Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning

ONC8022

ONC8022 : Cancer: Cell, Molecular Biology & Genetics (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Prof. John Lunec
  • Lecturer: Dr Vikki Rand
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide knowledge and understanding of the cellular changes that result from damage or alteration of cells at a molecular level. By increasing our understanding of the molecular changes found in cancerous cells we are able to firstly gain a greater understanding of the mechanisms through which cancer is generated and secondly we can design therapeutic strategies that exploit these molecular changes and gain therapeutic benefit in the clinic.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics:
•Biochemical and molecular basis of cancer
•The multistage nature of cancer, including the roles of the environment and somatic mutation
•The known genetic mechanisms involved in hereditary cancer predispositions and sporadic cancers
•The roles of specific genes involved in the development and progression of cancer mutational activation of oncogenes and inactivation of tumour suppressor genes
•Molecular targeted approaches to therapies for different cancers, plus predictive and prognostic biomarkers

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
CategoryActivityNumberLengthStudent HoursComment
Guided Independent Study Assessment preparation and completion 2 20:00 40:00 N/A
Guided Independent Study Directed research and reading 12 7:00 84:00 Online content
Guided Independent Study Skills practice 1 10:00 10:00 Including systematic literature and genetic database sourcing
Guided Independent Study Reflective learning activity 6 1:00 6:00 eJournal
Guided Independent Study Independent study 12 3:00 36:00 N/A
Guided Independent Study Online Discussion 12 2:00 24:00 Via discussion board
Total       200:00  
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Through a series of online tutorials as well as private study (including directed reading, and literature and database sourcing of information), students will gain detailed knowledge and understanding of basic cancer biology and cancer genetics. 

Furthermore, students will be encouraged to participate in collaborative learning via blogs and wikis. Personal development will be encouraged through the use of reflective journal postings, shared only with the module leader. As the students proceed through the module, they will complete a number of interactive activities that will help to consolidate their understanding of the curriculum. 

This will facilitate the development of interpersonal and communication skills as well as team working and peer assessment skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
DescriptionLengthSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
PC Examination 150 2 M 45 Online MCQs (Including extended matching and ordering multiple answer)
Other Assessment
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Written exercise 2 M 45 Open book assessment, 10 Powerpoint slides plus notes
Portfolio 2 M 10 Participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module
Formative Assessments
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetComment
PC Examination 2 M Weekly MCQ tests
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The MCQ examination reviews the students’ achievement of knowledge learning outcomes and consolidates knowledge acquired throughout the module. This examination is held online and each test is time limited with forced completion once the test is initiated. 

The PowerPoint presentation will allow students to synthesise and present data in a way that reflects on the impact of developments in the molecular biology of cancer in their working roles, and demonstrate that learning outcomes of acquired knowledge and understanding have been met. The information and sources used to produce the presentations will show that the skills outcome has been met. 

Formative MCQ assessments and worksheet assignments are used throughout the course of the Module. 

Assignments are posted on the discussion Board to encourage students to share resources and promote communal learning.

A participation grade is included to reflect the student's engagement with the collaborative activities included throughout this e-learning module.

Reading Lists

Timetable