2020 Introduction to Biotechnology

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Okochi Mina 
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Course description and aims

“Introduction to Biotechnology” is intended as a course for students trying to understand the basic of bioprocess engineering. This course is composed of mainly three parts covering 1) microorganism, 2) basic techniques in genetic engineering, and 3) current advances in bioanalytical sciencies and technologies. The objective of this course is that students not only deepen the knowledge of bioprocess engineering field but also have interests in current advancements of this field, and feel close relationship between biology, chemistry, and engineering.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) overview microorganisms and its cultivation methods
2) summarize basic of gentic engineering
3) understand analytical technology in gene expression, protein expression, and protein interaction
4) understand the merit of utilization of microfabrication technologies and exhaustive analysis method using omics technologies


DNA, Protein, mRNA, Genetic engineering, Omics technology

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught in the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Microrganisms/Basic to genetic engineering 1 Understand microorganisms taxonomy and its cultivation methods. Enable to explain central dogma
Class 2 Microrganisms/Basic to genetic engineering 2 Understand basic of genetic engineering
Class 3 Basic to genetic engineering 1 Enable to explain genetic manipulation, cloning technology, and genetic screening technology
Class 4 Basic to genetic engineering 2 Enable to explain construction methods of gene expression system and its evaluation
Class 5 Analytical technology about gene expression, protein expression and protein interaction. Understand gene expression and protein expression
Class 6 Measurement of biological molecules using microfabrication technology Understand recent advancements in bioanalytical chips and biodevices
Class 7 Exercise problems to assess the student's level of understanding on what has been taught so far Revise the course contents using the exercise problems to better understand the topics covered, and evaluate one's own progress

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Akihiko Kondo, Seiji Shibasaki Eds., "Genetic Engineering", Kagakudojin. ISBN978-4-7598-1110-0

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Donald Voet, Judith Voet, Charlotte Pratt, "Fundamentals of Biochemistry-Life at the Molecular level" 3rd edition,Tokyo Kagakudojin. ISBN978-4-8079-0712-0

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise problesm (30%), Examination (70%)

Related courses

  • CAP.C206 : Chemical Reaction Engineering I (Homogeneous System)
  • CAP.C314 : Bioprocess Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


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