Head and Neck Anatomy


Aims at providing students with a thorough understanding of head and neck anatomy with emphasis on those structures associated with the oral cavity. The course focuses on the anatomy, design and function of structures in the head and neck as they pertain to oral health.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. The structure and disposition of the bony elements of the skull, cervical, vertebral columns as they relate to the oral cavity

2. The course and distribution of the cranial nerves with emphasis on the facial and trieminal cranial nerves.

3. The structure of the nasal cavity, pharynx, soft palate, and oral cavity

4. The structure of the temporomanidibular joint, organs of hearing and balance

5. The anatomy of the upper and lower jaw, including teeth, gums, and palate

6. The anatomical and neural basis of respiration


  1. How to study anatomy
  2. Skull and face
  3. Skull bones
  4. Infratemporal fossa
  5. Facial muscles
  6. Submandibular region
  7. TMJ and Jaw Biomechanics
  8. Pterygopalatine Fossa
  9. Ear and temporal bone
  10. Nose and sinuses
  11. Pharynx and soft palate
  12. Oral cavity and tongue
  13. Larynx
  14. Vasculature of head and neck
  15. Respiration
  16. Cranial nerves: general
  17. Cranial nerves: Trigeminal Nerve
  18. Brain and Spinal Cord
  19. Motor and Sensory Systems
  20. Development of palate and teeth
  21. Special features of the oral cavity


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health program.

Assumed Knowledge

HUBS1401 Human Bioscience

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Written exams *

In Term Test: Laboratory exam

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must gain a mark of 50 or more in the final examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 33 hour(s) per Term

3 hours per week for 7 weeks and 2 hours per week for 6 weeks Mid-semester examinations will be scheduled in lecture times.