2017 Introductory Course for Global Scientists and Engineers 2

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Ota Eri  Murakami Rie 
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Course description and aims

With continuing globalization, students are expected to develop a global perspective with respect to creating their career as well. This course invites instructors of related fields to lecture on the current state of globalization, introducing problem solving techniques for a cross-cultural environment based on the instructor's experience. Then students will perform group work based on problem-based learning (PBL).
The aim of this course is for students to learn (1) problem identification and solving skills, (2) cross-cultural understanding skills, and (3) teamwork skills. Through this course students will explore our country's global role after gaining awareness of globalization in Japan.

Student learning outcomes

This course is comprised of orientation by the instructor, guest speakers, group work, and presentations. Group work is conducted through a PBL survey. The topic of group work is improving understanding of various foreign countries. International students participate in the group work as a teaching assistant, and the goal is to discover the issues the international student's native country is facing. Based on that, students gain an understanding of global problems, experience the adjustments, opinion exchanges, and role divisions needed when working as a team, thus learning teamwork skills.


Globalization, multicultural understanding, problem solving, team building

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In group work, students will discover characteristics of the native countries (issues and matters of pride) through international students at Tokyo Tech, and decide on a topic for group work. Based on information from international students, the students will first collect topic materials, then clarify the background and attributes, and give proposals for solving the problems of and developing the surveyed countries.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction and lecture 1) Research methods and briefing of the group work project 2) Lecture about globalization Submit group work preference sheet
Class 2 Lecture and group work 1) announcement of group work members 2) lecture about globalization 3) start group work 4) introduction of data collection methods Submit individual group work report outside of the class
Class 3 Group work: Sharing the group work theme, group work members task, research and data collection method Submit individual group work report outside of the class
Class 4 Group work: Basic data about the country; Research results, sharing of the issues, discussion Submit individual group work report outside of the class
Class 5 Proposal for the topic: sharing of the issues, discussion Submit individual group work report outside of the class
Class 6 Group work: Relationship with the target country and Japan, sharing of the issues, discussion
Class 7 Group presentation
Class 8 Group presentation


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Assessment criteria and methods

1) Group work performance (individual assessment) 10%
2) Chapter in charge (individual assessment) 30%
3) Personal essay (individual assessment) 30%
4) Group report (group evaluation) 10%
5) Group presentation (group evaluation) 10%
6) Group discussion (group evaluation) 10%

Related courses

  • LAW.X201 : Advanced Course for Global Scientists and Engineers

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

For ones who want to take this course, please register for the "Global Scientists and Engineers Course"

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