School Introduction

Master Program of Information Systems Architecture

IT Fundamentals

Network System Design: Hiroaki Tobita
In the lecture, students work on a project in a group of several students to design and build a large-scale network system with the aim of acquiring the process of building network systems. With the acquisition of the building process as the primary objective, students follow a predetermined process to perform tasks to obtain the skills to execute a project for building a network system.
Computer Networks 2: Hiroaki Tobita
Computer networks are essential for social and corporate activities, and network failures can result in heavy losses. The lecture describes network design, control, and management technology necessary for maintaining each for reliability, safety, and quality in information communication from the perspective of computer networks as social infrastructure.
Secure System Operation: Takashi Manabe
To cope with information security threats, it is effective to take approaches in daily operations by collecting the latest information security information and understanding the system status in ordinary times. In this lecture, students are introduced to system operations by simulating attacks on information system and handling methods in the event of threats through case studies. In addition, students work on a group project on the theme of information security to make proposals and reports on methods of investigation and countermeasures using a presentation format.
Internet Platform Technology: Masahiko Narita
Targeting information architects, software designers, software developers, network engineers, and data engineers, the class presents the instructor’s worldwide experience and knowledge about the internet system, software platform technology of cloud systems, and host systems. The class also covers technologies that serve as the historical background to JavaScript, HTML5, other high-profile technical and business requirements, cloud systems and application examples, standardization, and industry trends. Students are presented many programming examples.
Ubiquitous Platform Technology: Masahiko Narita
As with the development sector of large-scale systems and core systems, the embedded system sector for mobile systems as typified by smartphones holds a key place in the software industry. An increasing number of information architects are engaged in the sector. In recent years, the sector is attracting attention for robots and automated driving. In this lecture, students discuss the software platform technology used in the embedded sector, background requirements, actual system examples, and industry trends. Specifically, the class covers the different types of embedded operating systems, device drivers, peripheral device technology, smartphone application technology, mobile phones, robots, and industry trends.
System Programming: Hiroshi Koyama
For efficient programming, it is essential to understand programming languages and the development environment. There are a few hundred of programming languages with strengths and weaknesses. It is difficult to use a single language to resolve different problems. Depending on the language, the handling of problems changes. In addition, when implementing a practical program, the efficiency of execution and development needs to be considered. This class allows students to acquire the different types of programming languages (script languages) through lectures and exercises about the development environment in addition to programming techniques. What is more, for improved execution efficiency, the class covers data structure, algorithms, and calculation amount. Excellent data structures and algorithms dramatically improve execution efficiency. For improved development efficiency, students work on API programming using system calls and libraries. The utilization of API is equivalent to the re-use of programming benefits from excellent forerunners. The utilization of libraries is effective for efficiency in execution and transplantation.
Computer Networks 1: Ayano Ohsaki
This class explains the methods of building and management of servers that offers different network services. The lecture consists of two parts: in the first half, students study the basics of TCP/IP networks; in the last half, students acquire the necessary knowledge to build and manage a server.
Software Development Using Java: Norifumi Watanabe
The Java programming language is widely used to develop software for servers, cloud systems, and desktop computers. In this lecture, students must acquire at least one programming language other than Java to be provided a programming lesson in the Java language. The class simply puts together the knowledge at the intermediate level of the Java language. Adopting the methodology of active learning, students make actual programs within their classes to settle down the knowledge independently and aggressively. Thus, students are able to acquire the practical ability to make programs using Java.
System Software: Atsushi Shibata
The development of computers has made our age of easy use and implementation for various types of ICT services such as applications, e-mail, web-site and cloud services. On the other hand, behind such services, system software represented by OS is working for operating a computer with processing, managing and maintaining information in it.
Particularly, the Unix-compatible operating system being represented by Linux has a root of OSS culture, and understanding its simplicity and reasonability helps not only understand structure and characteristics of OS but also build software at higher levels.
The classwork picks up Unix-compatible operating systems as a representing system software and helps students understand the mechanism of how the system process, accumulate, and communicate information, obtaining methods of use, through practical learning.
Information Systems Architecture 1: Miyuki Nakano
In the master’s degree program, students gain a wide range of knowledge and skills on information system development from classes designed systematically. Since each class offers lectures at the graduate school level, students must have adequate knowledge as a prerequisite. To study in this program, students can understand the class content even at a high level if they have a firm knowledge base. In addition, having full understanding of basic IT knowledge is essential in the actual workplace for information system development. This class aims to organize and equip students with basic IT-related knowledge by teaching the basic theories and system configuration required for each master’s degree program.
Information Security: Yoichi Seto
Information security is related to a broad range of interdisciplinary fields that include encryption (common key, public key, digital signature and PKI), network (data security and application security), organization management (risk analysis and internal control), and security assessment (ISMS and CC certification). In this class, students study the knowledge system of information security technology and information ethics on information security from the perspective of confidentiality, integrity, and availability, which are the functions of information security. Even for an unstructured technology, the policy is to proactively incorporate it into the teaching. Although there is a specific textbook, supplemental materials will be distributed to keep up with the latest trends. Because the class covers different technologies each time, it is important to prepare and review each lesson.
Open Source Software: Hiroshi Koyama
Open source software (OSS) represented by Linux kernel, GNU software, and Apache HTTP server software are widely used on internet-based servers. At the same time, OSS fundamentally transformed the old software industry until around 2000. This class covers (1) the ideas, background, and history of OSS; (2) the definitions and of license agreements of OSS; (3) the development regimes of OSS (Bazaar style); (4) the case studies of OSS; and (5) different trends related to OSS.
Database Theory: Sanggyu Shin
In the recent information processing system typified by Web 2.0, the paradigm shift making progress is from traditional information distribution environment to the environment of information automated acquisition systems centered on the collection of contents. Because of this, the sophistication of database functions is becoming increasingly more important. Under such circumstances, this class aims to equip students with the basic knowledge of databases necessary for database engineers. The class teaches related data models; related theories that form the basis of SQL; the management mechanism of multimedia non-structure data such as texts, images, videos and spaces as recent topics of DBMS; and the basic theories of key value stores (KVS) concerning the cloud-supported parallel distributed-type DBMS in a systematic manner.
Data Intelligence: Miyuki Nakano
Nowadays Business Intelligence (BI) for quickly making decisions using conventional business data is growing further to become data intelligence (DI) targeting large capacity and diverse data. Regarding to the data analyzing technology that draws the most attention now, this class aims to offer systematic explanations on the statistical analysis targeting large capacity and diverse data, knowledge acquisition technology by data mining and the basic machine learning technology. For data mining technology and machine learning technology, in particular, the students are presented with the content of technology as specific cases to cover operating principles aligned with the knowledge obtained from the lectures. In addition, students can actually understand specific operating conditions and become able to understand the foundation of practical data analysis.
Big Data Analysis: Miyuki Nakano
In modern society, data is growing explosively with the development of the Internet and the popularization of mobile digital devices and centers. By accumulating diverse and an enormous quantity of data and putting together unconventional data in unconventional perspectives, new knowledge is derived for application in the real world, driving the transformation of today’s information-intensive society including businesses (big data).

