2016 Fundamental Life Science 1-2

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Ichinose Hiroshi  Kajiwara Susumu  Ohta Hiroyuki  Fukui Toshiaki  Miyashita Eizo  Masuda Shinji  Nakamura Nobuhiro 
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Course description and aims

This course gives fundamentals of diverse fields of life science and introduction of current topics. The classes cover fundamentals of respiration and energy conservation, plant cell structures and photosynthesis, structures and functions of sugars, lipids and biomembranes, functions and structures of brain, nervous and endocrine systems, sensory systems, immune systems, characteristics of bacteria, archaea and viruses, as well as current topics such as bioenergy, brain science and infectious diseases.
This course aims to provide fundamental knowledge on life sciences as the basis not only for advanced life sciences but also for broad fields in science and technology.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will understand the fundamentals of life sciences, which shall be the basis for broad fields in advanced science and technology. In addition, the students will more deeply understand current topics related to life sciences.


biology, photosynthesis, brain, immune system, virus

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 a textbook, PowerPoint slides, and handouts. Students are divided into eight classes (in Japanese) and one class (in English). A class session for each of them takes place once per week.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Respiration and energy conservation Understand the basic mechanisms of respiration and energy conservation
Class 2 Structure of plant cell, photosynthesis, and biofuels Understand the structure of plant cells and basic mechanisms of photosynthesis
Class 3 Structure and functions of sugars, lipids, and biomembranes Understand the basic structures and functional importance of sugars, lipids and biomembranes
Class 4 Structure and functions of brain, nervous and endocrine systems Understand the basic structures and functions of brain, nervous and endocrine systems
Class 5 Sensory mechanisms Understand the basic mechanisms of sensory systems
Class 6 Immune system, vaccine, and infectious disease Understand the basic mechanisms of immune systems
Class 7 Three domains (Eucarya, Bacteria, Archaea) and viruses Understand the differences among eucarya, bacteria, archaea, and viruses
Class 8 Integral study Unify the knowledge learned in Classes 1 to 7


"Biology", C. Starr, C.A. Evers, L. Starr

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by a final exam.

Related courses

  • Fundamental Life Science 1-1
  • Fundamental Life Science 2-1
  • Fundamental Life Science 2-2
  • Fundamental Life Science Laboratory

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

The prerequisite to take this course is that you have acquired the credits of "Fundamental Life Science 1-1".
Without having acquired the credits of the above course, the credits of this course will not be counted as the necessary number of credits for graduation.

This is the prerequisite course to take "Fundamental Life Science 2-1","Fundamental Life Science 2-2" or "Fundamental Life Science Laboratory".

Students must have completed Fundamental Life Science 1-1.

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