DNA 103 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                       Date:  January 2014           


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:              Dental Assisting


Course Number and Title:           DNA 103, Introduction to Oral Health


Credit Hours:  1                   Hours/Wk Lecture:  1          Hours/Wk Lab:  0               Lec/Lab Comb:  1




      I.        Catalog Description:  Teaches anatomy of the head and neck, the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity, tooth morphology, deciduous and permanent dentition, as well as dental pathology and terminology.


    II.        Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:   Focuses on fundamental dental anatomy and identification systems


   III.        Required background:  Non-developmental placement in reading and writing


  IV.        Course content:


      a.       Dental arches, quadrants, anterior teeth, posterior teeth, tooth surfaces

      b.      Terminology

      c.       Numbering systems
d.      Tooth contours, contacts, heights of contour, embrasures, occlusion, arch, stabilization

      e.       Primary (deciduous) dentition

      f.       Mixed dentition
g.      Permanent dentition

      h.      Tooth diagrams


V.    Learner Outcomes


    The student will:


      a.       Use correct dental terminology when describing the teeth or landmarks on the teeth.

      b.       Be able to identify each type of anterior and posterior tooth.

                        c.       Name the correct code for each tooth in the universal, Palmer notation and FDI systems for both the permanent and primary or deciduous dentitions.

      d.      Be able to describe the general and specific characteristics for each type of tooth.


VI.             Evaluation


Students will be evaluated using some combination of quizzes, essays, written assignments, tests or special projects as determined by the faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions by Standard English.      


VII.          This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Personal Development

Quantitative Reasoning

                  Scientific Reasoning