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Unit Overview


This unit will provide theoretical and practical training in head and neck sciences, including head and neck anatomy, osteology, musculature, circulation and neurology. Oral and dental anatomy, histology and physiology will be covered to prepare students for clinical dental practice.

Professional Behaviour Requirements

Non-compliance with the following standards may result in students being classified as 'Unsatisfactory' or 'Possible Concern' about their professional conduct (a failed component):

1. Adherence to the rules, regulations, policies, and protocols of the UWA Dental School, OHCWA, and external placements. This requirement encompasses but is not restricted to mandatory attendance, infection control policies, patient/health information confidentiality and privacy maintenance, adherence to the designated dress code, and refraining from inappropriate utilisation of social media.

2. Demonstration of honesty and integrity in research, academic pursuits, and clinical undertakings.

3. Compliance with all directives from staff members and engagement with others in a respectful and collegial manner.

4. Mandatory attendance of ALL compulsory activities during the specified periods and remaining for the entirety of each activity. These include, but are not limited to, educational workshops and tutorials, pre-clinical laboratory sessions (e.g. CSSL), treatment planning sessions, rostered clinical sessions, and external placements.

If a student cannot attend or needs to depart from a compulsory activity, the student must promptly notify the appropriate staff and initiate leave application procedures as outlined in the UWA Dental School handbook.

In situations where a mandatory activity is missed, provided relevant staff members have been notified and leave has been officially requested:

  • Students are permitted to miss a maximum of 10 sessions annually, distributed across various units, with the allowance of up to 5% of sessions within the specific DMD unit.
  • The student is responsible for ensuring appropriate makeup for the missed activity.

Failure to make up for missed activities within the academic and clinical calendar year will delay course progression and/or graduation, depending on the circumstances.

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 and explain the anatomy, histology, physiology and embryology of the tissues of the head and neck; (2) explain the normal structure, function, behaviour and development of the human oral tissues, including the teeth and their supporting structures; (3) describe the anatomy of the mouth and the primary and permanent teeth; (4) demonstrate anatomical knowledge through pre-clinical exercises; and (5) display professional behaviour in the educational and clinical setting.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessments; (2) practical assessments; and (3) 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 written assessments, practical assessments, and professional behaviour assessment components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Omar Kujan
Unit rules
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
or MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences
DENT3001 Body Systems 1 (ID 7533) DENT3002 Body Systems 2 (ID 7534) 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):
(1) Laboratory coat (estimated cost - $42.00)
(2) Safety Glasses (estimated cost - $30.00).
Contact hours
2 lectures per week
3 hours practical per week. Total 5 hours per week.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.