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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, and introductory preclinical and clinical dentistry.

This unit is constructed to provide teaching on the balance of content for DMD students who have not passed any of the units DENT4101 to DENT4108, or who have failed either of the new units DENT4121 or DENT4122. There are no corresponding units for DENT4101 to DENT4108 within the 2018 DMD program, so this unit is offered to students who have not successfully completed any of the units DENT4101 to DENT4108. Likewise, this unit may be offered in the revised 2018 DMD program to students who do not successfully complete either DENT4121 or DENT4122, at the discretion of the Dean and Head, UWA Dental School and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Board of Examiners.

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

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 gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine and reproductive systems, and selected aspects of the immunological system; (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) 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 (4) display knowledge of cariology and preventative dentistry, and be able to undertake clinical examination, and single tooth direct restorations.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written examination; (2) in semester tests; (3) written assignments; and (4) professional behaviour. 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 examination and professional behaviour components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
To be advised
Unit rules
Failure to pass (all eight of DENT4101 to DENT4108)
or (both of DENT4121
and DENT4122).
Approved quota: 56—50 domestic and 6 international
Contact hours
30 hours per week
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  • 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.