シラバス Syllabus

Course Title SEMINAR 1
担当教員 Instructor Name Alexander Kilpatrick
コード Couse Code NUC041_N24A
授業形態 Class Type 演習 Practicum
授業形式 Class Format On Campus
単位 Credits 2
言語 Language EN
科目区分 Course Category 共通専門教育科目300系 / Specialized Subject 300
学位 Degree BSc
開講情報 Terms / Location 2024 UG Nisshin Spring

授業の概要 Course Overview

Misson Statementとの関係性 / Connection to our Mission Statement

The purpose of Seminar 1 is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding required to complete their undergraduate thesis.

In line with NUCB's mission statement, this English language course aims to educate and inspire students to become innovative and ethical leaders through the medium of English. In so doing, it is hoped they can grasp and take on the ideal of ʻFrontier Spiritʼ and the ability to create knowledge in English for the advancement of business and society.

授業の目的(意義) / Importance of this course

The course marks the beginning of an important relationship between teacher and students in terms of overall guidance and personal self-development toward graduation from university and transition into the working world.

It is designed to help students begin the process of learning how to learn by providing them with practical and essential English language, learning and technology skills that will serve them well in their future beyond and after NUCB.

到達目標 / Achievement Goal

Seminar 1 is an interactive course where students are expected to:
1) Participate actively and contribute to the class in English.
2) Strive to work well in groups and teams and share knowledge and ideas with each other in English.
3) Meet individually and communicate regularly with their instructor for advice, counseling, and assistance
related to the seminar and their progress in it.
*complete all assignments related to the initial preparation of an undergraduate thesis, a portfolio folder, and other work assigned

本授業の該当ラーニングゴール Learning Goals


LG1 Critical Thinking
LG2 Diversity Awareness
LG3 Ethical Decision Making
LG4 Effective Communication

受講後得られる具体的スキルや知識 Learning Outcomes

By the end of Semester 1, it is expected that students will have developed an interesting and engaging thesis statement and will have begun a literature review with the goal of attaining enough of an understanding in their selected subject area that they may complete their thesis.

SDGsとの関連性 Relevance to Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4 質の高い教育をみんなに(Quality Education)

教育手法 Teaching Method

教育手法 Teaching Method % of Course Time
インプット型 Traditional 80 %
参加者中心型 Participant-Centered Learning ケースメソッド Case Method 20 %
フィールドメソッド Field Method 0 %
合計 Total 100 %

事前学修と事後学修の内容、レポート、課題に対するフィードバック方法 Pre- and Post-Course Learning, Report, Feedback methods

The course takes the approach that student immersion in an all English language context in combination with the relevant skills for:

1. Writing an undergraduate thesis.
2. Accomplishing their future endeavors post-graduation which require such skills.

Consequently, students enrolled in this course are expected to make every effort to communicate, write, and question in English as a means to learn, develop and enhance themselves and are expected to sustain such effort over 14 weeks through not only work in class but that outside as well (individual meetings and regular e-mail correspondence with the instructor along with self-access).

授業スケジュール Course Schedule


Class 1: Introduction To Seminar
Class 2: Discovering Your Interests

Class 2: Introduction to Case Study to be conducted in Weeks 7 & 8.


Class 3: Thesis Statements
Class 4: Refining Your Hypothesis (Preparation Report 1: Thesis Statement)


Class 5: Literature Review (Accessing and Assessing Academic Reports)
Class 6: Literature Review (Writing a Literature Review)


Class 7: Data Collection
Class 8: Descriptive Statistics


Class 9: Case Study: Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. Part 1
Class 10: Case Study: Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. Part 2

Class 9: Case Study: Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. Part 1
Class 10: Case Study: Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. Part 2 (Preparation Report 2: Data)


Class 11: p-Value
Class 12: Situating Your Report in the Literature


Class 13: Developing Your Literature Review
Class 14: Portfolio Due

成績評価方法 Evaluation Criteria

講師用内規準拠 Method of Assessment Weights
コールドコール Cold Call 10 %
授業内での挙手発言 Class Contribution 20 %
クラス貢献度合計 Class Contribution Total 30 %
予習レポート Preparation Report 20 %
小テスト Quizzes / Tests 0 %
シミュレーション成績 Simulation 0 %
ケース試験 Case Exam 0 %
最終レポート Final Report 50 %
期末試験 Final Exam 0 %
参加者による相互評価 Peer Assessment 0 %
合計 Total 100 %

評価の留意事項 Notes on Evaluation Criteria

Preparation Report: Two reports due in weeks 4 & 10.
Class Contribution: Each students' attendance and contribution to the class.
Final Report: Portfolio.

使用ケース一覧 List of Cases


教科書 Textbook

  • NA「NA「There is no required textbook for this course. All seminar related materials will be provided by the instructor.」NA(NA)NA」NA(NA)

参考文献・資料 Additional Readings and Resource

All additional material will be provided by the teacher.

授業調査に対するコメント Comment on Course Evaluation

There are two preparation reports due weeks 4 and 10 which are designed to keep students on track for portfolio submission.

担当教員のプロフィール About the Instructor 

Alexander Kilpatrick is an assistant professor at the Nagoya University of Business and Commerce. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne. Alexander's main area of research involves examining the influence of transitional probability on non-native speech perception. More specifically, it focuses on the chance of sounds co-occurring in a language and makes predictions as to how listeners will misperceive non-native speech based on that chance.

He is available to meet with students on Wednesdays 11:20 - 12:50 in room 6306.

His areas of interest include Speech perception, Iconicity, Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Transitional Probability, Phonetics, and Phonology.

(実務経験 Work experience)

2014-2016 - La Trobe University - English Teacher
2016-2017 - La Trobe University - English Lecturer
2016-2019 - University of Melbourne - Teacher's Assistant
2019-current - Nagoya University of Business and Commerce - Assistant Professor

Refereed Articles

  • (2024) Sound Symbolism in Japanese Names: Machine Learning Approaches to Gender Classification. Plos One
  • (2024) Using artificial intelligence to explore sound symbolic expressions of gender in American English. PeerJ Computer Science 10:e1811 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj-cs.1811
  • (2023) A cross-linguistic, sound symbolic relationship between bilabial consonants, voiced plosives, and Pokémon Friendship. Frontiers in Psychlogy
  • (2023) Random Forests, Sound Symbolism and Pokémon Evolution. PLoS One
  • (2020) Japanese Perceptual Epenthesis is Modulated by Transitional Probability. Language and Speech 63(2): 10.1177/0023830920930042

Refereed Proceedings

  • (2024). Sound Symbolism in Automatic Emotion Recognition and Sentiment Analysis. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Cognitive AI 2023 .Cognitive AI 2023. 1. 2. Bari University, Italy
  • (2023). Iconicity Through the Lens of Information Theory. THE ICONICITY SEMINAR 2023 .THE ICONICITY SEMINAR 2023. 1. 2. Nagoya University of Commerce and Business
  • (2023). Training Artificial Intelligence to Assess ESL Writing Using Complexity Measures. JSLS 2023 Handbook .The 24th Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences. 1. 2. Chuo University Tama Campus
  • (2019). Predictability, Word Frequency and Japanese Perceptual Epenthesis. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences .The 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. 2. 2. Melbourne, Australia
  • (2018). Japanese Vowel Devoicing Modulates Perceptual Epenthesis. Proceedings of the 17th Speech Science and Technology Conference (SST2018) .the 17th Speech Science and Technology Conference (SST2018). 1. 2. Coogee Bay Hotel