Module and Programme Catalogue

Search site

Find information on

2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2210 Chemotherapy

10 creditsClass Size: 203

Module manager: Professor Alex O'Neill

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of level 1 in a biological subject

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The basis of chemotherapy is selective toxicity, the use of agents to kill or suppress the growth of invading cells or infective organisms. This module will help you understand how these agents work. You will learn about the drugs used to treat cancer, bacterial, fungal and viral infections. In addition, immunosuppressant drugs and the chemotherapy of protozoal diseases such as malaria will also be discussed.


To provide an introduction to the principles of chemotherapy and to examine the mechanisms by which drugs may have anticancer effects, immunosuppressant or antimicrobial effects.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to;
-outline the aim and fundamental principles of chemotherapy;
-demonstrate a basic knowledge of pharmacokinetics as it relates to chemotherapy;
-discuss the nature of major disease types against which chemotherapy is deployed;
-describe the clinical application and mode of action of chemotherapeutic drugs employed in the treatment of infectious diseases (caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi) and cancer;
-describe the nature, origins and mechanisms of resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs.

Skills outcomes
Improved ability to research literature and solve problems related to chemotherapy.


- Chemotherapy of cancer and drugs used to suppress the immune system.
- Survey of the main drugs used to treat infections caused by bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses.
- Mechanisms of resistance to antimicrobial agents.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
In Course Assessment21.002.00
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Two hours reading per lecture: 34 hours
- Preparation for end of module examination and in-course MCQ: 45 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Formative self-assessment in lectures using e-Voting handsets
- 20 question self-assessed MCQ in VLE
- In-course assessment
- Group feedback on in-course assessment
- Student attendance at lectures will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQ1 x MCQ in Minerva20.00
In-course AssessmentFormative 20 question self-assessed MCQ in VLE0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

The standard release time for an MCQ/MRQ in Minerva will be 24hrs. Further guidance on the assessment will be provided in the module handbook/Minerva.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/12/2021


Browse Other Catalogues

Errors, omissions, failed links etc should be notified to the Catalogue Team.PROD

© Copyright Leeds 2019