This unit will build on the knowledge base provided by HBD2102 Dermal Sciences 1 and HBD2202 Dermal Sciences 2 by further investigating concepts of ageing of the integumentary system, and craniofacial anatomy. The influence of race and sex upon integumentary system and craniofacial anatomy will also be explored. The psychology of ageing and perceptions of beauty will also be explored. Knowledge of cell biology, biochemistry and genomics will be developed to explain human development across the lifespan.

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HBD3104 - Dermal Sciences 3

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Compare variations in craniofacial anatomy and the integumentary system related to sex and race;  
  2. Examine the current theories of genetic variation and the transmission of genetic information from parent to daughter cells to predict how genotype may translate to phenotype and apply this to understanding the genetic basis of disease;  
  3. Evaluate the development of the integumentary system from embryogenesis to adulthood;  
  4. Analyse the various theories of ageing relating to the integumentary system; and  
  5. Investigate the cutaneous manifestations of ageing, autoimmune disease and genetic disorders relevant to dermal science.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Three (3) online tests (30 mins each duration) 20%
Assignment Writing a book chapter (Group task, 2500 words) 50%
Presentation Presentation (In groups of up to 5 students, 15mins duration and submission of PowerPoint slides) 30%

Required reading

Biology of Ageing
McDonald, R. (2019)
Connecticut, USA: Taylor and Francis

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