Course Registration Guide 2015

Course Registration Guide 2015 for International Students

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I Introduction  |  ▼ II Course Registration Guidelines

I Introduction
Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science (SiMS Program)

Today, there is an increasing need for researchers with a high level of education who can demonstrate strong leadership in the global community to make our industry more competitive and to achieve a sustainable society through innovations. Osaka Prefecture University and Osaka City University have been selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sports and Technology as the center for promoting the “Program for Leading Graduate Schools” in order to foster excellent students who will play leading roles in the academic, industrial and governmental sectors around the globe. In line with this, we offer the “Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science,” a five-year straight doctoral course designed to cultivate leaders with a global perspective for the industrial community.

1. Goal of this Program

Given the difficulties in securing energy and industrial resources while aiming at the realization of a sustainable society, material science constitutes the major foundation to attain the industrial style, as well as lifestyle, that enable us to sustain a stable environment and civilization. A few examples of the importance of material science research include developing an innovative technology to efficiently gather, accumulate and utilize renewable energy such as sunlight, and an interdisciplinary approach researching life phenomena at the molecular level to solve health, food or environment related problems. As such, material science advances could become the essential force to shake up preconditions for a sustainable society and inspire new ideas as to what it should be like. Furthermore, from the standpoint of material scientists, it appears that a multi-faceted perspective, which is applied to discover materials that reveal their functions in systems or to develop nanoscience to deal with big data and other new challenges in information technology, is indispensable in order to meet the challenges to a sustainable society where multiple elements are intertwined. In addition, the establishment of a new methodology in material science, which is based on multi-layered, interdisciplinary ideas inspired by “koto-zukuri (value creation),” is also essential. The SiMS Degree Program aims to foster research leaders who can deal with the challenges outlined above by equipping them with the qualities discussed in the following section.

2. Objectives of this Program

The SiMS Degree Program aims to equip students with the following qualities:

  • A deep understanding of the relationship between engineering and nature, environment, society, history, mankind, and culture based on an in-depth general education; a sharp awareness of the impact of science and technology on society and nature; a strong sense of responsibility towards society and a high ethical standard as an engineer.
  • Strong leadership with expertise and systematic understanding of technology based on an in-depth knowledge of material science.
  • The ability to design research strategies stemming from multi-layered, interdisciplinary ideas inspired by systems thinking.
  • The ability to achieve breakthroughs, as well as the management skills, to bring about industrial innovations utilizing the output of fundamental R&D.
  • The ability to disseminate one’s ideas widely and have them deeply rooted in the global community through strong leadership.
  • Quality as a “system-inspired” research leader well versed with multi-layered, interdisciplinary ideas inspired by incorporating the idea of “koto-zukuri (value creation)” into the process of “mono-zukuri.” Such leaders will be able to bring about innovations in electronics, energy and life science, which will never be fleshed out from a perspective confined to a single layer of material science.
  • The management skills to enable creation of new industries, which are internationally competitive and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society that is safe and secure, taking advantage of the knowledge obtained in this program.
3. Curriculum Policy (Curriculum organization and implementation policy)
  1. The five-year straight curriculum is organized with the objective of achieving the goals set forth by the “Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science.”
  2. Aiming to bring about innovations in such fields as electronics, energy and life science, which will never be fleshed out from a perspective confined to a single layer of material science, we have designed our curriculum to foster “system-inspired” leaders well versed with multi-layered interdisciplinary ideas through an education of how to incorporate the idea of “koto-zukuri (value creation)” into the process of “mono-zukuri.” Furthermore, we have organized our curriculum in an interdisciplinary manner and through industry-academia-government collaboration so that we can cultivate researchers who can conceive new ideas of “koto-zukuri (value creation)” utilizing the deep knowledge of materials and systems and apply a comprehensive perspective towards our society instead of just being preoccupied with research for its own sake.
  3. The literacy course in our curriculum provides a general education in philosophy and ethics of science to help students take a holistic view of science.
  4. The interdisciplinary courses in our curriculum (Basics of Material Science, Basics of System Science, Project & Laboratory rotation,) are designed to foster multi-layered and interdisciplinary research capabilities. Students are exposed to a broad range of disciplines, which will enable them to think holistically and raise questions flexibly.
  5. The ideation course and the global course, which are an essential part of our degree program, are designed to foster (1) “systems thinking” to take a holistic view of complex events or phenomena; (2) “design thinking” to create new ways of thinking; and (3) “management skills” to flesh them out into innovations in a comprehensive manner.
  6. The entrepreneurship course and the global course are provided in a mixed manner with focus on lecture, research, and exercises. Instructors include foreign scholars. We also invite instructors from the business community. Various issues in the globalized industry are raised with the objective of fostering the system-inspired ability to deal with them.
4. Diploma Policy (Assessment and Degree Grant Policy)

The ultimate goals of our program are the pursuit of truth and the creation of knowledge; the development of science and technology in harmony with the ecosystem; the contribution to the development of a sustainable society and the creation of culture; and to bring about industrial innovations in such fields as energy, electronics, and life science.

