2021 Seminar in energy science S1

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
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Course description and aims

In this course, students pursue researching, discussing, summarizing, and making presentation for their thesis research and related topics as requested by their academic supervisor.
Students can acquire the basic ability as an independent researcher and an engineer; such as literature survey and analysis of previous published literature, data collection, method for analysis and evaluation, capacity of understanding, creativity, ability of design, ability to find gaps in knowledge in the literature, ability to solve problems, improve language skill, ability to write a thesis, discuss research methods, and prepare oral presentations.
In the graduate course students acquire knowledge from coursework and the laboratory-based education, while receiving individual guidance on their research. This research seminar is a core course in the laboratory-based education and students are required to increase their research specialty and power of execution, actively and critical thinking in this course.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following ability in order to become an independent researcher, step by step.
1) Professional expertise for identifying the scientific and technological essence of energy science and engineering.
2) Ability to acquire expertise in areas outside of energy science and engineering and connect it to practical problem solving.
3) Ability to analyze emerging research issues and to propose creative ideas by use of the professional knowledge.
4) Ability to conduct research with global awareness of the research and developing trends.
5) Ability to explain concepts logically, develop arguments, and put them in writing.


Research, literature search, data collection, data analysis, analysis and evaluation, understanding, finding key research issues, solving problems, academic paper writing, oral presentation, laboratory-based education

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Classes are held at the academic supervisor’s laboratory. The course schedule will be determined through discussions among lab students with the academic supervisor.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 To be determined by each laboratory. To be determined by each laboratory.


Specified by the academic supervisor, as necessary.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Specified by the academic supervisor, as necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Specifics of the assessment criteria and methods, being in accordance with the student learning outcomes 1)-5), will be determined prior to the start of the course.

Related courses

  • 400-level graduate major courses in Energy Science and Engineering.

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

1. Students must be a member of one of the laboratories in the Energy Science and Engineering graduate major.

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