2024 International Engineering Design Experiences (Spring Semester)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Inaba Kazuaki  Saijo Miki  Saito Shigeki  Ohashi Takumi  Taoka Yuki 
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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.

[Important] In order to maintain a good balance as a team, students who wish to take courses are collected and selected from among them before registration, and only the selected students are allowed to register this course as additional courses. Please note that we will be recruiting students. https://www.titech.ac.jp/english/students/abroad/programs/aspire-ug

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. Short term overseas students will join this class. (Depending on the situation of short-term international students, the course may not be offered.)

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 5 day intensive course Day 1 (June 24, 10:45-12:25, 13:30-17:05) Ice-breaking, team formation, simple collaboration, lecture on design thinking Day 2 (June 25, 10:45-12:25, 13:30-17:05) Introduction to Japanese society, culture and technology, explanation of problems to tackle in this class, concept designing by team Day 3 (June 26, 10:45-12:25, 13:30-17:05) Selection of a design concept, 2D prototyping, improvement of the design concept Day 4 (June 27, 10:45-12:25, 13:30-17:05) 3D prototyping or preparation of demonstration Day 5 (June 28, 10:45-12:25, 13:30-17:05) Finishing operation, preparation of presentation, presentation Each team designs the following target. Products, systems and services purchased only by Japanese people



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
  • ESD.A402 : Design Thinking Fundamentals

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

Basic English Communication.
Motivations to global teamwork.


[Important] Approval from the department head is required for participation. Participation in this class does not constitute official leave. Coordination with other classes should be done by each student.

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