This lecture covers the technology of analyzing big data, which has been receiving the most attention in today’s information processing industry. Students are introduced to the analysis of the data characteristics of big data, explanations of the analysis elements, and interpretation methodology of analysis results. In addition, one of the driving forces that generate big data, social network services (SNS), is focused about methodology of collecting data and interpreting data (Graph analysis) in the lecture including exercise. Furthermore, students are also introduced to a machine learning system, which is widely used for big data analysis processing, as well as a parallel processing technology supporting big data processing called HaDoop in the basic exercise. By picking up topics of rankings and recommendations, collective intelligence, etc. as samples of interpretation of results of big data, data science is surveyed for gaining a better understanding of the general trend in big data.
Designing Information and Interface: Hiroshi Koyama
The design of user interfaces (UI) has been emphasized in many products from websites to applications for various devices, because the performance and usability of the UI have a major impact on product evaluation. This involves logical composition and screen transitions of information contents. When the information contents, screen, and program implementation work together well, it enhances usability and completes a beautiful product. This class covers behavioral surveys of users, logical composition of information contents, basic composition elements of UI, implementation patterns of MVC, and the implementation technology of HTML 5.
Building a Cloud Infrastructure: Yasuhiro Yamazaki
In recent years, as server clusters connected to networks are becoming commoditized, there is a need for a method to manage hardware resources in large quantity efficiently at a fast pace. To embody this method, the idea of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is attracting attention in the context of cloud computing. This class will call it the cloud infrastructure. The mechanism of managing hardware resources with software as a distributed system equipped with a Web API virtualizes the overall hardware resources to automate management. In this class, students will understand the structure of software for the cloud infrastructure, as well as the mechanism of the cloud infrastructure, by using an example of open license software, Wakame-vdc, in the first half. For the last half, the class ensures that students have a better understanding of the mechanism and structure by exercising software design and implementation.


