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BB20023: Cancer biology

[Page last updated: 21 April 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/3
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Period:
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: EX 60%, MC 20%, PR 20%
Assessment Detail:
  • Multiple Choice (MC 20%)
  • Practical (PR 20%)
  • Examination (EX 60%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites:
Learning Outcomes: After taking this unit, you will be able to:
* Demonstrate broad knowledge gained from current literature to compare the molecular, genetic and micro-environmental differences between cancer and normal tissues.
* Interpret and analyse data from cutting-edge research publications in cancer genetics and therapy.
* Acquire practical knowledge of drug discovery using cancer cells in culture.

Aims: To provide insights into the molecular and cellular processes underlying cancer and the rationale behind cancer therapy.

Skills: Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Laboratory skills T/F, Information technology T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.

Content: Molecular hallmarks of cancer. The role of oncogenes, tumour suppressor genes, the non-coding genome, the immune system, apoptosis, angiogenesis, metastasis among others, and link these to cancer therapeutic targets.

Programme availability:

BB20023 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry (Year 2)
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • USBB-AFM06 : MBiochem(Hons) Biochemistry (Year 2)
  • USBB-AKM06 : MBiochem(Hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AFM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)

BB20023 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Notes:

  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2022/23 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2023/24 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2022/23.
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