Provider: FutureLearn (UK) [course page]
Lecturer: Dr Momna Hejmadi
Subject: Science / Medicine / Biology / Genetics
Delivery: Intake-based asynchronous study
Recommended Load: 3 hours / week for 6 weeks
Completion Date: 03/02/2014
Description: Dr Momna Hejmadi and a team of health professionals discuss the nature of cancer, treatment and role that genetics plays in both.
Strengths: Dr Momna Hejmadi and the team deliver a bunch of really informative lectures and articles on the problem of cancer placing a focus on genetics due to the important role that genetics plays in the development and treatment of cancer. The materials are excellent, staying on track and avoiding lingering on elements too long. This helps with pacing and keeps the material interesting throughout the course. While the staff are careful not to overwhelm the student with information beyond an introductory level, the student is encouraged throughout the course to learn more by way of links to interesting resources, with some mild prompting to learn about the medical programs at The University of Sheffield at the end. Some biology knowledge is quite helpful in understanding some of the concepts but not enough to trouble the student.
Conclusion: Dr Momna Hejmadi and the team do a wonderful job of making this often difficult subject accessible to students. As mentioned above, the way in which the concepts are covered helps with keeping the course moving forward and making the material genuinely interesting for students. I highly recommend that folks enrol in future intakes of this course as it is worth the time and effort spent watching the videos, reading the articles and going over the other resources. And more importantly is the relevance of a course such as this in understanding the role that genetics plays in the treatment of a host of illnesses.