Communication and Presentation 2: Yoshihide Chubachi
For information system architects, logical thinking is essential and necessary to create related work documents and to build an outline of presentation content. In addition, even in a designing information system architecture, it is important that different components are logically designed. Logical thinking is also effective in such a scene. The lecture aims to equip students with the logical approach necessary for information system architects through specific training. The goal is to provide students with the skills to create logical documents and to take a logical approach for organizing and systemizing the structure of information processing systems.
e-Business: Tokuro Matsuo
In recent years, many services reputed in e-business and commercial services using the Internet have their own characteristics on their devices. End-users always have the motive of using these services, and in many cases, there is an incentive that becomes the motive. In business transactions, the principle is decision-making based on negotiations and agreements with others. Even in the case where the process is not visible on a superficial level, users make decisions based on the provided information. In addition, the automated technology of transactions and negotiations carries potential business opportunities for the future, and the importance of basic theories has been recognized. The class clarifies the characteristics of the absurdity of people’s decision-making and the essence of failures from existing research. From there, students will study the negotiations for decision-making, theories of consensus formation and collaboration, economic system design, various theories of decision-making, and tools. On this basis, students will work in individual and group settings.
Standardization and Intellectual Property Strategy: Masahiko Narita
Standardization is not only recognized as a mechanism for the popularization of conforming products and industrial development, but also at a government-policy level. This suggests that it is extremely important as a corporate strategy, which links the strategy for products and intellectual properties. The class covers (1) the concept and importance of standardization, the de jure and de facto standardization process, how to create an organization and the stipulations, trends of software-related standardization organizations (ISO, IETF, OMG, OASIS, W3C, JCP, OMA, etc.), and examples of standardization strategy linked to the business strategy. For the (2) intellectual property, the class covers the concept, trends, and importance of patent rights and copyrights with examples of the strategy for using patent rights and copyrights. In addition, students will deepen their understanding of the standardization strategy by conducting a trend survey on standardization and intellectual property as a group exercise and then make a presentation.
Business Analysis: Yoshio Tozawa
The aim is to have students understand business analysis to equip them with the basic skills of a business analyst. According to the definition of the International Institute of Business Analysis, “business analysts are specialists involved in corporate change and their task is to clarify the needs and recommend solutions that bring value to stakeholders”. The task of a business analyst is organized into eight knowledge areas and summarized into a knowledge system, which are published in the A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK℗ Guide).
Information System Modeling: Yoshihide Chubachi
In this class, students study modeling at a conceptual level, which is necessary for information system modeling. Modeling is a technique to describe information system architecture in a logical and systematic manner. The technique can be applied from the upper process of the information system development to the business domain called super upper process. To acquire the techniques, students must cultivate the skills to generalize the elements obtained in the analysis result of modeling target domain, combine an inductive and deductive technique, and to adjust the level of abstraction and grit number. Students are required to obtain the ability to manipulate and build the concept as a sophisticated, intellectual activity. To systematically equip students with the ability, the class covers the notation convention for describing a model. Next, students will specifically practice to describe information system architecture. By repeating the process, the class aims to improve modeling skills.
Information Systems and Business Process: Hiroaki Itakura
Today’s development of IT represented by internet has realized low cost access to various information scattered all over the world and made possible immediate communication with people around the world. The operating system of corporations using computers is utilizing routine works and greatly contributing to decision making for corporate managers. IT should be indispensable for building up corporate superiority in competition. However, is the corporate superiority really build by informatization making use of IT? The class discusses the relation of informatization making use of IT and corporate superiority, considering the essence of digitalization.
Business Law on Information: Hiroaki Rokugawa
In this course, students will learn the key knowledge about particularly important laws for IT architects, such as privacy, private information protection law, information law, Copyright Act, Companies Act, Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, labor laws, and other areas. The revised Private Information Protection Law has been implemented in May, 2017 and the PIA provisions were added to the Individual Number Act established in 2013 for the first time in Japan. EU General Data Protection Regulations: GDPR is applied from May 25, 2018, replacing EU Data Protection Directive 95 from 1995. The regulations shall be applied to the almost all the companies, organizations and institutions in Japan, which exchange personal data with European Economic Area: EEA, consisting of 28 countries of EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. And the violation of the regulations will have the risk of getting a large amount of fine. By monitoring the latest legislation trends around the world, actual cases will be covered for participatory-type classwork to foster the students’ skills in thinking from a legal point of view.
IT Strategy and Management : Koki Yodokawa
In recent years, IT has become a key tool in enhancing the competitive advantage for corporate activities in Japan. On the other hand, corporations are strongly calling for the management skills to use IT strategically and effectively in businesses, making the training an urgent task. In the class, students acquire the methodology and management method at a practical level through specific cases of business revolutions, operational reforms and IT strategy formulation with the aim of fostering human resources who can play a management role (executive officers) in organizations and corporations offering IT services. Particularly, based on actual cases, students will be able to understand and put into practice the basic knowledge necessary for IT directors in charge (CIO), directors in charge for business, renovation leaders and entrepreneurs by learning within a systemized and exhaustive curriculum of case studies.
Service Science: Tokuro Matsuo
In a business perspective based on information systems, it is important to (1) analyze user behavior, (2) create value and markets, (3) and develop a method to deliver actual services. It is desirable to have services and markets aimed at satisfying customers, not service providers. The first phase of the class covers services and customer behavior, service science, service economics, service marketing, and service engineering, which have attracted attention in recent years. In the middle phase, students are introduced to the blue ocean strategy and white space strategy as part of various strategies for market creation. In the final phase, students are provided with explanations on a simulation technique based on dynamics model for assessing the market and organization is working properly. In addition, students are introduced with the current situation of travel industry as a specific market.

