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DTEC103 Oral Health Sciences for Dental Technology

An introduction to the structure and function of tissues in the oral region. Principles of microbiology, immunology and pathology with emphasis on their relevance to the practice of dental technology.

Paper title Oral Health Sciences for Dental Technology
Paper code DTEC103
Subject Dental Technology
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (20 February 2023 - 24 June 2023) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,099.50
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Nick Heng


Cell Biology, General Anatomy and Physiology

Patton KT & Thibodeau GA . Anatomy & Physiology (10th Edition or later), Elsevier.

Oral Anatomy

Fehrenbach, M.J. and Herring, S.W. Illustrated Anatomy of the Head and Neck. (5th edition or later ). Saunders/Elsevier. (Highly recommended)

Dental Tissues

PFehrenbach, M.J. and Popowics, T. Illustrated Dental Embryology, Histology, and Anatomy, (5th edition or later). Elsevier/Saunders. (Highly recommended)

Nanci, A. (editor) . Ten Cate's Oral Histology: Development, Structure and Function, (9th edition or later). Mosby/Elsevier. (Recommended)

Note: For the microbiology and immunology module, there are many general microbiology/immunology text books available in the University libraries - all will be suitable for this paper.

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Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will gain a background in oral biological sciences as a basis for practising contemporary dental technology in New Zealand.

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Semester 1 (20 February 2023 - 24 June 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
C1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 16-22
D1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9
Thursday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22