Molecular Biology of Cancer VETSCI3009
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Veterinary Medicine
- Credits: 30
- Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: No
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
The course details the molecular biology of cancer as well as the biological hallmarks of cancer with a focus on animal cancers. The course will provide students with an understanding of how knowledge of the mechanisms of cancer biology underpins current and future approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Weekly lectures supplemented with practicals, tutorials and self-directed study.
Requirements of Entry
Students must have attained the minimum requirements for entry into level 3 of the Veterinary Biosciences [Hons]/MSci Programme as specified in the Veterinary Biosciences [Hons]/MSci Programme Supplementary Regulations.
In course assessment (25%): critically research and analyse published literature in a specific area related to the course (20%); submit exam-format SAQ (5%)
End of course assessment (75%): MCQs and short answer type questions
Main Assessment In: December
Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses
Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.
The course aims to
■ provide a detailed understanding of the molecular and cellular events that drive cancer development and progression.
■ demonstrate how an understanding of these events underpins current and future approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment.
■ encourage the development of skills relating to analysis, discussion and interpretation of research literature and data
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Describe tumour classification and nomenclature
■ Describe the hallmarks of cancer and mechanisms by which normal cells acquire cancer hallmarks
■ Discuss the generation and use of experimental animals in the study of cancer
■ Discuss the role of viruses in cancer development
■ Discuss the molecular basis of cancer diagnostics and therapeutic strategies
■ Critically discuss the current state of scientific knowledge of the molecular basis of cancer
■ Critically analyse research papers and experimental data
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.