2018 Evolutionary Biology

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Life Science and Technology
Hongoh Yuichi  Itoh Takehiko  Tanaka Mikiko  Kajikawa Masaki  Nikaido Masato  Tachibana Kazunori 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
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Mon5-6(W323)  Thr5-6(W323)  
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Course description and aims

This course gives fundamentals of diverse fileds of evolutionary biology, including natural selection , the neutral theory of molecular evolution, genome evolution, evolutionary developmental biology, molecular phylogenetics, and also the basis of ecology related to biodiversity.
This course aims to provide fundamental knowledge on evolutionary biologys as the basis not only for the field but also for broad fields of life science and technology.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will understand the fundamentals of evolutionary biology, which shall be the basis for broad fields in advanced life science and technology.


evolution, molecular evolution, evolutionary developmetal biology, genome evolution, molecular phylogenetics, biodiversity

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students will learn the topics with Powerpoint slides and handouts.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The concept of evolution: Evolution and tree of life Understand the concept of evolution and phylogenetic tree
Class 2 Natural selection and neutran theory-1 Understand the basic theory of natural selection and neutral evolution
Class 3 Natural selection and neutran theory-2 Understand the basic theory of natural selection and neutral evolution from actual examples
Class 4 Evolution through gene duplication Understand how gene duplication has contributed to the biological evolution
Class 5 Genomic structure of prokaryotes and its evolution Understand the genomic structure of prokaryotes and its evoltion
Class 6 Genomic structure of eukaryotes and its evolution Understand the genomic structure of eukaryotes and its evoltion
Class 7 Evolution of multicellular organisms Understand the basis for the evolution of multicellular systems in animals
Class 8 Evolution and Development 1 Understand the mechanisms of how shapes of animals are evolved
Class 9 Evolution and Development 2 Understand the mehanisms of how novel structures are evolved in the body of animals
Class 10 Molecular phylogenetics 1 Understand the basic concept for molecular phylogenetic analysis
Class 11 Molecular phylogenetics 2 Understand the basis for various methods of molecular phylogenetic analysis
Class 12 The origin of sex Understand how sexual reproduction has emerged and been mainteined in many organisms.
Class 13 Biodiversity: competition and predation Understand the basic theory of competition and predation in community
Class 14 Biodiversity: symbiosis Understand the basic theory of symbiosis in community
Class 15 Measuring biodiversity Undestand how biodiversity is measured and compared


Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by a final exam.

Related courses

  • Fundamental Life Science 2-2
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology

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

The class level is adjusted to students who have never studied Evolutionary Biology

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

yhongo[at]bio.titech.ac.jp (Prof. Yuichi Hongoh); mnikaido[at]bio.titech.ac.jp(Prof. Masato Nikaido); takehiko[at]bio.titech.ac.jp(Prof. Takehiko Itoh); mitanaka[at]bio.titech.ac.jp(Prof. Mikiko Tanaka); tachibana.k.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp(Prof. Kazunori Tachibana); mkaji[at]bio.titech.ac.jp(Prof. Masaki Kajikawa)

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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