2023 Liberal Arts Final Report 19

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Humanities and social science courses
Komatsu Midori 
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Mon3-4(M-178(H1101))  Thr3-4(M-178(H1101))  
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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.


academic writing, peer review, critical thinking, 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, 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.

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.


戸田山和久『最新版 論文の教室』,NHK出版,2022.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

木下是雄『理科系の作文技術』,中公新書, 1981.

Assessment criteria and methods

Instructors score from the Final Report (60 points) and peer review activity (40 points).
Plagiarism is a cheating act. Instructors do not qualify for persons who plagiarized (planned to check with software).
Mid-term submissions are mandatory.
Unit approval is not possible with 4 or more absences. Two late arrivals count as one absence. Except for circumstances such as train delays, you will not be able to enter 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).

komatsu.m.ae[at]m.titech.ac.jp   Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Office hours

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

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