- Code BIOL6108
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Medical Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biomedical Science
All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.
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.
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:
- Explain the major hallmarks of cancer and the underlying molecular mechanisms.
- Illustrate the hallmarks with specific examples.
- Apply knowledge of the hallmarks to critically assess current and potential therapies.
- Critically analyse experimental models used to study cancer.
- Critically read a scientific journal article and present it in an appropriate scientific format.
- Tutorial Tests / Online Quizes – 15% (LO 1-3)
- Written assignment / Lab reports – 30% (LO 1-4, with special focus on LO 4)
- Final exam – 35%. (LO 1-4)
- Journal article analysis – 20% (LO 5)
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Workload2 lectures per week, a one hour tutorial per week, and up to seven laboratory sessions of 3 hours each.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe Biology of Cancer, (2nd Edition, 2014). Robert Weinberg.
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