2021 Fundamental Life Science 1-2 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 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. The lecture will be provided face-to-face; however, for the classes B, D, F, H, each class is divided into two rooms, to keep "social distance", and the lecture is delivered to either room via ZOOM (HyFlex). The K class is face-to-face, but also delivers the lecture via ZOOM (HyFlex).

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Three domains (Eucarya, Bacteria, Archaea) and viruses Understand the differences among eucarya, bacteria, archaea, and viruses
Class 2 Structure and functions of sugars, lipids, and biomembranes Understand the basic structures and functional importance of sugars, lipids and biomembranes
Class 3 Respiration and energy conservation Understand the basic mechanisms of respiration and energy conservation
Class 4 Structure of plant cell, photosynthesis, and biofuels Understand the structure of plant cells and basic mechanisms of photosynthesis
Class 5 Immune system, vaccine, and infectious disease Understand the basic mechanisms of immune systems
Class 6 Structure and functions of brain, nervous and endocrine systems Understand the basic structures and functiones of brain, nervous and endocrine systems
Class 7 Sensory mechanisms Understand the basic mechanisms of sensory systems

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.

"Introduction to Biology", MIT OpenCourseWare

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by short tests in every classes and a final exam. When the COVID-19 situation becomes worse, the evaluation may be done with report assignment.

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).

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

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Contact by e-mail.


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