Course Coordinator: Asst. Professor Melissa Fullwood (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Academic Unit: 3 AU
Availability: Semester 1
Pre-requisite: BS3004 Cancer Biology
Course Type: BS-Major PE, GER-UE
Language of instruction: English
Teaching hours: Lectures: 12 hours; Tutorials: 24 hours; Online assignments/readings/lectures: 36 hours
1. To learn what are the principles and considerations in designing cancer drugs.
2. To learn the latest ways by which cancer drugs are developed, and examples thereof.
3. To learn to understand the latest scientific literature, as well as write about science.
course will focus on understanding how drugs are discovered, and the reasons
why, as well as on the latest developments in cancer drug development.
1. Introduction to cancer
and drug development
2. Principles and
considerations of the drug development process
3. Steps in drug development
4. Examples of cancer drugs
5. Reading the scientific
6. Writing about science
will be able to describe how cancer drugs are developed, and the reasons why
drug development is conducted in such a manner.
will be able to describe several examples of the latest, exciting developments
in cancer drug development.
will be able to read and understand examples of scientific literature (in the
context of cancer drug development) and write about science (in the context of
cancer drug development).
1. “Cancer Drug Design and Discovery”, edited by Stephen
Neidle. Second edition, Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0123965219, published on 14
2. “The Biology of
Cancer”, Robert A. Weinberg. Second edition, Garland Science, ISBN:
978-0815342205, published on 18 May, 2013.
3. “Anticancer Drug Development Guide Preclinical
Screening, Clinical Trials, and Approval”, edited by Beverly A. Teicher and
Paul A. Andrews. Second edition, Humana Press, ISBN: 978-1588292285, published
1 February, 2004.