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COLABS Curriculum

1. Course Offered in Academic Year

The COLABS program consists of two courses, Core course (Individual Research Training in Lab*) and Elective courses, which are thoroughly offered in English. *IRTLab

Note:
- IRTLab 4 or 3 is strongly advised for COLABS students.
- Some elective courses may be unavailable during an enrolled semester. Its detailed information can be confirmed at each graduate school when a new semester starts. (The past course schedules can be reference information.)

CORE COURSE (Required)

・Individual Research Training in Lab (12-30 ECTS equivalent)

IRTLab offers four categories in each semester and COLABS students will be awarded 12-30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) equivalent after successful performances approved by the committees. (COLABS students are not required to complete a thesis.)
*ECTS equivalents will be awarded based on "Total School Hours," according to the ECTS-compliant School Hours table for IRTLab.

Students are to consult with an assigned academic advisor including following topics:
- IRTLab category (1, 2, 3, or 4)
- IRTLab (Research) Theme

Submitting assignments, such as an abstract and a research-paper, is also required by the prescribed deadlines. In order to get the best outcome from the IRTLab course, discussing updates, progresses, results, and so on with academic advisors to be revised on a daily basis is essential.

IRTLab Theme Titles:
Themes of IRTLab2014-2015
Themes of IRTLab2015-2016
Themes of IRTLab2016-2017

 

Note: A theme of IRTLab will be decided with an assigned academic advisor before the semester begins.

ELECTIVE COURSES

A) Graduate School:
Graduate School of Science  
*Courses of International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) offers graduate-level classes in English.
Graduate School of Engineering 
Graduate School of Information Sciences 
Graduate School of Life Sciences 
Graduate School of Environmental Studies 
Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering  
Graduate School of Agricultural Science 
Graduate School of Medicine 
Graduate School of Dentistry  
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
 

B) Courses in the Junior Year Program (JYPE) in English: *Undergraduate Program
It is possible for COLABS students to take JYPE courses, although, JYPE is designed for undergraduates.
‘Nuclear Physics,’ ‘Solid State Physics & Statistical Physics,’ and ‘Material Science’ are graduate-level courses.

More information about the JYPE course descriptions can be found here.

2. Course Description of Individual Research Training in Lab

Course categories:
The IRTLab offers COLABS Students four categories in each semester as shown in the table below. IRTLab 4 requires full school hours (750 hours per semester / 50 hours per week) to achieve 30 ECTS equivalents. Choosing IRTLab 1, 2, or 3 must earn designated TU credits by taking elective courses.

Note:
- IRTLab 4 or 3 is strongly advised for COLABS students.
- Course information is available at the beginning of each semester.
- It is important to discuss/consult the IRTLab category and selections of elective courses with an academic advisor before semester begins.

Required assignments of the IRTLab course during the program: *as of April 2018
- Abstract
- Poster Presentation (one-year participating students only)
- Final Presentation
- Research Paper
*The program orientation provides with more details.

 

Category Name IRTLab1 IRTLab2 IRTLab3 IRTLab4
School hours for Indivisual Research Training in Lab (IRTLab)
(hours)
Implementation Hours (Research time) 150 240 300 420
Participation Hours in laboratory activities 150 210 250 330
Total School hours (hours) 300 450 550 750
ECTS Equivalent of School hours
(25hours=1ECTS)
12 18 22 30
Total credit units of elective courses per semester necessary for completion
(Tohoku University credits)
9 6 4 0

 

Workload Table:
- School Hours: a total workload (hours) per semester (15 weeks)
- Implementation Hours: 2.0, 3.2, 4.0 and 5.6 hours per day on the average for each category
- Above the ECTS-compliant table can be referred to facilitate credit transfer between partner institutions and Tohoku University.

Note:
- ECTS equivalents will be awarded based on the 'Total School Hours,' when performances get approved by the committee members.
- COLABS students are not required to complete a thesis, however, the IRTLab activities could be a part* of a master/doctoral thesis.
(*permission needed from an academic advisor)
- The above 'School Hours' are standard numbers which can be variable depending on each laboratory, graduate school, and department as those sections have their own rules.


Required assignments of the IRTlab course during the program: *as of April 2018
- Abstract
- Poster Presentation (one-year participating students only)
- Final Presentation
- Research Paper
*The program orientation provides with more details.

Description of the School hours for IRTLab

1. Implementation Hours
This is the minimum amount of time frame for each category (1-4) to conduct IRTLab (research projects) at an assigned laboratory. Themes and goals are to be discussed with an assigned academic advisor before the semester begins. COLABS students can expect to acquire basic knowledge and techniques by conducting varieties of research activities with the support from professors and the laboratory. Those high-quality research experiences can be a part of a master / doctor thesis.

2. Participation Hours:
Various activities at an assigned laboratory for COLABS students:
- Oral Presentation
- Seminars
- Meetings
- Tutorials
- Independent Study
- Other activities
*Detailed information/schedules of an assigned laboratory can be provided by an assigned academic advisor.

 

3. Related Graduate Schools and Research Activities for IRTLab

Students will be enrolled at a proper graduate school as a special research student.


Graduate School of Science  
Graduate School of Engineering 
Graduate School of Information Sciences 
Graduate School of Life Sciences 
Graduate School of Environmental Studies 
Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering  
Graduate School of Agricultural Science 
Graduate School of Medicine 
Graduate School of Dentistry  
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
 

You can find research fields, researchers, and so many other information from ACADEMIC RESEARCH STAFF AT TOHOKU UNIVERSITY.

4. Academic Calendar for COLABS

Fall Semester (Oct. 2018 - Mar. 2019)

Orientation Sep. 28
Class begins Oct. 1
Winter Vacation Dec. 27 - Jan. 3, 2019
Class ends Feb. 4
Presentation Feb. 5
Supplementary Class Period Feb. 5 - Feb. 21
Self-Education Period* Feb. 22 - Apr. 7

*applicable to one-year enrolled students only


Spring Semester (Apr. 2019 - Sep. 2019)

Orientation Apr. 4
Class begins Apr. 8
Class ends Aug. 8
Presentation Aug. 6-7