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BB30230: Cancer therapeutics

[Page last updated: 20 April 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Period:
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Supplementary Assessment:
BB30230 Re-assessment Essay (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you are advised to take BB20023
Aims: To provide students with:
* A thorough understanding of the scientific basis underlying the principles and practice of cancer therapeutics
* A critical overview of the biology behind the development and evaluation of current and emerging treatments for cancer.

Learning Outcomes: After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the molecular and microenvironmental differences between cancer and normal tissues
* Explain how these differences are exploited in drug design for cancer treatment
* Critically evaluate current and emerging therapies against cancer.

Skills: Learning and studying T/F/A, information handling and retrieval T/F/A, working independently T/F, written communication T/F/A, oral communication T/F/A.

Content: Molecular and cellular cancer pathways associated with the tumour microenvironment or growth, which underpin current cancer treatments including;
* Genetic screening
* Radiotherapy, chemotherapy and adjuvant therapies
* Emerging therapies such as immunotherapy, angiotherapy and other small molecule therapies based on the translation of innovative cancer biology research into lead and preclinical stage drug candidates.

Programme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2021

BB30230 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry (Year 3)
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Year 4)

Notes:

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