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DS1001 - Introduction to Dental Science 1

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

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

This subject will help develop the knowledge and skills base in basic medical and dental sciences, whilst also introducing students to the scope of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a practising dental clinician. This subject will also help integrate information from the other Semester 1 Bachelor of Dental Surgery subjects, and help contextualise that material to clinical dental practice. This unit will introduce the role of the dental profession in maintaining oral health, with an introduction to the basis of oral disease, including cariology, the preventive strategies that may be used to prevent disease, and some of the basic clinical interventions that are commonly used in dentistry. This unit will also examine the role that diet and nutrition plays in oral health and disease. The subject will introduce the basic anatomy and histology of the oral cavity, as well as its embryological development. The subject will also provide an introduction to the role of infection in oral disease, with a focus on both caries and periodontal disease. This unit will also serve as preparation for your initial periods of clinical placement and experience, with introductions to communication skills within the dental clinic, professional interactions with dental patients, and dental record taking. Allied to this, there will be an emphasis on professional and ethical behaviour in clinical dental practice, addressing key aspects, such as patient confidentiality. In this subject, a strong emphasis will be placed on the value of integrating and synthesising a broad range of information, and then applying that to real-life problem solving situations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a core understanding of oral biology and the basis for oral disease;
  • Explain the properties of modern dental materials to understand the use of appropriate materials for treatment;
  • Explain the biology of the human body as it relates to dentistry;
  • Apply the concepts of embryology to the oral region;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the strategies for providing preventive care, including nutritional counselling.
DS1101 DS1102


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Professor Alan Nimmo
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Dr Kornelija Sfera, Professor Richard Stoll, Dr Ernie Jennings, Professor John Abbott, Dr Kevin Ang, Dr Mohammed Shorab, Assoc. Professor Anura Ariyawardana, Dr Dileep Sharma, Dr Stephen Pearson, Professor Alan Nimmo.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials - Small Group Synthesising Sessions (SGSS)
  • 13 hours workshops/Seminars - Integrative Sessions
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (% - 60%); on line and on course assessment (% - 40%).

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.