Scientific Principles of Surgical Prac.

Subject DENT30002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: 60 hours of lectures, seminars, tutorials and student-directed learning.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Successful completion of all 2nd year BDSc subjects.

Corequisites: .None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Mr Dragan Grubor


Melbourne Dental School

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Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500


Subject Overview:

This subject comprises two modules:

Surgery: Principles and practice of surgery; surgical pathology of acute and chronic infection; control of infection; cancer, head and neck surgery.

Oral Medicine, Pathology and Surgery: Causes and processes of oral diseases affecting human beings; application of basic and clinical sciences knowledge to the clinical situation, individuals and the community; pathology of the jaws, the salivary glands, temporomandibular joints, oral mucosae, teeth and periodontium; examination and diagnostic methods and the dentist's responsibility for the safe and effective management of patients.


On completion of this subject, students should:


  • The surgical pathology of acute and chronic infection;
  • The role of immunity in surgical disease;
  • Antibiotic usage in surgical practice;
  • The processes of wound healing and management;
  • The distribution of body fluids and the diagnosis and treatment of fluid abnormalities;
  • The pathology, treatment and prevention of cancer;
  • The principles of analgesic usage;
  • Airways management and respiratory support;
  • The diagnosis and treatment of common surgical conditions affecting the head and neck including face, oral cavity, accessory nasal sinuses, salivary glands, oesophagus and thyroid;
  • The application of pathology principles to the oral region;
  • The pathological basis of commonly occurring oral diseases and the oral manifestations of systemic diseases;
  • The less commonly occurring diseases, their development and their effect on the patient;
  • Basic surgical principles as applied to dental practice.

Have developed:

  • The basic clinical skills required to recognise surgical conditions affecting the head and neck; and
  • Basic first aid skills necessary to manage acute surgical conditions of head and neck.


  • The pathological processes underlying the manifestation of surgical conditions;
  • The need to evaluate the whole patient when assessing a localised surgical problem;
  • The importance of the application of sound surgical principles in the management of traumatic, infective and neoplastic processes affecting the head and neck;
  • The fundamental role that oral medicine, pathology and surgery has in the prevention and management of oral disease; and
  • That oral disease must be related to the whole patient.

Be able to:

  • Describe the clinical, radiographic and histopathological features of oral pathological disorders; and
  • Discuss their aetiology and management, including therapeutic and surgical management as well as other treatment modalities.

  1. One 3-hour written examination at the end of Semester 2 (60%) and
  2. Continuing clinical and written assessment (consisting of two short-answer written papers of no more than 1 hour each) during Semester 2 (40%).
Prescribed Texts: None.
Recommended Texts:

  • *Dudley HAF and Waxman B (eds) An Aid to Clinical Surgery Churchill Livingstone, 1989, 4th ed
  • Liechty RD and Soper RT Fundamentals of Surgery, Mosby, 1989, 6th ed
  • Soames JV and Southam JC Oral Pathology, Oxford University Press. 1998, 3rd ed
  • Wray D, Lowe GD, Dagg SH, Felix DH and Scully C Textbook of General and Oral Medicine, Churchill Livingstone, 1999
*Indicates essential reading.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject, students should have developed skills in:

  • Basic clinical procedures
  • Basic first aid procedures

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Dental Science

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