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Postgraduate Course: Cancer Biology and Medical Therapy for Cancer (C-ONC.2) (VESC11229)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe objective of this course is to promote a scientific, evidence based approach to veterinary oncology, and to help students develop both practical and theoretical skills in the field. The student is expected to build on the foundation skills developed when undertaking the A and B modules/courses, and to demonstrate progression towards advanced practitioner skills. The candidate will be able to evaluate their own standards of practice and develop strategies for continuous improvement in the future.
Course description This assessment-only course forms part of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Veterinary Oncology). Students wishing to achieve this certificate will need to complete the following modules: A-FAVP.1 Foundations in Advanced Veterinary Practice, B-PAP.2, C-Onc.1 and C-Onc.3, plus one other B or C module. Upon completion of all the necessary modules, a further synoptic assessment will be required.

This course focuses on cancer biology and medical therapy for cancer. The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relevance and application of the basic science and biology of oncology and how this underpins medical therapy. This course/module is intended to cover the basic science of cancer biology with application to clinical veterinary oncology and with comparative aspects to human medicine. The candidate should explore how this biology underpins therapeutics. Developing on this knowledge, candidates will learn the basis and application of cancer therapeutics, and treatment of haematopoietic tumours.
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 Flexible
Course Start Date 08/08/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Online Activities 98, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by the following methods.

Two 1500-word case reports
10-15 short-answer questions (SAQs)
A case log of 25 cases
Feedback All assignments will be marked and feedback provided within a period of 15 working days following submission (excluding holidays periods whereby the University of closed, e.g. over the Christmas period).

Opportunities for informal feedback arise through personal tutor and live sessions as well as through email discussions. Formal feedback and feedforward will be provided only on coursework assignments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss the mechanisms by which cancer arises and spreads
  2. Discuss the genetic basis for cancer and be able to give examples of breed susceptibility
  3. Describe the biological basis of chemotherapy
  4. Discuss the major cancer drugs and their mechanisms of action, toxicity and safe handling
  5. Diagnose, manage and treat cancers of haemopoietic system
Reading List
The course reading list will be provided via the University┬┐s Resource List service and a link will be provided on the Learn course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsVeterinary,clinical practice,oncology
Course organiserMs Sharon Boyd
Tel: (0131 6)51 7449
Course secretaryMs Linda Pollock
Tel: (0131) 650 6149
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