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Undergraduate Course: Cancer Biology 4 (IBMS10004)

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 introduce the various aspects of cancer biology. The course will cover the mechanism of carcinogenesis, important cancer genes and signalling pathways, tumor microenvironment and metastasis, tumor immunology, diagnostics, prevention and cancer therapies.
Course description This course will introduce the various aspects of cancer biology. The course will cover the mechanism of carcinogenesis, important cancer genes and signalling pathways, tumour microenvironment and metastasis, tumour immunology, diagnostics, prevention and cancer therapies.
The aim of the course is to provide an appreciation of the complex nature of cancer. Students will study the genetic and cellular changes that transform normal cells into cancerous cells. Upon completion of this course, they students should have an understanding of the mechanisms by which tumours gain and maintain a growth advantage, appreciate the basic research that leads to the latest concepts in cancer biology, and a general understanding on the various methods of detection and treatment of cancers. Reading, presenting and dissecting scientific articles in a group setting will be used to facilitate a deeper appreciation to the various aspects of cancer biology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 28, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 149 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam: 50% «br /»
ICA: 30% short group paper presentation«br /»
20% abstract writing ICA«br /»
Abstract ICA will be on one paper chosen by course team written under test conditions.«br /»
Feedback Weekly tutorial sessions involving research current research articles will be used to create awareness of the research done in the various areas of cancer biology. Feedback during these discussion sessions will be used to develop critical thinking and the ability to summarise complex information presented into an understanding in the various concepts taught in the lectures.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain the biology, epidemiology and treatment of cancer.
  2. Explain the multistep process of cancer progression.
  3. Analyse the various causes of cancer.
  4. Dissect research articles to enhance their own understanding in cancer biology.
  5. Present research work and critically assess its results.
Reading List
Weinberg, Robert A. The Biology of Cancer, Second Edition. Garland Science, 2013.
Selected reviews and scientific literature.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Tutorials and small group work based around discussing scientific articles will promote critical thinking and a deeper understanding on the subject area. The direction of the tutorials will be lightly moderated by the supervising academic to promote active discussion among students.
Ability to dissect research articles and present data will be developed through student lead short paper presentations.
Integrating the information gained from reading current research to develop a personal insight into the subject will be promoted by completing a personal literature review on a specific topic.
KeywordsCancer,Cell Biology,Biomedical Sciences,Cancer Genetics,Cancer Biology
Course organiserDr John Menzies
Tel: (0131 6)51 1711
Course secretaryMiss Natasha Goldie
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