2019 Seminar in Biomolecular Engineering IX

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Biomolecular Engineering
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Course description and aims

This course is designed to give students specialist knowledge in their field of study as well as basic knowledge in a broader area, with a focus on research assignments that are decided through discussions between students and academic supervisors. 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 and techniques for data collection and analysis, but also to acquire comprehension skills, linguistic proficiency, the ability to present ideas and arguments effectively in academic writing and through discussions.

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.

Students need to enroll Seminars in Biomolecular Engineering V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X in this order.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following abilities in stages by completing Seminars in Biomolecular Engineering V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X:
1. Highly pofessional expertise for identifying fundamental scientific and technical issues in the field of biomolecular engineering.
2. Ability to solve various practical problems based on broad knowledge and skills in science and technology.
3. Ability to freely utilize expertise to provide creative ideas.
4. Ability to lead research and development projects and open up a new field with a global perspective.
5. Excellent ability to explain concepts logically, develop arguments, and put them in writing.


Literature search, literature reading, data collection, data analysis, academic writing, academic presentation and discussion, laboratory-based education

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, and the course schedule is determined by the academic supervisor. In some cases, multiple laboratories may choose to hold classes jointly.

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

  • 500-level graduate major courses in Life Science and Technology

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

1. Students must be a member of one of the laboratories in the Department of Biological Information.
2. Students must have completed Seminars in Biomolecular Engineering I to IV or have equivalent knowledge.

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