2020 PLP Advanced Practice

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Akiba Shigeyuki  Miyata Kazuo 
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Course description and aims

*This course is for the doctoral program students. In this course, students experience the problem resolution process through group discussion, report to one another, and receive comments from the staff of private company. This course is intended for students from all academic majors, so a variety of members with different knowledge and ideas will be debating. By coming into contact with diverse and different cultures, students are expected to enhance their thinking and expand their perspectives.
* This course is conducted in collaboration with Japan Business Federation (Keidanren). The lecturer is a current manager of the company. The outline of the problems are provided by the lecturer, and students receive advice from facilitators from the company in group discussion. This year Fujitsu will support this course. “How big companies and their research divisions struggle with the business environment in which self-reform of business style from manufacturer to service provider is demanded.” will be a main theme. Students are expected to make fresh proposal after debate and deliberation. On the 2nd day on-site tour of Fujitsu Laboratory is scheduled. Students learn the details of problems in the industry, initiatives aimed at solving them, and the values and perspectives of people in the industry.

Student learning outcomes

In groups composed of members with different backgrounds, students can deepen the understanding of the nuts and bolts of acting as a team by summing up and expressing their opinions about issues, listening to the opinions of others, and adding corrections in order to reach conclusions.
At the same time students deepen their understanding of how to get a picture of industry problems, approaches towards a solution, values and perspectives, etc.


PBL (Problem-based Learning), group debates, collaboration with industry, interactions with students from other fields

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

*The target class size is 20 students or less.
* Group discussion
* 3 intensive lectures
-1st day・・・June 13 (Sat.)13:00~18:00 @Ookayama Campus、S422・S423
-2nd day・・・June 26 (Fri.)10:00~18:00 @Fujitsu Labs.、Musashi-Nakahara
-3rd day・・・July 11(Sat.) 13:30~18:00 @Ookayama Campus、S422・S423

* This program is carried out in collaboration with the Japan Business Federation, with topics presented by instructors sent from companies selected by the federation. Group debates and presentation sessions will be held.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Messages from the lecturers about the current circumstances in the industry, offering basic ways of thinking for problems and problem solving, forming groups and exchanging opinions among members, assigning roles within the group, setting a concrete problem in each group Data gathering and analysis about the theme related issues in each group
Class 2 Visiting companies, exchanging opinions with young researchers and engineers in companies, group debates aimed at solving problems, analysis and interpretation of gathered information, debating guidelines with sights set on the final report, interim report session and exchanging opinions within the group Data gathering and analysis about the theme related issues in each group, Starting final report Preparation
Class 3 Group debates aimed at solving problems, organizing the final report, final report session, Q&A, comments from outside lecturers Impression and comments on the project, Things learned from the course, Things learned from the students of different fields



Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

* Students are evaluated based on the participation and contributions in group discussions. (70%)
* Evaluated based on the degree of involvement as the roles such as leader, presenter, and record taker. (30%)

Related courses

  • PLP Intenship

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

Daily conversation lebel Japanese capability is recommended.


・Due to the limitation of the number of the students for the group discussion, ther is the posibility of the selection among the students registered this course.
・Students shall agree by signature to the contents of 「Agreement on PLP Advanced Practice」signed between the company and Tokyo Tech. The contents mainly consist of non-disclosure agreement and intellectual property rights.
・Students who belong to companies shall disclose the company names prior to the start of the course.

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