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Short-term Exchange Program Classes taught in English
Subject Content Credits
Key Word and Expressions in Japanese Culture This class introduces key words and expressions in Japanese culture. Through discussions with Japanese students, who are volunteers, you will learn how to use the words and expressions and gain insight into the cultural context in which they are used. 2
Society and Politics in Modern Japan This course is designed to give students a basic understanding about Japanese society and politics. 2
Judo The skill on judo is acquired
1. Ukemi
2. Basic movements
3. Uchikomi
4. Randori
5. Kata
1
Cross-cultural conversation analysis in English In this course, students will look at real conversations in English between people from different cultures, and then analyze them looking for places where the conversation fails or breaks down. Students will also learn to explain why the failure or breakdown has occurred. 2
Law, Politics and Society in Current China
– A Comparative View with Japan-
This course is aiming to give students a basic understanding about current China with a comparative view to Japan. The 9 topics in this course covering China’s politics, economy, law, diplomacy, education and environment, as well as its culture and society. 2
Special Lecture on American Literature We will learn to hear and feel the meter and rhythm of Shakespeare’s language, and experience its power to express both ideas and emotions. Course content involves a close reading of the recent, annotated version of "Hamlet" (2003), supplemented by critical readings from Harold Bloom, particularly his short critical interpretation, “Hamlet: Poem Unlimited” (2004). As well, videoed performances of the play will be seen. 2
Volcanology Course objective is to learn all the aspects of volcanoes. We learn where, when, how and why magma forms, migrates to surface, erupts, then causes volcanic eruptions. Basic knowledge about volcanoes and earth sciences are also included. 2
Advanced Technologies in Electrical Engineering This lecture introduces current status of technologies related to electrical engineering in Japan. In addition, advanced technologies, which are going to be utilized in the real world, are also discussed. 2
Biology of Zebrafish Objectives are to understand the basic biology and to become familiar with zebrafish model, so students will gain better understanding how animal models are used and contribute to advancement of science. 1
Introduction to Architecture E
(History of Western Architecture)
Architecture is one of the fields of fine art and, at the same time, a product of engineering. The course offers lectures about historical monuments in the western world. 2
Practical English for Engineering 1a There will be a reading study of engineering texts, papers, reports etc taken from authentic and reliable sources. The focus will be to encourage the students to understand issues ranging from SI units to Energy, Heat & Work through to Control Devices and Engineering Design. The students will be required to comprehend the use of side headings, marginal notes etc. 1
Practical English for Engineering 1b There will be a reading study of engineering texts, papers, reports etc taken from authentic and reliable sources. The focus will be to encourage the students to understand issues ranging from SI units to Energy, Heat & Work through to Control Devices and Engineering Design. The students will be required to comprehend the use of side headings, marginal notes etc. 1
Practical English for Engineering 2a In the class, students will work in pairs to practice through actual conversation language functions which are crucial for technical engineering. Topics include what (description), why (reason and purpose), how (method) and if (conditions). The class will contain a short lecture component detailing how to approach a function and a longer conversation component practicing this, and will contain group work activities where students must work together to use English to successfully solve challenges. 1
Practical English for Engineering 2b "This course is designed to offer you the opportunity to practice expressing your opinions in English, speaking to an audience in English, learning and using technical terms of engineering. In the class, students will be asked to find the meanings of vocabulary words relating to Engineering-related topics in the faculty of Engineering in Kumamoto University." 1
Practical English for Engineering 2c This class will focus on improving the student’s listening and speaking abilities in a fun and educational way over the course of the semester. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Respond appropriately in a conversational situation on a variety of topics in the field of engineering.
2. Listen to and respond appropriately in group discussions and/or problem solving exercises.
3. Get a minimum score of 550 or higher on the TOEIC test.
1
Practical English for Engineering 3 The course objective is to improve students’ understanding of basic English grammar through the use of common engineering terminology. The course consists of textbook listening exercises, written workbook exercises, oral repetition & communication, and a joint presentation. 1
Fundamental study on thermal fluid flow and introduction of advanced renewable energy researches 1. Introduction of Greenhouse Effect.
