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Academic Skills

Course Description

The aim of this course is to further develop students’ basic academic skills. This course will practice and build on the skills learned in English 1~4. The first focus will be on improving sentence structure. Additionally, students will learn the basic principles of the scientific method and the engineering process and put those principles into practice. Finally, students will learn about proposal making via group work and informal group presentation.

Course Goals

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • use the eight basic sentence patterns to express written ideas
  • understand the basics of the scientific method
  • understand the basics of the engineering process
  • listen to short lectures and understand the key words and main ideas
  • make a group proposal and explain their ideas in a clear and concise manner

For more detailed information, check the Can-do Goals for this course.

Grading Criteria

NOTE: The following Grading Criteria and Course Schedule will be followed regardless of the BCP level. If there is a change in BCP level, please check your weekly agenda for any updates. Additionally, all meetings of this course are designated face-to-face classes. If you've received official permission from the university to attend via Zoom due to special circumstances such as health reasons, if the BCP level is BCP3+, or if your instructor has opted to conduct classes via Zoom, please note that all Zoom sessions will be broadcast live (your instructor will contact you directly with details for Zoom access), with no recordings available. You are required to attend and participate in these scheduled sessions. Except for these situations, attendance via Zoom is not permitted.

注意:以下の成績評価基準およびコース・スケジュールは、原則、BCPレベルに関係なく適用されます。BCPレベルに変更があった場合は、これらを含め、何らかの変更がないか、最新情報を毎週のアジェンダで確認してください。この科目の全授業回(1週目から15週目、すべての授業)が対面授業に指定されています。健康上の理由など特別な事情によりZoomでの受講を大学から正式に許可された場合、BCPレベルが3以上になった場合、また、授業担当教員の事情によりZoomでの授業を余儀なくされている場合は、全授業がZoomでライブ配信(=リアルタイム配信)されます (Zoomアクセスに関する詳細は教員から直接連絡があります)。 録画はされません。必ず、定時にZoomセッションにアクセスし、授業に「参加」してください。尚、ここに挙げた状況以外でのZoomによる出席は許可されません

Grades will be based on the following:

10 Weekly Tasks (6 points each)
Meetings 2-11
Weekly tasks are graded on a 6-5-4-3-2-1-0 scale. If all requirements of the task are completed at an exceptional level, you will receive 6 points. If they are fully met, you will receive 5 points. If they are somewhat met, you will receive 3-4 points. If they are inadequately or only partially met, you will receive 1-2 points. If you do not participate in the task or are absent, you will receive 0 points. 60 Points
2 Proposal Preparation Tasks (5 points each)
Meetings 12-13
Proposal Preparation tasks are graded on a 5-4-3-2-1-0 scale. If all requirements of the task are completed at an exceptional level, you will receive 5 points. If they are fully met, you will receive 4 points. If they are somewhat met, you will receive 3 points. If they are inadequately or only partially met, you will receive 1-2 points. If you do not participate in the task or are absent, you will receive 0 points. 10 Points
2 Proposal Evaluation Tasks (5 points each)
Meetings 14-15
Proposal Evaluations tasks are graded on a 5-4-3-2-1-0 scale. If all requirements of the task are completed at an exceptional level, you will receive 5 points. If they are fully met, you will receive 4 points. If they are somewhat met, you will receive 3 points. If they are inadequately or only partially met, you will receive 1-2 points. If you do not participate in the task or are absent, you will receive 0 points. 10 Points
1 Group Proposal 20 points
NOTE: A score of 0 for either the presentation materials section or presentation delivery section on your group proposal will result in an unsatisfactory grade ('F') for the course.
20 Points
Late to class, using your cell phone, chattering in Japanese, sleeping in class, no text, no dictionary minus 1 point  

Text

Academic and Media Skills: English Expeditions, Seibido Publishing Co., Ltd.

Note: You are required to purchase a copy of this text for this class. Any possession of a copy of this text (even if it is your own copy) from a previous semester will be considered a violation of academic honesty.

English-English Dictionary

You are required to bring an English-English dictionary to class every day. See the list of recommended dictionaries below for more information.

