2019 Seminar of Civil Engineering VIII

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Civil Engineering
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Course description and aims

This course is designed for doctoral students to give them specialist knowledge in their field of study as well as basic knowledge in a broader area, with a focus on research assignments that are suggested by the academic supervisor (assignments may be decided through discussions with the academic supervisor). The students will incorporate this knowledge into their own research themes to carry out research, participate in academic discussions, and give presentations of their findings.
The aims of the abovementioned process are not only to develop the students’ skills in such areas as literature search and analysis, and techniques for collecting, analyzing, and assessing data, but also to acquire linguistic proficiency and comprehension skills as well as the ability to present ideas and arguments effectively in academic writing and through discussions and presentations.
Graduate education at Tokyo Tech is comprised of coursework education based on a structured curriculum and laboratory work characterized by individualized instruction. Research Seminar courses are central to the laboratory based education, and active learning is strongly encouraged. By enrolling in Research Seminar courses and pursuing research activities, students are expected to develop expertise in their field of study and gain skills that are sought after
by society.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following abilities in stages by completing Research Seminar V to X:
1) Theoretical understanding of the fundamentals of engineering necessary for professional practice and research.
2) Technical skills and knowledge required for cutting-edge research in their field of civil engineering, and the ability to apply this research to practical use.
3) Creativity required for producing, communicating, and applying new research ideas and knowledge.
4) Understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity, necessary for the international practice of civil engineering.
5) Communication and leadership skills needed for the international practice of civil engineering.


Literature search, data collection, data analysis, academic-paper writing, presentation and discussion training,
laboratory-based education, coursework

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Classes are held at the academic supervisor’s laboratory. The course schedule will be determined through discussions
held among students and the academic supervisor. In some cases, multiple laboratories may choose to hold classes
jointly. Some laboratories might hold classes in English. Check with your academic supervisor.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 To be announced by each laboratory. To be announced by each laboratory.


Specified by the academic supervisor as necessary.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Specified by the academic supervisor as necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Specifics of the assessment criteria and methods, which are in accordance with the student learning outcomes 1)–5), will
be announced prior to the start of the course.

Related courses

  • None

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

Students must be a member of one of the laboratories.

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