Faculty of Engineering

Undergraduate Course:
Curriculum

 

1st Year

Overview

First year students acquire knowledge and skills that are fundamental to their education as modern engineers. Coursework focuses on the theory and practice of mathematics and physics that are foundational to various applications introduced in later, more specialized courses. Our approach to these fundamental disciplines enables students to understand how various phenomena occur and how to express them mathematically. These courses are augmented by introductions to information literacy and information processing. In addition, international students commence an intensive Japanese course which will help equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to enjoy life in Japan.

Core Courses

Semester 1: Engineering PhysicsⅠ, Calculus and Linear AlgebraⅠ Information Literacy

Semester 2: Engineering PhysicsⅡ, Calculus and Linear Algebra Ⅱ, Algorithmic Thinking and Programming with Python, Fundamental Mechanics, and Introduction to Design

Other coursework (for semester 1 and 2) includes Japanese (both during school season and over the holiday), Liberal Arts electives, and Physical Education.

2nd Year

Overview

Second year students continue their development of fundamental knowledge in the disciplines of mathematics and information processing. These topics are increasingly taught with an approach that makes connections to the world of engineering. Practical components are progressively integrated into the courses, challenging students' abilities and helping to develop natural curiosity and aptitude for problem solving.

Furthermore, students begin their engineering training by taking more specialized courses including material mechanics, electromagnetic theory, motor engineering, and practical workshop-based courses. Japanese language education for international students also continues, aiming for a more advanced level incorporating a practical vocabulary that is useful in an engineering context.

Core Courses

Semester 3: Ordinary Differential Equations, Introduction to C Programming, Mechanics of Materials, Electromagnetic Theory, Fundamentals of Electrical Motors, Exercise for Machine Shop Practice

Semester 4: Vector Calculus, System Programming with C, Machine Design, Introduction to Mechanisms and Mobile Robots, Classical Control Engineering, Introduction to Physical Chemistry, Control principles of Electrical Motors, Semiconductor Engineering, Electric Circuits, Mechatronics Laboratory (Basic Robotics), Pre-Capstone Project 1

Other coursework (for semester 3 and 4) includes Japanese (both during school season and over the holidays), Liberal Arts electives, and Physical Education.

From semester three, students are not required to take all of the courses offered each year. They can choose which courses to take based on their interests and the prerequisite courses they have already completed.

From semester four, another significant component of the program begins: Pre-Capstone Project 1. In this project, small teams of students tackle real-world problems under the guidance of professors and engineers. These problems are proposed by companies primarily from the tech and engineering industries. Students continue this project in semester five in Pre-Capstone Project 2.

3rd Year

Overview

The third year crosses the bridge to practical applications.
While continuing the development of their in-depth mathematical knowledge, students enjoy a more flexible curriculum. They can choose courses based on their interests, including courses focused on mechatronics systems (in which students tackle problems such as building an inverted-pendulum robot) and courses focusing on software systems (in which students learn how to create applications that provide users with feedback based on information acquired from sensors).

Core Courses

Semester 5: Fourier Analysis and Partial Differential Equations, Digital Signal Processing, Introduction to Production Engineering, Introduction to Robotic Manipulators, Introduction to Scientific Measurement, Modern Control Engineering, Introduction to Electrochemistry, Power Electronics Engineering, Analog Electronic Circuits, Mechatronics Laboratory (Energy), Pre-Capstone Project 2

Semester 6: Complex Analysis, Probability and Statistics, Introduction to Sensors, Digital Control Engineering, Introduction to Battery Engineering, Actuator Systems, Electric Power Transmission and Distribution, Logic Circuits, Introduction to Communication Engineering, Mechatronics Laboratory (Advanced Robotics), Capstone Project 1 or Laboratory Project 1.

Other coursework (for semester 5) includes Liberal Arts electives.

In Pre-Capstone Project 2, students collaborate in small teams to solve real-world problems proposed by our industry partners. In semester six, students planning to join companies after graduation take Cap-Stone Project 1, in which teams of students tackle higher-level real-world problems proposed by companies. Students who plan to proceed to Graduate School take Laboratory Project 1, in which students engage in a graduation thesis project assigned by their supervisor.

4th Year

Overview

Final year students concentrate on strengthening the connections between the knowledge already acquired and the practical application of that knowledge. The highlight of the fourth year is the capstone program.

In Cap-Stone Project 2, students continue to collaborate in small teams to solve real-world problems proposed by our industry partners, building on the experience gained during Pre-capstone Programs in the previous year. Compared to the Pre-capstone Programs, problems are larger in scope and students are evaluated based on their ability to devise creative solutions without help from their supervising professor.

In Laboratory Project 2, students planning to pursue an academic career by entering the Master's program continue to work in a KUAS research laboratory.

Students are not required to take all of the courses offered this year, and they can choose which to take based on their interests and the prerequisite courses they have already completed.

Core Courses

Semester 7: Introduction to Intellectual Property, Electric Power Generation and Transformation, Introduction to Information and Communication Networks, Capstone Project 2 or Laboratory Project 2

Semester 8: specialized subjects electives

Other coursework (for semester 8) includes Physical Education.

Graduation Requirements

The undergraduate program at KUAS is a four-year program.
To obtain the degree of Bachelor of Engineering from KUAS students must be enrolled at KUAS for a four-year period (eight full semesters of instruction), obtain 128 credits or more from coursework consisting of at least 30 credits from common subjects and 98 credits from specialized subjects, and complete either the capstone project or the laboratory project (depending on future career goals).