2021 Tokyo Tech Visionary Project 39

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Instructor(s)
Shirabe Masashi 
Course component(s)
Lecture / Exercise    (ZOOM/その他)
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon5-6(W241)  Thr3-4(W241)  
Group
39
Course number
LAH.C101
Credits
2
Academic year
2021
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2021/3/19
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Tokyo Tech Visionary Project is a course required of all students that begins soon after admission. The first lecture by ZOOM is to be held on April 12. It encourages self-discovery and aims to motivate students to set individual goals so that they can envision their own path through the four years of liberal arts studies at the undergraduate level. The course alternates between lectures and group work involving approximately 30 students. It allows students to identify, scrutinize, and convey problems and their own roles, responsibilities, and ethics in the problems, enhancing the interactive set of skills needed for efficient communication and presentation. N.B. Class 41 is for GSEP students only.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1) be able to identify problems from a social perspective
2) be able to identify their own roles, responsibilities, and scientists/engineers ethics in the problems
3) have found pleasure in exchanging views and ideas with others
4) have acquired fundamental skills needed for effective communication and presentation
5) have learned how to read books by writing a book review

Keywords

Risshi, liberal arts, group work, ethics of scientists and engineers, communication skills, presentation, book review

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The course alternates between lectures and group work involving approximately 30 students. After each lecture, students are required to write a reflection paper in order to have productive discussions in small groups. At the end of the course, each student gives a presentation based on the findings of the small group.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Exercise (1) - Orientation - Introduction to group work - Self-introduction Learn about the course outline and understand the objectives. Open the door of your heart before coming to class.
Class 2 Lecture (1) - What are the liberal arts? (Lecturer: Ikegami Akira) For homework, The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 3 Exercise (2) - Group work The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 4 Lecture (2): [Problem identification] - Liberal Arts and the gap between Humanities and Science (Guest lecturer: Sayaka Oki) For homework, prepare a reflection paper related to the lecture.
Class 5 Exercise (3) - Group work The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 6 Lecture (3): [Ethics of scientists and engineers] - Research Ethics (Guest lecturer: Momoko Suda) For homework, prepare a reflection paper related to the lecture.
Class 7 Exercise (4) - Group work The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 8 Exercise (5) - Book review writing workshop Write a draft of your book review before coming to class.
Class 9 Lecture (4): [Diversity] - Guest lecturer: Who are the parties concerned? Michi Nagano For homework, prepare a reflection paper related to the lecture.
Class 10 Exercise (6) - Group work The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 11 Lecture (5): [Problem identification] - How to ask a good question. (Guest lecturer: Naoki Miyano) The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 12 Exercise (7) - Group work The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 13 Exercise (8) - Student-Faculty Exchange Meeting Open the door of your heart before coming to class.
Class 14 Exercise (9) - Presentation Prepare a presentation in each small group.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.

Textbook(s)

Tokyo Tech Visionary Project Guidebook (Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment is based on reflection papers, contribution to group work, presentation, and book review.

Related courses

  • LAH.C301 : Liberal Arts Final Report

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

None required

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

shirabe.m.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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