DOH253 Head and Neck Anatomy (8)

This subject is designed to provide students with the opportunity of learning the functional and clinical anatomy of the head and neck and to continue to develop their basic anatomical knowledge. The subject will cover the skeletal, muscular, vascular and nervous tissue components of the head and neck with a strong emphasis on function as it relates to dentistry and a special focus on clinical anatomy relevant to minor oral surgery and the administration of local anaesthetics.

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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH253. 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 Dental Science course


DOH134 and DOH124

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and describe the bones and osteological features of the skull and its articulations, the hyoid bone and the vertebral column, and identify these structures on radiographic images;
  • be able to describe the topographical and functional anatomy of the head and neck, in particular the arrangement, relations and functions of the major skeletal, ligamentous, muscular and neurovascular components of the head and neck;
  • be able to describe the embryology of the head and neck, in particular the embryological development of the oral and nasal cavities, the larynx and pharynx, and relate the embryology to the functional anatomy of these regions;
  • be able to describe the detailed structural and functional anatomy of the oral cavity and demonstrate the clinical anatomical knowledge of the region that is foundational to clinical dental practice, in particular minor oral surgery and the administration of local anaesthetics.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Head and neck anatomy
  • Embryology of the head and neck
  • Oral anatomy


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.