Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course 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.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand and apply anatomical terminology when identifying and describing the anatomy of the head and neck region

2. List and identify major musculoskeletal elements of the skull, face, ear, nasal cavity, pharynx, larynx, oral cavity, and cervical and thoracic regions

3. Describe the structure and function of the musculoskeletal elements of the skull, face, ear, nasal cavity, pharynx, larynx, oral cavity, and cervical and thoracic regions

4. Describe the structure and biomechanics of the temporomandibular joint and identify the aetiology, symptoms and consequences of disorders of this joint

5. Identify the major blood vessels which supply the features of the head and neck

6. Describe the structure and function of the brain, spinal cord, neural pathways and cranial nerves; in particular the course and distribution of the facial and trigeminal cranial nerves

7. Apply the knowledge gained in this course to identify and describe the anatomical and neural mechanisms involved in mastication, swallowing, respiration, and hearing


  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

Assumed knowledge

HUBS1401 Human Bioscience

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid -semester examination

In Term Test: Identification examination

Formal Examination: Formal examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Practical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - As this course has objectives and assessment that requires an understanding of anatomical structures, students will be required to achieve a satisfactory level of attendance at laboratory sessions. Attendance at these sessions is particularly important in preparation for the practical laboratory examination.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 28 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Mid semester examinations will be scheduled in these hours


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

Includes laboratory examination

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.