BIOS3920 – Research Literature in Cancer Biology
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This course will provide a thorough introduction to the molecular and cellular events involved in tumor formation, progression, and metastasis. This knowledge, obtained through basic research using biochemical, molecular, and genetic analysis, is the basis for the development of innovative therapy for cancer patients the link to which will also be described. A special focus of the class will be critical analysis and presentation of the primary scientific literature in cancer research to foster understanding of the strengths and limitations of various approaches that are applicable to all areas of biological research.
- Understand the main principles that are involved in cancer development
- Grasp some of the key biochemical, molecular, cell biological, and genetic events that underlie these principles
- Understand how this information can be translated to applications in the clinic
- Gain skills to critically read and discuss the primary scientific literature and make formal presentations on these
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Priority will be given to students in the bachelor program in Biosciences.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
If you do not have the recommended prerequisites, contact the course teacher.
- 10 credits overlap with MBV3090 – Research Literature in Cancer Biology (continued).
The teaching is given as
seminars by experts in the field (75% obligatory)
student presentations (obligatory)
Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, also for those on the waiting list. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you will lose your seat on the course if you have not informed the student administration email@example.com prior to the first lecture.
- Class participation: 10%
- Assignment 1: 5%
- Assignment 2: 10%
- Paper presentation: 25%
- Final written exam: 50%
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
This course is seen in conjuntion with the course MBV3090 - Research Literature in Cancer Biology in practice of the three way rule
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.
New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.
We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.