2019 Independent research project(EEE)

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Undergraduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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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 writes a thesis and 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. It is also expected that the student will acquire communication abilities.

Student learning outcomes

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

Corresponding educational goals are:
(3) Communication skills Logical explanations and mutual respect
(4) Applied skills (inquisitive thinking and/or problem-finding skills) Organization and analysis
(5) Applied skills (practical and/or problem-solving skills) Basic problem solving
(8) Skills thinking and writing logically, and explaining and expressing their thoughts in a team
(9) Skills multilaterally understanding and analyzing phenomena related to electrical and electronic engineering, and taking action at their own discretion
(10) Skills understanding the relationship between electrical and electronic engineering and society, and using the expertise to solve problems


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

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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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 ・ Guidance from your academic supervisor ・ Discussions on the direction of your research ・ Decide your research theme ・ Carry out research ・ Literature search ・ Interim report ・ Interpret results and draw conclusions ・ Write bachelor’s thesis ・ Prepare presentation materials and get instructions for presentation from your advisor ・ Technical presentation Follow instructions from your academic supervisor.


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Assessment criteria and methods

The specific assessment criteria and methods based on a rublic, which are in accordance with student learning outcomes 1 to 5 above, will be announced in the website (http://www.ee.e.titech.ac.jp/en/) after they are determined by the department.

Related courses

  • Courses in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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

The student is required to have satisfied the conditions for taking Graduation Thesis at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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