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Unit Overview


This unit builds on the knowledge gained in the DENT3001-3002 Body Systems 1-2 units in Semester 1. It provides students with further essential knowledge of medical sciences that is required for dental practice. Aspects of general medicine, infections, infectious diseases, the management of common medical emergencies during dental treatment, infection prevention and control will be covered. This unit will also include the principles of pharmacology, the use of drugs in dental practice, how drugs can affect the delivery of dental care to patients.

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) explain the clinical signs, symptoms and pathogenesis of systemic conditions relevant to dental practice; (2) discuss the pathogenicity and virulence of micro-organisms, the sources of infection and routes of transmission, and the role of vaccines in infectious (communicable) diseases; (3) apply the principles of infection prevention and control in dental practice, including when treating patients with communicable diseases; (4) explain the measures required to manage systemic medical conditions during dental treatment; (5) classify the most common medical emergencies in dental practice and their management; (6) explain the principles of drug delivery, drug metabolism and associated pharmacological aspects as they relate to dental practice; (7) explain how various drugs can affect dental practice and how these situations can be managed; (8) outline the common medications used in dental practice including their indications, contra-indications and management of adverse reactions; (9) outline the regulatory requirements and demonstrate how to write a prescription; and (10) 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 Magdalen Foo
Unit rules
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
or MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences
DENT3006 Biofilm Sciences and Cariology (ID 7974) DENT3007 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 1 (ID 7975) DENT3008 Dental Public Health and Research Methodology (ID 7972)
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) Clinical Coat (estimated cost - $80-100)
(2) Safety Glasses (estimated cost - $30.00).
Contact hours
4 lectures per week
2 hours practical classes 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.