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Akita University

Materials Science and Engineering Course

Course (Program) focus and educational goals

In the Materials Science and Engineering course, our aim is to cultivate scientists able to contribute to society as independently-minded engineers or academics, by developing metals, ceramics, and semiconductors. In order to fulfill this goal, we have developed an educational system that allows students to acquire the knowledge and abilities indicated in points (A) – (L).

Knowledge and ability regarding materials science and engineering

(A)A knowledge of the properties, functions, and production processes of materials and the ability to apply said knowledge

  • Study material structure and the relationship between structure and properties
  • Study the fundamental physics and chemistry of processes used to manufacture materials
  • Study the functions of materials and their manifestations, together with the applications of particular material functions

(B) Fundamental knowledge of the measurement, analysis, and evaluation methods used for characterizing materials and the ability to apply said knowledge

  • Study testing and evaluation methods for each type of material
  • Study the planning and implementation of experiments

Knowledge and ability regarding science and technology in general

(C)Fundamental knowledge of the mathematics, physics, and chemistry required to comprehend engineering, and the ability to apply said knowledge in the field of engineering

  • Study fundamental mathematics, such as linear algebra and calculus.
  • Study fundamental physics, such as dynamics and electromagnetics.
  • Study fundamental chemistry, such as solid state and physical chemistry.

(D) Fundamental knowledge of calculation, information processing, and control via computer, and the ability to utilize that knowledge

  • Study the use of computer software
  • Study the use of computers

Qualifications as an engineer

(E)The ability to analyze issues, consider them comprehensively, and propose a method of resolution

  • Study methods for addressing a given issue, and using various types of technological knowledge in order to solve it

(F)The ability to implement the testing, planning, implementation, and evaluation of research and development, autonomously and continuously, together with the ability to organize research and development

  • Study a research issue, then conduct an investigation on it within a given period, under given circumstances and in an organized manner

(G)The ability to comprehend the relationship between research activities and society, and the teamwork and actions involved in working for a company

  • Study the research conducted within companies and their production activities

(H) A fundamental ability in English and the ability to use technical English

  • Study English reading and writing
  • Study technical English

(I)The ability to write logical reports

  • Practice writing reports and theses

(J)Disseminating fundamental technical knowledge in both oral presentations and debate

  • Study various methods of presentation
  • Practice presenting and debating

Qualifications as a member of society

(K)Fundamental knowledge of the arts and social studies required as a member of society, and the ability to use this knowledge as a foundation for maintaining a broad perspective

  • Study a wide array of arts and social studies, including engineering ethics

(L)Fundamental knowledge of environmental and safety issues and the ability to manage these issues

  • Study of environmental evaluation and safety management
  • Study the handling of accidents