The aim of the class is to summarize one's thought into a better essay through the following three activities: deliberating connections between a 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.
By the end of this class, students will be able to identify the connections between a 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
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
In the first half of classes, students aim to acquire writing skills. 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.
Lesson progress may vary slightly from class to class.
The theme of the final thesis in English will be announced in the class.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction||"Invention or discovery that gave impact in 100 years" by the following class (assignment 1)|
|Class 2||Orientation by each class, Understanding peer-review||Understanding peer-review, Peer-reviewing assignment 1.|
|Class 3||Look back over learning contents from Tokyo Tech Visionary Project, Group work for the assignment||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||Clear and concise expressions. Roles of sentences in paragraphs.||Understanding how to write sentences.|
|Class 6||Peer-reviewing assignment.||The first version of the final report (assignment).|
|Class 7||Overall sentence structure. Peer review activities.||Understanding the construction of the thesis; the revision of the first draft.|
|Class 8||Adequate citation||Understanding how to adequately cite materials. The second draft of the Final Report until next class (assignment)|
|Class 9||Peer review with attention to quotations and citations||Based on peer review, the draft should be revised by the next class.|
|Class 10||Peer review with attention to sentence structure and citations||Attaching a title to the Final report. Revising by the next class|
|Class 11||Pursuing the main subject (title, notes of composition)||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． Submit the final version of the Report.|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterward (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
Handouts will be delivered
The Chicago Manual of Style Online
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. Two late arrivals count as one absence. You will not be able to enter the class if you are late for more than 15 minutes (count as one absence).
Third grade or higher may take this course.
The e-mail address will be announced at the first class of each class.
Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.