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Unit Overview

Description

This is a core unit covering the foundations of oral pathology. It provides an understanding of disease processes in the teeth, face and jaws, and their clinical manifestation. Students are educated in clinical presentations and progression of oral disease and relate the information to underlying pathological processes in order to understand the biological basis for the management of such conditions. Emphasis is placed on the clinical presentation and progression of oral disease in order to provide students with the basic principles and methodologies for its diagnosis. The Dental Radiography section of this unit covers the properties of ionising radiation, production of X-rays, radiation dosimetry and protection. Additionally, there is information on the clinical application and techniques of exposure, processing and storage of films, interpretation of the appearance of normal anatomical structures and the uses of radiography in the various specialty fields of dentistry. Relevant aspects of diagnostic radiology are included and are examinable in other relevant units.

Credit
6 points
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of ionising radiation, production of X-rays, radiation dosimetry and protection; (2) demonstrate clinical application and techniques of exposure, processing and storage of films, interpretation of the appearance of normal anatomical structure and the use of radiography in the various specialty fields of dentistry; (3) demonstrate knowledge of the clinical presentations and progression of oral disease and the underlying pathological processes; and (4) understand the biological basis for the management of pathologic conditions.

Assessment

This comprises a combination of formative and summative methods in the form of a practical assessment (20 per cent), written assessment (40 per cent) and a final examination (40 per cent).



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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Estie Kruger
Unit rules
Approved quota: 10
Contact hours
3 hours 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.