Dermal Sciences 1

    Unit code: HBD2102 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Online Real Time
    HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2 (applicable for HBDS students ONLY)
    OR 96 credit points of first year (applicable for HBDS pathway students only)
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    The unit introduces students to theoretical aspects of integumentary system structure and function, and craniofacial anatomy relevant to the practice of dermal therapy. Topics include; embryonic skin development and growth of epidermal appendages, structure and biochemistry of the skin, barrier function of the stratum corneum, skin microbiome, and craniofacial bones, muscles, vessels and nerves. The unit provides important underpinning knowledge that students will require in their practical applications throughout the degree program.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Discuss the development of the integumentary system;
    2. Analyse the biochemistry of the skin and apply this knowledge in a dermal science context;
    3. Examine the structure and function of skin appendages; and
    4. Identify components of craniofacial anatomy relevant to dermal practice.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 10%
    Peer-review of research for essay and referencing (200 words)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    Essay (900 words)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 50%
    Written Test (2hrs duration)

    Required reading

    Principles of anatomy and physiology
    Tortora, G.J., Derrickson, B., Burkett, B., Peoples, G., Dye, D., Cooke, J., Diversi, T., McKean, M., Summers, S., Di Pietro, F., Engel, A., Macartney, M., & Green, H. (2021)| Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

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