Dental Medicine and Surgery 2

Subject DENT90072 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

July, 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: 57
Total Time Commitment:

89 total hours - 57 contact, 32 non-contact


Successful completion of all 1st Semester (Teaching Blocks 1 and 2) 2nd Year DDS subjects.



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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Michael Mccullough


Melbourne Dental School

4th floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500


Subject Overview:

In teaching Block 3, this subject covers advanced radiology used in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of hed and neck pathology. It also covers oral pathology.

Teaching Block 4 consolidates students' knowledge of the presentation and influence of common medical and surgical conditions encountered in dental practice and how these may be manifested in the oral cavity. Seminars will be conducted linking oral pathology with medical conditions and case histories will be presented for an on-line discussion forum including blogs and wikis.



On completion of this subject, the student will:

be competent in:

  1. discussing the concepts of total patient care and the dentist's responsibility for the safe and effective management of persons in the dental situation;
  2. understanding the fundamental role that oral medicine, pathology and surgery have in the prevention or management of oral disease;
  3. appraising that oral disease must be related to the whole patient and not considered in isolation;
  4. summarising common clinical activities undertaken by oral health care providers;
  5. understanding the risks and hazards to a dentist's health;
  6. understanding the differential diagnoses of oral diseases and the use of special diagnostic procedures;
  7. discussing the principles of extra-oral radiography and radiology;
  8. applying the principles of pathology to the oral region;

Have achieved competencies in.

  1. applying sound diagnostic skills to identify and describe oral diseases and disorders;
  2. describing professional knowledge and displaying self-confidence necessary to propose appropriate treatment plans for oral pathological disorders;
  3. providing a logical and coherent description of the clinical, radiographic and histopathological features of oral pathological disorders;
  4. discussing the aetiology and management of these orders including the therapeutic and surgical management as well as other treatment modalilties.
  1. 1 x 1 hour on-line MCQ test at the end of the of Block 3 on material covered in Block 3 (20%)
  2. 1 x 1 hour on-line MCQ test at the end of Block 4 on material covered in Block 4 (20%)
  3. 1 x 3 hour written examination on oral surgery, medicine and special needs dentistry at the end of Block 4 (60%).

Prescribed Texts:

Soames JV and Southam JC 1998 Oral Pathology 3rd ed, Oxford University Press

Wray D, Lowe GD, Dagg SH, Felix DH and Scully C 1999 Textbook of General and Oral Medicine, Churchill Livingstone

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 and develop skills of workplace safety;
  5. be able to identify and address their own learning needs.

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