2020 Outline of Technology Management C

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Izumi Akira 
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Course description and aims

For students who learned engineering or science at Tokyo Tech and are expected to succeed after graduation, it is important to have a wide range of interests such as society, private companies, economy, legal and businesses, which have a close relationship with technology management, in addition to technical or scientific discipline.
The course covers a variety of subjects surrounding technology management including the structures and policies of the Japanese government, purposes and accounting systems of private enterprises, social and economic rules such as laws and international standards, and renewable energy and infrastructure businesses such as a overseas railways business, which surround technology management. The aim of the classes is to give a good opportunity for students whose majors are engineering or science to understand rather more important matters in many cases besides technology and science.

Student learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is to give students a trigger to initiate further studies spontaneously with interests in various subjects surrounding technology management during attending at Tokyo Tech or after graduation, not to merely give students related knowledge.


Innovation, R&D project, government, budget, financial statements, regulation, international standardization, solar power generation, wind power generation, fuel cell, railway, infrastructure business

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

- In order for students to understand the lectures easily, a PowerPoint presentation including examples will be provided in every lecture,
- Students are required to submit a feedback card at every lecture, on which they should write reports and comments on the lecture of the day, such as what was newly noticed, what was impressive, or a question they wanted to study later. The cards submitted will be reflected in the evaluation.
- Both in the first class and the 7th class (last class), a report to be submitted later by students will be assigned. The reports submitted will be reflected in the evaluation.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction and mechanism and budget of the government that supports innovation; The aim of the lecture. Understanding of why having a variety of interests besides technology and science is important, in order to succeed after graduation. Outline of science and technology related budget and government's R&D projects and its influence on the industry. Given at the lecture.
Class 2 Class 2 Government's support for technical development and project management to promote innovation; Outline of government's R&D projects and its influence on the semiconductor industry. Given at the lecture.
Class 3 What is private company?; The purpose of the company, basic understanding of accounting system, and innovation management Given at the lecture.
Class 4 Renewable energy ; Development and current business and prospects of renewable energy such as solar and wind power Given at the lecture.
Class 5 Overseas infrastructure business ; The actual situation of overseas infrastructure business such as railway, electric power generation, and water Given at the lecture.
Class 6 Laws and regulations; The classification and role of law including regulation, and importance and influence of regulation for chemical safety and product safety on private companies’ activities Given at the lecture.
Class 7 International standardization ; Outline and significance of international standardization and certificationproduct safety on private companies’ activities Given at the lecture.


No OTC textbook. The lecture materials will be prepared by the lecturer and uploaded onto OCW-i for the student.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books, course materials, etc.
The following list is examples of reference books for students to further understand subjects they have interests in through classes, not textbooks of the lecture,

· Japanese Taxes Third Edition, Yoshikazu Miki, Iwanami Shinsho (in Japanese)
· Understanding of the mechanism of finance, Naohiko Jinno, Iwanami Junior Shinsho (in Japanese)
· What is the Administration?, Muneyuki Sindo, Iwanami Junior Shinsho, (in Japanese)
· Comprehension Understanding Method of Finance Related 3 Tables [Revised augmentation], Katsunori Kunisada, Asahi Shinsho (in Japanese)
· All about Standard, Izumi Akira, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (in Japanese)
· Japan's Easiest Understandable Textbook of law, Kosuke Shinagawa, Nippon Jitsugo Publishing (in Japanese)  
· Understandable Infrastructure Investment Business, Takanori Fukushima, Nikkei Business Publications Inc.(in Japanese)  
· NEDO Renewable Energy Technology White Paper, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) ed. Morikita Publishing Co., Ltd. (in Japanese)
→ The contents of the book are available at the NEDO website. (for free, in Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment criteria and methods
- Comments on the feedback card submitted in each class (about 75%)
- Assigned reports (approx. 25 %)

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