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, What is a thesis? (Essence 1)||Watch videos and submit reflection reports|
|Class 2||Creating 'BA' in class / How to prepare to write thesis (Finding materials and using libraries) (essence 2) /group work of essence 1 and 2||Try to use Library|
|Class 3||Look back over learning contents from Tokyo Tech Visionary Project, Group work for the assignment||Outline ver.1|
|Class 4||Working on writing outline / How can we do peer review?||Reflection|
|Class 5||Paragraph writing and easy-to understand sentences (Essence 4)/ Peer review for Outlines||Write contents to outlines.|
|Class 6||Peer review based on outlines||The first version of the final report (assignment).|
|Class 7||Quotation and Appearance (Essence 5) / Outline-Based Peer Review||Write the first version of Kyouyo Sotsuron.|
|Class 8||Peer-Review of the first version||Understand quotation and citation. The first draft of the Final Report until next class (assignment)|
|Class 9||Peer-Review of the draft||Based on peer review, the draft should be revised by the next class.|
|Class 10||Pursuing the main subject (title, notes of composition)||The second version of Kyouyo Sotsuron.|
|Class 11||Online peer review||Online peer-review and revise the essay accordingly.|
|Class 12||Online peer review||Online peer-review and revise the essay accordingly.|
|Class 13||Reflection of Asynchronous Peer Review and Prepare for Launch||Final version of Kyouyo Sotsuron|
|Class 14||Short presentation of the essay||Summarize the Final Report for 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 provided.
The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Grading will be based on the Final Report (60 points) and peer review activities (40 points). Excellent liberal arts final report(s) will be commended.
Plagiarism is a cheating act. Instructors do not tolerate any form of plagiarism, and all work handed in will be checked for plagiarized content.
Engagement in both in-class and online peer review activities and weekly assignment submissions are required.
Students with 4 or more absences will fail this class. Two late arrivals will be counted as one absence. Except for circumstances such as train delays, you will not be able to enter the classroom if you are more than 15 minutes late (counted as one absence).
Students in their third year or higher may take this course.
The contact information will be announced during the first class.
Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.