Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


ONC8025 : Cancer Pathology and Molecular Applications for Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yvonne Bury
  • Lecturer: Dr Dina Tiniakos
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To provide students with a foundation level knowledge and understanding of general, systematic and diagnostic pathology together with screening and treatment rationale in relation to cancer.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:

•General and Diagnostic Pathology 
•Breast Cancer
•Respiratory Tract Cancers
•Alimentary System Cancers
•Gynaecological Cancers
•Urinary System Cancers
•Male Reproductive System Cancers
•Lymphoid and Myeloid Cancers
•Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancers
•Skin Cancer
•Paediatric cancer
•Bone and Soft Tissue Cancer
•Endocrine Cancer
•Central Nervous System Cancer

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 10 6:00 60:00 Online content
Guided Independent Study Reflective learning activity 10 2:00 20:00 Completing worksheets
Guided Independent Study Independent study 10 5:00 50:00 Software
Guided Independent Study Online Discussion 10 3:00 30:00 Via discussion board
Total       200:00  
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Through a series of online tutorials and weekly activities as well as private study (including directed reading) students will gain a detailed knowledge of the histopathology, cytology and general cancer pathology. Students are encouraged to participate in online collaborative discussions via the discussion boards and to maintain a portfolio to help consolidate their understanding of the curricular. Weekly case studies allow students to apply their knowledge to real life examples.

Assessment Methods

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

DescriptionLengthSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
PC Examination 180 1 M 60 Online MCQs
PC Examination 3 1 M 40 Case Study recorded presentation
Formative Assessments
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetComment
PC Examination 1 M Weekly MCQ assessments
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The learning outcomes are formally assessed using an online multiple choice exam and a detailed case review. The assessments will require the students to apply the knowledge they have gained throughout the module. The questions will place emphasis on the translation of the basic cancer science aspects of pathology into the clinical setting, allowing students to critically appraise the appropriate pathological information in relation to the example.
The formative MCQ assessments allow students to monitor their understanding against the learning outcomes.

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