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PA3802: MECHANISMS OF DISEASE AND PRINCIPLES OF CHEMOTHERAPY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 22 Sep 2021 12:05


Course Overview

The course is designed to give the students a basic understanding of the mechanisms of disease.

  • by understanding the process of a disease we can find ways of both treating it and/or preventing it;
  • this course uses the examples of cancer, infectious disease and inflammatory disease to illustrate this;
  • the factors leading to or causing the disease will be described;
  • using this knowledge the way in which the drugs used to treat the disease work will be discussed;
  • problems that arise from drug treatment such as drug resistance will also be covered

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Ian Fleming

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BI20M3 Molecular Biology of the Gene (Passed) or BI25M6 Energy for Life (Passed) or BI25M7 Energy for Life (Passed) or BSc Neuroscience with Psychology or BSc in Neuroscience with Psychology (Intercalating) or MSci Neuroscience with Psychology & in Pl't
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

A series of lectures covering cancer, immunology, antiviral and antimicrobial agents, cancer pathology and genetics.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University week31
  • 1 Seminar during University week31
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 31, 33

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Lab Report 15%

2,000-word Essay 15%

2 x Essay Type Questions (5 options) 70%

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resit of any failed element

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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