Oral Structure and Function 1

Subject DENT90058 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

January, 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 126
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 182 hours: 126 contact, 56 non-contact





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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 and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Assoc Prof Menaka Abuzar


Melbourne Dental School

4th floor 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500

Email: enquiries@dent.unimelb.edu.au


Subject Overview:

This subject facilitates learning of head and neck anatomy, the embryology and histology of the head, neck and oral structures, tooth development, oral anatomy and masticatory function including associated muscles and the nervous system. The subject also integrates the development of the orofacial tissues from the embryonic stages through to completion of growth and covers the importance of neuroscience (the structure and function of the brain, nervous sytem) in dentistry with the sense of taste and pathways of pain. 100% attendance at CAL and laboratory sessions is required to complete this subject. Students are encouraged to construct organisational frameworks to assist learning of this subject.


On completion of this subject, the students will:

be able to explain:

  1. the processes of growth and development of the head and neck region;
  2. the terminology and nomenclature of oral anatomy essential for basic dental science;
  3. the anatomical structure of the head and neck region;

be able to demonstrate skills:

  1. in the use of correct terminology and nomenclature of head, neck and oral anatomy essential for the practice of dentistry;
  2. in discussing and visualising the three dimensional shape of teeth;
  3. in identifying and describing the structure of dental hard tissues;

be able to analyse:

  1. processes of development of the orofacial structures and teeth
  2. the structure of a tooth and its biomechanical function in the oral cavity;
  3. the bio-dynamic nature of masticatory function;

  1. 2 x 20 minute MCQ exams on Dental Head and Neck Anatomy (based on tutorials, practicals and CAL sessions) - 1 mid-way through Teaching Block 1 and one at the end of Teaching Block 1 (30%);
  2. Dental Head and Neck Anatomy practical book (5%)
  3. 1 x 20 minute MCQ test on growth and development of orofacial structures (embryology and histology) at the end of Teaching Block 1 (5%);
  4. 1 x 2 hr written examination on Dental Head, Neck and Oral Anatomy, masticatory function and Neuroscience at the end of Teaching Block 2 (50%).
Prescribed Texts:

Berkovitz BKB, Holland GR and Moxham BJ 2009 A Colour Atlas and Text of Oral Anatomy, Histology and Embryology 4th ed, Mosby Elsevier

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students should:

  1. be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
  2. develop skills in effective communication with teaching staff and peers;
  3. develop effective organisational skills and time management;
  4. develop skills in team work;
  5. be able to identify and address their own learning needs.
Related Course(s): Doctor of Dental Surgery

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