Double Major Overview

Description

The double major will encompass a wide range of disciplines within the health and medical sciences. It will provide students with the background knowledge across all the biomedical scientific disciplines including, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, haematology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and public health. These disciplines will be integrated within level 3 units, where science, clinical and professional content will be presented longitudinally and built around the core clinical conditions and presentations. Communication and research skills for the health professional will be presented throughout the major. The major will include studies on aspects of Australian society and culture, including Aboriginal health and migrant and refugee health.

The Dentistry specialisation in Level 3 is taught across two 18 week semesters.

This major is only available to students on direct pathways to the Doctor of Dental Medicine 91860 and those offered specific entry at time of admission.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the basic human body plan, its biochemistry, anatomy histology, physiology, cell biology and communication systems; (2) describe the development, structure and function of the body's cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, neurological, epidermal, cardiovascular, endocrine, haematological and immunological systems; (3) describe the development, structure and function of the body's sensory organs; (4) describe the common disorders of the various body systems and the sensory organs; (5) explain the basic body defences and the processes of cell injury, inflammation and healing; (6) demonstrate knowledge of blood and blood pathologies; (7) define and describe the major classes of infectious diseases, the sources and characteristics of their pathogens, and the relevant treatment approaches; (8) demonstrate knowledge of metabolic function and its integration with nutrition; (9) explain human embryology and development; (10) demonstrate an understanding of fundamental genomics and genetics; (11) explain the association between genetics and disease, including cancer; (12) explain the principles of drug delivery, drug metabolism and the associated pharmacological aspects of the common medications used in dental practice; (13) explain the clinical signs, symptoms and pathogenesis of systemic conditions relevant to dental practice and the measures required to manage them during dental treatment; (14) classify the most common medical emergencies in dental practice and their management; (15) discuss aspects of public and population health, epidemiology, and the health care systems in Australia; (16) demonstrate an understanding of Aboriginal, migrant and refugee health; (17) demonstrate an understanding of religious, social and cultural differences within Australia; (18) explain strategies for health maintenance, promotion, screening and disease prevention; (19) discuss the importance of appropriate communication in the health professions; (20) explain the formation, composition, function, pathology, virulence and control strategies of dental biofilms, including biofilm-related gingivitis; (21) outline the dental caries process, its diagnosis and management; (22) appraise the biomaterials used for dental restorations, their properties and indications for use; (23) explain dental occlusion and how it relates to dental practice; (24) demonstrate manual skills in pre-clinical operative dentistry and periodontics; (25) explain professionalism, ergonomics, ethics, and infection prevention and control protocols in clinical dental practice; and (26) outline the principles of research design and evidence-based dental practice and statistical analyses.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office. Do always remember, however, that there is no wrong way to broaden your studies as long as you complete at least four units not associated with your Degree Specific Major.

Prerequisites

(1A) Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher; or

(1B) MATH1720 as a bridging unit.

(2A) Chemistry ATAR or equivalent; or

(2B) CHEM1003 as a bridging unit.

(3) Prior to commencing level 3, students must:

(A) comply with the UWA Dental School's Infection Control Requirements; and

(B) show first aid competence

(C) provide a clear current Australian national Police Clearance or equivalent certification.

Courses

Integrated Dental Sciences can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Example Study Plan

See study plans for more information.

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1
Semester 1
S2
Semester 2
NS
non-standard teaching period

Note that DENT units in year 3 are taught over much longer semesters, commencing in mid January and early July. Students without WACE or ATAR Chemistry are required to complete CHEM1003 in their first year. Students without Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1720 in their first year.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units

Chemistry—students without ATAR or WACE chemistry, are required to complete CHEM1003 in their first year.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry or equivalent
Degree-specific major units

Mathematics—students without Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher, are required to complete MATH1720 in their first year.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50] or with permission
Incompatibility
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of 50 or greater] or Equivalent or higher
Degree-specific major units

Year 1—take all units (24 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 IMED1001 Form and Function
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
MJD-MEDSC Medical Sciences
or MJD-IMSCP Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice
or MJD-VISSC Vision Science
or MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science (specialisation in Biomedical Engineering)
or MJD-EBMEG Biomedical Engineering
or MJD-PHMSC Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences
S1 IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
Major(s) MJD-IMSCP Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice
or MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences
or MJD-PHMSC Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences or equivalent
S2 IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Prerequisites
IMED1001 Form and Function (ID 5965)
Co-requisites
IMED1004 Health and Society (ID 5968)
S2 IMED1004 Health and Society
Prerequisites
IMED1001 Form and Function (ID 5965)
Co-requisites
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication (ID 5967)

Level 2

Degree-specific major units

Year 2—take all units (24 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 IMED2001 Body Defences
Prerequisites
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
and IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
Co-requisites
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
S1 IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
Prerequisites
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
and IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
Co-requisites
IMED2001 Body Defences
S2 IMED2003 Medical Sciences Research Methodologies
Prerequisites
IMED2001 Body Defences (ID 5969)
Co-requisites
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
S2 IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
Prerequisites
IMED2001 Body Defences (ID 5969)
Co-requisites
IMED2003 Medical Sciences Research Methodologies (ID 5971)

Level 3

Degree-specific major units

Year 3—take all units (48 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
NS DENT3001 Body Systems 1
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
or MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences
Co-requisites
DENT3002 Body Systems 2 (ID 7534) DENT3003 Anatomy and Oral Sciences (ID 7970) DENT3004 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (ID 7971)
NS DENT3002 Body Systems 2
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
or MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences
Co-requisites
DENT3001 Body Systems 1 (ID 7533) DENT3003 Anatomy and Oral Sciences (ID 7970) DENT3004 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (ID 7971)
NS DENT3003 Anatomy and Oral Sciences
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
or MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences
Co-requisites
DENT3001 Body Systems 1 (ID 7533) DENT3002 Body Systems 2 (ID 7534) DENT3004 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (ID 7971)
NS DENT3004 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
or MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences
Co-requisites
DENT3001 Body Systems 1 (ID 7533) DENT3002 Body Systems 2 (ID 7534) DENT3003 Anatomy and Oral Sciences (ID 7970)
NS DENT3005 General Medicine and Pharmacology
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
or MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences
Co-requisites
DENT3006 Biofilm Sciences and Cariology (ID 7974) DENT3007 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 1 (ID 7975) DENT3008 Dental Public Health and Research Methodology (ID 7972)
NS DENT3006 Biofilm Sciences and Cariology
Prerequisites
DENT3001 Body Systems 1.
DENT3002 Body Systems 2.
DENT3003 Anatomy and Oral Sciences.
DENT3004 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry.
Co-requisites
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
NS DENT3007 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 1
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
Co-requisites
DENT3005 General Medicine and Pharmacology (ID 7973) DENT3006 Biofilm Sciences and Cariology (ID 7974) DENT3008 Dental Public Health and Research Methodology (ID 7972)
NS DENT3008 Dental Public Health and Research Methodology
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
Co-requisites
DENT3005 General Medicine and Pharmacology (ID 7973) DENT3006 Biofilm Sciences and Cariology (ID 7974) DENT3007 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 1 (ID 7975)