6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
This unit was previously coded as PSC3032 - Current aspects of pharmaceutical biology.
This unit will introduce students to cancer cell biology. The specific topics covered include The Nature of Cancer, Cellular Oncogenes & Tumor Suppressor Genes, Growth Factor Receptors and Cytoplasmic Signalling, Multistep Tumorigenesis, and Invasion & Metastasis.
At the end of this unit students will be able to discuss:
- What, in a cellular context, cancers represent;
- How cells usually prevent their own uncontrolled growth;
- Common signalling underlying tumor growth;
Furthermore students should be able to use this knowledge to:
- Answer specific questions around the pathophysiology of cancer cell growth;
- Use sound scientific principles and inquiry-based approaches to design, undertake and analyse experiments that increase our knowledge of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying cancer cell growth
Final exam (2 hour): 60%; Mid-semester test, practical work and learning exercises 40%.
Contact hours for on-campus students:
- Twenty four 1-hour lectures
- One 2-hour workshop
- Four 3-hour practical laboratories
- Directed independent study
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