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Area/Catalogue
BIOL 3033

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Course Level
Undergraduate

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Offered Externally
No

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Course ID
105678

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
No

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Timetable/s

Second Semester
(Study Period 5)

Course aim

This course aims to engender the students with a comprehensive and detailed working knowledge of the nature of cancer and the biology behind the induction and propagation of the disease, the different techniques used for the diagnosis of cancer, and the current and experimental therapies used for the treatment of the disease.

Course content

The biology and genetics of cells and organisms. The nature of cancer. Tumour viruses. Cellular oncogenes. Growth factors and their receptors. Cytoplasmic signalling circuitry. Tumour suppressor genes. Rb and control of the cell cycle. p53 and apoptosis. Cell immortalisation and tumourigenesis. Multistep tumourigenesis. Genomic integrity and the development of cancer. Heterotypic interactions and the biology of angiogenesis. Invasion and metastasis. Small animal models of cancer. Histological, molecular and genetic diagnostics. Surgery. Medical and radiation oncology. Pharmacogenomics in medical oncology. Experimental therapeutics (monoclonal antibodies, STI’s, angiogenesis, immunotherapy, gene therapy, stem cells).

Textbook(s)

Robert A Weinberg, The Biology of Cancer, Current Edition, Garland Science

Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life Henrietta Lacks, Current Edition, Broadway Books

Prerequisite(s)

Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
BIOL 2016 Genetics
BIOL 2057 Genes to Proteins

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, CITY EAST
Lecture 2 hours x 13 weeks
Tutorial 1 hour x 13 weeks
Seminar 1 hour x 13 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Assessment

Task Length Weighting Duration
INTERNAL, CITY EAST
Journal club presentation - 15% 20 minutes
Essay on selected topic 2000 words 35% -
Examination - 50% 3 hours

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.1250
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation

Course Coordinators

School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

Degrees this course is offered in

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