2018 Fundamental Life Science Laboratory 月Ⅱ

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Fukui Toshiaki  Hongoh Yuichi  Tamori Masaki  Yatsunami Rie  Nikaido Masato  Kuwahara Hirokazu 
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Course description and aims

This course gives introduction to laboratory work in life science. The classes cover microscopic observations of diverse biological materials such as microorganisms, plants, and animals, and also basic techniques to extract DNA and proteins.
This course aims to teach basic techniques and knowledge on life science as the basis not only for advanced life science 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 science, 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 science.


biology, cell, tissue and organ, DNA, proteins

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Conduct experiments using an original textbook. Students are divided into four groups, taking a class once every two weeks.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introductory seminar for laboratory work Understand how to prepare for laboratory work and how to describe a scientific report
Class 2 Plant tissues, organs, and cells Understand how to use microscopes and understand the basic structure of plant cells
Class 3 Soil life Understand how to use microscopes and understand the biodiversity of soil life
Class 4 Early development of echinoderms Understand the fertilization and early development of echinoderms
Class 5 Animal (fish) tissues, organs, and cells Understand the basic body plan of animals
Class 6 DNA extraction Understand the procedures for extraction and quantification of DNA
Class 7 Protein extraction Understand the procedures for extraction and quantification of proteins


An original textbook is provided for free.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Full attendance and completion of all experiments are compulsory.
Assessment is based on the quality of the written reports and on the status of submission thereof.
The instructors may fail a student if he/she repeatedly comes to class late or resubmits reports too often.

Related courses

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

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 are expected to have completed Fundamental Life Science 1-1 and 1-2 (not conditioned).

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

yhongo[at]bio.titech.ac.jp (Prof. Yuichi Hongoh)

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment. Instructor’s office: West Bldg.3, Rm 706, 7 Fl.


A tutoring room for this class is opened 16:30-18:30 on every Tuesday and Wednesday in below places:

Tue; room 605 in W3
Wed: group laboratory room 3 at 3F of the library

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