2016 International Engineering Design Experiences (Fall Semester)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Oda Mitsushige  Shinno Hidenori  Horie Mikio  Iijima Junichi  Kitazume Masaki  Kishimoto Kikuo  Saijo Miki  Fujii Haruyuki  Mougenot Celine  Matsumura Shigeki  Yoshida Kazuhiro  Hasegawa Osamu  Inaba Kazuaki  Shirabe Masashi  Sakamoto Hiraku 
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Course description and aims

In this course, students can learn the basics of design thinking in PBL(Project Based Learning) style. Students from different backgrounds form teams. Each team selects a small project to work on it and make a presentation.
The goals of the course are to learn the basics of design thinking and to exercise implementing them.

Student learning outcomes

- understand basic knowledge and skills of design thinking
- become accustomed to cross-cultural communication
- become cross-culturally aware


design thinking, PBL (project based learning)、cross cultural awareness

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

As collaboration is the main activity, this will be organized as a one-week intensive course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 5 day intensive course Day 1 Ice-breaking, team formation, simple collaboration, lecture on design thinking Day 2 Introduction to Japanese society, culture and technology, explanation of problems to tackle in this class, concept designing by team Day 3 Selection of a design concept, 2D prototyping, improvement of the design concept Day 4 3D prototyping or preparation of demonstration Day 5 Finishing operation, preparation of presentation, presentation Each team selects one of the following design target. (1) products, systems or services to solve an important problem of Japanese society, e.g., aging. (2) products, systems or services based on Japanese technology or culture (3) products, systems or services targeting the Japanese market



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Hand out materials as needed

Assessment criteria and methods

(1) participation situation to / attitude to tackle a project (30%)
(2) result of project and its presentation (70%)
(2) will be evaluated as a team.

Related courses

  • ESD.A502 : Engineering Design Project B
  • ESD.A503 : Engineering Design Project C

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

Basic English Communication.
Motivations to global teamwork.


When the number of applicants exceeds 20, we will select 20 of them for this class in consideration of the balance of foreign/domestic participants. When the number of applicants is less than 10, we may cancel this class.

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