Integrated Dental Sciences major (MJD-DENTS)

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.

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

Overview of unit sequence

Integrated Dental Sciences is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • four Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • eight Level 3 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
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
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 the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major,
or
Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice (IMSCP) major,
or
Vision Science Major (VISSC),
or
the Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering) (ENGSC) major
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major,
or
Integrated Medical Science and Clinical Practice (IMSCP) major,
or
Vision Science (VISSC) major.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Prerequisites:
IMED1001 Form and Function (ID 5965)
Co-requisites:
IMED1004 Health and Society (ID 5968)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 IMED1004 Health and Society
Prerequisites:
IMED1001 Form and Function (ID 5965)
Co-requisites:
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication (ID 5967)
Incompatibility:
Nil

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
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 IMED2003 Medical Sciences Research Methodologies
Prerequisites:
IMED2001 Body Defences (ID 5969)
Co-requisites:
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
Prerequisites:
IMED2001 Body Defences (ID 5969)
Co-requisites:
IMED2003 Medical Sciences Research Methodologies (ID 5971)
Incompatibility:
Nil

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)
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Incompatibility:
Nil
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)
Incompatibility:
Nil

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Integrated Dental Sciences degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.