System Development

Software Engineering:
(Not fixed for 2018, please refer to the content for 2017 as below.)
Students will systematically study a method and technique for developing high-quality software efficiently. First, the normative process and the agile process will be picked up as major software development processes. Then, basic knowledge required for main activities through software lifecycle will be learned on the basis of understanding of developing processes. Students’ understanding will be deepen through exercises and specific development samples by outside lecturers. Thus the class aims to make students attain knowledge and skills to be leaders of software development, systematically grasping major concept of software engineering.
Framework Development: Yohei Yasukawa
For developing practical web applications, the skills to develop requested systems swiftly by utilizing advanced frameworks and supply to users are required. The lecture picks up Rudy on Rails as a typical web application framework. Specifically, students study hands-on development skills of web applications by building SNS(Social Networking Service) utilizing the framework.
Object Oriented Development: Keiko Shimazu
(Not fixed for 2018, please refer to the content for 2017 as below.)
The class trains students for the basics and execution skills at the concept phase on the development of object-oriented software (upper process in waterfall-type development [requirement analysis and design]). For the object-oriented system development, OMG (Object Management Group) and INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) work together to establish the world standard engineering framework. In this class, students study the essence of object orientation in the first half of the class. More specifically, the goal is to help them understand the scheme, development, advantages of object orientation in programing languages, system design methods, and usability. Students will also focus on studying the relationship between the model and the architecture. In the last half, students will be introduced to the current object-oriented modeling language, UML, which is widely used in the software engineering industry, with the aim of acquiring ways to deploy to the modeling and system architecture, which was taught in the first half. In addition, the class introduces the world standard modeling language sysML and the modeling tool OPCAT, which can be expressed by the academically advanced OPM (object process methodology) developed by MIT and Capella with major achievements in actual development sites in Europe and Australia.
Secure Programming:
(Not fixed for 2018, please refer to the content for 2017 as below.)
Now that the Internet has become an essential social infrastructure in our daily lives and operations in corporations, different types of software are used by many users via networks today. Attacks targeting vulnerable information systems are becoming worse every year. The class provides explanations on the technology and knowhow for developing safe software without vulnerabilities. Specifically, students are given specific cases of software vulnerabilities developed with the C language involving string operation, dynamic memory management, and file input and output. The class also presents measures to reduce threats by using static analysis tools, dynamic analysis tools, and address space layout randomization.
Cloud Server Construction: Hiroaki Tobita
The goal is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to build a cloud environment by mainly using Amazon Web Services. To build a cloud environment, the cloud design pattern (CDP) is used, which is a technique for cloud design. Students also study typical problems of system design using clouds, coping solutions and design method through CDP. As a method of conducting the class, students gain general knowledge about cloud systems. Subsequently, students are provided with a lecture on the design and building of a cloud environment using CDP. By adding exercises, they acquire practical skills of building servers and infrastructures by using the characteristics of cloud systems. In the latter half, students are introduced to the deployment of an application on the cloud and exchange opinions by conducting a discussion on measures such as load dispersion and disaster tolerance.
Secure Design Methodology: Yoichi Seto
The class helps students gain practical skills in the implementation and guarantee (design method of secure system) of information security functions based on the international standard, ISO/IEC 15408 for the development of software and systems in consideration of security. Adding to understanding the historical background and framework of ISO/IEC 15408, students will gain an understanding of IT security assessment and the certification system in Japan.

As the international standard, ISO/IEC 15408 employs many technical terminologies and it has a formal linguistic structure for secure design. For this reason, the lectures focus on case studies to equip students with execution skills. In addition, students will have a quiz (not including in an academic assessment) in each lecture. Students study at their own pace by using online videos and teaching materials at a time most convenient for them within the week. On Saturdays, they take part in face-to-face lectures to check their understanding, which is called a “reversal learning course”. Students are advised to fully understand the importance of preparatory studies when attending the lecture.
Agile Software Development: Miho Nagase
The speed of recent changes in the business environment is causing major and behemoth long-term plans to become obsolete and shrinking the effective period of business models and project plans. For the need to respond to such circumstances, the method of agile software development is attracting attention because it creates value by taking a flexible approach to a business while meeting changing needs. Furthermore, the effective software development by the self-organized team that can continues to learn and grow is sought from the perspectives of collective intelligence and practical wisdom. This class focuses on teaching students with the scrum, which is one of the agile software development methods, about the agile team to be a core of agile development, high-valued software products and methods to offer value continuously.
Collaborative Development: Yoshihide Chubachi
The agile software development is attracting attention as a method to develop software. The class focuses on the skill set for the software development collaboratively done by a team among various elements to consist of the agile software development. The modern engineer of software development must be familiar with highly developed circumstances such as cloud technology and virtual environment, and then the development team have to build the system through collaboration. Students study how to carry on those collaborative development work smoothly and promptly through the group exercise.


