DENT4121 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 1

24 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Students cover clinically relevant concepts in the disciplines of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Pharmacology, Pathology, Population Science and Behavioural Science. Students undertake introductory learning of molecules, cells and tissues, and the basics of scientific research and medical evidence. This progresses to organ system learning with a focus on the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and neurological systems and the head, neck and sensory organs. Students are also introduced to professional practice including the theory of communication skills within dental practice. Concurrently, students cover content related to blood and drugs (haematology and pharmacology), and body defences (microbiology and immunology).
Students are able to (1) describe common human pathogenic organisms, associated diseases and treatments, inflammation and healing, and describe the structure and function of the immune system and clinical aspects of immunology; (2) discuss clinically relevant normal and abnormal human structure, function, behaviour and development, and explain the classification, epidemiology, aetiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, common clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, diagnostic principles, therapeutic principles and aspects of population health for the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and neurological systems and the head, neck and sensory organs; (3) promote and participate in discussions on aspects of public and population health, epidemiology, migrant and refugee health in Australia, and discuss strategies for health maintenance, promotion, screening and disease prevention for specified organ system medical conditions; (4) demonstrate knowledge of blood and blood pathologies and outline principles of drug delivery, metabolism and associated pharmacological aspects; and (5) display professional behaviour in educational settings, outline some challenges to professionalism, demonstrate objective self-reflection and insight to recognise one's own personal values, well-being and difficulties, access support services when necessary, and comply with medicolegal requirements and responsibilities.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-semester tests; (2) final exam; and (3) professional behaviour assessment (Pass/Fail). 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 professional behaviour assessment (Pass/Fail) component.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit and the professional behaviour assessment meets expectations
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Omar Kujan
Unit rules
Approved quota: 56—50 domestic and 6 international places
Contact hours
30 hours per week
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-B-1_2019]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-B-3_2019]
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  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.