This unit will build on the knowledge base provided by HBD2102 Dermal Sciences 1 and HBD2202 Dermal Sciences 2 by further researching dermal pathologies, specifically in the area of dermatological conditions. This unit will also cover the management of non-infectious dermatological conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, benign and pre-malignant skin lesions and skin cancers. A range of vascular and connective tissue disorders will also be considered. This unit will also expand on the microbiology knowledge gained in HBD2103 Occupational Health and Safety in Dermal Practice to include the identification, biochemistry and treatment of infectious skin diseases.  Knowledge of skin disorders and diseases will lead into related pharmacology and will include and introduction to the effects of various drugs and chemicals, both topical and oral, used in the treatment of skin conditions.

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HBD2103 - Occupational Health and Safety in Dermal Practice

HBD2202 - Dermal Sciences 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate the aetiology and epidemiology for a range of dermatological diseases and disorders;  
  2. Conceptualise the clinical features and evaluate potential differential diagnoses for a range of dermatological diseases and disorders;  
  3. Assess and discriminate between a range of dermatological conditions;  
  4. Investigate and critically review the management and potential treatments for a range of dermatological diseases and disorders;  
  5. Critically evaluate the role of a dermal clinician in the treatment of a range of dermatological conditions.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Ten (10) Online Tests (12 minutes duration for each test) 20%
Essay Written Essay (in pairs, 1000 words each student, 2000 words in total) 20%
Presentation Oral Presentation (in pairs, 10 minutes + 5 minutes question time) 20%
Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 40%

Required reading

Clinical Dermatology 5th ed.
Weller, R., Hunter, J., Savin, J., & Dahl, M. (2014)
Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 14th ed.
Tortora, G.J., & Derrickson, B. (2014)
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons

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