2. Introduction of renewable energy and its plants in Kyushu Island.
3. Introduction of heat transfer.
4. Formulation of basic equations pertinent to heat transfer.
5. Heat conduction and Heat convection.
6. Research.
2
Earth Material Science Lectures will be on the physics and chemistry of condensed matter in the Earth. Property and structure under extreme conditions, property of condensed matter and the Earth's dynamics will be discussed. 2
Advanced Earth Material Science Lectures will be focused on the frontiers of scientific research and technology. Basic concepts, applications and topics on properties of the Earth's interior and planetary materials, local structure in condensed matter, and structure determination under extreme conditions will be discussed. 2
Computer Simulation for Material Science Properties of crystalline materials are essentially based on movement of atoms within the crystal. In this class, as investigating method for atomic movement, computer simulation by using "Molecular Dynamics method" will be lectured. Analysis of atomic structure and visualization of crystal structure are also lectured. Skill of computer programming is needed. 2
Mechanics of Materials This course provides Mechanical Engineering students with an awareness of various responses exhibited by solid engineering materials when subjected to mechanical and thermal loadings. 2
The Japanese People's Health This course aims at getting some basic information about the people who have supported Japanese people’s health and understanding the importance of their works. 2
Developmental Genetics This course deals with classical knowledge as well as recent progress in developmental genetics, including gene structure and function, mechanisms for disease development, organogenesis, developmental and reproductive engineering, and gene-environmental interactions including intestinal flora. 1
Bioorganic Medical Chemistry Various drugs have been discovered in various ways. Previous drug discovery involves search of natural resources and screening of artificial compounds, sometimes serendipitous, to find out drug seeds that to be refined to clinically useful drugs through molecular design and biological tests. Completion of the human genome projects, on the other hand, provided alternate approach of rational drug design based on the genetic information. 2
Basic Immunobiology Nowadays the immunobiology became a fundamental subject for the medical science students who will be engaging in the molecular biology, pathophysiology, oncology, metabolic medicine, environmental medicine, and studying the defense system, infection and immunity. Here, the course will guide the background philosophy for immunology and cell biology useful for the step up your ability. 1
Basic Japanese I-1 Elementary Total Japanese A
(For the students who have never studied Japanese and would like to study basic Japanese intensively.)
1
Basic Japanese I-2 1
Basic Japanese I-3 1
Basic Japanese I-4 1
Basic Japanese I-5 1
Basic Japanese I-6 1
Basic Japanese I-7 1
Basic Japanese I-8 1
Basic Japanese I-9 Elementary Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji and Vocabulary
(For the students who want to start studying Japanese characters (: hiragana, katakana and kanji) from the beginning.)
1
Basic Japanese I-10 1
Basic Japanese I-11 Elementary Total Japanese S(a)
(For the students who have almost never studied Japanese and would like to study basic Japanese.)
1
Basic Japanese I-12 1
Basic Japanese I-11 Elementary Total Japanese S(b)
(For the students who have almost never studied Japanese and would like to study basic Japanese.)
1
Basic Japanese I-12 1
Basic Japanese I-11 Elementary Total Japanese S(c)
(For the students who have almost never studied Japanese and would like to study basic Japanese.)
1
Basic Japanese I-12 1
Basic Japanese II-1 Elementary TotalJapanese B
(For the students who have previously studied Japanese for less than three months, and would like to make solid foundation by reviewing basic Japanese.)
1
Basic Japanese II-2 1
Basic Japanese II-3 Elementary Japanese
Listening Comprehension & Conversation B
(For the students who have previously studied Japanese for less than three months, and would like to improve their speaking skills in daily lives.)
