2016 Fundamental Life Science 2-1

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Basic science and technology courses
Takahashi Masayuki 
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Course description and aims

This course gives fundamentals of diverse fileds of life science and introduction of current topics. The course cover fundamentals of development, structure of nucleic acids and proteins, architecture of genes and genomes, central dogma (gene expression), cell structures, and DNA replication, as well as current topics such as stem cells and cancer therapies. 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 various fields in advanced science and technology. In addition, the students will understand current topics related to life sciences more deeply.


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 the topics with a textbook, Powerpoint slides, and handouts. Students are divided into eight classes (in Japanese) and one class (in English). Students attend one class 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 Enzyme: proteins as catalysts Understand the basis of enzymatic reactions
Class 3 Signal transduction and membrane transport Understand the basic mechanisms of signal transduction and membrane transport
Class 4 Regulation of gene expression Understand the basic mechanisms for gene expression
Class 5 Signal transduction and membrane transport Understand the basic mechanisms of signal transduction and membrane transport
Class 6 Bioinformatics: genome analysis, systems biology, and genome-based drug discovery Understand the basis and importance of bioinformatics
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.

"Introduction to Biology", MIT OpenCourseWare

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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