2016 Fundamental Life Science 2-1

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Itoh Takehiko  Komada Masayuki  Yamaguchi Yuki  Taguchi Hideki  Kimura Hiroshi  Ogura Shunichiro  Kajikawa Masaki 
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Course description and aims

 This course gives fundamentals of diverse fields of life science and introduction of current topics. On the basis of the knowledge given in "Fundamental Life Science 1-1", the classes cover more details of the central dogma and protein functions and fundamentals of enzymes, signal transduction and membrane transport, bioinformatics, and animal body plans, as well as current topics such as systems biology and genome-based drug discovery.
 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, genome, enzyme, body plan, bioinformatics

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 about the topics with a textbook, PowerPoint slides, and handouts. Students are divided into eight classes (in Japanese) and one (in English), taking a class session once per week.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 DNA replication and repair Understand the basic mechanisms of DNA replication and repair
Class 2 Control system of gene expression Understand the basic mechanisms for gene expression
Class 3 Signal transduction and membrane transport Understand the basic mechanisms of signal transduction and membrane transport
Class 4 Bioinformatics: genome analysis, systems biology, and genome-based drug discovery Understand the basis and importance of bioinformatics
Class 5 Protein synthesis (translation, modification, folding) and degradation Understand the basic processes of protein synthesis and degradation
Class 6 Enzyme and chemical kinetics: proteins as catalysts Understand the basis of enzymatic reactions
Class 7 Body plan of animals Understand the basic body plan of animals
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 Science1-2
  • 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" and "Fundamental Life Science 1-2".
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.

Students must have completed Fundamental Life Science 1-1 and Fundamental Life Science1-2.

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