2020 ALP Advanced Practice IV

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Shibata Toshi-Aki 
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Course description and aims

It often happens that you are required to give an explanation on specialized subjects to the audience of non-experts when you work at a university, a research institute or a private company. A session of 'Questions and answers' is usually scheduled after your talk. However, it not supplementary but rather essential. In this course the students will learn how to analyze the possible questions in advance and take them into the explanation beforehand.
The aim of the course is to acquire the ability to explain orally the technical terms with the questions to be asked in mind.

Student learning outcomes

1) to be able to analyze which parts are difficult to understand for non-experts when you give an explanation on specialized subjects.
2) to acquire the method to prepare your explanation taking 1) into accounts.
3) to be able to ask appropriate questions.


Communication, Questions and answers

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Each student takes up one technical term which is used in specialized research, and investigate how to explain it to non-experts in easily understandable way. Each student prepares sentences to explain orally.
The capacity of the course is 12. So, it can happen that only a part of the applicants are accepted.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 10:45-12:25,Sat., June, 20,2020 at O-okayama S323 On the morning of the 1st day, a guidance is given and the students conduct exercises to prepare an explanation, with possible questions to be asked in mind. The example of outreach activitiy of the graduate students of Tokyo Tech at a science museum in a town is also introduced. To understand the aim of the course and understand the procedure of the work.
Class 2 13:20-17:35,Sat., June, 20,2020 at O-okayama S323 On the afternoon of the 1st day, each student picks up one technical term and prepare the outline of the explanation and critisize each other in each group made of 3 students. To determine a single technical term presented by each student and to disucss the outline of presentation.
Class 3 9:30-12:25,Sat., July, 11,2020 at O-okayama S323 On the morning of the 2nd day, each student gives a presentation one after another and answers the questions. presentation
Class 4 13:30-17:55,Sat., July, 11,2020 at O-okayama S323 The afternoon of the 2nd day. The same as No.3. presentation



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handout is prepared when necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Attending all the classes is mandatory. Grading is based on the exercises and the presentations.

Related courses

  • None.

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

The lecture is given in Japanese. Therefore, the ability of understanding Japanese is necessary.

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

Toshiaki Shibata cc; iidpinfo[at]jim.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Office hour is available after an appointment with e-mail.

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