This course gives introduction to laboratory work in life science. The classes cover microscopic observations of diverse biological materials such as cells and organs of 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.
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
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Conduct experiments using an original textbook. Students are divided into four groups, taking a class once every two weeks.
|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||Early development of echinoderms||Understand the fertilization and early development of echinoderms|
|Class 4||Soil life||Understand how to use microscopes and understand the biodiversity of soil life|
|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|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend a certain length of time outside of class on preparation and review (including for assignments), as specified by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Undergraduate Learning (東京工業大学学修規程) and the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Graduate Learning (東京工業大学大学院学修規程), for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
An original textbook is provided for free.
Assessment is based on the quality of the written reports and on the status of submission thereof.
If your reports are found to contain materials plagiarized from literature, including the Internet, or reports by other students, your grade will be marked zero, and the University may take further disciplinary action.
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).
yhongo[at]bio.titech.ac.jp (Prof. Yuichi Hongoh)
Contact by e-mail only.