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  Course Title Course Description
Core Subjects INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEM DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT (2) This class provides an overview of systems design and management studies (SDM studies) and their relationship to other major subjects. In addition to a survey of SDM studies, students will also gain practice in logical thinking and systems engineering, both of which form the foundation for understanding SDM studies. Building from that foundation, they will take on the other major subjects in SDM studies and how they relate to systems engineering to arrive at a clear understanding of the positioning of SDM studies.
SYSTEM ARCHITECTING AND INTEGRATION (2) New course in September 2011 (scheduled to be offered from September)
SYSTEM VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION (2) New course in September 2011 (scheduled to be offered from September)
PROJECT MANAGEMENT (2) This class provides a systematic overview of the basic concepts of project management. It takes an international approach to the five stages of complex project management: launch, planning, implementation, oversight and control, and conclusion. It also includes practical exercises to help students master the tools and techniques required in project management.
Project Subject DESIGN PROJECT (4) Design Project, which was called "ALPS"(Active Learning Project Sequence) until 2011, is a project that uses system design and management techniques that were developed in collaboration with Keio University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University and Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) to design innovative products, services, and other systems. We examine products and services related to a project theme, define the problems, understand the requirements of interested parties, define the system requirements, design concepts, propose architectures, repeatedly test and prototype, and verify our recommendations. Design Project participants gain practical experience in the design of new business models and innovative systems.
Special Research Subject RESEARCH ON SYSTEM DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT (2) The focus in the classroom is on research reports from students and supervising professors, and on discussion and debate. Students develop their own research ideas, focusing on safety, security, environment symbiosis, collaboration, and other aspects of social contribution in the design and management of large, complex systems. They report periodically on their progress and engage in group discussions to stimulate ideas and gain insights into their research. Faculty advisors and other members of the teaching staff provide advice and guidance as necessary for the completion of projects and papers. Students also attend and discuss the research presentations of other students and faculty members to develop advanced professional knowledge and deeper insights.

Major Subjects

  Course Title Course Description
Recommended Basic Subjects COMMUNICATIONS (2) Communication skills are basic to creative human endeavors. One must be able to communicate one's ideas and to share and discuss them with other people. This class examines the basics of communication, including cultural and personality aspects. The requirements for successful presentations, approaches to creating presentation materials, strategies for writing papers and other documents, and strategies for reading, discussion, and debate are included. Through these activities, students master basic communication and presentation skills.
STATISTICS AND DATA PROCESSING FOR SYSTEM DESIGN (2) The goal of this class is to master the data processing techniques required for planning and analysis of experiments in master's research and other coursework. Topics covered include basic statistical analysis, the use of Excel, SPSS, and other data analysis tools, and the use of the MATLAB/Simulink numerical computation software that is widely employed by engineers in the industrial, government, and educational sectors. At the end of the course, students will understand mathematical thinking and be able to perform their own data analyses.
Recommended Advanced Subjects SYSTEMS APPROACH FOR BUSINESS SYSTEMS (2) Systems approaches for the design and operation of businesses in which there are multiple competing interests are the focus of this class. The goal is to achieve total optimization of quality, efficiency and risk-resistance. Students will learn skills and techniques for identifying issues and bottlenecks in systems, visualizing overall systems from multiple perspectives, quantitatively assessing problems, and improving business processes. The class teaches a comprehensive methodology that includes system description, system simulation technology, mathematical optimization, risk management, and economic assessment. Students will also tackle practical issues in group exercises.
MODELING AND SIMULATION OF SYSTEMS (2) This class teaches the modeling and simulation techniques used in system design. Students will gain experience and practice not only in scientific and engineering simulation, but also in techniques for modeling and simulating problems in social systems.
SPECIAL LECTURES 1, 2 (2) The SDM "Special Lectures" series invites people at the forefront of their fields who have examined many of today's largest, most complex systems to share their perspectives and insights.
Major Subjects in Systems and Socio-Tech Engineering  PRACTICE OF SYSTEM DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT (2) New course in September 2011 (scheduled to be offered from September)
FOUNDATION OF MODEL-DRIVEN SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT (2) This class examines a model-based approach to the design and development of complex products and systems. It uses the model-based approach to investigate common processes in product development, including requirements management, use case analysis, design change management, and trade-off analysis. Specific techniques include the "Systems Modeling Language" (SysML) of "Object Management Group" (OMG) as a new approach to product development that attempts to describe structure and behavior in the SysML language. Case studies come from the aerospace, automotive, and other industries.
