Course Syllabus for

Tumor Biology

KIM011F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2014
Decided by: FN2/Eva Nordberg Karlsson
Date of establishment: 2014-02-03

General Information

Division: Immunotechnology
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


Cellular processes at the level of DNA, RNA and protein expression determine how a cell escapes the normal mechanisms that control the cell cycle and prevent uncontrolled cell division. A comprehension of these processes and how they are regulated is critical to understanding the progression of the disease and to the development of new approaches to treatment. The wide variety of cancer types will be dealt with and the students will study and discuss the basics mechanisms (the hallmarks of cancer) in order to create a basis for their research activities in the area.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must In order to pass the course the students should be able to describe in detail the basic pathways and mechanisms involved in tumour establishment and progression

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must In order to pass the course the students should be able to reflect in depth over the principles governing the maintenance of a stable cell and how these can be disrupted and be able to explain experimental observations of cancer progression

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must In order to pass the course the students should be able to demonstrate the ability to present, critique and debate scientific knowledge and theory within the area of tumour biology

Course Contents

The course is intended to give students an insight in modern tumour biology and how cellular processes contribute to the development and progression of tumours

Course Literature

Weinberg, R.A.: Biologin av cancer. Andra edition.

Instruction Details

Type of instruction: Exercises. The discussion sessions will be based on PBL (the seven steps) together with problem exercises defined by the examiner, that illustrate various aspects of the theory in the course. Each of the exercises will be dealt with in two one hour meeting between the self-study periods. The course will extend over approximately 15 weeks.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Oral exam, written assignments. Active participation in the study group at a level concordant with the teaching goals. If needed, there will be written reports if the student was absent from a meeting. If the is any uncertainty about the level there will be an oral examination.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Accepted to a PhD or expected to be accepted
Assumed prior knowledge: Basic knowledge of cellular and molecular biology (first cycle)
Selection criteria: The course is usually run every other spring term if there are at least six students though it can be given if there are less. A maximum of ten students can be accepted per course. It will be given in English or Swedish and priority will be given to students who have the course as an obligatory or alternative obligatory course in their study plan

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