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Undergraduate course

Tumor Biology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMOL215
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish, Norwegian if only norwegianspeaking students participate
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Teaching semester

This course is discontinued from spring 2021.

There will be arranged an early exam for students with approved compulsory assignments spring 2021

Objectives and Content


The course aim at providing knowledge about causes and mechanisms for cancer development and introduce the student to scientific articles as source for new knowledge.


The course covers topics and cancer genetics (somatic and inherited), factors affecting cancer development, how the cancer invade the souring environment and how the immune system and the surrounding tissue interplay, cancer treatment forms and the role of biomarks

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • can explain the causes and mechanism for cancer development.
  • can explain the hallmarks of cancer
  • can explain the existing hypothesis for how the cancer gain access to nutrition and spread themselves.
  • can give an overview on how the tumor-surroundings affect the cancer cells
  • can describe the value and limitations of biomarkers
  • can give an overview of molecular and cellular mechanisms of cancer therapy and mechanism for resistance
  • can explain the structure of scientific original papers and can extract the main information


The student

  • Master central concepts and hypothesis in tumor biology
  • Master the art for analyzing, interpret and critical evaluate simple articles and connect the results and problem to be addressed with the existing knowledge in the field.
  • Be able to present the content of scientific papers both oral and written.

General competence

The student

  • Can explain and discuss molecular and cellular mechanisms in tumor biology

Required Previous Knowledge

Knowledge of basic principles of molecular biology (equivalent to MOL100 and MOL200) is required.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Knowledge of molecular cell biology, experimental molecular biology, and gene structure and function (equivalent to MOL201, MOL202/MOL221 and MOL222, MOL203).

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved report. The course includes writing an obligatory paper during the semester which constitutes 1 ECTS of the work load.

The first lecture/orientation meeting is compulsory.

Forms of Assessment

Due to Corona situation the exam spring semester 2020 will be digital Written exam taken home. 4,5 hours.

Examination support materials: Non

Examination Support Material

Textbooks, teaching materials, own notaries and the internet are allowed during written school exams at home, together with simple calculator is equivalent to models specified in the faculty's rules. During school exams -home, it is not allowed to cooperate with fellow student (s) or others. Furthermore, it is important not to disturb fellow students during the exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Department og Biological Sciences, e-mail: studie@bio.uib.no