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    Biomedical sciences relevant to dentistry with particular emphasis on disease processes, diagnosis and principles of management of medical and surgical conditions. Diseases of the oral region. Human growth and ageing.

    About this paper

    Paper title Biomedical Sciences 2
    Subject Dentistry
    EFTS 0.3
    Points 36 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
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    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Dr Benedict Seo

    Paper Structure

    Cellular & Molecular Basis of Disease

    • Pathology (the study of disease) is the foundation of medical knowledge, whether at the gross macroscopic, microscopic, molecular or genetic level. As medical knowledge advances, this module will give you a sound basis to update your knowledge during your career.

    Human Diseases

    • Lectures and self-directed exercises will be specific to human disease, but will include aspects of pharmacology related to therapeutic management of diseases and implications in dentistry. The self-directed exercises will be posted on Blackboard. Those which will form part of internal assessment will be clearly indicated as such.

    Growth, Development & Ageing

    • Oral biology is the application of biological sciences to the resolution of clinical investigations or situations. Biological science is important because it has the potential to focus a huge breadth of experimental research on orofacial issues, both in health and disease. In this module, we will continue to provide you with a clear, current and authoritative introduction to the biology that underlies modern dentistry. Using critical analyses of chosen subjects in your assignment, you are encouraged to develop your own critical thinking skills. Additionally, you will also be encouraged to think about the impact of wider theoretical or ethical debates within the field of dentistry.

    Pathogenesis of Oral Diseases

    • The purpose of this module is to evaluate clinical and radiographic findings, laboratory information and histological material in order to arrive at a diagnosis (or set of options) of common oral and maxillofacial pathological conditions of importance in general dental practice.

    Cellular & Molecular Basis of Disease Recommended texts and references:

    • Basic Pathology (Kumar, Cotran and Robbins) published by Saunders, a 10th Edition is available and highly recommended
    • Other Pathology texts such as Pathologic Basis of Disease (Cotran, Kumar and Collins; published by Saunders) and Pathology (Rubin and Farber; published by Lippincott-Raven)

    Human Diseases Recommended texts and references:

    • Scully's Medical Problems in Dentistry 7th edition by Crispian Scully

    Growth, Development and Ageing Recommended texts and references:

    • Clinical Oral Biology 3rd edition by TB Kardos & JA Kieser
    • Anatomy of Orofacial Structures by W Brand & D Isselhard
    • Ten Cate's Oral Histology 8th edition (edited by A Nanci)

    Pathogenesis of Oral Diseases Recommended texts and references:

    • Robinson M., Hunter K., Pemberton M., Sloan P. Soames' and Southam's Oral Pathology, 5th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2018
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will have a comprehensive knowledge of:

    • Cellular & Molecular Basis of Disease
    • Human Diseases
    • Growth, Development & Ageing
    • Pathogenesis of Oral Diseases


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 08:00-08:50 9-13, 15-22
    Monday 09:00-10:50 18
    B1 Tuesday 08:00-08:50 9-13, 15-22, 30-35, 37-43
    Wednesday 08:00-08:50 29-30
    C1 Wednesday 08:00-08:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    E1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 15-22
    Friday 12:00-12:50 8, 15


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Friday 10:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    A2 Friday 10:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    A2 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    A3 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    A4 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    A5 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    A6 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
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