2020 Fundamental Life Science 2-2 A

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Basic science and technology courses
Hongoh Yuichi  Nikaido Masato  Kondoh Shinae  Nagasawa Tatsuki  Tamori Masaki 
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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 genetics, evolution, systematics, ecology, as well as current topics such as genetic diseases, cancer and environmental problems.
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, genetics, evolution, ecology, cancer

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, via ZOOM. 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 Genetics and genetic diseases Understand the basis of genetics and what genetic diseases are
Class 2 What is cancer? : Development and metastasis of cancer cells, and cancer therapy Understand the basic mechanisms of cancer development, metastasis, and therapies
Class 3 Origin and early evolution of life Understand the theories of origin and early evolution of life
Class 4 Evolution and systematics: natural selection and molecular evolution Understand the basic mechanisms of evolution and basis of systematics
Class 5 Biodiversity I: three domains and phylogenetic diversity of organisms Understand the basis of phylogenetic diversity of organisms
Class 6 Biodiversity II: Ecology of community and population Understand the basis of ecology and what biodiversity is
Class 7 Ecosystems and environments Understand the basis of ecosystems and importance of conservation of environments

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 Science1-2
  • Fundamental Life Science 2-1
  • Fundamental Life Science Laboratory

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

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).

Students of K class can ask questions to Prof. Takahashi .

Office hours

Contact by email only.

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