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BM1071 - Anatomy and Physiology for Dentists 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

The subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

This subject will provide an overview of body organisation and introduce important concepts and principles of anatomy and physiology as relevant for Dental Surgery students. This includes an introduction to cells and tissues, the nervous system and the function and relationships of bone, muscle and joints. A detailed study of the gross anatomical structure and functional anatomy of the upper body will then be undertaken. The anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems together with the musculoskeletal anatomy of the thorax will be studied. An integrated understanding of the human body will be achieved with practical sessions, including the study of human cadaveric material, and functional and clinical case-studies to facilitiate the integration of material and the correlation of structure to function.

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain a detailed understanding of the principles of the musculoskeletal system including a detailed study of the upper body and thorax;
  • To gain a basic understanding of the structure and function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems;
  • To provide a basis for subsequent applied studies requiring a knowledge of human anatomy and physiology;
  • To gain an understanding of overall body structure, organisation and function from the subcellular to the organ level.
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Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Ernie Jennings
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Miss Sharron Long, Dr Kate Miller, Dr David Simcock, Professor Alan Nimmo.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 39 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (% - 70%); assignments (% - 30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.