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gsw120 - Tumor Biology (Complete module description)
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Module label Tumor Biology
Module code gsw120
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Human Medicine
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master) > Clinical Modules
Responsible persons
Griesinger, Frank (Module responsibility)
Griesinger, Frank (Authorized examiners)
Roeper, Julia (Authorized examiners)
Dübbel, Lena (Authorized examiners)
Loser, Karin (Authorized examiners)
Dübbel, Lena (Module counselling)
Roeper, Julia (Module counselling)
Enrolment in Master´s programme Molecular Biomedicine
Skills to be acquired in this module

Goals of the Module:
upon successful completion of this module, students
 -  can define and identify oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes
 -  know about the hallmarks of cancer and can explain them based on example pathways and traits
 -  know about the complexity of the tumor tissue and the different cells that are involved
 -  know about the principles of metastasis.

++ deepened biological & clinical expertise
++ interdisciplinary thinking
  + deepened knowledge of biological working methods & clinical diagnostics
++ data analysis skills
  + usage of databases and computational tools
++ critical & analytical thinking
  + independent searching & knowledge of scientific literature
++ data presentation & discussion (written and spoken)
  + teamwork

Module contents
Part 1 - Lecture:
We will give a brief overview of several aspects of tumor biology: Types of mutation, hallmarks of cancer, tumor as a tissue, metastasis, oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, signal transduction and many example pathways that are important for cancer progression. In addition, you will learn about tumor-infiltrating immune cells and new therapy options like tumor-immune therapy.

Part 2 - Seminar:
Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to prepare presentations in small working groups where they critically evaluate current research regarding specific examples of tumor diseases and their therapy (problem-orientated learning)

Optional: Lectures from the study programme Human Medicine (will be held in German)
Lecture topics from the Human Medicine programme focusses on large tumor entites, therapy strategies, and basics of carcinogenesis and therapetic implementation. Please note, that these lectures are not part of the curriculum and are therefore not relevant for the examinations.
Reader's advisory

Current literature will be uploaded on Stud.IP. Previous literature research is not necessary.
If you are looking for more information/background: Weinberg; “The Biology of Cancer”; Garland Science

Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency winter and summer semester (seminars during the semester break)
Module capacity 25
Reference text
The number of participants for this module is limited to 25. If there are more students registered than places available, lots will be drawn. Students which are enrolled in Master´s programme Molecular Biomedicine will be preferred.
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Basic knowledge of genetics, cell biology and biochemistry
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 SoSe und WiSe 28
2 SoSe und WiSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
written examination (45 min., 75%), presentation (25%)