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Unit information: Cellular and Molecular Pathology in 2018/19

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Unit name Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Unit code PANM22042
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Brown
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Biomedical Sciences


The cellular and molecular basis of the most important types of disease that are not directly related to infectious microorganisms.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit a successful student will be able to:

  1. describe examples of human genetic diseases,
  2. discuss genetic testing,
  3. explain the causes, mechanisms and prevention of cancer,
  4. discuss transplantation and HLA,
  5. list and explain the types of hypersensitivity reaction,
  6. discuss examples of autoimmune disease and HLA associated diseases,
  7. carry out and describe molecular and cytogentic experimental techniques,
  8. interpret data and solve problems,
  9. present scientific information and complex arguments in written and oral form,
  10. undertake the further study of genetics, cancer and immunopathology at Level 6.

Teaching details




Assessment Details

Summative assessment:

Oral presentation (5%)

eBiolabs pre-lab quizzes and post-lab assignments, and laboratory write-ups (5%)

1-hour essay under exam conditions (5%)

1-hour mid-unit assessment including multiple choice questions (10%)

2.5-hour written exam (summer) including multiple choice questions and two essays (75%)

The exams will cover learning outcomes 1-9.

The laboratory write-ups will assess learning outcomes 7-9.

The essay and oral presentation will cover learning outcome 9 and any from 1-6.

Formative assessment:

For formative purposes students will receive feedback as follows:

  • The essay will be marked and returned with written feedback.
  • Electronic feedback will be provided for the pre-lab and post-lab work via eBiolabs.
  • Laboratory write-ups will be marked and returned.
  • Oral presentations will be marked and subject to verbal feedback during the tutorial and a written feedback sheet provided.
  • Feedback during practical classes will be provided by staff and demonstrators.
  • Unit assessment marks will be provided and additional feedback will be provided in a session with the Unit Director.
  • A breakdown of marks for the summer exams will be provided and additional feedback will be provided by the Unit Director on request.

Reading and References

The Biology of Cancer. Robert A Weinberg, 2007. (GS Garland Science)

Introduction to the Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer. 4th edition. Eds. M.A. Knowles & P.J. Selby, 2005. (Oxford University Press)

Human Molecular Genetics. 3rd edition. P. Sudbery & I Sudbery, 2009. (Pearson/Prentice Hall)

Emerys Elements of Medical Genetics. 14th edition. P. Turnpenny & S. Ellard, 2011. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier

Janeways Immunobiology 8th edition, by Kenneth Murphy, 2011. (Garland Science)

All textbooks are available in the Medical Sciences library.