An education in line with these ultimate goals is offered throughout this program. In order for the students enrolled in this program to be certified for a diploma, they need to develop the abilities to identify, assess and solve problems; enhance creativity and personality; and acquire expertise and high ethical standards as well as in-depth general knowledge, along with the following qualities:

  • A solid basic knowledge of material science required to lead a specialized field in material science.
  • The ability to design research strategies stemming from multilayered, interdisciplinary ideas inspired by systems thinking.
  • The ability to achieve breakthroughs and management skills to bring about industrial innovations utilizing the output of fundamental R&D.
  • The ability to disseminate one’s ideas widely and have them deeply rooted in the global community through strong leadership.

In this program, the major assessment criteria will be whether a student has been able to (1) discover problems in our society or industry by taking a system-inspired, holistic view; (2) design and complete one’s own course-work and research plan to solve these problems; and (3) foster an ability to achieve breakthroughs and management skills to create industrial innovations in such fields as energy science, electronics, and life science.

5. Graduate Schools and Departments in which the Degree Program is offered and the Course Name by Department which offers the SiMS Degree Program
[Graduate Schools of Osaka Prefecture University]
Graduate School Department Course Name by Department which offers the SiMS Degree Program
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering -Leading Program Course
Aerospace and Marine-System Engineering -Leading Program Course in Aerospace Engineering
-Leading Program Course in Marine System Engineering
Electronics Mathematics and Physics -Leading Program Course in Mathematical Sciences
-Leading Program Course in Physics and Electronics
Electrical Engineering and Information Science -Leading Program Course in Electrical and Information Systems
-Leading Program Course in Computer Science and Intelligent Systems
Material Science and engineering -Leading Program Course in Applied Chemistry
-Leading Program Course in Chemical Engineering
-Leading Program Course in Material Science
Quantum and Radiation Engineering Courses -Leading Program Course
Life and Environmental Sciences Applied Life Sciences -Leading Program Course
Environmental Science and Technology Courses -Leading Program Course
Sciences Physical Science -Leading Program Course
Molecular Science -Leading Program Course
Biological Science -Leading Program Course
Mathematics and Information Science Course -Leading Program Course
[Graduate Schools of Osaka City University]
Graduate School Department Course by Department which offers the SiMS Degree Program
Engineering Mechanical & Physical Engineering -Leading Program Course
Physical Electronics & Informatics -Leading Program Course
Applied Chemistry & Bioengineering -Leading Program Course

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II Course Registration Guidelines
1. Signing up for the Courses

Students are required to sign up for the courses in the curriculum of the affiliated graduate school department as well as the courses provided by the SiMS Degree Program.

2.Curricula and Accreditation of the SiMS Program

The courses provided by the SiMS Degree Program, the number of credits required and their allocation to each academic year are shown in the Appendix.

These courses are organized solely for the SiMS Degree Program. Therefore, the credits earned by taking them are not counted as credits required to finish a degree program in their respective graduate schools unless they are provided otherwise.

3. Academic years, terms, class dates, and academic grades

All rules regarding enrollment including academic years, terms, class dates, exam periods, course application, academic grades and credits are subject to the Course Registration Guidelines of the affiliated graduate school department.

4. Taking Courses jointly offered by Osaka Prefecture University and Osaka City University

When students enrolled in the graduate schools of Osaka Prefecture University hope to take courses offered by the graduate schools of Osaka City University, or vice versa, they should contact the Administration Office of their graduate school through their advisor to get a student ID issued by the relevant graduate school.

5. Assessment of the Status of Progress

Progress status in the SiMS Degree Program is assessed in the following manner.

Assessment method Assessment schedule Qualifications for Examination and Defense
SiMS Qualifying Examination At the end of the second academic year Those who have earned 12 or more credits for the designated subjects, including the compulsory subjects, in literacy, interdisciplinary, or ideation courses. (See Appendix.)
SiMS Pre-Defense At the end of the fourth year
SiMS Defense At the end of the fifth year Those who are expected to meet the doctoral program requirements of the affiliated graduate school department and have earned 18 or more credits including 12 credits for compulsory subjects as shown in the Appendix.

* This assessment may be given ahead of schedule to those who have satisfied the qualifications for the examination mentioned in the table above.

6. Requirements for advancement

Students must satisfy the following requirements to be advanced to the third year of the SiMS Program.

(1) Finish the master’s program and get enrolled in the doctoral program.

(2) Pass the SiMS qualifying examination (SiMS QE) mentioned in the section 5.

7. Requirements for completion of the SiMS Program

Students must satisfy the following requirements to be certified as having completed the SiMS Program.

(1) Meet the requirements of the doctoral program of the affiliated graduate school department.

(2) Pass the SiMS Defense review mentioned in the section 5.

