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. Review the current knowledge of cell biology and biochemistry and critically apply this to the explanation of human development from zygote to senescence;  
  2. Analyse the ageing of the integumentary system and craniofacial anatomy;  
  3. Critically review the various theories of ageing and the psychology of ageing and concepts of beauty in relation to the discipline of dermal science;  
  4. Analyse variations of the craniofacial anatomy and the integumentary system related to sex and race;  
  5. 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.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Quizzes – 3 x(30 minutes duration per quiz) (Quiz 1&2 - 5% each, Quiz 3 - 10%.) 20%
Assignment Written education resource (Group work - 2000 words equivalent) 30%
Presentation Presentation using education resource (15 minutes) 20%
Journal Reflective journal (Part A – 250 words, Part B - 250 words) 30%

Required reading

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

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