Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Foundations of Biochemistry for Dental Hygienists

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Physiology and Biochemistry

DESCRIPTION This is an introduction to the principles of biochemistry underlying the field of dentistry. Emphasis will be placed on the foundations of biochemistry Including the molecules that are found in the cell, including carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and nucleic acids. Macromolecules including bone,enamel and dentine will also be covered. Where feasible, integration with the dentistry field will be carried out.

Study-unit Aims:

To enable students following the BSc In Dental hygiene to apply the foundations of Biochemistry to their field of specialisation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

I. Recognise the features of molecules that are relevant to the field of Dentistry;
II. Recognise the molecules that are Involved In synthetic chemical pathways.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

I. Identify the core molecules involved in dental and oral health and disease.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Champa PC Harvey R and Ferrier D (2006) Upplncotl's Illustrated Reviews ISBN 10: 160831412X.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite qualifications: Entry requirements for BSc Dental Hygiene course.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 20%
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Marion Zammit Mangion

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