LSC-30061 - Cancer Biology
Coordinator: Mirna Maarabouni Room: Third Floor Roo Tel: +44 1782 7 33679
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734414

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

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.

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.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Discuss the cellular and molecular basis of cancer: 1
Critically evaluate the classic hallmarks of cancer: 1,2
Discuss the importance of the transduction and integration of extracellular signals that regulate cell fate in the development of malignant tumours: 1,2
Analyse the therapeutic approaches to treat cancer: 1
Evaluate the latest developments in basic cancer research: 1,2
Critically evaluate and analyse the relevant literature relating to cancer: 1,2

Study hours

14 Hours supporting workshops/tutorials
02 Hours of tutorial related to the literature review assessment
10x 5 hours engagement with asynchronous content
40 Hours completion of coursework
44 Hours Independent study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Literature Review weighted 50%
Literature Review
Students 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 Views
Students 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.