DOH110 Oral Health Sciences 1 (16)

This is an introductory course that begins the study of Oral Biology. This subject establishes the foundational knowledge needed in oral anatomy, histology and embryologic development. Crown and root anatomy, morphology and clinical characteristics will be examined in detail. Students will identify and differentiate oral structures. The subject is focused on the healthy development of the oral cavity at this stage of study so the student acquires sound foundational knowledge needed to distinguish health from disease and provide optimal oral health care as an oral health care practitioner.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH110. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene) course.

Assumed Knowledge

Year 12 biology and chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the basic embryological processes that lead to the development of the oral region
  • be able to describe the human body using appropriate anatomical terminology; with a focus on head and neck anatomical structure and function
  • be able to describe the sequence and expound on the stages of tooth development including initiation, bud, cap, bell, apposition and maturation
  • be able to apply acquired knowledge concerning Oral Histology and Embryology during clinical settings and treatment to all populations
  • be able to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes at all times in all learning environments including the patient and simulation clinics


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Major classes of oral microorganisms
  • Control of oral microbial growth
  • Control of the spread of infections
  • Overview of prenatal development
  • development of the face and neck
  • development of oral facial structures
  • tooth development and eruption
  • How tissues develop, differentiation of various types of tissues (oral mucosa, gingival/dental tissues, enamel, dentin, pulp. Periodontium, Cementum, Alveolar bone, Periodontal ligament
  • Eruption and tooth morphology
  • Clinical applications (anatomical terminology)
  • skeletal system, muscular system, TMJ, vascular system, glandular system, nervous system, lymphatic system.

Special Resources

The use of anatomical models and teaching lab environment at the Wagga Wagga CSU campus.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.