Oral Health Sciences 1B

Subject 511-106 (2009)

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Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 108 hours of lectures, seminars, practical work and computer assisted learning
Total Time Commitment: -
Prerequisites: -
Corequisites: -
Recommended Background Knowledge: -
Non Allowed Subjects: -
Core Participation Requirements: -


Assoc Prof Stuart Dashper


Subject Overview:

This subject comprises four modules:

Anatomy and Oral Histology: Microscopic structure of human oral tissues; mucosa, enamel, dentine, pulp, cementum, periodontium, alveolar bone, salivary glands, TMJ; odontogenesis and embryology; the structure and function of the nerve and vascular supply of the head and neck; lymphatic drainage of the head; and the pterygomandibular space.

Physiology: The physiology of the nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, endocrine and musculo-skeletal systems; the neurophysiology of pain and other sensory processes as well as taste and swallowing (deglutition).

Pathology: Inflammation and infections; defense mechanisms, immunology, healing and repair; pathological conditions causing abnormal bleeding; neoplasia and cardio-vascular disease; disorders of the nervous system and endocrine system; and infectious diseases and allergies.

Microbiology: An introduction to chemistry and its relevance to human mineralized tissues; the role of microorganisms in human infection; bacteriology of dental plaques, the microbiology associated with dental caries and periodontal disease; asepsis and infection control in dental practice; aspects of virology including hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus.


On completion of this subject the student should:

(1) Comprehend:
a) the terminology of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, histology, oral anatomy, and
b) a detailed knowledge of the blood, lymphatic, and nerve supply to tissues in the head and neck;
c) the principal clinical applications of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, histology, oral anatomy, and microbiology to care of the dental patient;
d) the characteristics of the microbial ecology of the oral cavity;
e) the process of odontogenesis, the formation of the periodontium and the development of oro-dental structures;
f) the principles of the aetiology and prevention of common oral diseases;
g) the nature of dental caries and periodontal disease and the mechanisms of primary prevention and technical intervention to restore tooth function;
h) the skills and knowledge to implement clinical preventive procedures.

(2) Demonstrate
a) an ability to recognise:
• healthy oral tissues and
• the clinical appearance of dental caries and periodontal disease; and
b) an ability to plan work and utilise time effectively.

Assessment: 1.
One 3-hour written examination after the end of second semester on:
  • Anatomy & Oral Histology (25%)
  • Physiology (10%)
  • Pathology (15%)
  • Microbiology (20%)


Practical workbook and tests throughout the semester comprising:

  • Anatomy and Oral Histology mid-semester class test (5%);
  • Anatomy and Oral Histology 5 minute class presentation (5%);
  • Annotated Microbiology practical work book to be submitted at the end of semester (10%);
  • Viva Voce examination at the end of the semester (10%)


Students do not need to pass Section 1 to pass the subject.
Students do not need to pass Section 2 to pass the subject.


Prescribed Texts: -
Recommended Texts:

  • Essentials of Oral Histology and Embryology: A Clinical Approach (JK Avery), 2nd edn, Mosby, 2000
  • A Colour Atlas and Text of Oral Anatomy, Histology and Embrology (BKB Berkovitz, GR Holland and BJ Moxham), 2nd ed, Wolfe Medical, 1992
  • Functional Histology (PR Wheater, HG Burkitt and VG Daniels), 2nd edn, Churchill Livingstone, 1987
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

  • Planning
  • Effective utilisation of time
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Oral Health

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