Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Advances in Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Transformation

Course unit code: 569894

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Maria Del Carmen Caelles Franch

Department: Faculty of Medicine

Credits: 3

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 75


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture

Face-to-face and online




-  Seminar

Face-to-face and online



Supervised project


Independent learning






— Students should have a basic understanding of cancer biology.

— Knowledge of English is essential.



Competences to be gained during study


— Capacity for learning and responsibility (capacity for analysis and synthesis, to adopt global perspectives and to apply the knowledge acquired/capacity to take decisions and adapt to new situations).

— Ability to work in a team (capacity to collaborate with others and contribute to a common project/capacity to work in cross-disciplinary and multicultural teams).

— Communication skills (capacity to understand and produce spoken and written Catalan, Spanish and a third language, including the comprehension and use of specialized terminology/capacity to research and integrate information in these languages).





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Further the understanding of molecular mechanisms responsible for the process of oncogenic transformation in mammal cells, paying special attention of the most updated issues.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Promote the capacity for follow-up and understand scientific conferences.

— Promote the capacity to analyse scientific texts.

— Promote the capacity to present in public scientific projects in English.

— Promote the capacity for teamwork.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

— Promote participation in scientific discussions and debates.



Teaching blocks


1. Distinctive features of cancer

2. Disorders of the life cycle of cancer cells

3. Disorders of cellular death in cancer cells

4. Metabolic reprogramming of cancer cells

5. Genetic and epigenetic changes of cancer cells

6. Cell signalling in cancer cells



Teaching methods and general organization


— Theory lectures: 50-minute lectures take place. The explanation of topics includes PowerPoint slide presentations. A brief summary of the present situation of the topic is followed with the most updated issues with a comprehensive vision.

— Seminars: students are allocated in groups of 4 to 5 members and each group is given a current scientific article they must study and prepare an oral presentation in English (20-25 minutes long, 5 minutes for each member). This presentation can be supported with PowerPoint slides.

— Distance learning: students are expected to work on their own for at least two hours every hour of face-to-face theory and further the understanding of the contents taught in class while preparing the article included in the assessment procedure.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


Attendance to the theory sessions and seminars is compulsory. Students must justify their absences. The knowledge and skills acquired are assessed through the following activities:

— Examination with short-answer questions (60%).

— Assessment of the oral presentation and capacity to answer the questions posed by the audience (40%).

Repeat assessment consists of an examination with short-answer questions including a question on the article used for the oral presentation.


Examination-based assessment

Given the nature of the teaching methodology there is no single assessment procedure.