2020 International Engineering Design Experiences (Spring Semester)

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Shirabe Masashi  Saijo Miki  Saito Shigeki  Inaba Kazuaki  Ohashi Takumi 
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Course description and aims

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

The goals of the course are to learn the basics of design thinking and to exercise implementing them.

Student learning outcomes

- understand the 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 course is an intensive course of one week(Afternoon, 22, 24-26, 29 of July). Short term overseas students will join this class.

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 targets (under consideration). (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 cultures (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%)

will be evaluated as a team.

Related courses

  • ESD.B401 : Engineering Design Advanced
  • ESD.B402 : Engineering Design Project

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

Basic English Communication.
Motivations to global teamwork.


When the number of applicants from Tokyo Tech exceeds 10, we will select 10 of them for this class in consideration of the balance of foreign/domestic participants.

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