Project Management 1: Hisato Hama
The basics of project management is taught based on ISO 21500, which is the international standard for project management, and the PMBOK Guide® The Fifth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), which is the de facto standard. For studying, while students mainly use the knowledge body defined by the PMBOK Guide®, exercises are also incorporated to help them in practical operations with the goal of understanding substantive project planning and management method. The curriculum is systematically designed so students acquire the knowledge of project management and basic knowledge to study system development project management, which is an advanced level course.
Project Management 2: Kiyoshi Sakamori
The class uses the standard curriculum for the development of human resources for advanced informatization published by the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan, as a benchmark to acquire ways to proceed with project management in information system architecture. The class teaches specific methods of project planning and management by incorporating actual case studies while exhaustively covering knowledge of project management in the systematic curriculum of information system architecture projects. In addition, students work on exercises to determine how to apply the knowledge of project management at a practical level to deliver an intermediary for knowledge and execution ability.

Students study at their own pace by using online videos and teaching materials at a time most convenient for them within the week. On Saturdays, they take part in face-to-face lectures to check understanding, which is called a reversal learning course. Students are advised to fully understand the importance of preparatory studies when attending the lecture.
Project Management 3: Kiyoshi Sakamori
The class places an emphasis on major tools in the information system development project, such as function points, WBS and schedules, earned value management, and quality control, with the goal of equipping students with practical skills that can be used in actual operations. The lectures are broadly divided into four by tools for learning. For each tool, students will be alternatively provided with lectures and exercises.

Specifically, students study ways to practically use four tools in a lecture setting and summarize their understanding on Fridays, and they participate in hands-on exercises to practice the tools on Wednesdays. This means that students can take a lecture at the Shinagawa Campus on Fridays, or watch online videos, and attend a face-to-face lecture class at the campus in Shinagawa Seaside on Wednesdays.
Project Management Practice: Kiyoshi Sakamori
The basis of project management is to create feasible plans and implement projects based on the plans. In this lecture, the students become project managers as they experience a virtual project. While the project is offered in an online format, it is designed with the use of different management indicators that form the basis of project management, and challenges for executing the project, allowing students to experience the implementation of the project realistically as an actual project. Through simulations, students learn how to look at management points while the project is in progress, as well as how to cope with risks and challenges. This equips students with the importance of project planning and the ability to take the appropriate responses while the project is in progress.
IT Service Management: Kiyoshi Sakamori
・The class explains the roles of information system division and what corporations expect from the division.
・By indicating the necessary operational process for the information system division to provide services, students will understand the significance of IT service management.
・Students study ITIL, which became the world standards for the IT service management, and consider how to apply it to operating management of systems.
・Students study the basic concepts and how to develop ideas, which are required for personnel to perform IT service management.
Finance and Account: Masakazu Kozakai
For the days to come, people engaged in IT should have a major influence on business strategy. While there has been a boom in the balanced score card (BSC) as a method to manage organizational strategy, people are also talking about IT investment management. In consideration of current corporate environment, even people engaged in IT need to acquire ways to use accounting information by linking the strategy management of an organization. In the lecture, students mainly study the general theory of finance and accounting areas, which they are not familiar with in day-to-day operations, and the method of use by interpreting it as information for management.
Organization Theory: Hiroaki Itakura
Students study organizational structure and organizational operations within an organization. The class introduces students to the method of organizational management by exhaustively covering knowledge of organization management. In addition, by considering the pros and cons of organization management systems through the research of case study presentations, the goal is to help students develop a firm understanding and obtain a fundamental knowledge base of business as professionals. Not only large companies, but also small and medium sized enterprises, local companies at home and abroad are dealt as business organizations at the lecture. Students will specifically understand the function of business organization theory in the real society, by being explained objectively with case studies.
Risk Management: Yoichi Seto
In the class, students acquire risk management techniques, the methodology for establishing information security management system (ISMS) for organizations, and the ISMS conformity assessment system through lectures and case studies from a practical perspective based on the international standards of ISO/IEC 27001. The case studies help students learn through hands-on exercises by following steps from the settings of security policies, conducting risk analysis, and applying management measures in a simulated corporate organization. It covers the PDCA model, which is a core approach in management, and a risk management methodology, which is a core task for building ISMS. In addition, the international standards were revised in 2013 and the 27001:2014 was published. Students also study the discrepancy with the old version.
Business Continuity: Tokuro Matsuo
In a world of uncertainty in recent years, the preferable strategies for eternal business continuity of the organizations draw public attention. The lecture mainly deal with following 2 topics. The first is about understanding of customers’ perception and decision making on business to realize offering high quality products or services and to maintain business continuity on stand-point of business sustainability. The second is about Business Continuity Planning (BCP), which is gaining attention to be the process of quickly collecting information of organizations and the surrounding environment and to use the information to develop a strategy for the resumption of business to ensure business continuity, in case of an unforeseen event.

