• Class Number 8891
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Leonie Quinn
    • Dr Amee George
    • Prof Barry Thompson
    • Prof Elizabeth Gardiner
    • Dr Gaetan Burgio
    • Dr Jane Yeend-Dahlstrom
    • Dr Katherine Hannan
    • AsPr Leonie Quinn
    • Dr Renae Domaschenz
    • Prof Ross Hannan
    • Prof Si Ming Man
    • Dr Thomas Tapmeier
    • Arjun Chahal
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

What is cancer, and why is it a leading cause of death in many countries like Australia?  This course covers the Hallmarks of Cancer as described by Hanahan and Weinberg in their seminal papers of 2000 and 2011.  Normal cell biology and genetics and how it goes wrong in cancer will be presented, with principles being illustrated through clinically relevant examples. Classes will cover genetic, epigenetic, molecular biology, cell biology, cell signalling, immune, clinical and treatment aspects of cancer. Practicals / tutorials will also cover technologies and models used for studying cancer.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Explain the major hallmarks of cancer and the underlying molecular mechanisms.
  2. Illustrate the hallmarks with specific examples.
  3. Apply knowledge of the hallmarks to critically assess current and potential therapies.
  4. Critically analyse experimental models used to study cancer.
  5. Critically read a scientific journal article and present it in an appropriate scientific format.

Research-Led Teaching

BIOL6108 encourages students to develop a critical attitude towards science and to understand its evidence-based nature. Students will have opportunities to discuss case studies, problems and questions in class and online. Contemporary and historical controversies in cancer will also be introduced. These activities aim to show students how science and medicine evolve.

BIOL6108 will be delivered by a team of lecturers who are currently actively engaged in cancer research in the area they are teaching in. Thus, they will present not only long-established facts about cancer, but also the latest research from their labs.

The practical component consists of experiments typically done in a cancer research lab, giving students an opportunity to experience experimental strategies in cancer and use fundamental techniques. This also provides experience in recording, handling and interpreting both quantitative and qualitative data obtained in the experiments.

Examination Material or equipment

No permitted material

Required Resources

A lab coat and safety glasses will be required for wet lab practicals. Closed toed shoes must be worn to every practical class. Long hair must be tied back.

The textbook for BIOL6108 is:

The Biology of Cancer, (2nd Edition, 2013). Robert Weinberg. This will be available available through the 2 hr reserve of the ANU library.

In addition, the previous edition will be available for 2 day loan from the library. It can also be purchased electronically for approx $75.

Lecturers may refer to this text, but will also make available other resources through Wattle. You will be informed by individual lecturers of what resources are available to you to complement the lectures.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 3 Lectures
2 4 Lectures, 1 Practical
3 3 Lectures, 1 Practical Multiple Choice Quiz for Practical 1
4 3 Lectures, 1 Practical Pre-lab Quiz, Multiple Choice Quiz for Practical 2
5 3 Lectures, 1 Practical Pre-lab Quiz
6 3 Lectures, 1 Tutorial
7 3 Lectures, 1 Tutorial, Decide on Annotated Bibliography titles Mid Semester Exam
8 3 Lectures, 1 Tutorial Combined Lab Report for Practicals 3 + 4
9 3 Lectures, 1 Tutorial
10 2 Lectures, 1 Tutorial
11 3 Lectures, 1 Tutorial Annotated Bibliography due
12 3 Lectures, 1 Tutorial JCSMR tour

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Multiple Choice Quiz for Practical 1 5 % 31/07/2019 07/08/2019 1,2,3
Pre-lab Quiz for Practical 3 2 % 06/08/2019 06/08/2019 1,2,3
Multiple Choice Quiz for Practical 2 5 % 07/08/2019 14/08/2019 1,2,3
Pre-lab Quiz for Practical 4 2 % 13/08/2019 13/08/2019 1,2,3,
Combined Lab Report for Practicals 3 + 4 20 % 22/08/2019 17/09/2019 1,2,3,4
Mid Semester Exam 20 % 26/08/2019 08/09/2019 1,2,3,4
Final Exam 30 % 31/10/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4
Annotated Bibliography 15 % 23/09/2019 25/10/2019 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Formal registration of attendance is not taken however students are expected to attend lectures and workshops as well as contribute to discussions in-person and in the online forums throughout the semester.


Mid Semester Exam

Value: 20%

Final Exam

Value: 30%

To pass this course, you must achieve at least 50% overall and at least 45% on the final exam

Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results released on ISIS). Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 31/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 07/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Multiple Choice Quiz for Practical 1

Questions relating to Practical 1 in the form of a Wattle Quiz

Value: 5%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 2 %
Due Date: 06/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 06/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Pre-lab Quiz for Practical 3

A variety of activities or questions will be presented on Wattle. To complete them, you will be required to have read the Lab Manual for that week and have a basic understanding of the techniques to be applied in the upcoming lab session

Value: 2.5%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 07/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 14/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Multiple Choice Quiz for Practical 2

Questions relating to Practical 2 in the form of a Wattle Quiz

Value: 5%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 2 %
Due Date: 13/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 13/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,

Pre-lab Quiz for Practical 4

A variety of activities or questions will be presented on Wattle. To complete them, you will be required to have read the Lab Manual for that week and have a basic understanding of the techniques to be applied in the upcoming lab session

Value: 2.5%

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 22/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 17/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Combined Lab Report for Practicals 3 + 4

Short and Long answer report on Practicals 3 + 4

Value: 20%

Assessment Task 6

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 08/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Mid Semester Exam

Value: 20%

Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam.

Assessment Task 7

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 31/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Exam

Value: 30%

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Assessment Task 8

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 23/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 5

Annotated Bibliography

Value: 15%

Details of task: Annotated bibliography chosen from a selection of titles based around the material in the course, provided by 31st August.

Word limit: 2000 words (including in-text citations, but not including the bibliography at the end).

Due Date: 11:59 pm on be a date agreed in week 11. Submission will be through Turnitin.

Returned: 3 weeks after submission

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Practical reports will be marked online and available through Wattle. Test marks and answers will be available on Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

No resubmission of assignments is permitted

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Leonie Quinn
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Research Interests

Developmental Cancer Models, Cancer Genetics and Genomics, Transcriptional Networks, Cellular Signalling

AsPr Leonie Quinn

Dr Amee George
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Dr Amee George

Prof Barry Thompson
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Prof Barry Thompson

Prof Elizabeth Gardiner
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Prof Elizabeth Gardiner

Dr Gaetan Burgio

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Dr Gaetan Burgio

Dr Jane Yeend-Dahlstrom
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Dr Jane Yeend-Dahlstrom

Dr Katherine Hannan
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Dr Katherine Hannan

AsPr Leonie Quinn
6125 6166

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AsPr Leonie Quinn

Dr Renae Domaschenz
6125 1000

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Dr Renae Domaschenz

Prof Ross Hannan

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Prof Ross Hannan

Prof Si Ming Man
6125 6793

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Prof Si Ming Man

Dr Thomas Tapmeier

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Dr Thomas Tapmeier

Arjun Chahal

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Arjun Chahal

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