ORALHLTH 1203BHO - Human Biology IOH Part 2

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 2 - 2022

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 1203BHO
    Course Human Biology IOH Part 2
    Coordinating Unit Oral Health
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 8 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites ORALHLTH 1201AHO, ORALHLTH 1202AHO, ORALHLTH 1203AHO and ORALHLTH 1204AHO
    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

    Key Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Farmer
    Email: elizabeth.farmer@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 Recognise the relevance and importance of human biology as essential underpinning knowledge for the practice of oral health.
    2 Explore the basic tissue types within the body and apply their form and fuinction with particular emphasis on the hard and soft structures of the head and neck
    3 Apply the organization and interrelationship of the major body systems for the maintenance of homeostasis and health, and recognise the importance of medical history taking as an underpinning skill in oral health practice.
    4 Apply the anatomy and physiology of the head and neck to practice as an oral health professional, specifically targeting extra and intra oral examination.
    5 Discuss the embryonic development of the face and the oral cavity and the significance this has to dental anomalies.
    6 Recognise the importance of immunology and microbiology for the purpose of explaining the disease process in the human body and more specifically the initiation and progress of oral diseases.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 3, 4

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 6, 7

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 3, 4

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 5, 6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1, 2, 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    •    Fehrenbach MJ and Popowics T (2015) Illustrated Dental Embryology, Histology and Anatomy, 4th ed, Saunders: Philadelphia
    •    Marieb EN and Hoehn K (2019) Human Anatomy and Physiology, 11th ed, Pearson Higher Education: San Francisco
    •    Fehrenbach MJ and Herring SW (2016) Illustrated Anatomy of the Head and Neck, 5th ed, Saunders: Philadelphia.
    Recommended Resources
    See semester 1 Course outline
    Human Biology IOH Part 1

    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 required to check your emails and MyUni announcements on a regular /daily basis. 

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

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


    Semester 1 & 2: 

    Tutorials (Mon 2 hr)
    Workshops (Wed am; 2 hrs)
    Online Quixzzes, tests & activities

    Learning Activities Summary
    The topics that will covered in this course will include:

    •    General Histology
    •    General Anatomy and Physiology
    •    Anatomy and Physiology of the head and neck
    •    Oral Histology
    •    Embryology
    •    Immunology
    •    Microbiology
    Specific Course Requirements
    Access to a computer with Internet connectivity will be required to undertake the online learning component of this course.
  • 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
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed

    End Semester 2 examination: Head & neck embryology, Cardiovascular, renal system/fluid balance, lymphatic/ immunology, digestive system, Nutrition & metabolism 
    Written Paper - test:
    30% 3
    Online quizzes & activities Online quizzes/assignments
    5% 1-6
    Case study /assignment: Immunology Test of understanding:
    2.5% 6
    Week 11 Biodent workshops test
    10% 1-6
    Case study /assignment: Respiratory /SOB Feedback/Grade 2.5% 3
    Head & neck anatomy- test Written paper: Grade 15% 2, 4-6
    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 semester. 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, ie 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 throughout the year, but are not guaranteed.
    Assessment Detail
    Online Quizzes and Assignments
    In order to assist your learning outside of the classroom and to consolidate your understanding of the course material, there will be a number of online learning activities that will be undertaken with Interactive Learning Modules (ILMs) and online assignments

    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 a range of practical learning activities scheduled throughout the year in the form of clinical sessions and human specimen examination and analysis.Learning laboratories and tutorials are designed to assist you with the development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes for the Human Biology I OH stream.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    You will have the opportunity to research a broad human biology topic, in order to identify and establish it’s relevance to oral health. Using a wiki platform, your collaborative project, supervised by a senior academic, will contribute to an issue-based scientific poster.
    Assignments must be submitted with the dental school’s official cover sheet. Submission may be made electronically or as otherwise specified.

    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:

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    RP Result Pending

    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  (based on SELTS and teaching staff reflection.)

    •    Changes to number, timing and mode of assessment activities
    •    Increasing the use of on-line technologies, particularly interactive learning modules - include completion of the associated learning activities as a part of the summative assessment
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