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.
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
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Students will learn about the topics with a textbook, PowerPoint slides, and handouts. Students are divided into eight classes (in Japanese) and one (in English), taking a class session once per week.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Genetics and genetic diseases||Understand the basis of genetics and what genetic diseases are|
|Class 2||Origin and early evolution of life||Understand the theories of origin and early evolution of life|
|Class 3||Evolution and systematics: natural selection and molecular evolution||Understand the basic mechanisms of evolution and basis of systematics|
|Class 4||What is cancer? : Development and metastasis of cancer cells, and cancer therapy||Understand the basic mechanisms of cancer development, metastasis, and therapies|
|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|
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
"Introduction to Biology", MIT OpenCourseWare (K class)
Learning achievement is evaluated by short tests in every classes and a final exam in face or online.
Students are expected to have completed Fundamental Life Science 1-1 and 1-2 (not conditioned).
Students of K class can ask questions to Prof. Takahashi
Contact by email only.