2020 Frontiers of science and technology d

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Academic unit or major
Basic science and technology courses
Instructor(s)
Takeyama Masao  Wakayama Masato    Kojima Sadayoshi  Yamamoto Takashi  Takeda Akiko  Fudano Jun  Saito Takushi 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon5-6(W531)  
Group
d
Course number
LAS.F101
Credits
1
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2020/3/24
Lecture notes updated
2020/7/1
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 all schools (School of Science, School of Engineering, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, School of Computing, School of Life Science and Technology, and School of Environment and Society) 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. Also, set up time for students to master basic ethics of science and technology will be given.

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

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
In this lecture, pioneers in each field will be invited from inside and outside the university on the latest science topics and the latest information on basic technologies that support modern society. High-impact lectures based on practical experience can increase students' motivation to draw their own future visions.

Keywords

Science and Technology, Cutting edge, Backcast

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students will be split into 4 groups, and students from each group will take all lectures provided by all schools in order.
Course materials are posted on OCW-i as necessary.
Attendance is taken in each class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Lecture offered by School of Science Students will be able to explain the goals and description of the course. They will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the School of Science, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 2 Lecture offered by School of Engineering Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the School of Engineering, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 3 Lecture offered by School of Materials and Chemical Technology Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the School of Materials and Chemical Technology, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 4 Lecture offered by School of Computing Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the School of Computing, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 5 Lecture offered by School of Life Science and Technology Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the School of Life Science and Technology, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 6 Lecture offered by School of Environment and Sciety Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the School of Environment and Sciety, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 7 Lecture of Ethics Students will gain an understanding of the lecture content of the Ethics, and examine its meaning in society and the relationships between themselves and science and technology.
Class 8 Special lecture Introduction of the newest in science and engineering by a Nobel Prize laureate.

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 (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 of all schools in Tokyo Tech.

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