MODEL-BASED PREDICTION AND CONTROL OF SYSTEMS (2) Systems are composed of hardware, software, and other components and must satisfy requirements for input and output at the system, subsystem, and component levels. Clarifying system-level performance requirements is a crucial part of system design, and system analysis is essential in this. Systems are generally dynamic, so it is also important to have a correct understanding of system dynamics. In "Model-based Prediction and Control of Systems," students study modeling for system analysis. They learn the process from abstract model deduction to analytical model creation, as well as approaches to system analysis. In addition to understanding the concepts of controllability and observability required in system analysis and the nature of system stability, we study specific approaches to model-based forecasting and control of systems. For numerical computation, the class uses the MATLAB/Simulink numerical computation software that is widely employed by engineers and scientists in the industrial, government, and educational spheres.
NETWORK AND DATABASE SYSTEMS (2) This class provides theoretical insights and practical experience in networks and databases, surveying both their basic roles in information technology and the most recent advances in research.
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (2) This class takes a systematic approach to the design, development, and testing of software and provides students with opportunities to experience software engineering techniques in practice. The course begins with an overview of software engineering before delving into the object-oriented concepts that play a key role in today's software development. The next unit examines software reusability and efficient utilization of software assets. This prepares the students to learn requirement analysis, external design, internal design, and coding and testing concepts that are required in software development. After mastering theory, students move to practical projects to gain first-hand experience in software development. They also study process assessment and process improvement techniques that play an important role in large-scale software. Students present their projects at the end of the course. Specific topics of study may vary according to class progress.
Major Subjects in Safe, Reliable, Human-Interface, Symbiotic, & Innovation Systems ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM DESIGN (2) Many different topics must be examined and understood to determine the "system" requirements for today's globalized, information-oriented societies, companies, products and services, including environment and energy issues, future social and urban structures, competition and collaboration among international companies, diversifying consumer preferences, and technological advances. In this class, students learn comprehensive theories of design that treat environmental issues as "system" questions. Group work and discussions provide opportunities to practice and polish planning skills.
RISK MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGICAL SYSTEMS (2) New course in September 2011 (scheduled to be offered from September)
ELECTRONICS SYSTEM SAFETY (2) This class examines the concepts and methodologies behind electronic system safety. Computer controls and other electronic systems play an extraordinarily large role in today's society. Their safety, however, is often far from certain. Real-life examples include bank online system failures, software bugs in automobiles, and overheated cores when electricity is cut to nuclear power plants. Problems like these expose society to significant risks. Students examine case studies in the design of product safety and, in the process, looks at the "STAMP" approach to safety design, the "UPPAAL" software validation technique, and formal approaches to numerically demonstrate how specification descriptions are justified.
HUMAN FACTORS (2) Fundamental human factors required for risk management in the development and operation of systems are explored in this class. Specific topics include human-machine interaction, biomedical characteristics, cognitive characteristics, accident analysis, group dynamics, organizational theory, and ethical compliance. Case studies and visuals are used to illustrate issues and methodologies. In addition to lectures, the class will hold participation-based discussions on several topics to improve understanding of specific issues and to polish their skills. Students will be required to submit reports on each lecture. On-site observation of aircraft simulators allows students to see human factors in action.
HUMAN RELATIONS (2) New course in September 2011 (scheduled to be offered from September)
HUMAN INTERFACE (2) New course in September 2011 (scheduled to be offered from September)
VIRTUAL DESIGN (2) New course in September 2011 (Below is an overview of AY2010)
Computer-aided design is an essential part of manufacturing systems. The ability to accurately model designs and verify performance on computers before products are fabricated shortens the time between design and production and significantly reduces production costs. This class introduces production line design, virtual reality and CAD/CAE, and examines approaches to more efficient computer aid as well as specific techniques in design, analysis, and simulation.
METHODOLOGY OF CREATIVE DECISION MAKINGS (2) This class begins with lectures and practice in creative, emergent thinking before moving to a case study-based survey and practice of the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and rational process techniques (KT method). Flexible decision-making and creative problem solving are required in today's increasingly globalized organizations and societies. During the class, we examine historical cases to present and discuss the behavior of hypothetical decision-makers and the events and thought processes that lead to decisions. Students also gain experience in making proposals on emergent topics.
Major Subjects in Political, Economic and Business Systems  MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL STRATEGY (2) In this class, students view financial statements as the results of actions by units within an organization based on the business objectives and strategies articulated by managers. It analyzes them to observe the background of management decisions. Companies need good decision makers at the top to generate appropriate levels of profit, but they also need "project managers" to be in charge of specific areas such as marketing, production, development, human resources, and finance who understand the company's overall interests and costs. The aim of this class is to help students that are not specialists in accounting or finance to develop the ability to see the details and the big picture.
SYSTEMS OF FINANCE AND CURRENCY (2) Financial systems and international monetary systems are at the very core of today's social systems. This class examines their basic concept and functions, and also includes on-site explanations from outside lecturers as well as practical exercises.
