This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course introduces the student to tumor and cancer terminology, cell transformation, growth factors/receptors, signal transduction, cell cycle control, (proto)oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes and apoptosis.

Learning outcome

It is expected that the student has obtained basic knowledge on the molecular and cellular regulatory mechanisms important in normal compared to tumor and cancer cells.


The course starts with defining traditional tumor and cancer terminology. The aim of the course is to introduce the student into regulatory mechanisms in normal cells related to cell transformation. This encompasses description of different growth factors and receptors and downstream signal transduction, including control of the cell cycle, explaining the conversion of proto-oncogenes into oncogenes including the impact of tumor suppressor genes and apoptosis.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge of the basic principles in molecular biology


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FNone permitted

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Svein Bjelland
Course teacher
Rune Småland, Svein Bjelland

Method of work

Lectures and discussions.

Course assessment

Forms and/or discussion.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 04.08.2020