2017 Advanced Course for Global Scientists and Engineers 1

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Course description and aims

Engineers increasingly need to have knowledge and skills suitable for working in international environments and tackling global issues. “Global” means understanding connections between nations and recognizing differences and similarities between different cultures. In this course, through the group work, students will conduct case studies based on subjective and objective data collection and analysis.
This course consists of four classes: Class 1 focus is on issues in Europe and America. Class 2 and 3 focus is on issues in Asia, and Class 4 is a joint problem-based learning with Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.

This course aims that through the group work, students will 1) develop multicultural understanding, 2) learn global issues and their interactions, 3) increase the international awareness, and 4) develop fundamental skills to work in global environment in the future.

Student learning outcomes

This course will provide students with selected skills and experience to further their knowledge of global issues that engineers should be aware of. These will include 1. Skills in finding and assessing quality of data, 2. Coordinate different opinions, set direction and make agreement, 3. Develop critical viewpoints on selected issues. 4) Develop confidence in research and discussion in English.


Global science, global engineering, social issues

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Classes will consist of brief introductory lectures, followed by group-work to plan, perform data collection, and analyse findings. Students will also be encouraged to collect data from online and offline sources before class. Classes will include the participation of Teaching Assistants who will be used as additional sources of data and to help students focus their study. The course encourages students to work in a supportive team-work style, helping each other improve their global awareness through responding to each others’ presentations and reports.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to Global Awareness in the context of Europe and America. Introductory issues and research skills. Understand some global issues why they are important to study.
Class 2 Guided group-work: Selecting issues. Discovering issues through interviews and discussion. Selecting appropriate issues from a number of options. How to narrow down to make a realistic research plan. Identify two appropriate articles/reports or conduct interview with related person.
Class 3 Guided group-work: Expanding understanding of issues with data. Understanding the difference between objective and subjective data and why both can be useful.
Class 4 First reporting session. Narrowing study focus. Communicating research so far in an appropriate way. Responding to feedback from presentations.
Class 5 Guided group-work: Data analysis session How to solve problems raised in previous reporting session. Understand how to properly reference information gathered.
Class 6 Guided group-work: Further analysis and presentation preparation Prepare report and presentation in realistic schedule.
Class 7 Out-of-classroom work. Conduct final analysis and create final report.
Class 8 Final reporting session and review Summarise and present findings, respond to questions appropriately.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference materials will be provided in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Group work performance (20%), Report chapter (30%), Personal essay and weekly activity reports (30%), Group Presentation (20%)

Related courses

  • LAW.X101 : Introductory Course for Global Scientists and Engineers

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

Ability to discuss and do group-work in English.

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