2020 Fundamental Life Science 1-1 K

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Takahashi Masayuki 
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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 structure of nucleic acids and proteins, architecture of genes and genomes, central dogma (gene expression), cell structures, metabolic functions, cell replication, and animal development.
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, cell, DNA, development

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, by remote lecture using ZOOM. 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 Introduction: Importance of Life Science Understand the importance of Life Science and why we have to learn it
Class 2 Central dogma I: Structures of DNA and RNA, strucure of chromosomes and genes, process of DNA replication, transcription, and RNA splicing Understand the structure of nucleic acids, basic processes of DNA replication, transcription, and maturation of messenger RNA
Class 3 Central dogma II: Structures of amino acids and proteins, and translation mechanism Understand the structures of amino acids and proteins, and basic mechanism of translation
Class 4 Structure of cell: structure of animal cells (organelles and their functions) Understand the basic structures of animal cells and functions of organelles
Class 5 Respiration and energy production Understand the basis of respiration and energy production
Class 6 Replication of cell: cell skeletons and cell division (meitosis and meiosis) Understand the basis of cell skeletons and cell division
Class 7 Animal development Understand the basic process of animal early development

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.

Course materials will be provided

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by attendance (possibly with short tests) in every classes and assignment(s).

Related courses

  • LAS.B102 : Fundamental Life Science 1-2
  • LAS.B103 : Fundamental Life Science 2-1
  • LAS.B104 : Fundamental Life Science 2-2
  • LAS.B105 : Fundamental Life Science Laboratory

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

The class level is adjusted to students who did not study biology in high school.

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

takahashi.m.ay[at]m.titech.ac.jp (Prof. Masayuki Takahashi)

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