Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dental Biochemistry

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Physiology and Biochemistry

DESCRIPTION Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes in living organisms. In this study-unit the focus will be on covering the principles of biochemistry that underly dental and oral health and disease. Throughout the unit, emphasis will be placed on the integration of general biochemistry to the field of dentistry.

Study-unit Aims:

To enable students to integrate the principles of general biochemistry to applications in the field of dentistry.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Discuss atomic structure, elements and isotopes and the concept of how isotopes may act as a source of radioactivity.
- Describe the types of chemical bonds.
- Explain the chemical structure.
- Describe the characteristics of biochemlcals such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, nucleic acids, vitamins.
- Describe examples where these classes of biocompounds are relevant to the field of dentistry.
- Describe the synthetic paths for collagen and elastin.
- Describe the synthesis of bone, enamel and dentin.
- Describe the process of blood coagulation.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify the components involved in dental and oral health and disease.
- Identify the roles played by these components in dental and oral health and disease.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Recommended Text
Levine M (2011) Topics in Dental Biochemistry Springer Science. ISBN 978-3-540-881 15-5.

Additional Texts
Berg Jm Tymoczko JL and Stryer L (2006) Biochemistry WH Freeman and company. ISBN 10:071B7B7245.
Champe PC. Harvey R and Fenier D (2006) Lippincotts' Biochemistry illustrated Reviews. ISBN 10: 160831412X.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Entry requirements for Dentistry course.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 20%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Roberto Cutajar
Christian Scerri

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