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SDDM5111: Integrated Life Sciences 1

This unit of study provides comprehensive overview of the human body in health and disease, with focuses on the relevance to oral health and dental practice. The unit also provides foundation knowledge in oral biosciences, to gain a detailed understanding of the oral facial development, anatomy, histology, oral biochemistry, microbiology of oral cavity in health and disease, pathological conditions of oral facial regions and principles of dental biomaterial. Studies in head and neck anatomy, histology and biomaterials also include practical components.

Code SDDM5111
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 14
SDDM5112 and SDDM5113 and SDDM5114

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

  • LO1. describe general anatomy of the human organ systems and describe the histology of basic tissue structures, including epithelial cells of skin and mucosa and how they interact with environment to defend the host, absorb nutrients, oxygen and participate in temperature regulation. Understand the molecular structures within the cells and the function of the molecules in reproduction, metabolism and repair of the cells
  • LO2. described how normal orofacial structures form during the development and developmental and genetic aspects of the congenital orofacial defect (including dental defect, odontogenic cysts, facial clefts); describe the pathological features of the defects. Be able to describe the commensal microbiota of the oral cavity and basic pathogens that can cause infective diseases of the oral cavity. Discuss the major causational factors of dental caries (including host - e.g. saliva, diet - and environmental factors- e.g pathogens, fluoride) and detailed pathological progression of the caries
  • LO3. describe how the human body defends itself from environmental hazards (immune system function), to understand types of immune system dysfunction (deficiency or hypersensitivity); and relationship of the immune system to human diseases and healing. Describe how pharmacological assistance can help patients to survive and thrive in the conditions of infective diseases (antibiotics, antiviral and antifungal drugs), inflammation and pain (anti-inflammatory, analgesics and immune-modulatory drugs); Describe how drugs are absorbed, their mechanisms of action and adverse effects in individuals (e.g. allergies, contraindications) and in the community (e.g. antibiotic resistance)
  • LO4. provide detailed knowledge of anatomical structure of oral, maxilla facial region, including skeletal, muscular, blood vessel and lymphatic supply/drainage, cranial nerve distribution, salivary glands, land marks of oral cavity. On completion of the Oral Histology the student would be able to describe the morphological characteristics of enamel, the dentine-pulp complex, the cementum and periodontal ligament. Describe the detailed cellular organisation and structures of the oral mucosa, salivary glands and temporomandibular joints
  • LO5. describe the normal anatomical and histological structures and function of the skeletal, joint of human body and muscles in human body, including bone formation and remodelling, bone metabolism, healing and role of calcium in those processes; explain function of the muscle, including regulation and signalling of the neuromuscular functional
  • LO6. describe sensory mechanisms and introductory concepts of pain generally and in the pathology of musculoskeletal diseases including back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, other types of arthritis, nerve entrapment disorders and bone infections. Further in-depth understanding includes mechanism of osteoporosis osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.