2017 Seminar on Transdisciplinary Studies (Decision Making)5

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Humanities and social science courses
Inohara Takehiro 
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Course description and aims

The student conducts problem solving on a topic of decision making. The topic is determined through discussions with the instructor. The student gets a deep understanding of the topic by reading related literature, and associated problems are defined and solved through problem solving activities and discussions. While carrying out problem solving, the student learns how to solve problems by applying specialist knowledge in the decision making field as well as fundamental knowledge of other related fields that have been acquired through enrolling in various courses. He/she also learns problem solving techniques such as collecting, analyzing, and studying data, and cultivates his/her ability to look at things from many perspectives. In addition, the student writes a report and makes a presentation detailing his/her problem solving findings.

This course forms a central part of Tokyo Tech’s laboratory-based education where individual students work on a specific problem. It has a complementary relationship with coursework based on a structured curriculum. By carrying out problem solving, it is expected that the student will increase his/her knowledge in the decision making field and that he/she will acquire comprehensive skills to identify and develop solutions that will solve new and unsolved problems.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:
1) Apply knowledge of decision making to solve problems related to the field
2) Study the fundamentals of fields other than decision making independently to solve problems
3) Understand the significance of decision making problems, judge their influence on society, and solve them
4) Explain concepts logically, discuss them, and put them in writing
5) Work as an independent researcher and have the knowledge and oral competence to present his/her point of view effectively during discussions


decision making, presentation, problem solving, literature search, ability to explain concepts logically

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Conduct problem solving under the guidance of the instructor. The course schedule is determined through discussions with the instructor.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 ・ Guidance on problem solving from the instructor ・ Discussions on the direction of the problem solving ・ Decide your problem ・ Carry out problem solving ・ Literature search ・ Interim report ・ Interpret results and draw conclusions ・ Write a report ・ Prepare presentation materials and get instructions for presentation from the instructor ・ Presentation Follow instructions from the instructor.


Specified by the instructor as necessary.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Specified by the instructor as necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment will be based on “summary reports” (40% in total), the final report (30%), and the final presentation (30%).

Related courses

  • LAH.T108 : Decision Making A
  • LAH.T208 : Decision Making B
  • LAH.T307 : Decision Making C
  • LAH.T107 : Social Modeling A
  • LAH.T209 : Social Modeling B
  • LAH.T308 : Social Modeling C

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

Prospective students should have interests in decision making problems.
Students taking this course should contact the instructor via e-mail to arrange the schedule of the classes.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Takehiro Inohara, inohara.t.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Instructor’s office: Rm. 813, 8 Fl., West Bldg. 9. Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.


This course includes the content of science.

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