Policy guidance and planning
1. A program tailored to meet the needs of students of different education backgrounds and interests
Information Science is a basis for communication in all areas of society and its technology is now applied everywhere. Technology is competitive and advances rapidly, with an enormous impact on society.
Information Science offers a comprehensive curriculum which covers basic, specialized and advanced interdisciplinary subjects. The Subjects feature the following indexes: "computer science", "recognition, expression and intelligence", "information networks", "system science", "bioinformatics" and "related fields".
We offer subjects of basic knowledge such as computer science and mathematics for students coming from areas other than Information Science. These subjects promote logical thinking and prepare for research in Information Science. We also have guidelines for those who wish to integrate with Bioscience or Materials Science in the future.
We invite collaborative researchers and engineers from industry as a lecturers for a series on Current Topics in Information Science, and specialists from other universities and law firms for Advanced Interdisciplinary Domain subjects. We thereby foster a deeper awareness of real-world problems and technical challenges.
2. Laboratory assignment
Many students are very familiar with fields of research and research problems when they enter this School and may decide their lab right after the initial orientation and lab visits. The School gives priority to students' preference rather than distributing an equal number of students to each lab.
Once students are assigned to each lab, if they wish to change their research field or if their current lab does not suit their interest, they may change labs if circumstances allow. A strong interest in one's Master's studies is, to be sure, given much importance.
3. Seminar discussions and presentations
Seminars I and II provide insights into Information Science, and train in problem identification, communication and presentation skills. Seminar I trains students to raise opinions, formulate questions and seek for cutting-edge research and trends in technology. In Seminar II, students present their research plan and their progress and receive comments from supervisors and students. Questions and comments are an opportunity for students to collaborate. Seminar II thus improves a student's Master's thesis, prepares for the final defence and builds confidence for conference presentation.
4. Project Practice
In Project Practice, students tackle problems not covered in class, put theory into practice, and conduct experiments. Students may examine problems in real-world development to acquire a practical design ability. In addition, students join other institutes and companies as interns, and experience real-world problem solving through a given task. The experiments and practices are an opportunity to use knowledge acquired in classes and clarify what further knowledge is needed. The required reports on the practices teach the importance of clarifying problems and achievements.
5. Master's thesis and research
Graduate education presents learning through course work and research. Master's research offers the two options of Research Work and Theme Research. Students who choose Research Work are required to tackle an unsolved problem, find a creative solution and write a thesis. The creativity, feasibility and practicality of the proposed solution will be evaluated. Students who choose Theme Research may overview a specific theme, investigate trends in technology or develop a product, and then submit a report on their work. The way of systemizing the solutions and the prospects for the future is evaluated.
In the course of their work, students are supported by their supervisor, co-supervisors and other faculty. Students may request advice at any time and will receive advice and comments on their research in the midterm presentations, Seminar II.
6. English education
English skills are essential for both researchers and company engineers attending international activities in Information Science. Courses in English skills include "Introduction to Presentation Skills in English" and "Methods of English Communication" for 1st year students, and "Presentation Skills in English" and "Advanced Scientific Writing" for 2nd year students.
English courses are electives, but students are strongly recommended to improve their English skills where necessary, and to get an objective grasp of their abilities through the testing offered. Also available is the English Learning System on the web. TOEIC examinations are available twice a year.
In Seminar I, many presentations are given by foreign researchers, offering many opportunities to learn from native English speakers.