Multidisciplinary Curriculum

Multidisciplinary Curriculum

Our school has already structured and implemented a systematic curriculum to foster an understanding of basic technology as well as all-round interdisciplinary study capabilities through educational research activities such as our 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) and Global COE.

The curriculum aims to provide the necessary education for a global human resource in advanced interdisciplinary fields, by systematically embedding Doctoral Program On-the job Training beyond his/her own major/expertise, as well as utilizing multiple lectures and laboratory rotation.

Furthermore, we reinforce our Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Technology Education method for advanced interdisciplinary education in five fields: genome function analysis, biosensing, nanophotonics, high-performance simulation, and brain information decoding. The curriculum is systematically organized.

 

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 The following chart is a summary of the target abilities, knowledge and skills to be developed and the content of our program. Subjects and content indicated in black in the “Degree program content and environment” column are lectures that have been introduced in the Global COE and the Tailor-Made Baton-Zone Education programs. In addition to current on-going subjects and content in the “Training for global human resources in advanced interdisciplinary research” (indicated in “the Degree program contents & environment” in the chart), subjects in red are for training the “Brain Information Architect”. These subjects and the related content were recently added as compulsory study subjects, in order to systematically develop effective global communication skills and teach knowledge and develop skills in brain science and life ethics.

 

Abilities to acquire Knowledge and skills to develop Degree program content & environment

1 Innovative brain science
promotion abilities

– Problem-solving skills in the broad scope of brain science
– Creative problem-solving techniques
– Foresight and a pioneering spirit

– Brain science basics, Life science, Biological material special lecture
– Brain science internship
– Advanced technology special study
– Advanced Interdisciplinary research special study (lab/lectures)
– Technology Development Strategy overview

2 Abilities in applied advanced information technology 
development

– Application and development of advanced information technology to problem-solving in brain science

– Integrated Fields special lecture
– Multidisciplinary Research special study
– Advanced Life Science Technology special study
– Second-half doctoral-course hands-on training

3 Ultra-large-scale neural information 
processing technique

– Techniques for information measurement/storage/transfer 
– Feature extraction by information mining
– Ultra-large-scale modeling simulation technologies 
– Visualization technologies & techniques

– Large Scale Data Mining, Visualization special study
– Advanced Biological Information System special study

4 Global communication abilities

– A strong sensitivity to globalization
– Communication skills
– Presentation skills
– Language skills
– Debating skills

– Communication in English (first half)
– Overseas internship (first half)
– Foreign advisor system
– Overseas summer school
– Online debate

5 Innovation abilities

– Interests and execution abilities in innovation
– Awareness and execution abilities for team management

– Prestige lecture series
– Special Lecture by Leaders of Development
– A Super Leader Tutorial, “Talk with the Top”
– Practical management special lecture
– Corporate advisory board

 

The following outlines each subject group.

 

o Brain Science subject group:

Students study basic knowledge of genome science, life science, nerve science, and cognitive science. We create an adequate curriculum for each student by selecting from among many program options and through consultation with advisory faculty, external faculty and the student. Subjects to be offered include: Life Science, Advanced Life Science Technology special study, and Technology Development Strategy, etc.

 

o Information Technology Electronics subject group:

This group was established for learning methods for applying and developing advanced information technology to problem solving in brain science. Such technology includes genome decoding, sensing technology, nanophotonics, brain information decoding, and virtual brain simulation, etc. Members of the internal and external staff cooperate and consult with advisory faculty, and instruct the student to create the appropriate program according to the student’s career goal. Examples include: Advanced Life Science Technology special study, Integrated Fields special lecture, and Multidisciplinary Research special lecture.

 

o Ultra-Large-Scale Neural Information Processing Technology subject group:

This group was established for students to become fluent in information technology, which is an essential skill for handling information from a variety of ultra-large-scale large-capacity neural information networks. We create an appropriate curriculum for each student by selecting from among many program options and through consultation with advisory faculty, external faculty and the student. Subjects include: Large-Scale Data Mining, Visualization special study, and an Advanced Biological Information System special lecture, etc.

 

o Global Human Resource Training subject group:

This subject group was established to develop the leadership and communication skills (international sensibility and language skills) that are important for Integrated Field research.
– Online debate: development of debating skills through debates with foreign staff using a long-distance TV conference system. The debate theme is given in advance and executed after approximately three months of preparation time.
– Overseas summer school: We dispatch students during the summer vacation of the first half of the doctoral program, to our overseas campus in Malaysia Science University, to experience and acquire discussion skills with an international perspective and in a global environment.