Advanced Exercises: Information Systems

Advanced Exercises: Information Systems 1: All faculty of the Master Program
Students take part in nine project teams led by the Master Program of Information Systems Architecture offered in the academic year 2018 or a global project led by the Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering to work on each project. Each project is offered in a Project-Based Learning (PBL) format led by students. For details on each project, refer to the instructions for PBL projects, which are distributed separately.
Advanced Exercises: Information Systems 2: All faculty of the Master Program
Students take part in nine project teams led by the Master Program of Information Systems Architecture offered in the academic year 2018 or a global project led by the Master Program of Innovation for Design and Engineering to work on each project. Each project is offered in a Project-Based Learning (PBL) format led by students. For details of each project, refer to the instructions for PBL projects, which are distributed separately.

Advanced Exercises: Business Architecture a

Advanced Exercises: Business Architecture a1: Hiroshi Koyama, Kiyoshi Sakamori, Tokuro Matsuo
Although students acquire knowledge and skills in the first year, it is not sufficient to flourish as an advanced professional in business development (business architect).To achieve success in the workplace, it is essential to obtain experience and competence. As a final phase in nurturing business architects, students identify problems from the current situation of growing domains to execute projects for problem solution and business development with real-life challenges. By experiencing a project close to actual work, students can accumulate the experience for using their knowledge and skills. In addition, students participate in PBL-type (Project Based Learning) exercise lessons to acquire competence. For details on each project, refer to the instructions for PBL projects, which are distributed separately.
Advanced Exercises: Business Architecture a2: Hiroshi Koyama, Kiyoshi Sakamori, Tokuro Matsuo
Although students acquire knowledge and skills in the first year, it is not sufficient to flourish as an advanced professional of the business development (business architect). To achieve success in the workplace, it is essential to obtain experience and competence. As a final phase in nurturing business architects, students identify problems from the current situation of growing domains to execute projects for problem solution and business development with real-life challenges. By experiencing a project close to actual work, students can accumulate the experience for using their knowledge and skills. In addition, students participate in PBL-type (Project Based Learning) exercise lessons to acquire competence. By making use of knowledge, skills and experiences gained from the previous PBL activities, students work on making improvements and developing to a next step.
For details on each project, refer to the instructions for PBL projects, which are distributed separately.

Business Architecture

Corporate Strategy: Hiroaki Itakura
The class explains the necessary concepts of leaning business administration and business strategy theory, focusing on students’ basic understanding. Among basic concepts related to business administration, elemental ways of thinking on market, organizations and regions are centered in the class. The lecture would be developed reflecting the lecturer’s experience in a business school in USA, comparing with the traditional concepts at MBA.

