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Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

PA40157: The molecular biology and treatment of cancer

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: EX 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take PA20241
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To familiarise the student with recent advances in molecular and cellular processes underlying tumour development and its treatment.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit, the student should be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the disease process in cancer and the complexity of its treatment, to evaluate critically this knowledge in order to resolve conflicting issues and thus identify and analyse rational treatment protocols.

Scientific skills (T/F/A)
Study skills, handling information, working with others (T/F)
Problem solving (T/F)

Epidemiological studies of cancer and a recognition of how this approach retains validity. Chemical mutagenesis. Cell biology of tumour development including apoptosis, oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes. The molecular mechanisms of action of the major classes of drugs currently in use and their shortcomings. Active and passive immunotherapy. Then either the clinical or research setting; palliative or curative treatment, relationship to surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, risk-benefit analysis. CRM Guidelines on safe handling of cytotoxic agents.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

PA40157 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

PA40157 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-ANM02 : MBiochem (hons) Biochemistry (Full-time with Thin Sandwich Placements) - Year 4
Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 4
Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AKM02 : MPharmacology (hons) (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.