2024 Literacy of Computing 4

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School of Computing
Wakita Ken 
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Course description and aims

This course facilitates students’ ability to study how to investigate for given topics and demonstrate their opinions for debating on them as well as to take an interest in international research and development activities and ethics for researchers and engineers. The course aims at supporting students’ independent and motivated study with awareness of various issues and intellectual curiosity.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will:
- Understand advanced research and development activities, and
- Be able to investigate on given topics and debate on them.


Research and development activities, debate

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In the first two classes, advanced research and development actives are introduced. The remainder will be spent for debates on given topics.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Talks on research and development activities (1) Understand advanced research and development activities
Class 2 Talks on research and development activities (2) Understand advanced research and development activities. An assignment will be given in class.
Class 3 Introduction and preparation for debate Understand the rules of debate and prepare topics for it
Class 4 Debate (1) Given in class
Class 5 Debate (2) Given in class
Class 6 Debate (3) Given in class
Class 7 Debate (4) Given in class

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.



Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of the talks on advanced research and development activities and their efforts for debates. Students’ course scores are based on assignments on the talks (20%) and those on debates (80%).

Related courses

  • XCO.P101 : Processes for creation in science and technology 【School of Computing】
  • LAH.T105 : Ethics in Engineering A

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

No prerequisites are necessary.

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