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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR1128 Introduction to the Oral Environment

20 creditsClass Size: 123

Module manager: Dr El Mostafa Raif/Mr Ammar Zaini

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry Requirements for MChD/BChD Dental Surgery, BSc Oral Science or BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Therapy as outlined in Course Finder

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will introduce students to the oral environment predominantly in health, as normal tissues and oral structures. It aims to provide them with a knowledge of the anatomy and biology of the oral environment in order to give a grounding for their clinical practice.


The student should gain knowledge of the anatomy of the facial structures & oral environment including; the facial skeleton, soft tissues, salivary glands and dental hard tissues encountered. The student should be able to identify individual teeth and be able to describe their morphological features and development. They will have a knowledge of the biochemical events that occur in living tissues, at both the molecular and cellular level. They will also be aware of the role of micro-organisms, especially those particularly related to the development of biofilms (plaque) within the oral environment, both in health and disease.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic head and neck anatomy including the teeth and supporting structures
2. Have a knowledge of tooth morphology and the stages of tooth development.
3. Demonstrate basic knowledge of oral microbiology including dental biofilms and their clinical assessment.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of the basic cell biology of oral structures including the role of principle molecules and the normal processes that occur in living cells.
5. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the physiology and biochemistry of saliva.

Skills outcomes
Ability to identify human tooth types.


- Basic cell biology
- Microbiology of the oral cavity
- Salivary biochemistry & physiology
- Tooth Morphology: tooth form, tooth identification, developmental stages/dates and tooth specific functions.
- Anatomy: anatomy of skull, head & neck, face, tongue, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, stomach.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning131.0013.00
Class tests, exams and assessment21.002.00
Independent online learning hours25.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours55.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for lectures & e-learning: 78 hours
Preparation for laboratory sessions: 8 hours
Planned Revision for Exams: 34 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are provided with formative feedback through the opportunities listed below. Students with particular difficulties with progress during the module are encouraged to seek advice from the Module Leader or their Personal Tutor.
Opportunities for formative feedback:
• Online self-assessment (& peer comparison) linked to the web-based e-learning
• Practical sessions: requiring the completion of Log/ handbooks
• Independent study strategy sessions with Student Advice Team.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalLog books0.00
Computer ExerciseOnline tooth morphology test0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

The online tooth morphology test needs to be passed in order to progress.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam1 hr 30 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2021


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