Examples of Courses

Note - It is a part of the courses introduced below. Please refer to the syllabus of Department of Global Environment and Disaster Prevention Sciences from here.

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the global environment, which is complexly intertwined, and will acquire basic knowledge to solve various problems related to the global environment, disasters, energy resources and more. Several faculty members will teach this course. Each of them will teach his/her expert field of the earth system simply. Students will learn the relationships between fields that go beyond each field. Thus, students will learn how important it is to understand the overall picture of the earth system which requires knowledge in a wide range of fields.

In this class, students will learn what kind of movement an object that has a universal gravitation would do by seeing actual planetary motions. The scope of astronomy is wide; however, students will learn about astrodynamics, mainly the motion of planets in the solar system. In addition, students will learn basic knowledge of cosmology.

Students will gain an understanding of the basic structure and properties of atoms and nuclei. First, students deepen understanding of the structure of atoms while learning the basics of mechanics that describe the microscopic world. Next, students will learn the structure and properties of nuclei and the physical phenomena occurring at the atomic level.

The goal is to be able to understand how the distribution of solar energy, the rotation of the earth, and being a water planet are related to weather phenomena that are familiar to us. There are various meteorological phenomena; however, in this class, we mainly focus on basic weather phenomena related to human life. First, students will learn the vertical direction of the atmosphere based on basic knowledge of the thermodynamics and fluid dynamics. Second, students will learn precipitation, water circulation, and mesoscale phenomena.

In order to predict how the global environment will change, students need to know the history of the earth. Students will find a path to figure out the history of the global environment from rocks and fossils that are familiar to us. Geology is a fundamental study to understand changes of the global environment historically. Students will learn how to decipher information about the history of the earth and changes inside of the earth from rocks and geological formation, and will also learn how an overview of the history of the earth is considered.

The goal is to be able to understand earthquake information from basic knowledge such as seismic observing means and observed seismic waves, hypocenter distribution of earthquake and time changes in seismic activities. In the first half of“Seismology” classes, students will learn the basics such as seismic phenomena, seismic observation, seismic waves, hypocenter distribution, and seismic activities. Lectures are focused on what kind of phenomena exist and how to understand them.

Students will gain abilities to explain what they learn in a class with sentences and diagrams. Students will also learn about the basics of architectural structures and civil engineering structures, and how these structures are made up. Damages due to earthquakes and typhoons are often caused by the destruction of architectural structures and civil engineering structures. In order to reduce the damages, it is necessary to create structures strong enough to against strong winds and shakes caused by earthquakes. Students will learn the basic knowledge to work out countermeasures.

Students are to understand the experimental methods written in the experimental model. As a next step, students will try out experiments on their own. Students will process experimental data appropriately and describe considerations logically based on the results. Students will develop the ability to report experimental results in correct Japanese language. Students will learn how to conduct experiments, how to process, analyze and consider data, and how to write reports based on the data found. These are essential for graduation research in physics.

The goal is to be able to read simple topographical maps and analyze topography, to understand the basic use of clinometers, to be able to make simple step measurements, to learn how to use stereographic projection, how to understand rock formations such as particle size, sedimentary structures, fossils by touching actual objects. In order to conduct field geological surveys, students will learn how to read topographic maps, to analyze topography, to use clinometers, to create particle size tables, to measure with footsteps, to understand rock phase and sedimental structures, to use stereographic projections and to observe fossils. In addition to this, there is one outdoor tour. It makes this course unique to have the actual practical preparation of field geological surveys.

Students will gain the latest analytical techniques and problem-solving methods related to the global environment. The global environment related problems are in various fields. Students will choose one of the faculty members who specializes in a field that students are interested in as an instructor. With the instructor, students will learn what can do to approach the problems and how to solve them.

The goal is to understand the method of geological survey in the field, and to be able to get an overview of the stratigraphy of the survey area with the data obtained by students themselves. It is aimed to obtain the basics of geological surveys for obtaining geological data in the field. Students will submit the data from the geological surveys as a report. It makes this course special to go out into the fields and observe actual rocks and geological formations.