2020 Graduation Thesis

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Course description and aims

The student conducts research on a theme determined through discussions with his/her academic supervisor. The
student gets a deep understanding of his/her research theme by reading related literature, and associated problems are
defined and solved through research activities and discussions. While carrying out research, the student learns how to
solve problems by applying specialist knowledge in his/her field as well as fundamental knowledge of other related
fields that have been acquired through enrolling in various courses. He/she also learns research techniques such as
collecting, analyzing, and studying data, and cultivates his/her ability to look at things from many perspectives. In
addition, the student makes a presentation detailing his/her research findings.
This course forms a central part of Tokyo Tech’s laboratory-based education where individual students work on a
specific research theme. It has a complementary relationship with coursework based on a structured curriculum.
By carrying out research, it is expected that the student will increase knowledge in his/her field and that he/she will
acquire comprehensive skills to identify and develop solutions that will solve new and unsolved problems.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Apply knowledge of biotechnology to solve problems related to the field
2. Study the fundamentals of fields other than biotechnology independently to solve problems
3. Understand the significance of biotechnology problems, judge their influence on society, and solve them
4. Explain concepts logically, discuss them
5. Work as an independent researcher and have the knowledge and oral competence to present his/her point of view effectively during discussions


presentation of Bachelor’s thesis, research theme, problem-solving, literature search, ability to explain concepts logically

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Conduct laboratory work under the guidance of your academic supervisor. The course schedule is determined through discussions with your academic supervisor.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 ・Discussions on the direction of your research ・Decide your research theme ・Carry out research ・Literature search ・Interim report ・Interpret results and draw conclusions ・Prepare presentation materials and get instructions for presentation from your advisor ・Technical presentation Follow instructions from your academic supervisor.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend a certain length of time outside of class on preparation and review (including for assignments), as specified by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Undergraduate Learning (東京工業大学学修規程) and the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Graduate Learning (東京工業大学大学院学修規程), for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

The specific assessment criteria and methods, which are in accordance with student learning outcomes 1 to 5 above,
will be announced after they are determined by the department.

Related courses

  • ZUX.A221 : Basic Biotechnology Laboratory I
  • ZUX.A222 : Basic Biotechnology Laboratory II
  • ZUX.D321 : Biotechnology Laboratory I
  • ZUX.D322 : Biotechnology Laboratory II

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

The student is required to have satisfied the conditions for taking Graduation Thesis at the School of Biotechnology.

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