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Undergraduate Course: Reproductive Cancers (BIME10037)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will give students knowledge and understanding of the aetiology of reproductive cancers, screening and treatment interventions and the implications and effects of cancer and its treatment on reproduction.
Course description The course is designed to give students an understanding of reproductive cancers.

There will be 20 one hour lectures which will draw on the research expertise of the teaching staff and cover the different reproductive cancers: uterine, ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, prostate and testicular cancers. The course will cover origin and pathophysiology of the cancers, animal models of reproductive cancers, and advances in screening and prevention strategies, mechanisms of treatment interventions, and the impact and implications of cancers on subsequent fertility. Lectures will be complemented by tutorials and workshops. The in course assessment will involve group work to develop an understanding of the current research focus in this field and will provide an opportunity for scientific communication and insight into public engagement.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Reproductive Biology 3 (BIME09006)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) ICA1: 40% of course mark. Lay feature article based on a specified scientific paper.
ICA2: 60% of course mark. Discursive essay ¿ students must answer 1 question from a choice of 4
Feedback Workshop, tutorial classes and mock exam will be structured to allow students to gain formative feedback on the problem solving and data interpretation skills that they will develop during the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. I will acquire knowledge and understanding of the origins and types of reproductive cancers
  2. I will gain an in depth appreciation of the aetiology and pathophysiological mechanisms of reproductive cancers
  3. I will achieve insight into the latest advances in preventative strategies, early detection and treatment of reproductive cancers
  4. I will gain an understanding of the implications of cancer and its treatment on reproduction
Reading List
Recommended further reading will be advised by the Course Organisers and contributors throughout the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will allow students to develop transferrable skills in the following areas:
- Critical review and consolidation of knowledge
- Definition and analysis of complex problems and issues
- Discussion and critical appraisal of the work of others
- Interpretation of scientific data
- Oral and written communication of a complex field
- Group working and public engagement
KeywordsReproductive cancers,biology of cancer,cancer stem cells,cancer screening and treatment
Course organiserMr Arran Turnbull
Tel: (0131 6)51 8694
Course secretaryMiss Jinyi Wang
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160
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