Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Foundations of Physiology for Dental Hygienists

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Physiology and Biochemistry

DESCRIPTION Through lectures and assigned readings in this one year study-unit, students will gain insight into structure-function relationships of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems of the body. This course deals with the physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems, body homeostatic principles, physiology of the red blood cell and the immune system, gastrointestinal physiology with particular emphasis on mastication and deglutition, endocrinology and the neurosciences.

The study-unit is designed for the student to be able to convert theoretical knowledge into practice in the clinical practice of dental hygiene. Students at the end of the study will have received tuition in all aspects of the physiological functions of the body organs.

Study-unit Aims:

This unit will provide dental hygiene students with a thorough understanding of general and medical human physiology. Overall, dental hygiene students will gain an appreciation of the normal functions of the human body. This unit is required to prepare students for the next topics in the curriculum leading to the Degree in Dental Hygiene.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Identify important features of organs and relate them to organ function;
- Describe the functions of the major body systems - musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, digestive and renal - and their organs and tissue components;
- Relate the functions of the above systems to survival and homeostasis.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will:

- Be able to describe the functions of the body organs;
- Be able to outline the interactions of the body systems in relationship to oral pathology;
- Be able to explain the control and interactions of the various homeostatic mechanisms;
- Have knowledge and understanding of those aspects of physiology that are significant in the management of their patients.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

Basic Guide to Anatomy and Physiology for Dental Care Professionals 1st Edition
by Carole Hollins
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (September 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470656115
ISBN-13: 978-0470656112

Alternative Text:

Human Physiology by Stuart Ira Fox
McGraw-Hill; 13 edition
ISBN-10: 1259060543
ISBN-13: 978-1259060540

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Simon Camilleri

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