Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module will enable you to gain a broad introduction to the field of cancer biology. The module will explore the molecular and cellular hallmarks of cancer and how the understanding of these hallmarks is beginning to inform therapeutic development. The module will discuss tumour suppressor genes and oncogenes, and the molecular biology of cancer detection and diagnostics. You will be introduced to the latest developments in basic cancer research and the impact of molecular biology on developing cancer therapies.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/lsc-30061/lists
This module aims to provide students with current knowledge and understanding of the biology of cancer and how this knowledge can be applied to clinical benefit in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The module will focus on the hallmarks of cancer, which define the biological capabilities acquired by cells during the multi-step development of human malignant tumours. The module will also discuss the therapeutic targeting of these hallmarks and the drugs that interfere with each of these hallmarks. Latest developments in basic cancer research and the impact of molecular biology on developing cancer therapies will be explored.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Discuss the cellular and molecular basis of cancer: 1Critically evaluate the classic hallmarks of cancer: 1,2Discuss the importance of the transduction and integration of extracellular signals that regulate cell fate in the development of malignant tumours: 1,2Analyse the therapeutic approaches to treat cancer: 1Evaluate the latest developments in basic cancer research: 1,2Critically evaluate and analyse the relevant literature relating to cancer: 1,2
14 Hours supporting workshops/tutorials02 Hours of tutorial related to the literature review assessment10x 5 hours engagement with asynchronous content40 Hours completion of coursework44 Hours Independent study
1: Literature Review weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Literature ReviewStudents will be given a review title based on the materials covered in the first half of the module. They are expected to integrate in their answers current knowledge obtained across the materials covered.2: Review weighted 50%
A review article written in the style of Nature's News and ViewsStudents will write a 1000 words article in the format of the journal Nature¿s News and Views section. The article should inform readers about scientific advances reported in three published papers.