To explain objectively by taking actual cases into the account, the functions of business administration and business strategy theory in the real society are understood concretely.
Business Start-Up Strategy: Hiroaki Itakura
The class will help students understand the activities of startups for starting a company or new business to achieve continuous growth. Students gain a systematic comprehension of the flow of activities by studying business planning, fund management for procurement, resource management for human resources and intellectual properties, and the management of branding. The lecture organizes and helps students understand the terms of general business strategies and corporate management by inviting external instructors with experience in corporations to provide explanations of their own experience and in starting a business. Subsequently, students hold discussions with instructors and students about each lecture topic.
Marketing: Amane Kawana
The aim of this class is to provide students with an understanding of marketing, especially marketing communication. By incorporating group discussions and presentations as needed, students make each marketing activity their own thing.
Leadership: Keiko Shimazu
The every class constitutes lecture and exercise (extended case study). In recent years, especially after a high growth period in Japan, the importance of leadership together with of cooperativeness is discussed and the aggressiveness as the main factor of them has been highly praised in Japanese industrial society. On the other hand, since around 15 years ago in Europe and USA, the importance of assertiveness has been drawing attention. It is said to be the important factor of power of leadership. This is not the new discovery, it has been extensively trained as the power of followership, especially in the navy of USA since World War II period. The same text is also used for training of cadets of National Defense Academy in Japan. The lecture aims to help students acquire the power of leadership with high social utility based on followership, from stand-point of basic leadership.
IT Solutions: Hiroshi Koyama, Atsushi Shibata
In the information society nowadays, information systems are increasingly used at various operational works. While there are individually developed (design and implementation) information systems, in the extreme opposite the packaged software MS Word, MS Excel, and other office suites are popular for office tasks. Many of these types of software accumulate and implement best practices for solving operational problems efficiently to efficiently execute problem solutions for similar tasks on theoretical grounds. By investigating existing tasks, designing best practices and forcing corporations to implement them restrictively, they can reduce cost and improve operational efficiency as a result. There is various types of packaged software other than for office tasks. In the classwork, students study the concept of IT solutions, characteristics of each packaged software, and case studies to effectively use the software as an implementation of best practices and to improve operational efficiency dramatically while realizing low cost (expenses, time, etc.). Specifically, data analysis and machine leaning which are considered minimum requirement for the latest business operational improvement related to IT solution, are picked up as subjects to learn basic knowledge and to carry out exercises in collaboration with tools (software).
The lectures are offered using two time slots (90 minutes x 2 = 3 hours) to study the concept, characteristics and case studies of the software. Subsequently, the class aims to deepen student understanding through actual exercises and discussions.
Concept Design: Hiroyuki Arai
The excellent businesses cannot be brought without excellent concepts. And finding out essence of things can bring the excellent concepts. The lecture introduces thought of structuring businesses from both short and long time viewpoints, combining thought of product management for finding out essence of customers and thought of scenario planning for finding out transformation of society.
Business Architecture: Keiko Shimazu
Please note that the instructor, lecture theme, and the content of each session may change after March 2017.
Experts in each sector of next-generation growing industries are invited as guest instructors to lecture on the current situation of each sector. On the theme of business development and business reform, the class aims to help students understand the status of the use of IT and management, operational efficiency and challenges from a higher perspective. The lecture further expands to the case study-type class (business architecture research and business architecture design) and PBL-type class (Advanced Exercises: Business Architecture.)
The lectures are offered using two time slots (90 minutes x 2 = 3 hours). The instructor offers lectures, and the responsible faculty offers descriptions and discussions on the lecture to deepen student understanding. There are following two patterns of the breakdown of three hours and the topic is decided accordingly based on a suggestion made by each instructor.
Pattern I
Approx. 15 minutes: Reflecting on the previous lecture
Approx. 100 minutes: Lecture by the instructor
Approx. 65 minutes: Q&As, discussions, and the presentation of reporting assignments.
Pattern II
Approx. 15 minutes: Reflecting on the previous lecture
Approx. 60 minutes: Lecture by the instructor
Approx. 20 minutes: Q&As and the presentation of group assignments.
Approx. 60 minutes: Group debate
Approx. 25 minutes: Group presentations and the feedback and evaluation by the instructor.
Business Architecture Case Study: Shogo Kamei
Students study cases of existing business development and business reforms in each sector. By understanding different cases, the class provides simulated experience in business management by researching and discussing the reasons behind success and failure. The goal is to provide a proper understanding of the business process and the changes in the business environment, the identification of stakeholders, and the business model. In the context of business goals and management strategies, students work to clarify the positive aspects of current working practices and challenges. Students also provide an explanation of business in a way that anyone can understand.
Students study three cases in a team environment and offer a presentation of the result. Each team consists of three to four students and two to four teams are formed. The number of students in the class is limited to 6 to 16 students. The class will not be held if the number falls below six. If there are 17 students or more, the class will be held twice during 1Q and 2Q. Since the teams are formed in the first session, the students applied must take the class. Neither withdrawal from nor addition to the class after forming teams is accepted. Please be sure to pay attention to the instructions on the bulletin board because the method of class application differs from a regular class due to quota.
Business Architecture: Yoshio Tozawa
Students make proposals and design business development and business reforms on current problems in each sector. With changes in the business environment, a new business (work) approach is necessary to meet the needs of stakeholders. As a destructive technology, IT brings solutions that were not previously possible. Students work on new business designs that use IT and that constitute the logic for persuading management. Students also make a presentation with the aim of persuading specific management.
Students study three cases in a team environment and offer a presentation of the result. Each team consists of three to four students and two to four teams are formed. The number of students in the class is limited to 6 to 16 students. The class will not be held if the number falls below six. If there are 17 students or more, the class will be held twice during 3Q and 4Q. Since the teams are formed in the first session, students applied must take the class. Neither withdrawal from nor addition to the class after forming teams is accepted Please be sure to pay attention to the instructions on the bulletin board because the method of class application differs from a regular class due to quota.

