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DENT262 Biomedical Sciences 1

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Biomedical sciences relevant to dentistry with particular emphasis on the structure and function of the craniofacial complex, oral and dental tissues and their interactions with the environment.

Paper title Biomedical Sciences 1
Paper code DENT262
Subject Dentistry
EFTS 0.57
Points 72 points
Teaching period Full Year (22 February 2021 - 13 November 2021) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,226.59
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $58,189.59

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Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Carolina Loch


Oral Biology module
Recommended texts

Nanci, A.Ten Cate's Oral Histology: Development, Structure, and function. Elsevier Health Sciences, (2017)

Fehrenbach, M.J. & Popowics, T. Illustrated Dental Embryology, Histology and Anatomy. 4th edition, Elsevier (2015)

Kardos, T.B. and Kieser, J.A. (2006) Clinical Oral Biology. Dunedin, University of Otago

Campbell, M.K. and Farrell, S.O. Biochemistry, 8th edition, (editions 6-7 are also suitable), Brooks/Cole (2014)

Marsh, al. Marsh & Martin's Oral Microbiology, 6th Edition, Elsevier (2016)

Pharmacology module
Recommended texts

Neal M.J. Medical Pharmacology at a Glance. Blackwell Science

Anatomy module
Recommended texts

Book-pack containing: Drake, Vogl & Mitchell: Gray's Anatomy for Students, 3rd Edition & Norton: Netter's Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry (2007) Elsevier

Netter F.H. & Hansen J.T. Atlas of Human Anatomy, Icon Learning Systems: Rohen J.W. et al.

Color Atlas of Anatomy: A Photographic Study of the Human Body, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins: Agur A.M. & Dalley, A.F. Grant's Atlas of Anatomy + Dynamic Human Anatomy CD-Rom, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins or equivalent: Johnson D.R. & Moore W.J.

Anatomy for Dental Students, Oxford University Press: Hiatt J.L. & Gartner L.P.

Textbook of Head & Neck Anatomy, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Norton N.S.

Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry, Saunders

Physiology module
Recommended texts

Vander's Human Physiology by Widmaier, E.P., Raff, H. and Strang, K.T., McGraw-Hill, Inc., 13th edition, 2014

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Learning Outcomes

DENT 262A Oral Biology

  • Understand orofacial growth and the structure and development of mineralised tissues, oral mucosa and associated structures
  • Have an understanding of biochemistry relating to oral biology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the involvement of oral microorganisms in infectious disease, particularly of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity

DENT 262B Pharmacology

  • Understand the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs
  • Have an understanding of drug targets, cardiovascular and respiratory pharmacology, Analgesia and Inflammation pharmacology, Endocrine pharmacology CNS pharmacology, Gastrointestinal pharmacology Antimicrobial pharmacology and clinical toxicology

DENT262C Anatomy

  • Have an understanding of, and be able to describe, anatomical features of the head and neck. This will include an understanding of relevant bones, muscles, nerves, vasculature and lymphatics

DENT262D Physiology

  • Be able tounderstand, and to describe and explain body composition, nerve, muscle, somatic and special senses, pain, higher brain functions, endocrinology, cardiovascular system, respiration, kidney, gastrointestinal system, exercise, and temperature regulation

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Full Year (22 February 2021 - 13 November 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22, 28-34, 36-41
Monday 15:00-17:50 18
B1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22, 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 17:00-17:50 28
C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22, 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
D1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 15-22, 28-34, 36-41
Friday 14:00-14:50 9-12, 15-21
Friday 17:00-18:50 16, 21


Stream Days Times Weeks
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A1 Friday 10:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38
A2 Friday 10:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39
B2 Thursday 11:00-12:50 9-13, 15-17, 19-22
C1 Thursday 11:00-12:50 18