Course Schedule Print

Class Weekly Topics Weekly Tasks
Proposal Preparation & Online Evaluations
Group Proposal Agenda
1 Orientation  
2 Writing Skills Sentence Patterns    
3 Scientific Method Defining the Scientific Method    
4 Scientific Method Dependent and Independent Variables    
5 Engineering Process Introduction to Quirky and Kickstarter    
6 Engineering Process Engineering Process in Action    
7 Engineering Process Product Idea    
8 Proposal Example Note Taking    
9 TED Talk Note Taking    
10 TED Talk Note Taking    
11 Group Proposal Discussion    
12 Group Proposal Proposal Preparation    
13 Group Proposal Proposal Preparation    
14 Proposal Presentation Proposal Materials & Online Evaluations Group Proposal  
15 Proposal Presentation Proposal Reflection & Online Evaluations Group Proposal  

Course Can-do Goals

Writing Skills

  1. I can properly identify dependent and independent clauses.
  2. I can identify the eight Basic Sentence Punctuation Patterns.
  3. I can add independent markers, introductory or trailing words, or phrases to the eight Basic Sentence Punctuation Patterns.
  4. I can write clear sentences using the eight Basic Sentence Punctuation Patterns.
  5. I can brainstorm effectively to help in the writing process.
  6. I can use a thesaurus to find synonyms and antonyms.
  7. I can use targeted vocabulary in academic writing.

Scientific Method

  1. I can find, read, and summarize information about specifically targeted people.
  2. I can identify the seven steps involved in the scientific method.
  3. I can analyze past experiments and make suggestions to improve them.
  4. I can organize an experiment in a logical way using the scientific method.
  5. I can identify dependent and independent variables.

Engineering Process

  1. I can research products in development on the internet.
  2. I can identify the eight steps involved in the engineering process.
  3. I can identify problems that inspire invention.
  4. I can analyze solutions that hope to overcome those problems.
  5. I can assess proposed ideas/inventions in a systematic way.
  6. I can create an original product proposal that includes: a problem, a solution, key features, and product comparison.

Preparing a Proposal

  1. I can work well with other people in a group.
  2. I can take notes on the most important points of a presentation.
  3. I can thoroughly research information that supports my own/group ideas.
  4. I can organize an effective proposal that includes specific problems and achievable solutions.
  5. I can create visual aids that support a proposal.

Delivering a Proposal

  1. I can speak confidently in front of people in a group.
  2. I can organize a proposal so that all group members participate equally.
  3. I can deliver an interesting, natural, and convincing proposal that holds an audience’s attention.
  4. I can give an honest answer to a question from an audience member in a timely manner.
  5. I can give effective feedback to other people and help them improve their proposals.
  6. I can reflect on work I have completed in an honest and logical way.


Program-wide Standards

Grading Scale

90% or more, A+; 80-89%, A; 70-79%, B; 60-69%, C; below 60%, F

NOTE: At the end of your second semester, you will be taking a TOEIC®L&R IP Test. You will then be re-streamed for your second-year courses based on the results of this achievement exam, your placement test, and the numerical average of all of your first-year English courses. Therefore, it is important to strive for not only a high letter grade, but also for the highest numerical grade that you are capable of.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend class regularly. Failure to attend class regularly may result in a reduction of the student's overall grade. Students will be penalized 3 'demerits' for each absence and 1 'demerit' for each 30-minute period they're late. Students who accumulate more than 15 'demerits' (the equivalent of 5 absences) will receive an unsatisfactory grade ('F') for the course, regardless of their actual score. As a rule, no make-up work will be given for unexcused absences.

NOTE: Students who fail to take the TOEIC®L&R IP Test will have 5 points subtracted from the total score of EACH English class they are enrolled in.

English-English Dictionaries

You are required to bring an English-English dictionary to class every day. The following is a list of quality paper dictionaries for English language learners. You may use any other dictionary or you may elect to use an electronic dictionary.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Oxford University Press.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Longman Press.
Collins Cobuild English Dictionary, HarperCollins Publishers.

Online FAQs

A bilingual set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) has been prepared for each course, as well as a general set for the entire curriculum. You can access these FAQs from the menus on your English Expeditions home page. Please read all of your FAQs before your second meeting.

