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SDDM5221: Integrated Life Sciences 4

Semester 2 Early, 2020 [Normal day] - Westmead, Sydney

This unit of study continues from semester one. Refer to semester one description.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SDDM5221
Academic unit Discipline of Oral Biosciences
Credit points 8
SDDM5111 and SDDM5112 and SDDM5113 and SDDM5114 and SDDM5121 and SDDM5122 and SDDM5123 and SDDM5124 and SDMD5111 and SDMD5112 and SDMD5113 and SDMD5114 and SDMD5116 and SDMD5117 and SDMD5121 and SDMD5122 and SDMD5123 and SDMD5124 and SDMD5125 and SDMD5126 and SDMD5127
SDDM5222 and SDDM5223 and SDDM5224
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Munira Xaymardan,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small test Oral biosciences (NPC)(for SDDM5211)
Case-based modules
2% - To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO7
In-semester test hurdle task Renal sciences staged quiz assessment
Written assessment
8% - 1hr
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
In-semester test hurdle task Oncology staged quiz assessment
Written assessment
8% - 1hr
Outcomes assessed: LO3
In-semester test Gastroenterology staged quiz assessment
Written assessment
8% - 1hr
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam hurdle task Semester 2 integrated assessment
Written assessment
24% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
In-semester test Semester 1 assessments
50% Week -05 Semester 1 total 50%
Outcomes assessed: LO7
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • NPC: The National Prescribing Curriculum (NPC) is a series of interactive case-based modules that encourage confident and rational prescribing. The two modules to be completed are: ‘Oral pain’ and ‘A non-healing tooth socket’.
  • Renal Sciences staged quiz assessment (for SDDM5221): The assessment will cover the materials presented in Renal block.
  • Oncology staged quiz assessment (for SDDM5221): The assessment will cover the materials presented in Oncology block
  • Gastroenterology staged quiz assessment (for SDDM5221): The assessment will cover the materials presented in gastroenterology block
  • Integrated assessment 2 (for SDDM5221): The exam will cover materials presented in Oral Biosciences in semester 2, Renal Sciences, Oncology and Gastroenterology. 
  • Semester 1 assessments (for SDDM5211): Refers to the marks gained in semester 1, including staged quiz assessments of Neurology, Endocrinology, as well as NPC module and semester 1 integrated assessment. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

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.

For more information see

For more information see guide to grades.

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.

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.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Ongoing Biomaterials sessions Block teaching (3 hr)  
Week 01 Nephrology 1 Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Nephrology 1 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
OBS: Blood dyscrasias Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 02 Nephrology 2 Online class (1 hr)  
Nephrology 2: CKD and dental considerations Tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Nephrology 2: CBL: Washed out (Diuretic abuse, hypovolaemia) Tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Urology Lecture (2 hr) LO4
Urology Case studies: sexually transmitted infections and dental considerations Tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Urology CBL: A worrying blood test (Chronic kidney disease) Tutorial (3 hr)  
OBS CEPBLS: Blood dyscrasias Tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Week 04 Summary of renal Block Lecture (1 hr)  
Odontogenic Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 05 Staged assessment Performance (1 hr)  
Week 06 Introduction to cancer mechanism Lecture (4 hr)  
Introduction to cancer mechanism CBL: After the bad news Tutorial (3 hr)  
Non-Odontogenic tumours Lecture (1 hr)  
CPEBL: Odontogenic tumours Tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Week 07 Cancer Metastasis and Diagnostics Tutorial (3 hr)  
Cancer metastasis and diagnostics: CBL: Roya is irritable Tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Cancer Treatments Lecture (3 hr)  
Cancer treatments: CBL: Could it get worse Tutorial (3 hr)  
CPEBL: Non-Odontogenic tumor Tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Cancer treatments: Case study: oral cancer Practical (1.5 hr)  
Oncology Revison Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 09 Oncology: Staged assessment and feedback Performance (2 hr)  
Liver CBL: Not feeling 100% (Crohn’s disease/malabsorption) Tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Upper GI system and Peptic ulcer disease Lecture (1 hr)  
Upper GI system and Peptic ulcer disease Online class (7 hr)  
Week 11 Digestion and absorption, Malabsorption syndromes and Inflammatory Online class (5 hr)  
CPEBL" Non-Odontogenic tumor Tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Drug and alcohol Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 12 Inflammatory bowel diseases; GI infections Online class (4 hr)  
Week 13 Salivary gland disease Lecture (1 hr)  
Liver Online class (4 hr)  
Week 14 (STUVAC) Liver diseases Independent study (4 hr)  
Liver: Abnormal liver (Pathology) Practical (1.5 hr)  
Drug and alcohol Online class (3 hr)  
Drug and alcohol: CBL: Mo's life Tutorial (3 hr)  
CPEBL:Salivary gland disease Tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Block 10 staged exam and feedback Performance (2 hr)  

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 8 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 160-200 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. Renal sciences and urology / STI: Describe anatomical and histological structures of renal system’ and their functions in filtration and regulation mechanisms in maintenance of the blood pressure; acid-base, and electrolyte balance.
  • LO2. Renal sciences and urology / STI: Describe the features of the major diseases of renal system, and the dental management of patients with chronic kidney disease and those on dialysis. Describe the major sexually transmitted infections, including the characteristics of the associated microorganism, epidemiology, transmission, clinical disease, management and prevention.
  • LO3. Oncology: Explain the concepts of risk factors inducing oral premalignant lesions, pathogenesis of tumour progression and metastasis in cancer. Describe the epidemiology, clinical course and symptoms including local, systemic and paraneoplastic effects, diagnosis and management principles and oral health associations with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
  • LO4. Gastroenterology, Nutrition and addiction medicine: Describe the morphological, organisational and functional (e.g. absorption and secretion) aspects of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. Outline features of major diseases of GI tract disorders (e.g. malabsorption, coeliac disease, peptic ulcer disease, inflammatory bowel disease, GI cancer). And outline the features and explain the mechanisms of disorders of hepatic function including viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic liver disease.
  • LO5. Explain the effect of drugs (opiates, benzodiazepines and other drugs of addiction) and alcohol in alteration of biochemistry and behaviour of human body. Discuss psychosocial aspect of drug use and drug dependence in society
  • LO6. Understand concepts of oral biosciences (oral Pathology and Biomaterials) sessions
  • LO7. content covered in SDDM5211

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.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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No changes have been made since this unit was last offered

Work, health and safety

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