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DTEC103 Oral Health Sciences for Dental Technology

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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 (21 February 2022 - 22 June 2022) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,070.13
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Nicholas Heng


Cell Biology, General Anatomy and Physiology
Patton KT & Thibodeau GA (2018). Anatomy & Physiology (10th Edition), Elsevier.

Oral Anatomy
Fehrenbach, M.J. and Herring, S.W. Illustrated Anatomy of the Head and Neck. 5th edition (2017). Saunders/Elsevier. (Highly recommended)

Dental Tissues
Fehrenbach, M.J. and Popowics, T. (2020). Illustrated Dental Embryology, Histology, and Anatomy, 5th edition. Elsevier/Saunders. (Highly recommended)

Nanci, A. (editor) (2018). Ten Cate's Oral Histology: Development, Structure and Function, 9th edition. 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.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
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 (21 February 2022 - 22 June 2022)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9
C1 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 11
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-10, 12-15, 17-22
D1 Thursday 14:00-15:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 16:00-16:50 9