2016 Frontiers of science and technology

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Academic unit or major
Basic science and technology courses
Instructor(s)
Hara Michikazu  Yamaguchi Takeo  Hirokawa Jiro  Nohguchi Yasuaki  Motai Yuko  Taguchi Hideki 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon5-6(W531)  
Group
d
Course number
LAS.F101
Credits
1
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2017/1/11
Lecture notes updated
2016/5/2
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

This course for first year students introduces the newest in science and engineering. Instructors from the 1st to 7th Academic Group invite globally leading scientists and engineers from Japan and abroad to lecture students split into 4 groups. After the instructors first explain the course description and aims, students will take classes provided by each academic group, and will survey the literature and gain an understanding of the content. In addition, by experiencing how leaders in science and engineering approach problems and with what ideas, students chart a future vision of themselves, and by backcasting from this future vision, students are made to think about how they will each proceed academically at university.

Before students start the main specialized learning in each department, the goal of this course is for them to be made aware of the fun and difficulty of science and engineering by experiencing cutting edge initiatives in science and engineering, thus providing an opportunity to strongly motivate them academically. Furthermore, students will gain an understanding of how individual science and engineering results are related to and contribute to society.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following skills from taking this course on cutting edge science and engineering.
1) The skills to process cutting edge science and engineering, and gain an understanding in addition to one's own surveys
2) The skills to attempt to actively understand the links between science and engineering and society
3) The skills to engage with interest in science and engineering topics they are encountering for the first time, and to backcast that knowledge to their own learning

Keywords

Science and Technology, cutting edge, backcast

Competencies that will be developed

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

Students will be split into 4 groups, and students from each group will take all lectures provided by the 1st to 7th Academic Group in order.
Course materials are posted on OCW-i.
Attendance is taken in each class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Lecture offered by Group 7 Students will be able to explain the goals and description of the course. They will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the 7th Academic Group, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 2 Lecture offered by Group 6 Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the 6th Academic Group, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 3 Lecture offered by Group 5 Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the 5th Academic Group, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 4 Lecture offered by Group 4 Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the 4th Academic Group, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 5 Lecture offered by Group 3 Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the 3rd Academic Group, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 6 Lecture offered by Group 2 Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the 2nd Academic Group, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 7 Lecture offered by Group 1 Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the 1st Academic Group, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 8 Wrap up Students will understand how other students consider the meaning of state-of-the-art science and technology in society, and its relationships with themselves and reflect on their views.

Textbook(s)

None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are listed in the OCW-i domain as necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

This is a pass/fail course.
Quizzes in each class and short reports 1)2)3) (100%)

Related courses

  • LAS.M102 : Linear Algebra I / Recitation
  • LAS.M101 : Calculus I / Recitation
  • LAS.P101 : Fundamentals of Mechanics 1
  • LAS.C101 : Basic Inorganic Chemistry
  • LAS.P103 : Fundamentals of Electromagnetism 1
  • LAS.C103 : Basic Organic Chemistry
  • LAS.B101 : Fundamental Life Science 1-1
  • LAS.B102 : Fundamental Life Science 1-2
  • LAH.C101 : Tokyo Tech Visionary Project

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

This course is intended only for first year students.

Other

All the students are encouraged to take this class, because this is an unique class to introduce cutting-edge of science and technology in the field from Group 1 to Group 7.
Some classes are expected to be taught in English.
Students in Group D should take care of the different order: Group 7, Group 6, Group 5, Group 3, Group 2, Group 1, and Group 4 (on May 30th, Mon. 5-6.) .

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