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Semester 1 (Early-Start)
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This subject (which will be continued as "Oral Structure and Function 2" in blocks 3 and 4) facilitates learning of head and neck anatomy, the embryology and histology of the head, neck and oral structures, tooth development and morphology, oral anatomy, masticatory function including associated muscles, the nervous system, the relationship between structure and function in dentition and the origins of calcified tissue. Student learning will also include aspects of neuroscience (the structure and function of the brain, nervous system) relevant to dentistry. The subject also integrates the development of the orofacial tissues from the embryonic stages through to completion of growth.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, the students should:
be able to explain:
- the processes of growth and development of the head and neck region;
- the anatomical structure and related functions of the head and neck region;
- the structure and function of all components of the oral cavity;
- relevant neurological pathways;
- the relationship between form and function in the dentitions of humans and other animals.
be able to demonstrate:
- skills in discussing and visualising the three dimensional shape of teeth;
- skills in the use of correct terminology and nomenclature of head, neck and oral anatomy essential for the practice of dentistry;
- the ability to differentiate between normal and pathological anatomy of the jaws and dentition at a basic level.
- skills in identifying and describing the structure and development of dental hard tissues;
be able to analyse:
- the pathways of pain from orofacial structures;
- processes of development of the orofacial structures and teeth;
- the nature of masticatory function.
- the structure of a tooth and its biomechanical function in the oral cavity;
- be able to access new knowledge from a variety of relevant sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner and develop scholarly literacy to an appropriate level;
- develop skills in effective communication with teaching staff and peers;
- develop effective organisational skills and time management;
- develop skills in team work;
- be able to identify and address their own learning needs.
Last updated: 11 February 2021