Syllabi for YSEP Students

Autumn, 2019

YSEP Administrative Committee
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Contents

  1. YSEP Compulsory Courses
  2. Japanese Language Courses
  3. Specialized Subjects
  4. Appendix
    1. YSEP Schedule of Common Program (September 2018 – February 2019)
    2. How to register for the courses

Note: Please be sure to check any announcements you receive via email.

YSEP Compulsory Courses

LAW.X411 Study on Japanese Companies and Industries I (Credit: 1)

Course registration number: LAW.X411
Offered quarter: 3Q
Time: Mostly Wednesday afternoon
Assoc. Prof. Yuriko SATO*, Assoc. Prof. Hirofumi SAITO, Assoc. Prof. Jiro TAKEMURA
Contact: Room 206, West 1 Bldg, O-okayama, tel: 03-5734-3524
E-mail: sato.y.ad#m.titech.ac.jp (please substitute @ for #)

Ⅰ. Objective
This course aims to deepen students’ understanding of the actual systems of Japanese companies and organizations through study tours and a series of lectures given by professional staff of Japanese companies/organizations.

Ⅱ. Learning outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to

  1. deepen the understanding of Japanese industrial and social system
  2. understand the working environment, culture and required skills of several companies/organizations in Japan
  3. understand the actual technical systems of Japanese companies and public organizations

Ⅲ. Course flow
This course consists of three study tours and six lectures.
Student attendance is expected at the briefing session, at least two study tours and three lectures.
SJCI course students are advised to participate in Study Tours 2 and 3. Study Tour 1 can accommodate a limited number of students since another course (CSJI) students have priority to participate in it.
Students must submit a short report of designated format at the end of each lecture and a report after each tour.

Ⅳ. Contents (tentative schedule*) (*note: the schedule is subject to change)

  • Briefing Oct 2 (Wed) 15:05 ~ 15:35, Briefing session on the outline and requirement of the course at Room H136 in the Main building.
  • Lecture 1 October 9 (Wed) 15:05~16:35 by Mr. Yoshizumi SASAKI, Sumitomo Chemical Company, Ltd, at Room H136.
  • Lecture 2 October 16 (Wed) 15:05~16:35 by Mr. Shigeru NAKAMURA, Nippon Koei, Ltd., at Room H136.
  • Lecture 3 October 23 (Wed) 15:05 ~ 16:35 by Mr. Chin Chet SEE, Chiyoda Corporation, Tokyo Tech Graduate, at Room H136.
  • Lecture 4 October 30 (Wed) 15:05~16:35 by Dr. Hidekazu TODOROKI, Nippon, Yakin Kogyo, Co. Ltd., at Room H136.
  • Lecture 5 November 6 (Wed) 15:05~16:35 by Dr. Atsushi TAGAMI, KDDI Research Inc at Room H136.
  • Lecture 6 November 13 (Wed) 15:05 ~ 16:35 by Dr. Lyta LIEM Torishima Pump Mfg. Co., Ltd , Tokyo Tech Graduate, at Room H136.
  • Study Tour 1 November 20 (Wed) 12:15 ~19:00, Visit to Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. Chiba Works, Ichihara city: Leave O-okayama by chartered bus (Gather at the bus parked in front of West Bldg. 9 at 12:20).    http://www.sumitomo-chem.co.jp/english/company/history/ 【Assigned instructor: Prof. Takemura】
  • Study Tour 2 November 23 (Sat.) 15:00 ~ 17:00, Visit to the Life Safety Learning Center in Ikebukuro: Meet at the Life Safety Learning Center at 14:30.
    Address: 2-37-8 Nishi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
    Map: http://www.tfd.metro.tokyo.jp/hp-ikbskan/ikeb-map.htm
    Transportation fee (When using JR line from Ookayama to Ikebukuro): 348 yen (one way) 【Assigned instructor: Prof. Saito】
  • Study Tour 3 November 28 (Thu.) 12:00~19:30, Visit to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tsukuba Space Center: Leave O-okayama by chartered bus (Gather at the bus parked in front of West Bldg. 9 at 12:00) https://global.jaxa.jp/【Assigned instructor: Prof. Sato】

Ⅴ. Professors in charge

  • Study tour 1 and all the lectures are organized by Prof. Takemura, so for the further inquires on them, please contact him at the following e-mail address: takemura.j.aa#m.titech.ac.jp (please substitute @ for #)
  • Study tour 2 is organized by Prof. Saito so for the further inquires on this tour, please contact him at the following e-mail address: saito.h.ag#m.titech.ac.jp (please substitute @ for #)
  • Study tour 3 is organized by Prof. Sato, so for the further inquires on this tour and overall management of this course, please contact her (her e-mail address is listed in the first part of this syllabus).

Ⅵ. Assessment Criteria and Method

: Understanding of lectures 40%, Reports of study tours 60% 

  1. Class attendance: attendance is expected at briefing session, at least two study tours and three lectures.
  2. Short reports after each lecture: Students are requested to write a short report (quiz) by the given sheet just after each lecture.
  3. Reports on the study tours: Students are requested to submit a report after each study tour. The length of report on the tour should be in one A4 page in English and be submitted to the TA within one week after each tour. ysep.sjci2#gmail.com (please substitute @ for #)
  4. It should be sent with the title “Report _ the tour place_ your student number and name” to the following e-mail address:

Note: When you send your report by e-mail, TA will send you the confirmation of its receipt. If you don’t receive the confirmation within a week, you are requested to contact the teacher since the report might be missing.

Ⅶ. Others
Please keep the following rules and manner when you visit a factory.

