2018 Engineering Writing (L Seminar)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Fujita Hideaki 
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Mon3-4(H111)  Thr3-4(H111)  
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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) Make a logical description on academic and technological contents in Japanese.
2) Make academic papers and technical reports with figures and tables easy to understand.
3) Make a presentation with appropriate posters and/or slides to avoid misunderstanding.
4) Collect and summarize the required information from technical papers and/or patent documents.


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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The first three plenary classes will be given by the representative instructor, and in the following 12 classes, the corresponding academic supervisor will guide each student in the laboratory.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Writing: Difficulty in Japanese language along with comparison to English), wrong sentences, rules of writing. Write sentences
Class 2 Sentence improvement and ethics: Literary expressions, procedure for a logical descriptions, conjunction and disjunction, basic expressions, misunderstandable sentences from an ethical point of view. Sentence improvement
Class 3 Structure and preparation of technical papers and presentations: Reason why we write technical papers, structure of technical papers, writing of key components, to be written or not to be. 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

Assignments in the first three lectures: 30%, report on the laboratory work: 50%, evaluation from the academic supervisor: 20%.

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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