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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences : Molecular and Clinical Medicine

Postgraduate Course: Molecular Pathology of Cancer (MCLM11071)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of the pathology and associated molecular pathways involved in a range of site specific cancers. Students will also gain a critical understanding of the application of molecular testing to cancer diagnosis and therapeutic prediction.

Aims of the course:
1. To develop an understanding of the molecular pathology and genetics of a range of site specific cancers.
2. To critically evaluate different diagnostic and treatment approaches to site specific cancers.
Course description The course will explore the stratification of therapy for a range of site specific cancers and the associated analytic methods. Site specific cancers include; bowel, breast, ovarian, and lung, amongst others.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Purchasing of books, personal computers if not using university facilities.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Online Activities 16, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 18, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 134 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework

Assessments are designed to be directly relevant to individuals working in the National Health Service, as such they are often modelled on content-specific standardised reports and relevant clinical practice. Assessments utilised to monitor students' progression include participation in online discussions, a written assignment and a presentation.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the pathology and associated molecular pathways involved in a range of site specific cancers.
  2. Apply the knowledge of molecular diagnostic techniques to stratify and propose treatment for a range of cancers.
  3. Collaboratively model an oncology multidisciplinary team meeting to discuss the molecular pathology of clinical cases.
  4. Critically appraise primary research articles proposing the implementation of new molecular diagnostics.
Reading List
The theory and practice of Molecular Pathology and Genomic Medicine is a very rapidly advancing field, and no single textbook is appropriate or sufficiently up to date. The course will draw on key established textbooks in the field, but will also use review papers and key research papers to ensure the most up to date learning for students.

The following textbooks will provide students with background information on core genetic, genomic and pathology content:

Strachan T and Read A. Human Molecular Genetics 4th Ed. Garland Science 2010.

Strachan T, Goodship J and Chinnery P. Genetics and Genomics in Medicine. Garland Science

Muir's Textbook of Pathology, Fifteenth Edition, 2014
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsMolecular Pathology,Genomic Medicine,Genetics,Genomics,Cancer,Molecular diagnostics
Course organiserDr Nick Temperley
Course secretaryMrs Alison Kyte
Tel: (0131 6)51 1041
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