2017 Transdisciplinary studies 3:Development Engineering for Medical Science

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Omata Toru  Shinshi Tadahiko  Yagi Tohru  Maruyama Takeo 
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Course description and aims

This course is designed and delivered to cultivate the following abilities, attributes, and perspectives which are appropriate and required for students who study at one of the top leading comprehensive universities of science and technology in Japan.
By the completion of this course, the students will have
1) the ability to recognize and explain the nature and broadening scope of certain fields and/or disciplines in science and engineering,
2) the ability to examine the ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications/Influences) of those fields and/or disciplines and what role they should play in society and for society,
3) the attitude to seek the broad and transdisciplinary perspectives on science and engineering, and
4) the ability to develop an attitude to examine one's own field of study with a multi-dimensional framework.

This course is designed, developed, and offered jointly by the respective School and the Institute for Liberal Arts.

The theme of this course is “Development Engineering for Medical Science”. This course deals with various topics and knowledge on biomedical engineering through lectures. Specifically, this course takes up: “Surgical robot”, “Artificial heart”, “Neural Interfaces” and “Biomedical instrumentation and motion analysis”.
This course aims to understand the applied possibility and the social significance on mechanical engineering through discussion between teacher and student or between students.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to understand broad pictures and recent trends of topics in each class, as shown below.


Surgical robot, Artificial heart, Neural interfaces, Brain-machine interfaces, Biomedical instrumentation, Motion analysis

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

As with all other courses in this category (400 Transdisciplinary Course), this course is offered in the "Active Learning" mode which requires students to take an active role in their own learning. Therefore, students are required to submit a summary report at the end of each session. (In case you are not able to attend a class, you should inform the instructor of your reason for absence in advance.) Class attendance is required and taken into account for grades.
Two classes deal with one topic. An expert on the topic lectures on each topic. For every topic, each student writes and submits a “summary report” on what they learned through the lecture.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of surgical robots (Toru Omata) Understand the roles, state, and problems of surgical robots.
Class 2 Discuss surgical robots (Toru Omata) Ability to discuss what surgical robots should be by considering both technical and social situations.
Class 3 Heart transplant and artificial heart (Tadahiko Shinshi) Overview of current situation and problems of heart transplants and artificial hearts.
Class 4 Development of Artificial Heart (Tadahiko Shinshi) Overview of development and commercialization of artificial hearts.
Class 5 Neural Interfaces I (Tohru Yagi) This lecture provides knowledge on neural interfaces which aid handicapped people at the brain and neural levels.
Class 6 Neural Interfaces II (Tohru Yagi) This lecture provides knowledge on neural interfaces which aid handicapped people at the brain and neural levels.
Class 7 Biomedical instrumentation and its application (Takeo Maruyama) Understand the mission, significance, caution and difficulty of biomedical instrumentation, and learn its applications.
Class 8 Analysis of human motion (Takeo Maruyama) Understand the analysis method of human motion using image and sensor data.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.
Materials on each topic are distributed.

Assessment criteria and methods

For the credits of this course, as with all other courses in this category (400 Transdisciplinary Course), students must submit an original paper which addresses "the nature and scope" of a given field/discipline and its "societal role." An important part of the assessment is based on the quality of the paper. The instructor will explain details of the requirements for the paper in the first class meeting.

Assessment will be based on “summary reports” for each topic (25%) and a total of 4 topics (100%).

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

Prospective students should have interests in mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering.

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