Undergraduate Students

Course Listing

The following courses are available to undergraduate students:

AFNS 524 Nutrition and Metabolism Related to Cancer
A lecture and reading course to address nutritional issues specifically related to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 424, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 524, NU FS 424, ONCOL 524 and 424. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Offered jointly by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry). [Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science].


BIOCH 410 Signal Transduction
Principles of the biochemistry of cell communication and signal transduction through receptor activation, the generation of second messengers, and the control of protein modifications. The course will emphasize the mechanisms responsible for the regulation of cell migration, division and death. Prerequisites: BIOCH 310, 320 and 330, or BIOCH 203 and 205, all with a minimum grade of B-, or consent of the Department. Intended for undergraduate students. Graduate students may not register for credit (see BIOCH 510)


NU FS 424 Nutrition and Metabolism Related to Cancer
A lecture and reading course to address nutritional issues specifically related to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Graduate students may not register for credit (see AFNS 524). Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 524, NU FS 424, ONCOL 524 and 424. Prerequisites: (NUTR 301 and 302) or (NU FS 352) and Œ6 Biochemistry. (Offered jointly by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry). [Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science].


ONCOL 210 Radiation Oncology I
The field of radiation oncology is introduced, definitions for the application of medical terminology is addressed as well as the evaluation and treatment of tumours with ionizing radiation. Students will begin the study of the various modalities of radiation treatment, and the respective treatment regimens and techniques utilized for the most common tumour sites. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.


ONCOL 233 Concepts and Applications in Medical Physics
Introduction into fundamental medical physics concepts including theory of atomic and nuclear structure, radioactivity, and electromagnetic and particulate radiation. Topics to be covered include production of medically useful radiation, interaction of radiation with matter, radiation dose, and an introduction to physics concepts used in a radiation oncology environment. Prerequisites: PHYS 124, 126, and MATH 113 or 114, or permission of the department.


ONCOL 234 Medical Physics Equipment
Builds on the concepts covered in ONCOL 233, with a shifting emphasis towards how radiation is produced, shaped, and measured in the clinical environment. Specific topics include x-ray tubes and flatpanel detectors, CT scanners, brachytherapy afterloaders, linear accelerators, multileaf collimators, and various measurement devices including ion chambers and diodes. Prerequisite: ONCOL 233.


ONCOL 243 Radiation Protection and Safety
Introduction of the fundamental concepts in radiation protection and safety for the patient, self, and general public. Topics include: general principles and practices of working with radiation in a healthcare environment, differences in protection required for different types of radiation, basic radiation shielding considerations and facility design, monitoring and measurement of radiation for protection purposes, and relevant regulatory agencies and associated standards. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.


ONCOL 253 Cancer Biology
An introduction to the biology of cancer highlighting features that distinguish normal cells from cancer cells. Specific topics include the genetic basis of cancer, control of cell proliferation, invasion and metastasis, mechanism of action of cancer drugs and the development of resistance. Prerequisite: CELL 201.


ONCOL 254 Clinical Oncology I
Basic concepts in clinical oncology including epidemiology, cancer screening, cancer staging and pathology, molecular diagnostics, all modalities of treating primary, metastatic and resistant cancers. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.


ONCOL 255 Clinical Oncology II
Practical patient oriented aspects of cancer screening, assessment, and treatment delivery in the clinical environment. Prerequisite: ONCOL 254.


ONCOL 306 Imaging Principles/Pathology
An overview of the principles of medical imaging, including the principles of MRI, CT and PET imaging. Students will learn the relative advantages and limitations of the different techniques, and will be invited to apply the principles of cross-sectional anatomy to the identification of normal and abnormal structures seen in each of the different modality presentations. This course will facilitate clinical interactions in the course of developing treatment plans, treating patients and verifying treatment field placement. Prerequisite: ANAT 305 or permission of the department.


ONCOL 310 Radiation Oncology II
The study of the field of radiation oncology is further developed. By the completion of the course, students will have developed an understanding of the various treatment options for each of the tumour sites, and the respective treatment regimes, techniques, schedules, results, and toxicities of treatment with ionizing radiation. Prerequisite: ONCOL 210.


ONCOL 320 Introduction to Oncology
Provides an introduction to oncology with an emphasis on the molecular and cellular biology of cancer. Specific topics include the genetic basis of cancer, the control of cell proliferation, metastasis, tumour immunology, angiogenesis, and cancer therapies. Prerequisite: BIOL 201 or CELL 201 with a minimum grade of C, or consent of the Department.


ONCOL 335 Radiobiology
An introduction to the physics, chemistry and biology of radiation effects on cells and tissues. Concepts discussed include the biological factors that influence the response of normal and neoplastic cells to radiation therapy; cell survival curves; linear energy transfer and relative biological effectiveness; effects on tissues of time, dose and fractionation of radiation treatment; and emerging concepts in radiobiology. Prerequisites: ONCOL 253 and 254.


ONCOL 355 Treatment Planning and Dosimetry I
Foundation of treatment calculations for 3 dimensional treatment planning and the principles of radiation dose deposition within the patient will be applied in order to develop an appropriate treatment strategy for typical tumour locations. The course will focus on high energy X-ray beam dose calculations. Prerequisite: ONCOL 233, 234.


ONCOL 356 Treatment Planning and Dosimetry II
Concepts from ONCOL 355 are explored in more detail. Advanced topics in treatment planning will be covered, including 4 dimensional treatment planning, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, Inverse planning, Arc therapy, and Brachytherapy planning. Prerequisite: ONCOL 355.


ONCOL 424 Nutrition and Metabolism Related to Cancer
A lecture and reading course to address nutritional issues specifically related to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Graduate students may not register for credit (see ONCOL 524). Credit will only be given for one of ONCOL 524, 424 and AFNS 524, 424. Prerequisite: (NUTR 301 and 302) or (NU FS 352 and 6ΠBiochemistry) or ONCOL 320.


ONCOL 425 Advanced Topics in Cancer Research
This course spans both the fall and winter terms. At least four different modules will be offered in each term. Students can elect to take the course for 3 units credit (total of four modules over the course of the year) or 6 unit credits (total of eight modules over the course of the year). Each module is comprised of 6 sessions of 80 min each and will be taught independently by individual instructors. Modules will have both lecture and group discussion components. Additional modules will be added based on interest and demand. Prerequisite: CELL 201/BIOL 201 and a 300 level science course in BIOCH, GENET, ONCOL, CELL or consent of the Department.