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DENT5201: Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology 1

Principles of effective diagnostic procedure are reinforced through supervised clinical training. Emphasis is placed on history taking and examination; application and interpretation of special investigations; differential diagnosis; treatment planning; clinical records and quality of care evaluation; and the development of effective communication skills in interdisciplinary clinical practice. Principles and practice of pharmacology. Topics include; processes of inflammation and repair, hamartomas, oral dermatoses, neoplasia, orofacial infections, salivary gland diseases, neurological disorders and pain syndromes. Oral conditions of systemic significance include manifestations of: haematological and other malignancies and their treatment, immunosuppression (e.g. HIV), autoimmune diseases, psychogenic disorders with orofacial features. Review of relevant histopathology cases . Medically complex clinics focus on aspects of internal medicine of concern to the provision of safe and effective dental treatment in patients with severe medical conditions. Topics include: defective haemostasis, blood transfusion requirements, endocarditis prophylaxis, bisphosphonate therapy, drug interactions, infectious diseases, allergy, immunosuppression, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, palliative care, endocrine therapy, geriatrics, physical handicaps, psychiatric illness and chronic pain problems. Principles and practice of diagnostic dental and maxillofacial radiology are reinforced, with direct practical experience with a focus on extra-oral techniques. Discussions on diagnostic/interpretive imaging, including plain film radiography, sialography, angiography, CT and MRI.


Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Unit code DENT5201
Unit name Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology 1
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Westmead, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

DENT6000 and [(DENT6210 and DENT6211) or (DENT5200 andDENT5202)]
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Babak Sarrafpour,
Lecturer(s) Firoz Iqbal ,
Babak Sarrafpour,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam hurdle task Written Exam
Written Exam
50% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Participation Seminar presentation
Attendance and participation in seminars
20% Ongoing N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2 LO1
Participation Microscope/Histopathology sessions
Attendance and participation in sessions
30% Ongoing N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?

A 3 hour written paper with 4 essays each of 25% value. Subject matter to be examined will include the full range of theoretical and clinical Oral Pathology, with the expected standard that of a first year trainee in Oral Medicine.


Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Weekly Tooth development Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Normal mucosa, skin and regional variation Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Lymph nodes and lymphatic drainage of H&N Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Normal salivary glands and regional variation Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Connective tissue, bone and ossification Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Pathology of Bone - Giant cell lesions Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Pathology of Bone - Benign fibro-osseous lesions Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Pathology of Bone - Inflammatory lesions of the jaws Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Pathology of Bone - Cysts of the jaws Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Pathology of Bone - Odontogenic tumours Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: Attendance is a professional responsibility required of all students admitted to academic programs within the Sydney Dental School. All programs in the Sydney Dental School have a 90% attendance policy, for all compulsory components of Units of Study, as detailed in the Faculty of Dentistry Attendance Provisions 2015. This includes all clinical and practical sessions. The course requirements cannot be satisfied if more than 10% of any section of a course is missed for any reason.
  • Professionalism: Students in all Sydney Dental School programs are subject to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Professionalism Requirements 2019 and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Professionalism Provisions 2019. Professionalism is an essential component of developing competency to practice. It is important for students to demonstrate professional behaviour in all contexts and environments. In accordance with these local provisions: candidates who demonstrate serious or repeated unprofessional behaviour may be required to show cause as to why their enrolment should be continued. Failure to show cause may result in exclusion from the course.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate a good understanding of the pathobiology and natural history of oro-facial diseases, at the level of a first year trainee in Oral Surgery and Surgical Dentistry.
  • LO2. Demonstrate a good understanding of the correlations between clinical and pathological features of oro-facial diseases, at the level of a first year trainee in Oral Surgery and Surgical Dentistry.
  • LO3. Demonstrate a good understanding of general histopathology and the specialised disciplines of cytopathology and immunopathology and their clinical applications to oro-facial diseases, at the level of a first year trainee in Oral Surgery and Surgical Dentistry.
  • LO4. Demonstrate a developing knowledge and systematic approach for diagnostic procedures, treatment planning and management of oro-facial diseases, at the level of an early trainee in Oral Surgery and Surgical Dentistry.
  • LO5. Demonstrate a developing understanding of medically compromised patients and appropriate dental management, at the level of an early trainee in Oral Surgery and Surgical Dentistry.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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