2021 Liberal Arts Final Report 14

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Takahashi Masaki 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon3-4(W611)  Thr3-4(W611)  
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

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 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

  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.

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 afterward (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Handouts will be delivered

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. 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).

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.

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

The e-mail address will be announced at the first class of each class.

Office hours

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

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