BIOL 3033


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

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).


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


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



Teaching method

Component Duration
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.


Essay, Presentation, Test/Quiz


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Course Coordinators

UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

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