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Oral Health Sciences 1A (ORAL10003)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 18.75On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeORAL10003
Semester 1
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This subject comprises three modules.

Anatomy and Histology: Microscopic structure of human body tissues; structure and function of vascular, muscular, nerve, skeletal, lymphatic and glandular body systems; surface anatomy of the head and neck; osteology of the skull; and myology of the head and neck.

Oral Anatomy: A knowledge of the hard and soft tissues and landmarks of intra and extra oral anatomy; morphological anatomy of the human dentition both permanent and deciduous; Palmer notation and FDI classification of the human dentition.

Preventive Dentistry: The epidemiology of dental diseases; the preventive philosophy and the aims of preventive dentistry; individual and community oral preventive measures; the anatomy and clinical appearance of the health periodontium; and the classification, examination and diagnosis of dental caries and periodontal disease.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should:


  • The terminology of anatomy, biochemistry, histology and oral anatomy;
  • The principal clinical applications of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, histology, oral anatomy, and microbiology to care of the dental patient;
  • The principles of the aetiology and prevention of common oral diseases;
  • The nature of dental caries and periodontal disease and the mechanisms of primary prevention and technical intervention to restore tooth function; and
  • The skills and knowledge to implement clinical preventive procedures.


  • An ability to recognise healthy oral tissues and the clinical appearance of dental caries and periodontal disease;
  • A knowledge of the blood, lymphatic and nerve supply to tissues in the head and neck; and
  • An ability to plan work and utilise time effectively.

Generic skills

  • Collection, analysis and presentation
  • Time management and planning skills through class preparation, revision and assignment completion;
  • Safe handling and disposal of chemicals and other laboratory materials
  • Comprehension and critical analysis of scientific concepts and principles
  • Investigation.

Last updated: 20 March 2019