ORALHLTH 1203AHO - Human Biology IOH Part 1

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2019

This stream aims to provide the student with the biological grounding upon which the practice of dentistry rests. It is an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human body and in particular the teeth and oro-facial regions. Topics include: basic biochemistry, general anatomy and physiology, general histology, oral histology and embryology, anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, microbiology and immunology.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ORALHLTH 1203AHO
    Course Human Biology IOH Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Oral Health
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Contact Up to 8 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Oral Health students only
    Course Description This stream aims to provide the student with the biological grounding upon which the practice of dentistry rests. It is an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human body and in particular the teeth and oro-facial regions. Topics include: basic biochemistry, general anatomy and physiology, general histology, oral histology and embryology, anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, microbiology and immunology.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Gray

    Course Coordinator: Cathy Snelling
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3056
    Email: catherine.snelling@adelaide.edu.au

    Key Lecturer: Sophie Karanicolas
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3287
    Email: sophie.karanicolas@adelaide.edu.au

    Lecturer (Genetics): Dr Toby Hughes
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3295
    Email: toby.hughes@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate an integrated understanding of basic cell biology, including the role and function of the major biological molecules.
    2 Apply basic genetic concepts including the principles of heredity and variation, genes and chromosomes, assortment, linkage, mutations and human genetics to clinically based scenarios.
    3 Discuss the role of cell physiology in the maintenance of homeostasis.
    4 Compare and contrast the basic tissue types within the body, relating their form to their function, and with an emphasis on the hard and soft structures of the oral cavity, head and neck.
    5 Apply an integrated understanding of the structure and function of the body systems and key functions of a health body such as nutrient supply, waste removal, respiration, transport and movement, as a basis for analysing patients’ oral health.
    6 Identify the hard and soft tissue landmarks and features of the skull and facial skeleton and explore their function in the context of safe and effective oral health practice
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4,5, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4, 5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5, 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    •    Fehrenbach MJ, and Popowics T, (2015) Illustrated Dental Embryology, Histology and Anatomy, 4th ed, WB Saunders Co: Philadelphia.
    •    Marieb EN and Hoehn K (2012) Human Anatomy and Physiology, 9th ed, Pearson Higher Education: San Francisco
    •    Fehrenbach MJ and Herring SW (2016) Illustrated Anatomy of the Head and Neck, 5th ed, WB Saunders and Co: Philadelphia.
    Recommended Resources
    • Garrett LK (2012) Get Ready for A&P, 4th ed, Pearson Benjamin Cummings: San Francisco
    • Logan BM, Reynolds PA and Hutchings RT (2009) McMinns Colour Atlas of Head and Neck Anatomy, 4th edition, Mosby: London
    • Wolf J (2006) Atlas of Dental Hygiene Periodontology, Thieme Medical Publishing Company: New York

    Online Learning
    All resources for this course will be uploaded on My Uni under Human Biology I OH Part A in Semester 1 and Part B in Semester 2 in the course material section. MyUni will be used extensively for learning and communication, so you are strongly urged to check your emails and MyUni announcements on a regular /daily basis. Other social learning tools such as wikis will also be used for group-based learning and interactive online learning modules will form a part of your pre-lecture preparation.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered in a manner that will address the diverse learning styles of the student cohort and will include:

    •    Resource sessions
    •    Resource lectures
    •    Interactive Online Learning Modules
    •    Online learning platforms
    •    Tutorials
    •    Printed and web-based resources
    •    Written assignments
    •    Oral presentations
    •    Group research projects
    •    Learning laboratories
    •    Peer Review
    •    Self-assessment
    •    Self-directed learning

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Contact Time
    Semester 1 & 2:
    84 hours per semester;7 hours per week, consisting of:
    2 resource sessions per week on Wednesday 1.10 -2.30pm and Thursday 9.10 -10.30am
    2 tutorial/ learning laboratory sessions on Wednesday 3.00pm-4.00pm and Thursday 11.00am -1.00pm.

    Resource Sessions - Semester 1
    Wednesday: Semester 1 TBA
    Thursday:    Semester 1: TBA

    Tutorials/Learning Laboratories - Semester 1
    Wednesday    Semester 1: TBA
    Thursday    Semester 1: TBA
    Learning Activities Summary
    The topics that will covered in this course will include:
    Principles of inheritance and genetic linkage
    Cell structure and function
    Radiation Biology
    General Histology
    General Anatomy and Physiology
    Anatomy and Physiology of the head and neck
    Specific Course Requirements
    Access to a computer with Internet connectivity will be required to undertake the online learning component of this course.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The first year oral health course in Human Biology is part of the University’s Small Group Discovery Experience (SGDE) where experienced academics will work with you in small groups to help you develop key research interests and skills, consequently enabling you to become a lifelong and reflective learner, and an evidenced based practitioner. You will be working with a senior academic and a small group of your peers to research a topic of interest and share your experiences with one and other, as well as with your allocated academic researcher.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Week Format Tasks Feedback/Grade Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Across semester 1 Online learning modules Completion of learning activities and checkpoints Feedback/Grade 5% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Weeks 2-7 Tests of understanding
    Cell Biology and Genetics
    1, 2, 3
    Week 8 Written assignment (in conjunction with Professional Studies I OH)
    The effect of ionizing radiation on the human body
    Feedback/Grade 5% 1, 2 , 3
    Sem 1 Examination period Written paper Musculoskeletal histology, anat and physiology applied to head and neck
    Oral Histology

    Feedback/Grade 20% 3, 4, 5, 6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    This is a year-long subject across two semesters, with foundation knowledge taught earlier in the course, then developed and applied in the second. Consequently, semester 1 is worth 35% of overall mark, whilst the higher level knowledge in semester 2 contributes 65%.

    All assessment tasks must be completed successfully: that is, this should be considered as a score of at least 55%, in order to achieve competence in the overall course.  Redemption opportunities may be provided, but are not guaranteed.
    Assessment Detail
    Interactive Learning Modules
    There are a number of Interactive Learning Modules (ILMs) for specific topics in the Human Biology stream that can be undertaken at a time to suit individual students. The learning activities (egg MCQ checkpoints, short answer questions) are submitted to teaching staff, who collate results to gain better insight into how students understand the content covered in the module. Feedback is then provided to the class regarding areas where further learning activities may be required.

    Tests of Understanding (Foundations of Human Biology)
    There are three short tests of understanding scheduled in semester 1a to support your understanding of the concepts of human biology.

    Radiation Biology Report
    This assessment task requires you to research how x-radiation affects human cells and tissues. In the context of oral health practice, you will need to be able to apply this knowledge in the clinic when taking dental radiographs on your patients.

    Learning Laboratories and Tutorials

    These sessions are designed to provide you with a range of exercises that allow you to explore the content material in more of a “hands on” approach through the use of different learning modes.  Some sessions will require preparation and pre-reading, whilst others will allow you to undertake workbook exercises with tutor support and direction.  There is also anatomy practical activities scheduled where you will have the opportunity to study human specimens.


    Assignments must be submitted with the dental school’s official cover sheet. Submission may be made electronically unless otherwise advised.

    Any requests for extension must be made in writing to the relevant assessor no later than 7 days before the due date.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Changes made to Human Biology I OH for 2019 (based on eSELTS and teaching staff reflection)

    ·        Increasing the use of on-line technologies, particularly interactive learning modules (ILMs)

    ·        Changes to number, timing and mode of assessment activities - including completion of the online assessment task associated with  the ILMs

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