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY: DISCUSSIONS ON ITS SYSTEMS (2) International political economy studies the "power relationships" in global systems in which we live and work. It asks, for example, whether the systems in economies are created "naturally" by the market, or whether they are created "by the force" of politics. This class is an opportunity to examine these questions. Among the specific topics covered will be the rise and fall of the dollar-based monetary system and what can be expected in the future. Participants will attempt to develop concepts for new monetary systems (and money is indeed a "system") to gain practical insights. Today's international political and economic systems come out of the "Atlantic" context, and the course will include a historical overview of the British-American alliance. Indeed, history will provide much of the inspiration for this class. At the same time, students will also learn that there can be orderly approaches to forecasting the future. They will gain practical experience in formulating scenarios and using them to anticipate directions. It will be taught in an omnibus format, including two lectures by Professor Chikara Furuya of the Faculty of Humanities at Toyo Gakuen University, a noted authority on environmental economics and carbon currencies. It may also feature business executives as facilitators of discussions. By the end of the term, students will understand that the political and economic environments in which they operate are indeed compound systems that can be changed, but that change also requires a rearrangement of power relationships.
SYSTEMS OF INTELLIGENCE (2) Intelligence Systems Theory is a very new academic discipline. In this context, "intelligence" refers to the process of gleaning the information required for important decisions by the leaders of governments and large organizations out of the enormous volumes of information available. "Intelligence" is not merely "secret information." It also includes the anticipation of potential near-term disasters and information that provides the grounds for making decisions in the face of those disasters. The Great East Japan Earthquake generated a tsunami that resulted in core meltdowns at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. In managing unprecedented crises like this, state and corporate leaders are required to make instantaneous decisions that can have a vast impact on people's lives and safety, something that people in Japan learned all too well. This class will examine the basic concepts of intelligence and use real crises as an opportunity for students to put themselves in the positions of leaders and to experience the essential nature of intelligence in dealing with emergencies and disasters. In addition to SDM faculty, the class will hear from people at the forefront of intelligence research in Japan about the theory and practice of intelligence.
COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE (2) "Competitive intelligence" is an attempt to take the classic "intelligence" techniques used for state security and apply them in the broader business realm. The course will build on the "Systems of Intelligence" class offered during the Spring semester to take a more practical approach to issues that are occurring in today's society. Lecturers will share their expertise to allow students to deepen their understanding of intelligence concepts and improve their practical skills. Among the specific fields examined will be diplomacy, security, finance, sports, and space. Group work will provide practical intelligence experience. The class will also examine the future of East Asia and Japan by using scenario analysis to forecast the near future.
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS GAME (2) New course in September 2011 (Below is an overview of AY2010)
This class examines system management techniques for the design and operation of systems in which there are multiple interactions. The goal is to achieve total optimization of quality, efficiency, and risk-resistance. Students will learn skills and techniques for identifying issues and bottlenecks in systems, visualizing overall systems from multiple perspectives, quantitatively assessing problems, and improving business processes. The class will also study comprehensive methodologies that combine system description, system simulation technology, and mathematical optimization. Practical issues will be tackled in group projects.
BUSINESS SYSTEM ENGINEERING (2) New course in September 2011 (Below is an overview of AY2010)
Standardized technology is only increasing in importance, and there are many different aspects to this: international competition and collaboration, industrial infrastructure that encourages new entrants, improvements in business speed and quality, and engineering tool interfaces. This class teaches the practical skills required of systems engineers who are able to lead international standardization, including the basic modeling techniques that standardization employs. It will provide practical experience to deepen understanding of topics taught in other classes, including system architecture theory, system integration theory, system environment theory, system management techniques, risk management theory, and digital manufacturing systems theory.
MEDICAL SYSTEM AND RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICATION 2 (2) The healthcare system is an example of a socio-critical system. This class will examine issues in the marketing of healthcare systems and with its public nature and social aspects, identify their causes, structure solutions, and recommend new systems. This is a three-year course. The first year (AY2010) focused on the market aspects. The second year (AY2011) examined the public and social aspects. The third near (AY2012) brings all of these aspects together to create and assess new, integrated systems. During the course of research, students will compare systems in Japan and other countries so that their recommendations are both practical and innovative. The course will be led by a professor, but due to the broad nature of the topics examined, it will be taught jointly with other lecturers invited in to discuss their fields of expertise. There will also be intensive lectures on topics of particular importance to each year's research themes. A minimum of 15 lectures is planned for each year. Lecturers include researchers participating in this class and experts from Japan and other countries who will share their expertise and opinions.
INTERNSHIP 1, 2 (2) "Internship 1, 2" provides experiences that are only possible outside of the classroom. Students have a chance to gain professionalism, to understand the relationship between academic and real life, and to assess their aptitude for their desired careers. Credit is awarded to students who use summer vacations and other periods to participate in internships at companies and research institutes outside of the university. Credit is conditional upon the submission of an activity report. The number of credits awarded depends on the length of the internship.