Postgraduate Course: Molecular Pathology of Cancer (MCLM11071)
|School||Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Purchasing of books, personal computers if not using university facilities.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the pathology and associated molecular pathways involved in a range of site specific cancers.
- Apply the knowledge of molecular diagnostic techniques to stratify and propose treatment for a range of cancers.
- Collaboratively model an oncology multidisciplinary team meeting to discuss the molecular pathology of clinical cases.
- Critically appraise primary research articles proposing the implementation of new molecular diagnostics.
|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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Molecular Pathology,Genomic Medicine,Genetics,Genomics,Cancer,Molecular diagnostics
|Course organiser||Dr Amy Hansen
Tel: (0131 6)51 8757
|Course secretary||Miss Louise Pert
Tel: (0131 6)51 1041