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Unit Overview


This unit will be delivered in conjunction with the DENT3001 Body Systems 1 unit. These units will provide students with the basic essential knowledge of the medical sciences that is required for dental practice.

This unit covers anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, pathology, and development as they relate to dentistry. Learning will be approached through the different organ systems with a focus on the endocrine, digestive, renal, musculoskeletal, reproductive and integumentary systems. Concurrently, students will learn about the common behavioural and psychiatric conditions related to clinical dental practice.

Professional Behaviour Requirements

Please refer to the Dental School Handbook regarding requirements and consequences of non-compliance, which can delay course progression and/or graduation, depending on circumstances.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe clinically relevant normal and abnormal human anatomy, structure, and function for the endocrine, digestive, renal, musculoskeletal, reproductive and integumentary systems.; (2) describe the common clinical and pathological manifestations, therapeutic principles and aspects of population health for common conditions of the endocrine, digestive, renal, musculoskeletal, reproductive and integumentary systems; (3) describe common behavioural and psychiatric conditions relevant to clinical dental practice; and (4) display professional behaviour in an educational setting..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) tests; (3) examinations; and (4) professional behaviour assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the examinations and professional behaviour assessment components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Simone Duncan and Dr Demelza Ireland
Unit rules
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
or MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences
DENT3001 Body Systems 1 (ID 7533) DENT3003 Anatomy and Oral Sciences (ID 7970) DENT3004 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (ID 7971)
Approved quota: 56—50 domestic and 6 international places
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Laboratory coat (estimated cost - $42.00).
Contact hours
Approximately 6 hours per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.