2016 Introduction to Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Nadaoka Kazuo  Chiba Satoshi  Kishimoto Kikuo  Yoshikawa Kunio  Yamaguchi Shinobu  Nohara Kayoko  Murayama Takehiko  Hope Tom  Takahashi Fumitake  Nakamura Takashi  Abe Naoya 
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Course description and aims

This course aims to provide the overall goal and curriculum structure of the Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering undergraduate major and then to carry out group work among the registered students in order to understand the significance of the transdisciplinary approach, as well as acquire the basic skills to engage in transdisciplinary approach.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand and explain the principle of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering in terms of education and research
2) Acquire the basic skills to design and implement projects applying the transdisciplinary approach to tackle today's complicated social issues.


融合理工学, 超域的アプローチ

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course will consist of lectures, group work and discussions, and group-presentations.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is a transdisciplinary approach? Case study 1: issues in environment, city and global contexts TBA
Class 2 Survey and group discussions for Case Study 1 TBA
Class 3 Group presentation of Case Study 1 TBA
Class 4 Discussions and confirmation of a Code of Conduct for the students at the Transdiscipinary Science and Engineering undergraduate major TBA
Class 5 Group work about Code of Conduct for the students at the Transdiscipinary Science and Engineering undergraduate major TBA
Class 6 Case Study 2: What is Design Thinking? TBA
Class 7 Survey and group discussions for Case Study 2 TBA
Class 8 Group presentation of Case Study 2 TBA



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Material will be distributed if necessary

Assessment criteria and methods

Group-work presentations (50%)
Individual reports (50%)

Related courses

  • TSE.C202 : System Design Project
  • TSE.C203 : Social Design Project
  • TSE.C303 : Project Management

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