2019 System Design & Impact Assessment

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Murayama Takehiko  Takeshita Kenji  Nishikizawa Shigeo  Tokimatsu Koji  Sato Yuriko  Hope Tom  Abe Naoya  Takagi Hiroshi  Takahashi Fumitake  Sagara Hiroshi 
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Course description and aims

For applying science and engineering methods for resolution of social issues, it is important to design systems considering issues and needs, after quantifying the relevant merits, demerits and risks. It is also required to take into account decision-making and acceptance of various stakeholders such as beneficiary, regulation authorities and industries, design appropriate technologies and system. Students learn methodologies on system design and assessment in transdisciplinary science and engineering fields with specific cases.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to;
1) explain the concepts on sustainability, environmental loads, social acceptance of technologies, risk evaluation and management
2) acquire the ability to design and evaluate the above items which include quantitative approach
3) apply those methods to specific systems


Sustainability, social acceptance, risk evaluation, communication

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Mainly conducted on a lecture basis.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 (Understanding of system) Characteristics of social system, relevant aspects to policies, and diversity of decision-making systems understand overall structure of this class.
Class 2 (Understanding of system/Design method) relationship with other science fields, procedure of systems analysis understand how systems are dealt in this class.
Class 3 (Design method) Findings of issues, date collection, and structuring arrange structured issues relevant to interesting systems.
Class 4 (Design method) Design with alternative consideration (including participation method) understand design method on alternatives and stakeholders involvement
Class 5 (Specific aspect of assessment) Framework of assessment, the concept of evaluation understand viewpoints common in assessment methods
Class 6 (Specific aspect of assessment) Evaluation in views of systems efficiency and effectiveness (including cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis) understand typical evaluation methods and collect cases.
Class 7 (Specific aspect of assessment) Diversity of evaluation methods 1 (Environmental impact assessment, LCA etc) understand the diversity of evaluation methods.
Class 8 (Specific aspect of assessment) Diversity of evaluation methods 12 (Risk quantification and management) understand risk evaluation and management methods.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

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Assessment criteria and methods

Students' score is based on evaluation of achievement for each class (40%) and final report (60%).

Related courses

  • TSE.C202 : System Design Project
  • TSE.C203 : Social Design Project
  • ZUS.P301 : Operating Systems
  • TSE.C201 : Introduction to Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering

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

None required.

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