- Code BIOL3108
- 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
This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will not be available.
What is cancer, and why is it a major cause of death in Australia? This course covers the Hallmarks of Cancer as described by Hanahan and Weinberg in their seminal papers of 2000 and 2011. The Hallmarks of Cancer course provides the journey of discovery required to appreciate how normal cell biology and molecular genetics are derailed to drive cancer. Principles of cancer initiation, progression and treatment will be illustrated through cutting edge research and clinically-led teaching. The course will explore the genetic, epigenetic, molecular, cell biology, cell signalling and immunological basis of cancer biology that have led to improved patient outcomes. The practicals and tutorials will cover research technologies currently used for diagnosing and treating cancer patients.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain the molecular and cellular basis of cancer initiation and progression.
- Illustrate how molecular and cellular discoveries have improved cancer treatment using specific examples.
- Apply knowledge to critically assess experimental and clinical approaches.
- Critically analyse experimental data towards diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
- Lab Report Practicals (special focus on LO 4) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Essay (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 2-3 lectures per week (36 hours per semester) and up to 18 hours of laboratory and computer sessions per semester.
- Approximately 76 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe Biology of Cancer, (2nd Edition, 2014). Robert Weinberg.
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