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Experiences of Teaching “Life Cycle Design” Course at Tokyo Metropolitan University

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Yasushi Umeda

Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. IMECE2003-42753, pp. 607-610; 4 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Manufacturing
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3720-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


This paper describes the outline of “life cycle design” course the author teaches and illustrates some experiences and findings with results of questionnaires to attendees of the lecture. “Life cycle design” is a half-year course to third-year students at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan. The main subject is environmentally conscious design focusing on life cycle thinking. This course intends to establish general and correct viewpoints toward relationship between manufacturing industry and the environmental issues, which are indispensable knowledge as mechanical engineers, rather than to educate environmental specialists. Results of questionnaires indicate that this course succeeded in increasing students’ interest in this area and awareness of importance of the environmental issues. However, some students feel bewildered because of wide variety of topics and, therefore, lack of a central theory.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME
Topics: Design , Cycles , Teaching



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