1
Basic Japanese II-4 1
Basic Japanese III-1 Lower-Intermediate Expressions
(For the students who have solid foundation of basic Japanese and would like to improve their speaking and writing skills in Japanese.)
1
Basic Japanese III-2 1
Japanese Language and Japanese Studies Classes
<Spring Term>
Subject Content Credits
Japanese A-1a Advanced Conversation 1
Japanese A-1b Academic Writing 1
Japanese A-1c Advanced Reading A II 1
Japanese B-1a Advanced Listening Comprehension & Vocabulary II 1
Japanese B-1b Advanced Grammar A II 1
Japanese C-1a Advanced Reading B II 1
Japanese C-1b Advanced Composition 1
Japanese D-1a Advanced Grammar B II 1
Japanese IV-1a Intermediate Reading II 1
Japanese IV-1b Upper-Intermediate Grammar & Expression II 1
Japanese IV-1c Upper-Intermediate Kanji & Vocabulary II 1
Japanese IV-1d Upper-Intermediate Reading 1
Japanese IV-1e Upper-Intermediate Conversation 1
Japanese IV-1f Presentation II 1
Japanese IV-1g Pronunciation 1
Japanese IV-1h Advanced Conversation II 1
Japanese III-1a Intermediate Total Japanese B II 3
Japanese III-1b
Japanese III-1c
Japanese III-1d Intermediate Report Writing 1
Japanese III-1e Intermediate Kanji & vocabulary II 1
Japanese III-1f Intermediate Grammar & Expression II 1
Japanese II-1a Intermediate Total Japanese A II 3
Japanese II-1b
Japanese II-1c
Japanese I-1a Lower-Intermediate Total Japanese 2
Japanese I-1b
Japanese I-1c Lower-Intermediate Grammar 1
Japanese I-1d Lower-Intermediate Kanji and Vocabulary 1
Japanese studies A Science and Technology in Japan I 2
Japanese studies C Japanese Society and Culture I 2
<Fall Term>
Subject Content Credits
Japanese A-2a Advanced Pronunciation 1
Japanese A-2b Advanced Grammar A I 1
Japanese B-2a Advanced Listening Comprehension & Vocabulary I 1
Japanese B-2b Advanced Grammar B I 1
Japanese C-2a Advanced Reading A I 1
Japanese C-2b Advanced Composition 1
Japanese D-2a Advanced Reading B I 1
Japanese D-2b Advanced Grammar C I 1
Japanese IV-2a Intermediate Reading I 1
Japanese IV-2b Intermediate Conversation I 1
Japanese IV-2c Upper-Intermediate Grammar & Expression I 1
Japanese IV-2d Upper-Intermediate Kanji & Vocabulary I 1
Japanese IV-2e Presentation I 1
Japanese IV-2f Pronunciation 1
Japanese IV-2g Advanced Conversation I 1
Japanese III-2a Intermediate Total Japanese B I 3
Japanese III-2b
Japanese III-2c
Japanese III-2d Intermediate Composition 1
Japanese III-2e Intermediate Kanji & Vocabulary I 1
Japanese III-2f Intermediate Grammar & Expressions I 1
Japanese III-2g Intermediate Listening Comprehension 1
Japanese II-2a Intermediate Total Japanese A I 1
Japanese II-2b 1
Japanese II-2c 1
Japanese I-2a Lower-Intermediate General Japanese 1
Japanese I-2b 1
Japanese I-2c Lower-Intermediate Grammar 1
Japanese I-2d Lower-Intermediate Conversation 1
Japanese I-2e Lower-Intermediate Kanji & Vocabulary 1
Japanese studies B Science and Technology in Japan II 2
Japanese studies D Japanese Society and Culture II 2
Japanese studies E Key words and expressions in Japanese culture 2

*"Total Japanese" includes speaking, listening, writing, and reading.
**Students are required to take the Japanese Language Placement Test before attending Japanese language classes.