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TITLE Physiology for Dental Students

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Physiology and Biochemistry

DESCRIPTION This one year study-unit covers all the essential elements of human physiology. Topics include cardiovascular, respiratory and renal physiology, acid-base balance, blood and the immune system, gastrointestinal physiology, endocrinology and the neurosciences. Integration of bone, muscle and exercise are also addressed.

The study-unit is designed for the student to be able to convert theoretical knowledge into practice in the clinical practice of dental surgery. 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 students with a thorough understanding of general and medical human physiology. Overall, dental 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 Surgery.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
• Explain the scope of human physiology.
• Describe the fundamental concepts of organ function and interaction.
• Describe basic physiological homeostatic mechanisms.
• Explain the adaptations to stress and the environment.
• Discuss the processes involved in orofacial pain, mechano and thermo sensation.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
• Name and identify the organs of the body.
• Describe the functions of the body organs.
• Outline the interactions of the body systems.
• Explain homeostatic mechanisms.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text

Physiology at a Glance 3rd Edition;
by Jeremy P. T. Ward, Roger W. A. Linden.
Paperback: 166 pages
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (May 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470659785
ISBN-13: 978-0470659786

Alternative Text

Berne R.M. & Levy M.N. 6th edition (2009). Principles of Physiology. Mosby Publishers. ISBN-10: 032307362X; ISBN-13: 978-0323073622.

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

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

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

LECTURER/S Simon Camilleri

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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