8. Awarding of Degrees

Those who have been certified as having completed the SiMS Degree Program and also are certified for the degree by the affiliated graduate school department are awarded with the graduate school department degree as follows.

[Osaka Prefecture University]
Graduate School of Engineering Doctor of Engineering (Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science)
Graduate School of Life and Environmental Science Doctor of Applied Life Science (Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science)
Graduate School of Science Doctor of Science (Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science)
[Osaka City University]
Graduate School of Engineering Doctor of Engineering (Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science)
9. Failure to Earn the SiMS Degree

Those who are determined to be ineligible to study in the Program due to their attitude in classes and study results will lose the qualification of SiMS Degree Program.

However, this does not prevent them from continuing their enrollment in their graduate school department.

10. Miscellaneous

(1) Grants

Those who are enrolled in the SiMS Degree Program are qualified to apply for grants (non-loan type) in order to be able to concentrate on research and academic, unless they fall under the following categories:

A. A recipient of a Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (Doctoral Course: DC) provided by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science: JSPS (an independent administrative organization)

B. A recipient of a scholarship or a scholarship loan provided by the Japan Student Services Organization (an independent administrative organization)

C. A foreign student receiving a scholarship from the Japanese government

D. A foreign student receiving a scholarship from one’s home country

E. A recipient of a university scholarship

F. A wage earner, including wages from part-time jobs

G. A person who works as a teaching assistant or a research assistant, other than for the SiMS Degree Program, or who works as such for the SiMS Degree Program for five hours or more per week, and receive wages accordingly

The following amount of grants may be awarded to the recipients of grants.

Academic year in the SiMS Degree Program

Annual Amount of Grants

First and second year Up to 1,200,000 yen
Third to fifth year Between 1,800,000 yen and 2,400,000 yen

Details concerning grants, including the application method, will be posted later on the website and by other means.

(2) Travel expenses incurred for the purpose of finishing this program, including traveling abroad, will be reimbursed partially by this program.

(3) Those who enroll in this program are required to purchase (1) accident insurance for students called Gakkennsai and (2) liability insurance for students incidental to Gakkennsai or its equivalent.

11. Commencement of Program

The SiMS Program begins in April 2014 with the students enrolled in its master’s program. In addition, the students who enrolled in the master’s program in 2013 may be accepted on special conditions.

For more details, please contact:

– Leading Program Support Office (SiMS Office)
Room 1334W, 3rd floor of Building No. A1
Nakamozu Campus of Osaka Prefecture University
Tel No: +81-72-254-7852 Fax No: +81-72-254-8293
e-mail: SiMs-office@ml.osakafu-u.ac.jp
URL: http://sims-program.osakafu-u.ac.jp/

– The administration group in the Education Promotion Office of Osaka Prefecture University (Building No.3); or

– An administrator(s) in charge of the Faculty or the Graduate School of Engineering,
the Planning Section of the University Administration Headquarters, Osaka City University.

(Appendix) Curricula and Accreditation of the SiMS Program

Courses

Subject title Number of Credits *mark is required Academic year Number of credits for designated subjects, etc
Total 18 credits or more including 12 credits for compulsory subjects
Literacy courses Scientific literacy *2 1-2 4 credits or more
International environment Issues 2 1-2
Special Seminar for Scenario Task Oriented Planning 2 1-2
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course *2 1-2
Interdisciplinary courses Multi-layered, interdisciplinary research Special SiMS Research *2 1-2 2 credits
Basics of Material Science (To be taken by System majors) Introduction to Science and Engineering of Material for Energy 2 1-2 In light of the curriculum in each department, students are required to select either the Basics of Material Science or the Basics of Systems Science.4 credits or more from the course designated by each department
Introduction to Electronics Materials Science 2 1-2
Introduction to Biomolecular Science 2 1-2
Introduction to System-inspired Material Science 2 1-2
Introduction to Process System 2 1-2
Introduction to Bio-related Systems 2 1-2
Introduction to Applied Chemistry I 2 1-2
Introduction to Applied Chemistry III 2 1-2
Basics of System Science
(To be taken by Material Science majors)
Introduction to System Engineering 2 1-2
Introduction to Energy Systems Analysis 2 1-2
Introduction to Information System 2 1-2
Introduction to the Energy Power System 2 1-2
Introduction to Communication Systems 2 1-2
Introduction to Bioinformatics 2 1-2
Introduction to Intelligent Information Systems I 2 1-2
Introduction to Intelligent Information systems II 2 1-2
Ideation courses Special Seminar for Strategic Reasoning and Thinking *2 1-2 2 credits or more
The Ideation and Globalization Workshop 2 3-5
Global courses Special Seminar for Global Communication 2 1-2 2 credits or more
Global Leader Workshop *2 3-5
Entrepreneurship courses Introduction to Business Planning based on System-inspired Material Science 2 3-5 4 credits or more
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-I(TEC-I) 2 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-II(TEC-II) *2 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-III(TEC-III) 2 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-IV(TEC-IV) 2 3-5