Fall 2021 - ONC 510 G100

Seminars in Oncology (3)

Class Number: 4694

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in a participating graduate program. No specific courses are prerequisites.



This course features cancer-related research by trainees and faculty at the BC Cancer Research Centre. Topics include recent developments in the molecular basis of oncogenesis, cancer bioinformatics, cancer epidemiology, cancer treatment and other clinical studies, and ethical issues. Students are required to present seminars on their research. Students undertaking the Interdisciplinary Oncology Graduate Specialization must enroll in this course throughout their entire time as a graduate student. This course can be taken twice, if a student does the Interdisciplinary Oncology Graduate Specialization (IOGS) as an MSc student, and also does it as a PhD student. Students who transfer from MSc to PhD would only take it once.


Course times: Thurs 900-1000 am
Location: Virtual and/or in person at BC Cancer Research Centre (TBA)

Students in their 2nd, 3rd and more advanced years of graduate study present one 30-minute seminar per year. First year students are not required to present. All students attend weekly seminars given by students and postdoctoral fellows engaged in various aspects of cancer research. The course continues from September to approximately May each year. Students are required to maintain continuous registration in ONC 510 throughout their MSc or PhD. Faculty members offer constructive written and oral feedback for each seminar immediately after the presentation.  

Attendance is taken each week by means of iclickers, which can also be used by speakers to enhance audience engagement. Students in ONC 510 are expected to learn and demonstrate an ability to ask thoughtful questions at seminars.  

As an additional opportunity to hone presentation skills, students may request that their seminar be videotaped for personal review.


  • Students are required to ask a minimum of 5 questions over the first 2 years, and questions should be continued to be asked in subsequent years. Each question and answer (including the speaker and date) should be emailed to the SFU ONC 510 course coordinator.


Lecture: synchronous (students may be expected to attend scheduled lectures remotely)
Student presentation: you may be required to attend in person on the day you present



  • Access to high-speed internet
  • Computer (with webcam)



Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.