Evolutionary Biology of Cancer | Arts and Science ONLINE

Evolutionary Biology of Cancer

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CANC 380 (formerly BMED 380)/3.0

CANC 380, Evolutionary Biology of Cancer is a third-year online course designed to introduce students from various biological sciences and allied health backgrounds to cancer as an evolutionary problem. The course focuses on the effect of the local tumour environment on the progression of cancer and uniquely emphasizes the impact of the immune system in fighting cancer while at the same time shaping tumour cell evolution. In addition, the course will cover the effect on malignant progression of other factors present in the tumour environment, such as oxygenation levels.

Learning Outcomes

After completing CANC 380, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the impact of cancer on society and major milestones in cancer research to appreciate the successes of therapies and to assess the need for further development.
  2. Acquire a basic understanding of the evolutionary nature of cancer to recognize and evaluate the contribution of tumour heterogeneity and plasticity to cancer progression.
  3. Analyze the tumour microenvironment to define its role in tumour invasion and its link to metastasis.
  4. Characterize the role of immunity and inflammation in cancer and to define their contributions to cancer control or progression.
  5. To apply an understanding of therapeutic selectivity to identify and evaluate the potential benefits and adverse effects of different therapeutic interventions in cancer.

Terms

Summer 21: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 10 - July 30, 2021
Exam Dates: 
August 3 - 10

Evaluation

15% - Discussion Board Posts
40% - Case Study

20% - Multimedia Presentation
5% - Section Quiz
20% - Final Proctored Exam

*Evaluation subject to change*

Instructor

Dr. Charles Graham (grahamc@queensu.ca) & Dr. Tiziana Cotechini

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study/practice and online activities for CANC 380.

Winter 2021
Course Dates: 
Jan. 11 - April 9, 2021
Exam Dates: 
April 14 - 30, 2021

Evaluation

15% - Discussion Board Posts
40% - Case Study

20% - Multimedia Presentation
5% - Section Quiz
20% - Final Proctored Exam

*Evaluation subject to change*

Instructor

Tiziana Cotechini (t.cotechini@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study/practice and online activities for CANC 380.

Fall 2020
Course Dates: 
Sept. 8 - Dec. 7, 2020
Exam Dates: 
Dec. 10 - 23, 2020

Evaluation

15% - Discussion Board Posts
40% - Case Study

20% - Multimedia Presentation
5% - Section Quiz
20% - Final Proctored Exam

*Evaluation subject to change*

Instructor

Tiziana Cotechini (t.cotechini@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study/practice and online activities for CANC 380.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended

Java

  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.

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