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PATH302 Cancer Biology

A multidisciplinary approach to describing current knowledge and approaches to studying cancer and its treatment, including perspectives from pathology, genetics, cell biology, immunology and clinical oncology.

This paper will provide a good basis for postgraduate study in the area of cancer and a useful foundation for those going on to professional programmes in the health sciences.

Paper title Cancer Biology
Paper code PATH302
Subject Pathology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,500.00

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Prerequisite
PATH 201
Recommended Preparation
ANAT 241 and BIOC 221 and GENE 313
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Suitable for undergraduates in BBiomedSc and BSc programmes. PATH 201 is listed as a prerequisite but exceptions can be made with Head of Department approval. Please enquire if interested.
Contact
justine.farquhar@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Heather Cunliffe

Teaching contributions come from the Departments of Pathology (DSM), Biochemistry (OSMS) and Medicine (DSM).
Paper Structure
The paper has modules in:
  • Anatomic and histopathology
  • Clinical oncology
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Immunology
Two guest lectures are included to incorporate leading-edge and topical areas.
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures per week (over 13 weeks) and 2 laboratory classes per week for first half of the semester.
Textbooks
Recommended: Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, available online through the University Library
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • The students will be able to critically evaluate and discuss central ideas and theoretical components relating to cancer from the disciplines of pathology, cell biology, immunology, genetics and clinical oncology
  • The students will demonstrate appropriate practical skills in techniques commonly used in the characterisation and investigation of human cancers
  • The students will be able evaluate data produced in the laboratory and prepare coherent and informative laboratory reports
  • The students will be able to identify, critically evaluate and integrate the scientific literature in areas related to cancer research and clearly describe their findings

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
C1 Thursday 14:00-17:50 34
Friday 14:00-17:50 32

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Thursday 14:00-17:50 28-33
Friday 09:00-12:50 33
Friday 14:00-17:50 28-30, 34

A multidisciplinary approach to describing current knowledge and approaches to studying cancer and its treatment, including perspectives from pathology, genetics, cell biology, immunology and clinical oncology.

This course will provide advanced knowledge of the aetiology and pathology of human cancer. This paper will provide a foundation for postgraduate study in the area of cancer and is useful for those going on to professional programmes in the health sciences.

Paper title Cancer Biology
Paper code PATH302
Subject Pathology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,680.00

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Prerequisite
PATH 201
Recommended Preparation
ANAT 241 and BIOC 221 and GENE 313
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Suitable for undergraduates in BBiomedSc and BSc programmes. PATH 201 is listed as a prerequisite but exceptions can be made with Head of Department approval. Please enquire if interested.
Contact
justine.farquhar@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Heather Cunliffe

Teaching contributions come from the Departments of Pathology (DSM), Biochemistry (BMS) and Medicine (DSM).
Paper Structure
The paper has modules in:
  • Anatomic and histopathology
  • Clinical oncology
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Immunology
Two guest lectures are included to incorporate leading-edge and topical areas.
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures per week (over 13 weeks) and two laboratory classes per week for the first half of the semester.
Textbooks
Recommended: Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, available online through the University Library
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • The students will be able to critically evaluate and discuss central ideas and theoretical components relating to cancer from the disciplines of pathology, cell biology, immunology, genetics and clinical oncology
  • The students will demonstrate appropriate practical skills in techniques commonly used in the characterisation and investigation of human cancers
  • The students will be able evaluate data produced in the laboratory and prepare coherent and informative laboratory reports
  • The students will be able to identify, critically evaluate and integrate the scientific literature in areas related to cancer research and clearly describe their findings

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
C1 Thursday 14:00-17:50 33
Friday 14:00-17:50 33

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-40

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Thursday 14:00-17:50 28-32, 34
Friday 14:00-17:50 28, 30, 32, 34