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.
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
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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|
|Class 1||Three domains (Eucarya, Bacteria, Archaea) and viruses||Understand the differences among eucarya, bacteria, archaea, and viruses|
|Class 2||Structure and functions of sugars, lipids, and biomembranes||Understand the basic structures and functional importance of sugars, lipids and biomembranes|
|Class 3||Respiration and energy conservation||Understand the basic mechanisms of respiration and energy conservation|
|Class 4||Structure of plant cell, photosynthesis, and biofuels||Understand the structure of plant cells and basic mechanisms of photosynthesis|
|Class 5||Immune system, vaccine, and infectious disease||Understand the basic mechanisms of immune systems|
|Class 6||Structure and functions of brain, nervous and endocrine systems||Understand the basic structures and functiones of brain, nervous and endocrine systems|
|Class 7||Sensory mechanisms||Understand the basic mechanisms of sensory systems|
|Class 8||Integral study||Unify the knowledge learned in Classes 1 to 7|
"Biology", C. Starr, C.A. Evers, L. Starr
"Introduction to Biology", MIT OpenCourseWare
Learning achievement is evaluated by short tests in every classes and a final exam.
Students are expected to have completed Fundamental Life Science 1-1 (not conditioned).
A tutoring room for this class will be opened:
Tuesday: 16:30-18:30 at "group laboratory room" in the Library 3rd Fl.
Wednesday: 16:30-18:30 at room 605 in Bldg. W3