PSC3322 - Current aspects of cancer biology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr John Haynes

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit was previously coded as PSC3032 - Current aspects of pharmaceutical biology.


This unit will introduce students to cancer cell biology. The specific topics covered include The Nature of Cancer, Cellular Oncogenes & Tumor Suppressor Genes, Growth Factor Receptors and Cytoplasmic Signalling, Multistep Tumorigenesis, and Invasion & Metastasis.


At the end of this unit students will be able to discuss:

  1. What, in a cellular context, cancers represent;
  2. How cells usually prevent their own uncontrolled growth;
  3. Common signalling underlying tumor growth;

    Furthermore students should be able to use this knowledge to:

  4. Answer specific questions around the pathophysiology of cancer cell growth;
  5. Use sound scientific principles and inquiry-based approaches to design, undertake and analyse experiments that increase our knowledge of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying cancer cell growth


Final exam (2 hour): 60%; Mid-semester test, practical work and learning exercises 40%.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty four 1-hour lectures
  • One 2-hour Tutorial
  • Four 3-hour practical laboratories
  • Directed independent study

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


PSC2011 Biochemical Pharmacology

PSC2012 Molecular Pharmacology

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