2019 Liberal Arts Final Report 18

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Kezuka Kazuhiro  Okada Saori 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon3-4(S621)  Thr3-4(S621)  
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Academic year
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Course description and aims

The aim of the class is to summarize one's thought into better essay through the following three activities: deliberating a the connection between student's major and the world and her/his own roles, responsibilities, and ethics in the connections, improving one's writing skill through understanding academic writing, and peer reviewing.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this class, students will be able to identify the connections between student’s major and the world and her/his own roles, responsibilities, and ethics in the connections, acquire academic writing and critical thinking skills and provide appropriate peer review advice. Also, they will be able to improve the evaluation and criticism of sentences.


peer review, academic writing, practice, online activity

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In the first half classes, students aim to acquire the writing skill. In the second half, each student sets a theme of the "Final Report" and practice peer review while receiving assistance from graduate students, i.e., peer review practical class, in order to brush up the report through peer review and to improve writing skills.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction "Invention or discovery that gave impact in 100 years" by the following class (assignment)
Class 2 Look back over learning contents from Tokyo Tech Visionary Project, Group work for the assignment, Understanding peer-review. Reflection of past learning contents, Understand peer-reviewing
Class 3 Paragraph writing: peer review. Understanding what paragraph writing is. "What I thought about the invention or discovery" by the following class (assignment).
Class 4 Peer review practices in each paragraph. Understanding how to write paragraphs
Class 5 Understandable and concise expressions. Roles of sentences in paragraphs. Understanding how to write sentences.
Class 6 Composition of the whole sentence (such as Thesis statement) Understanding what the composition of the whole sentence is. The first version of the final report until next class (assignment).
Class 7 Composition of the whole sentence, Peer review activities. Understanding the construction of the thesis; the revision of the first draft.
Class 8 Composition of the whole sentence, Peer review activities. The second draft of the Final Report until next class (assignment)
Class 9 Peer review of sentences. Quotation and citation (block quotation, abstract citation) Based on peer review, the draft should be revised by the next class.
Class 10 Pursuing the main subject (title, notes of composition) Attaching a title to the Final report. Revising by the next class
Class 11 Peer review of drafts; how to conduct online peer review Understanding how to conduct online peer review.
Class 12 Online peer review Online peer-review and revise the essay accordingly.
Class 13 Online peer review Online peer-review and revise the essay accordingly.
Class 14 Short presentation of the essay Summarizing the final report for the presentation.
Class 15 The final revision of the thesis according to the comments of the review. Submitting the final report.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online

Assessment criteria and methods

Instructors will score based on the completion of all the homework tasks and the final report (60 points) and peer review activity (40 points).
If you do some misconduct behaviors in the process of taking this class such as plagiarism, fabrication, or falsification, instructors will never qualify the course as a credit. Instructors will use a software package which detects plagiarized phrases. Mid-term submissions are mandatory. If you miss over four classes, you will not acquire the credit for the course.

Related courses

  • LAH.C401 : Leadership Workshop
  • LAH.C101 : Tokyo Tech Visionary Project

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

Third grade or higher may take this course.

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