2020 Fundamental Life Science 1-2 C

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Fukui Toshiaki  Miyashita Eizo  Masuda Shinji  Itoh Takehiko  Orihara Kanami  Kato Akira  Suzuki Takashi  Fujita Naonobu  Yatsunami Rie  Yamamoto Naoyuki  Wakabayashi Ken-Ichi 
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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 animal tissues and organs, functions and structures of brain, nervous and endocrine systems, sensory systems, immune systems, plant cell structures and photosynthesis, biotechnology, and bioinformatics, as well as current topics such as stem cells, brain science, 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, biotechnology, 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). A class session for each of them takes place once per week.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Structure and functions of animal tissues and organs, and basis of stem cells Understand the basic structures and functions of animal tissues and organs and the basis of stem cells
Class 2 Sensory mechanisms and neurons Understand the basic mechanisms of sensory systems and the structure of neurons
Class 3 Structure and functions of brain, nervous and endocrine systems Understand the basic structures and functions of brain, nervous and endocrine systems
Class 4 Immune system, vaccine, and infectious disease Understand the basic mechanisms of immune systems and the basis of vaccine and pathogens
Class 5 Structure of plant cell and photosynthesis Understand the structure of plant cells and basic mechanisms of photosynthesis
Class 6 Biotechnology: PCR, cloning, DNA sequencing, antibody production Understand basic biotechnology
Class 7 Bioinformatics: genome analysis and systems biology Understand basic bioinformatics

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


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

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by short tests in every classes and 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.)

Students are expected to have completed Fundamental Life Science 1-1 (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. The date and time are announced when fixed.

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