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    An introduction to anatomy, physiology and nutrition of the human body relevant to clinical oral health practice. Principles of microbiology and immunology.

    About this paper

    Paper title The Body and Its Environment
    Subject Dentistry (Oral Health)
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
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    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Nick Heng

    Paper Structure

    This paper is an introduction to anatomy and physiology of human body systems (e.g. endocrine) that is relevant to clinical oral health practice. It will address principles of human embryology, development of the craniofacial complex and dentition, oral microbiology and immunology, and oral pathology. It is a one-semester course for Oral Health Therapy students that aims to provide a broad, basic understanding of the major preclinical disciplines in oral health sciences.



    Fehrenbach MJ & Popowics T. Illustrated Dental Embryology, Histology and Anatomy (5th Edition or later), Elsevier.

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

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

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    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will gain a broad, basic understanding of the major preclinical disciplines in oral health sciences.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 16:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    B1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    C1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 37-42
    E1 Friday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 37-42
    Friday 13:00-16:50 41
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