Cancer Research in Focus - BIOS8570

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Tim Fenton checkmark-circle


The module aims to develop understanding and analytical skills in order to fully embed students within the culture of cancer research. Based around seminars and interactive workshops, the initial stages of the module will involve an intensive rotation of seminars covering recent key developments in the field of cancer, delivered by experts, accompanied by critical evaluation and analysis of research articles exploring these research themes. Students will analyse, present and discuss the relevant research literature. They will gain experience in scientific design, literature analysis, scientific communication and the analysis and statistical interpretation of complex experimental data. The later stages will focus on the students' own extended research project and will involve the preparation of a research proposal.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 40
Private study hours: 110
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

This module is assessed by 100% continuous assessment.
Lab practical report (1,500 words, 50%)
Independent research proposal (3,000 words, 50%)

Indicative reading

The reading list will comprise research articles, which will be used to drive a case-study based approach to learning. Students will be provided with their own copies of this reading material, but in some cases they will be set tasks for receiving appropriate journal articles to which we already have access through the Templeman Library.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of current and emerging issues in cancer biology and therapy
2. Understand and critically evaluate modern cancer research and its application to solve research problems
3. Design experiments and research projects within a biological research context
4. Critically evaluate and interpret biological data
5. Organise and present complex experimental data

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Communication: ability to organise information clearly, present information in oral and written form, adapt presentation for different audiences
2. Analytical skills: interpretation of data, marshalling of information from published sources, critical evaluation of own research and that of others
3. Team work: the ability to work both independently and as part of a research group using peer support, diplomacy and collective responsibility
4. Self-motivation and independence: time and workload management in order to meet personal targets and imposed deadlines
5. Information technology: use of appropriate technology to retrieve, analyse and present scientific information


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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