Extra-Credit Points

The English Expeditions extra-credit system is tied to your TOEIC®L&R IP Test results, in order to encourage all students to practice their TOEIC-IP® test-taking skills. For more information on the TOEIC®L&R IP test, see the TOEIC® Exercises section of your Online Education text. The extra-credit point system is as follows:

Semester One Semester Two Semester Three Semester Four
No extra-credit points are available. Score higher on your first-year TOEIC®L&R IP Test than you scored on your placement test. No extra-credit points are available. Score higher on your second-year TOEIC®L&R IP Test than you scored on your first-year test.

NOTE: Extra-credit points are only available for regularly matriculating (no genkyuufukki) students in all levels of English 3, English 4, English 7, English 8, and Super-Advanced and Advanced-level English 10.

The Extra-Credit points available are outlined in the chart below.
Note: TOEIC® Bridge-IP scores will be converted to TOEIC®L&R IP Test scores for all calculations.

No Academic
Honesty
Violations
TOEIC-IP Exam Extra-
Credit Points
Took Exam Score Gain Score
> 200
Score
< 20% Drop
6
0
0
-5
-5
-5

The Academic Honesty Policy for S&E English Classes

The following will be considered violations of our academic honesty policy:

  1. Copying any answers from another student's exercise, doing any exercises together with other students, or using a textbook from previous years. Exercises are to be completed entirely on your own.
  2. Showing any portion of your exercise to another student.
  3. Using any form of 'cheat sheet' in performing an exercise, quiz, etc.
  4. Taking copies of an exercise, quiz, etc. (including unused copies) outside of the classroom. (This includes taking pictures of the exercise, quiz, etc.)
  5. Using writing instruments or telephones during feedback of an in-class exercise, quiz, etc.
  6. Copying answers from another student's exercise, quiz, etc. while it is being administered.
  7. Copying any portion of a homework exercise from another student.
  8. Allowing any portion of your homework exercise to be copied by another student.
  9. Copying (or closely paraphrasing) portions of a homework assignment from other sources (printed matter, the Internet, etc.) and presenting it as your own, regardless of whether you acknowledge the source. This includes using translation software to translate any portion of your submission into English.
  10. Sharing Rainbow or English Expeditions User IDs or Passwords with another student.

Any of the above violations will result in a score of 0 for ALL exercises on that day, as well as forfeiting your chance for extra-credit.

理工学部英語授業における「不正行為」に関する取り決め

不正行為は、いかなる理由があれ一切認められません。以下のような行為は、不正行為とみなします。

  1. 他者に(たとえ一部でも)課題の答えを写させてもらった場合 (課題を複数で一緒にやること、そして、過年度のテキストを使用することも含みます/課題は必ず独力でやること)
  2. 他者に(たとえ一部でも)課題の答えを写させた場合
  3. Quiz, Exercise等において、カンニングペーパー等を使用した場合
  4. Quiz, Exercise等の答案(未使用のものも含む)を不当に持ち帰った場合 (カメラ付き携帯等による撮影も含みます)
  5. Quiz, Exercise等のフィードバックの際、筆記用具、携帯電話等を手にした場合 (正答を盗もうとしたとみなします)
  6. その他、Quiz, Exercise等の実施を妨害する行為、他者の受験を妨害する行為、 替え玉受験等も、不正行為とみなします。
  7. Homework Assignmentにおいて、他者のAssignmentの一部または全部をコピーした場合
  8. Homework Assignmentにおいて、他者に自身のAssignmentの一部または全部を コピーさせた場合
  9. Homework Assignmentにおいて、書籍やWWWのサイトから得た情報をそのまま、 もしくは改ざんの後、断りなく(引用を明記せずに)、自身のAssignmentに盗り入れた(すなわち著作権を侵害した)場合(英語の授業で課されるassignmentの多くは、引用を明記する、しないにかかわらず、一切の引用を認めていません) 。これには翻訳ソフトの使用も含みます。一旦日本語で書いて、それを翻訳ソフトを利用して翻訳して提出することは、それがたとえ一文であっても許されません。
  10. RainbowやEnglish ExpeditionsのユーザーIDやパスワードの授受があった場合

上記、および上記に類する「不正行為」があった場合は、当該学生の当該科目における、その日の得点を0点にするとともに、Extra-credit pointsはすべて無効になります。