Kanagawa University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management


Practical exercise classes

Information System Practice

In industrial engineering and management, the use of systems handling information is essential in order to utilize human resources, goods, and money.
This class consists of two parts: (1) lectures in which students will learn information mechanisms and the theory of statistical analysis, and (2) practical exercises in which students utilizes their acquired knowledge to conduct statistical analysis and handle information via computers.
Conducted using small-group education through two classes of about 40 people.

Exercises in Programming

In industrial engineering and management, the use of computers which process information is essential in order to utilize human resources, goods, and money.
In order to have computers perform work (process information), it is necessary to create programs which list the processing procedures.
In this class, students will obtain basic knowledge for creating programs. Students will acquire programming skills for creating basic programs consists of several dozen steps.
Conducted using small-group education through two classes of about 40 people.

Control Programming Exercise

Automatic control of goods is essential in order to achieve efficient management of systems for human resources, goods, money, and information which are the bases of industrial engineering and management.
In this class, students will obtain basic knowledge for automatic control that uses microcomputers, sensors, actuators, and other equipment.
Conducted using small-group education through two classes of about 40 people.

Fundamentals of Drawing

In this class, students will learn standards and basic items for technical drawings related to machinery and electrical systems. Students will learn how to represent objects using the projection methods and in 3D, and will become able to create project drawings and isometric drawings. Furthermore, students will acquire the ability to correctly read and create manufacturing drawings, circuit drawings, and other drawings which are the basis of manufacturing in industrial engineering and management.
Conducted using small-group education through two classes of about 40 people.

Robot Assembly Engineering Work

In this class, students will acquire basic knowledge of mechanical elements/structure and electrical circuits by using sensors, actuators, and microcomputers to manufacture a robot.
Also, students will learn basic control mechanisms by creating a computer programming, uploading the program to a microcomputer, and operating the robot.
Also, through the series of work involved in manufacturing a robot, students will gain an understanding of how component explosion, reliability engineering, production control, quality control, and other key elements of industrial engineering and management actually apply to computers in manufacturing sites.
Conducted using small-group education through two classes of about 40 people.

Exercise on Manufacturing Systems Engineering

In this class, students will engage in exercises and experiments such as identifying and resolving problems in production systems, conducting data-based problem solving, analyzing processes of production lines, and analyzing robot systems through video.
Conducted using small-group education through four classes of about 20 people.

Laboratory Works in Industrial Engineering and Management I and II

This class consists of hands-on learning (mainly experiments and exercises) for themes corresponding to the following four class groups: business management for industrial and management engineers, production systems, people and the environment, and monozukuri (manufacturing).
Conducted using small-group education in groups of about seven to eight people.

Management classes

Production Management

Production control is a management function for planning and control of production activities required to supply the goods required by the customer at the required time, in the required amount, to the required location, and at an appropriate price.
Production control is one field that is a source of competitive ability for Japanese manufacturing corporations.
This class mainly introduces operation control at factories, Students will study the role of production control and the basics of designing production order systems, line production systems, lot production systems, and individual production systems.

Industrial Management

In this class, students are expected to obtain a systematic understanding for the basic theory of business management and knowledge for business management techniques.
This course is based on American business management which is embodied by the theory of scientific management created by Frederick Taylor and has been developed mainly by production professionals and management consultants.
Generally speaking, business management has a smaller scope when compared to business administration. Business administration includes business management, strategic management, organizational management, and business history. Although business administration is interpreted as applying to a greater number of fields than business management, this class seeks to acquire as much knowledge as possible without being constrained by this definition.

Quality Control

Quality control is one field that is a source of competitive ability for Japanese manufacturing corporations. As such, further advancements are expected for guaranteeing quality. This class explains basic concepts and various approaches related to quality control activities that have been implemented at manufacturing sites. The class also explores the possibility of increasing efficiency by implementing these quality control methods in various areas of corporations.

Industrial Production Management

Industrial Production Management is a field that clarifies the basic structure (how structural elements and relationships are linked to the management goal) of plans and controls in areas such as core businesses, production, development, and procurement by manufacturing corporations. Production management seeks to clarify the basic logic for business management at manufacturing corporations.
This class provides an overview for the field of production management.
With a focus on the link to competitive ability, students will engage in a comprehensive study of items including product/processes matrixes, product/process life cycles, concepts of competitiveness at manufacturing corporations, strategy for production activities, human resources, facilities, issues with cooperating companies, and product development.

Probability and Statistics

Knowledge of probability statistics is essential for fields such as the aforementioned quality control.
First, students will study statistics as the basic theory of statistical values for data. Next, as models of systems (social phenomena and natural phenomena) created using that data, students will study probability theory for numerical handling of probability phenomena.
This class handles main content for probability statistics, without the need for students to already have basic knowledge of statistics and probability.

Foreign language classes

English for Engineers

In this class, students learn English for use in industry. In their freshman year, students begin with English language classes in the liberal arts curriculum. In their sophomore year, students take English for Engineers I and II, followed by English for Engineers III and IV in their junior year. These classes have enabled many students to pass certification examinations for industrial English. The instructor is a business professional who uses English in his work. The instructor is surprisingly quick to remember the names of students in their classes and provide attentive instruction.

Chinese for Engineers

The 19th century was the era of England, while the 20th century was dominated by America. It is said that China will rise to the forefront of global society in the 21st century. China is Japan's neighbor, and learning the Chinese language is the first step to mutual understanding. An elementary understanding of Chinese is extremely useful when searching for employment. In their freshman year, students begin with Chinese language classes in the liberal arts curriculum. In the first and second semesters of their sophomore year, students take Chinese for Engineers I and II. The instructor is a business professional who spent many years working in China.

Guest lecture classes

Industrial Engineering and Management

In this class, students will develop an understanding for corporate management concepts and history. Students will also study an overview of overall corporations and individual systems, basic theory of management techniques, and methods for applying those techniques to actual work. The class provides an overview of the basic theory for industrial management and engineering, a field with a history of approximately 100 years. In this respect, the class fulfills an introductory role for study of specialized fields in the future. In recent years, management systems are becoming increasingly dependent on IT technology and software. In this area of IT management leading to an advanced information society, this class also focuses on related basic management items.
The instructor is a business professional active in the field of industrial engineering and management. Students can learn about actual examples of applying industrial engineering and management methodology in the workplace.

International Communication

In order to become able to use your language skills and work overseas, classroom study alone is not enough. The experience of communicating with foreigners is also essential. This class consists of foreign language training in Malaysia, a country where both English and Chinese are spoken. The training allows students to make practical use of the basic communication ability that they acquired in English Language for Industry and Chinese Language for Industry. For a two-week period during summer vacation of their junior year, students visit Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The program consists of language training, tours of local factories, and visits to local universities.
This class is taught by a highly-experienced instructor. Through multicultural communication, students will acquire the knowledge and attributes for participating in training programs to cultivate professionals who can perform internationally in manufacturing and service.

Case Studies

In this class, business professionals give lectures on results produced by applying industrial engineering and management. The main goal of this class is to have students understand how the system of theory and techniques for industrial engineering and management studied in the specialized university curriculum are used for actual design, development, production, and management in various industrial sectors. Students are also expected to gain a comprehensive understanding for the relationship between theory and practice, to recognize the role, significance, and importance of industrial engineering and management, and to grasp the meaning of systematic study for theory and practice.