2016 Engineering Writing (L Seminar)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Hirokawa Jiro 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
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Mon3-4(H111)  Wed1-2(W631)  
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Course description and aims

This course instructs skills to write reports and papers and to make presentations in Japanese in order for others to understand the contents correctly. It gives how to summarize in Japanese in comparison with in English. Targets of this course include presentation types and their features, research presentations and ethic, constructions of papers and presentations, writing papers, ways to write sentences and summary, drawing of figures and tables, making of slides and poster, search of papers and patents and presentation methods.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Write papers and reports in Japanese.
2) Make figures, tables, slides and posters to understand easily.
3) Make presentation for others to understand correctly.
4) Search information on papers and patents.


making sentences, making figures and tables, presentation skill, information search

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The first three classes are given by the lecturer (Hirokawa) and the following 12 classes are given by the supervisor of each student.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Writing sentences Write sentences
Class 2 Proof-reading Proof-read
Class 3 Construction and preparation of papers and presentations Make summary
Class 4 Making figures Make figures
Class 5 Making plots Make plots
Class 6 Making tables Make tables
Class 7 Search of papers Search papers
Class 8 Search of patents Search patents
Class 9 Survey of research trends Survey research trends
Class 10 Construction of presentation contents Construct presentation contents
Class 11 Preparation of presentation contents Prepare presentation contents
Class 12 Preparation of presentation statements Prepare presentation statements
Class 13 Presentation practice Practice presentation
Class 14 Presentation Make presentation
Class 15 Evaluation of presentation Evaluate presentation


The text is delivered at OCW-i.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

1) Toshikatsu Nakajima, Shin-ya Tsukamoto, "Intellectual writing of scientific and engineering sentences," Koronasha, ISBN:978-4-339-07640-0
2) Tadao Kinoshita, "Writing skills for science courses, Chuokoronsha, ISBN:978-4-12-100624-0
3) Tadashi Itasaka, "Thinking skills and writing skills," Kodansha, ISBN: 978-4-061-15885-6

Assessment criteria and methods

The lectures and the laboratory works are separately evaluated. The credit is given when the both evaluations are satisfied. The evaluation for the lecture is done by exercises and homework.

Related courses

  • EEE.L331 : Science and Engineering Ethics (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
  • Independent research project

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

Students should belong to a laboratory and start independent research project.

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