assessment is based on the report and the end-of-semester exam.


Lectures 9-14 (Kitazumi)
Basic physical and analytical chemistry
Physical quantities and units
 What to be mindful of in experiments and how to deal with data
 Basics in statistical processing
 Equilibrium and kinetics 
Biophysical chemistry in the area of applied life sciences
 What does an electrochemical sensor measure?
Fuel cell using enzymes
Assessment is based on the report and the end-of-semester exam.

In addition, during the teaching period, students' questions about lectures are received and responded to (feedback) by means of e-mail.
Evaluation Methods and Policy For Shirai: Assessment based on the report and the end-of-semester exam (written exam)
For Kitazumi: Assessment based on the report and the end-of-semester exam (written exam)
Assessment criteria and achievement policy are drawn from "Assessment criteria and achievement" in the current version of Faculty of Agriculture Student Handbook.
Course Requirements Students should have good comprehension of high school level chemistry.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Be sure to prepare and review, as suggested in class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References KANO, Kenji and YAMAMOTO, Masahiro 『たのしい物理化学 I』 (Kodansha) ISBN:978-4-06-154395-9: Used in lectures delivered by Kano. This textbook is also used in Biophysical Chemistry I and Biophysical Chemistry II.
References, etc. To be introduced during class
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