DS2001 - Biological Sciences for Dentistry 1 (Growth, Development and Microbiology)
|Student Contribution Band:
||School of Medicine & Dentistry (pre 2015)
In this unit students will be introduced to the biological sciences that affect normal
growth, development and function of the oral cavity, together with some of the endogenous
and exogenous factors that can affect oral health. This subject will lay the foundations
for later studies of orthodontics by introducing craniofacial growth and development.
Students will develop an understanding of how growth and development occurs in the
orofacial region. In addition the many types of malocclusions, their developmental
considerations and how these affect diagnosis and treatment of children will be a
focus. The unit will also cover the timing, sequence, and mechanisms of tooth formation
and eruption in the context of how dental changes relate to jaw development patterns.
This will serve as a foundation for developing good diagnostic, treatment planning
and treatment skills in dentistry. This unit will also focus on the biochemistry and
cell biology underlying normal bone, tooth and soft tissue development. A special
focus will be the nutritional requirements for the healthy development of dental and
periodontal tissues, and will reinforce the links between nutrition and health which
were established in Year 1. This subject will also introduce the genetic determinants
of normal development and health, as well as the genetic bases of disease. Students
will be introduced to genetic disorders and genetic risk factors for oral disease,
including system genetic disorders that impact on oral health. This subject will also
focus on the role of infection in oral disease, including the development of dental
caries and periodontal disease. It will examine topics in bacteriology, virology,
mycology and immunology pertinent to dentistry. A special aspect of this unit is to
link the basics of microbiology to disinfection and sterilization procedures in the
dental clinic. This subject will also discuss the chemotherapy of microbial diseases,
as well as pathogenicity and immune responses.
- demonstrate knowledge of biomedical sciences which form the basis for understanding
human growth, development and health;
- understand the differences between normal and abnormal biology (and psychology) and
their implications for function;
- demonstrate knowledge of the primary infection control principles as they apply to
- use scientific method to identify the organisims responsible for diseases relevant
to dental care;
- understand the role of micro-organisms in dental caries and periodontal disease and
the disease processes associated with each condition.
||DS1001 DS1002 BM1071 BM1072 CH1010 CH1013
Study Period 1
|Census Date 27-Mar-2014
||Professor Alan Nimmo
||Dr Felicity Croker, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Professor Richard Stoll, Dr Kate Miller, <Person not found>, Dr Anura Ariyawardana.
- 39 hours lectures
- 13 hours tutorials
- 39 hours practicals
||end of semester exam (60%); quizzes or tests (40%).
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