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BM1071 - Anatomy and Physiology for Dentists 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • The ability to access and employ online technologies effectively;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
BM1051 and BM1031 and BM1041 and BM1061


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Ernie Jennings
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Professor Alan Nimmo.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 39 hours practicals
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.