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Unit Overview


Students cover clinically relevant concepts in the disciplines of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, pharmacology, pathology, population science and behavioural science. The teaching progresses from DENT4121 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 1 with a focus on the musculoskeletal, reproductive, gastrointestinal, skin and endocrine systems. Concurrently, students cover content related to genetics and human development, and research methodology.

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.

24 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline Restricted

Students are able to (1) 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 musculoskeletal, reproductive, gastrointestinal, skin and endocrine systems; (2) outline medical research design, apply principles of evidence-based practice (scientific method, research methodology and statistical analysis), and demonstrate ability to access, select and use recent, reliable and authoritative sources of relevant information including the use of information technology; (3) discuss and appreciate the importance of appropriate communication in the health profession; (4) display professional behaviour in the 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; and (5) describe fertilisation and embryological development, mechanisms for genetics and genetic diseases.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessment; (2) in-semester tests; and (3) professional behaviour (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 (Pass/Fail) component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Omar Kujan
Unit rules
DENT4121 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 1 (ID 6811)
Approved quota: 56—50 domestic and 6 international
Contact hours
30 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.