2020 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  Takagi Hiroshi  Takahashi Fumitake  Sagara Hiroshi  Suwanteep Kultip 
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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 lecture and group-work bases.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 (Understanding of system/Design method) Characteristics of social system, relevant aspects to policies, and diversity of decision-making systems understand overall structure of this class.
Class 2 (Assessment framework) procedure of systems analysis, Findings of issues, date collection, and structuring/ Design with alternative consideration (including participation method) understand how systems are dealt in this class, and arrange structured issues relevant to interesting systems.
Class 3 (Design method) Framework of assessment, the concept of evaluation, Evaluation in views of systems efficiency and effectiveness understand design method on alternatives and stakeholders involvement
Class 4 (Specific aspect of assessment) Diversity of evaluation methods 2 (Environmental impact assessment, LCA etc) understand viewpoints common in assessment methods
Class 5 Exercise 1) Group-work for a social system: Findings of problems and issues understand how to discuss on problems and issues for a specific system
Class 6 Exercise 2) Group-work for a social system: Structuring of problems and issues/ Consideration of alternatives understand problem structuring and how to consider alternatives.
Class 7 Exercise 3) Group-work for a social system: Evaluation and selection of alternatives/ Presentation understand evaluation of alternatives and selection of suitable ones, and make presentation.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


will be provided the information during the course.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

will be provided the information during the course.

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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