Industrial Technology

International Entrepreneurship Studies: Mitsuhiro Maeda
Now the most countries in the world including Asian and African countries are growing with fierce momentum. On December 31, 2015, the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) was launched. The African countries southern the Sahara once called dropouts in 20th century continue to grow well. (The “skillful” countries that decreased GNI per capita in this quarter century are very few including Japan.) The 21st century is the era when the whole world grows rapidly. On the other hand, the idea of current people including social scientists is not able to catch up with this rare occasion of “The whole world grow rapidly” in the history of human beings.
This lecture fosters student to gain wisdom to complete their vocations properly worldwide by learning cutting-edge social science and financial practice in response to such a historic situation. In addition, exercises plan for students to acquire practical abilities of doing businesses in the world. Therefore this lecture is “The challenge to the movement of civilization history”.
International Development Studies: Mitsuhiro Maeda
Students receive a combination of lectures and exercises to acquire practical skills to contribute to the development of advancing nations through development assistance (economic assistance and international development). The lectures cover the basic concept of development assistance, neo-classical economic growth theories, and other regular information on development economics. In addition, the class covers a broad range of topics including developmentalism, the viewpoints of international relation like the influence of the Cold War. At the exercise, being based on the knowledge acquired in the class, students devise the development assistance proposal for developing countries then present and receive guidance. Since planning of development assistance proposal can be considered as basic training for planning business projects, students will acquire necessary knowledge for starting businesses in developing countries.
Technical Writing in English: Antoine BOSSARD
 Nowadays, English is ubiquitous, especially as our modern society heavily relies upon technology. As a manager, engineer or technician, it is thus a great asset for each of us to be able to use English in our everyday duties. This lecture aims at providing students with the required skills to become proficient at technical writing in English. Concretely, students will be given the opportunity to learn and practice how to produce high‐grade professional and technical English documents.

This lecture will mainly address the following three topics:
1.Language (grammar, vocabulary, etc.) of English technical and professional writing.
2.Methodology of English technical writing (document structure).
3.Typography (punctuation, style) to be employed inside such documents.
DESIGN [RE]THINKING: Innella Giovanni
 In recent years Design Thinking has gained legitimacy and popularity as a method to develop design and business processes. Design Thinking is based on few simple principles, such as learning by doing, learning by failing, collaborative thinking and solution‐oriented approaches. Although in many cases Design Thinking has proved itself valuable, the design community has also raised doubts and objections to its unconditioned employment. This course investigates Design Thinking, but it also leaves space to critically reconsider and improve its principles.
Research and/or Work Experience Internship
Students work on exercises for more than 60 hours to achieve goals provided in the objectives. Credits are granted based on an academic assessment.
Prior to the start of exercises, students fill out the internship certification application form and class application form to register for the class. After that, when they receive a disapproval letter from a corporation and the internship certification application becomes unavailable, students can modify the class. Students cannot submit multiple applications.
■ For details, refer to the subject of internships, which is distributed separately.

Elective Compulsory

Computer Ethics for Information Society:
(Not fixed for 2018, please refer to the content for 2017 as below.)
Our society uses informatization of a variety of matters. Although not everything has been digitized, informatization is gradually advancing even today. In this case, engineers determine the method of informatization for technical reasons and advance informatization from the past context implicitly and while creating a certain degree of friction.
On the other hand, the conventional social common practices, rules, guidelines, ethical codes, manners, etiquette, and other routines and technical optimality and convenience do not necessarily correspond to each other.
Although it is good to see the progress of informatization, or there is no choice but to accept it, there are some cases where engineers should clearly reject the process. In addition, as a developer and an entity to press forward informatization, engineers might face with different dilemmas. In this way, we always need to think about how to take part in society and contribute to the progress of actual informatization. Such principles, practices, and research are called information ethics. In the lecture, students mainly study ethics for engineers. By using specific cases, the class is structured to provide awareness of the basic framework for information ethics and the need for continuous studies. Each student has their own way of establishing problems, questions, and solutions; there are no correct answers. The class gives priority to the process of obtaining conclusions by researching a problem and analyzing the results.
Students study at their own pace using online videos and teaching materials at a time most convenient for them within the week. On Saturdays, they take part in face-to-face lectures and discussions at the graduate school to check their learning, which is called the flipped classroom method. Students are advised to fully understand the importance of preparatory studies when attending the lecture.
Engineering Ethics: Kiyoshi Fushimi, Seiichi Kawata
Monozukuri architects need to make decisions without error. For this type of decision-making, students need to have a deep understanding of ethics issues to be able to make a judgmental decision about engineering ethics.
The class particularly simulates potential problems to obtain the problem-solving skills related to engineering ethics through training where the answers are provided in advance.
Students need to participate in debates and submit reports on the exercise assignments.