Oral Health Sciences 1B

Subject ORAL10004 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 104 hours of lectures, seminars, practical work and computer assisted learning
Total Time Commitment: Not available




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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/


Dr Samantha Byrne


Melbourne Dental School

4th Floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500

Email: enquiries@dent.unimelb.edu.au


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; the embryology of the craniofacial region, the histology and physiology of the oral tissues and odontogenesis; 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.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should:


  • The terminology of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, histology, oral anatomy, and microbiology;
  • The principal clinical applications of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, histology, oral anatomy, and microbiology to care of the dental patient;
  • The characteristics of the microbial ecology of the oral cavity;
  • The process of odontogenesis, the formation of the periodontium and the development of oro-dental structures;
  • The principles of the aetiology and prevention of common oral diseases;
  • The nature of dental caries and periodontal disease and the mechanisms of primary prevention and technical intervention to restore tooth function; and
  • The skills and knowledge to implement clinical preventive procedures.


  • An ability to recognise healthy oral tissues and the clinical appearance of dental caries and periodontal disease;
  • a detailed knowledge of the blood, lymphatic, and nerve supply to tissues in the head and neck;
  • An ability to plan work and utilise time effectively.
  1. One 3-hour written examination at the end of Semester 2 (70%);
  2. Practical class test and class presentation, 5 multiple choice and true/false answer quizzes to be completed via LMS and viva voce examination (30%).

An overall mark of 50% is required to pass this subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Collection, analysis and presentation;
  • Time management and planning skills through class preparation, revision and assignment completion;
  • Safe handling and disposal of chemicals and other laboratory materials;
  • Comprehension and critical analysis of scientific concepts and principles;
  • Investigation.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Oral Health

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