2021 Engineering Literacy I a

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School of Engineering
Aono Yuko  Tanaka Hiroto  Yoshioka Hayato  Chujo Toshihiro  Momozono Satoshi  Yasui Takao  Sasabe Takashi  Kondo Masatoshi  Saito Takushi  Matsushita Shintaro  Kurabayashi Daisuke  Manaka Takaaki 
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Course description and aims

This course aims to become a bridge between general education at high school and specialized education in the subjects of No.200 or higher. This course also aims to cultivate not only basic knowledge of engineering but also sense and attitude for problem solving so that the freshmen of School of Engineering can learn actively specialized subjects after sophomore.
By taking all Engineering literacy I-IV, the students experience the following all seven subjects in Engineering Literacy.
【Manufacturing process 】
【Mechanical Design (Steamship)】
【Mechanical Design (CAD)】
【Wireless electric car with microcomputer】
【Communication, Computation, and Intelligent Information Processing】
【Management Technology (Industrial Engineering and Economics)】

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
【Manufacturing process 】
1) Practice various manufacturing processes and machine tools.
2) Do basic works yourself.
【Mechanical Design (Steamship)】
1) Understand the basic knowledge of thermodynamics and fluidmechanics, and apply them to actual problems.
2) Design mechanisms based on its principle, and improve it based on understanding actual phenomena.
3) Discuss and solve the problem in their group.


【Manufacturing process 】
manufacturing process, machine tool, safety, measurement, lathe, milling machine, drilling machine, bending machine, band saw, shearing, grinding
【Mechanical Design (Steamship)】
thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, problem solving, design, manufacturing

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

【Manufacturing process 】
Students will practice how to operate machine tools and measuring instruments for produce machinery in order to learn fundamental knowledge and technique on manufacturing processes. In addition, safety training program will be given to ensure your safety on work. Guidance on practical works and safety training program are given for all at once. Then, the students separate into four groups, and each group takes three practices among the following four practices in rotation.
A. Fundamental operation of lathe
B. Fundamental operation of milling machine
C. Fundamental operation of scribing and drilling machine
D. Fundamental operation of band saw and bending machine
Attendance is taken in every class.
【Mechanical Design (Steamship)】
Principle of steamship propelled by energy of a candle flame is discussed and the ship is designed by each student. Using the movie of the commercially available steamships, principle of propulsion for the steamship is discussed by group discussion. In addition, the moving principle of stirling engine and its applications are studied. Furthermore, the paper airplane is designed and made by each student. Flying time and distance of the paper airplanes are competed with each other through the tournament.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 【Manufacturing process 】 Introduction to machining practices, safety training, fundamental knowledge on machining. 【Mechanical Design (Steamship)】 Guidance, experiment using a commercially available steamship, and discussion about the propulsion principle of steamship 【Manufacturing process 】 Review the general precautions on work. 【Mechanical Design (Steamship)】 Explain the propulsion principle of steamship
Class 2 Practical work 1 Explain the basic procedure of the operation of the machine used in practical work 1.
Class 3 Practical work 2 Explain the basic procedure of the operation of the machine used in practical work 2.
Class 4 Practical work 3 Explain the basic procedure of the operation of the machine used in practical work 3.
Class 5 Explain the propulsion principle of steamship and design the steamship, Explain the moving principle of stirling engine Design the steamship. Explain the moving principle of stirling engine
Class 6 Explain the basic flying principle of airplane, design and make the paper airplane Design and make the paper airplane
Class 7 Paper airplane contest, awarding ceremony Consider what is important for paper airplane to improve its flying time and distance.

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.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

【Manufacturing process 】
Full attendance and completion of all practical works are compulsory.
【Mechanical Design (Steamship)】
Evaluate design report, result of interview during competition about design, and performance of the manufactured steamship comprehensively.

Related courses

  • XEG.B101 : Engineering Literacy I
  • XEG.B102 : Engineering Literacy II
  • XEG.B103 : Engineering Literacy III
  • XEG.B104 : Engineering Literacy IV

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

This lecture is only for the freshmen of School of Engineering.
Students are strongly recommended to take all Engineering literacy I-IV to experience all subjects in Engineering Literacy.

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