Innovative Educational Framework

Competency and PBL Education

Competency and PBL Education

The mission of AIIT is to develop Information Systems architects and Monozukuri architects. Consequently, students must possess a high level of business execution skills, that is, competencies. AIIT has categorized these essential competencies into Three Meta Competencies, Seven Core Competencies (for Master’s Degree Program for Information Systems Architecture), and Five Core Competencies (for Master’s Degree Program for Innovation in Design and Engineering). AIIT’s entire curricula are structured so that students will be able to enhance these essential competencies through the two years of education at AIIT. Each of these competencies is as shown below.

The Three Competencies

  • Communication skills
  • Continuous learning and research capability
  • Team activities

Five Core Competencies Necessary for Master’s Degree Program for Innovation in Design and Engineering

  • Idea generation ability (ability to plan and put into effect ideas, originality)
  • Ability to express ideas (ability to define requirements and make proposals, visualization skills)
  • Design skills (functional design skills, inspirational design skills, ability to integrate inspiration and function)
  • Development skills (development preparations skills, implementation skills, tests, problem solving ability)
  • Analytical skills (data analysis skills, usability assessment skills, market research skills)

Seven Core Competencies Necessary for Master’s Degree Program for Information Systems Architecture

  • Ability to generate innovative concept and ideas
  • Social and market-oriented viewpoints
  • Ability to analyze needs
  • Modeling and systems proposal
  • Management skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Documentation skills

To help students acquire these competencies, AIIT employs Project-Based Learning (PBL) methods. In the PBL method, students jointly plan a project, set up clear project goals, and cooperate to achieve the goals and complete the project. Through the PBL process, students will acquire practical skills and expertise that would be truly useful in the InformationTechnology (IT) and Monozukuri industries. The PBL themes for the 2010 academic year are as shown below. The selected PBL themes are always realistic and not desk theories. In AIIT’s PBL program, students will be put into group of approximately five, and three instructors will be assigned to each group to provide intensive guidance.

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List of PBL Themes for Academic Year 2012 (Master Program of Information Systems Architecture)

Title
Supervisor
Research and development of next-generation mobile network services
Yuka Kato
Mastering the software process through platform software development
Chuzo Akiguchi
Management methodology for software development projects
Yoshihide Chubachi
Planning and strategy development of Internet service platforms
Masahiko Narita
System development utilizing open sources
Hiroshi Koyama
R&D on automatic extraction of privacy-protection items through multimedia SNS mining
Shigeru Shimada
Information strategy and proposal on business process reengineering (BPR)
Yoshio Tozawa
Development and verification of assessment methods of impact on privacy
Yoichi Seto
Simulation and research on medium-scale contracted system development project
Kiyoshi Sakamori
Dissemination of APEN model and human resources development systems for advanced industries in Asia (jointly with students of Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering)
Mitsuhiro Maeda

List of PBL Themes for Academic Year 2012 (Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering)

Title
Supervisor
Visions and examples of social infrastructure services seen from potential of service engineering and resilience engineering
Seiichi Kawata
Synthesis of new materials and application in compact machines
Yoshinori Kanno
Design promotion activities modeled on the Minato Ward design usage support project
Yoshie Kunisawa
Proposal and development of new products and services that support safe and secure lifestyles
Shigeomi Koshimizu
Study on personal transportation
Noboru Koyama
Proposal and development of new products utilizing benefits acquired from size and weight reduction
Toshitake Tateno
Motion design for interactions between humans and objects for future generations
Hiroshi Hashimoto
Dynamic design in urban areas 2030
Tetsuo Fukuda
Products for feeling of a sense of mastery derived from computer-controlled operation and usage
Hideki Murakoshi
Innovation in urban life
Satoshi Yoshida
Dissemination of APEN model and human resources development systems for advanced industries in Asia
Mitsuhiro Maeda