2022 Fundamental Life Science 2-1 G

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Yamaguchi Yuki  Taguchi Hideki  Kimura Hiroshi  Ogura Shunichiro  Ohta Hiroyuki  Kitaguchi Tetsuya  Kume Shoen 
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Course description and aims

 This course gives fundamentals of diverse fields of life science and introduction of current topics. On the basis of the knowledge given in "Fundamental Life Science 1-1", the classes cover more details of the central dogma and protein functions, and fundamentals of enzymes, lipids and membranes, signal transduction and membrane transport, as well as current topics such as biofuel and developmental engineering.
 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, genome, enzyme, body plan, 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 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

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Gene expression and its regulation Understand the basic mechanisms for gene expression and its regulation
Class 2 Protein synthesis (translation, modification, folding) and degradation Understand the basic mechanisms of DNA replication and repair
Class 3 Enzyme and chemical kinetics: proteins as catalysts Understand the basic processes of protein synthesis and degradation
Class 4 DNA replication and repair Understand the basis of enzymatic reactions
Class 5 Lipids, biological membrane, and biofuel Understand the basic structure and functions of lipids and biological membranes
Class 6 Signal transduction and membrane transport Understand the basic mechanisms of signal transduction and membrane transport
Class 7 Stem cell and developmental engineering Understand the basis of stem cell and developmental engineering

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(Japanese classes: A-H)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

"Introduction to Biology", MIT OpenCourseWare (K class)

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by short tests using Google Form or marksheet in every classes and a final exam (basically in face).

Related courses

  • Fundamental Life Science 1-1
  • Fundamental Life Science1-2
  • 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 and Fundamental Life Science1-2 (not conditioned).

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

Students of class K (English) can ask questions to Prof. Takahashi .

Office hours

Contact by e-mail only.

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