(Rule 1) Visiting a factory/center

  1. Please put on low-heeled shoes. Sandals and mules are inappropriate for safety reasons.
  2. Participants are recommended to wear long pants/slacks and bring long sleeve shirts/jackets and socks with you for safety reasons (you might be requested to change to safety shoes in some factories).

(Rule 2) When you are in a plant or a factory

  1. Taking a picture is prohibited unless you are given specific permission.
  2. Cell phones should not be used while walking in the factory.
  3. Please do not move close to the staff while they are operating.
  4. Please be careful about the trucks, locomotives and so on in the plant.
  5. Please follow the designated line on the ground of the factory.
  6. Please do not touch the products, unless you are told you are allowed to.
  7. Please do not put your hands in your pockets while walking.

Condition for taking this course:
Due to the passenger capacity of the bus, the number of students who can take this class is limited. The selection of the class participants will be conducted in the briefing session.
The following students have priority in participation.

  1. YSEP students.
  2. Tokyo Tech master course regular students

LAW.X327 Topics on Japan I (Credit: 1)

Course registration number: LAW.X327
Offered quarter: 4Q
Time: Wednesday 10:45-12:15
Place: W935, 3rd floor of West 9 Bldg.
Assoc. Prof. Yuriko SATO
Contact: sato.y.ad#m.titech.ac.jp (please substitute @ for #)

Ⅰ. Objective
Through this course, YSEP students from overseas partner universities and regular students of Tokyo Tech are expected to deepen their understanding of Japan and the Japanese society in comparison with other countries through lectures, discussions, presentations and visits to a relevant place.

In the first part of the course, lectures will be given on the characteristics of Japanese culture, society, education and history. Students will discuss some key topics related with the lectures and visit an elementary school to see the actual education in Japan.

In the last part of the course, students will be divided into several groups and make a group presentation on ‘Discovery of Japan,’ assuming they are special correspondents dispatched from some international media to cover a hot topic/issue on Japan. They have to choose a topic, explore the background causes of the phenomena and give a presentation.

Course participants are encouraged to exchange with the classmates and to understand the other values and way of thinking than their own during this course.

Ⅱ. Contents (tentative schedule)

  1. Dec. 4: Outline of the course. Tips to understand the Japanese culture and communication style
  2. Dec. 11: Visit and exchange at Chisetsu Elementary School (From 10:30 am to 13:30 pm including school lunch)
  3. Dec. 18: Characteristics and current issues of Japanese society and education
  4. Dec. 25: Overview of Japanese history and Meiji Restoration
  5. Jan. 8: Modernization and issues during Meiji period
  6. Jan. 15: Presentation: Discovery of Japan (1) (2) (3)
  7. Jan. 22: Presentation: Discovery of Japan (4) (5) (6)

Ⅲ. Assessment criteria and method

Understanding of classes 35%, School visit and report 10%, Presentation 35%, Final report 20%

  1. Class attendance is expected at all class meetings. Students will be requested to fill in the class attendance & understanding sheet at each class meeting.
  2. School visit and report: Those who participated in Chisetsu elementary school visit are requested to write one page report (in A4 size) and send it with the title“School visit report _ your student number and name” by Dec. 25 to the following e-mail address: Late submission will decrease your report points.
  3. ysep.sjci2#gmail.com (please substitute @ for #)
  4. Substitute report for school visit: If you cannot participate in the Chisetsu Elementary School visit, you will be requested to write a report on ‘Education of Japan in comparison with your country’ in more than 250 words in English and send it to the above e-mail address by Dec. 25. Late submission will decrease your report points.
  5. Presentation: Students are requested to make a group presentation on ‘Discovery of Japan,’ assuming they are the special correspondents dispatched from some international media to cover an interesting topic on Japan. They have to choose a topic, explore the background causes of the phenomena and give a group presentation in front of the other students and guest audience, followed by Q& A and discussion (each presentation should be within 20minutes).
  6. Final Report: Each student is requested to submit a final report in more than 250 words in English related with the part which he/she analyzed in the group presentation. Please send the report with the title “TOJ Final Report _ your student number and name” by Jan. 23 to the following e-mail address: Late submission will decrease your report points.
  7. ysep.sjci2#gmail.com (please substitute @ for #)

Ⅳ. Teaching Materials

There is no specific text in this course. References will be introduced during the course.

Japanese Language and Japan Studies

Japanese Language Courses 2019

You are very welcome to attend our Japanese language classes. You will find all the details regarding the courses and registration procedure on the following website:
http://js.ila.titech.ac.jp/~web/index.html

Japanese language level and courses

Japanese language level Base class Topic 0riented Japanese
Beginner Basic Japanese 1 and 2
(two classes a week)
TOJ 01
(two classes a week)
Upper-elementary Basic Japanese 3 and 4
(two classes a week)
Pre-intermediate Intermediate Japanese 1 and 2 TOJ 11-16, 21-26
Lower-intermediate Intermediate Japanese 3 and 4 TOJ 31 and 32
Upper-intermediate TOJ 41-48

It takes two quarters (approximately four months) to finish one language level.

Notes

  • The course schedule for the third and fourth quarter will come up on the website in early September.
  • The registration procedure and the placement test to check your language level will start from early September.
  • You can obtain an academic certificate if necessary.

Specialized Subjects

[For Graduate-level Students]
Courses of the International Graduate Program(Link) 
*Courses marked with ★ (a black star) will be taught in English in principle.
[For Undergraduate-level Students]
List of Graduate Courses Available to Undergraduate-level Exchange Students(Link)
*All courses in this list will be taught in English in principle.

Detailed Information on Each Course will be available basically for every course, both in English and Japanese, on the OCW (Open Course Ware)

Appendix

YSEP Schedule of Common Program (Autumn 2019)
How to register for the courses
(SAMPLE) Registered Course