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DS1102 - Dental Science 2

Credit points: 6
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: DS1101 DS1102
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

This subject provides an introduction to the basic procedures associated with clinical dental practice. The basic techniques used in dentistry are introduced, with an emphasis on minimally invasive dentistry and preventive care. The morphology and development of the dentitions are explored, along with introductions to dental and soft-tissue charting, and the identification of dental caries and periodontal disease. Students are introduced to dental materials, along with their chemical and physical properties, and the factors that influence the choice of a particular material.The major organ systems will be explored in relation to patient oral health and safe clinical management. The impact of nutrition on oral health and disease and the role of the dentist in nutritional counselling relating to oral health will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss tooth development and morphology, for both the deciduous and permanent dentition, along with eruption timing and sequences;
  • Explain the chemistry and properties of dental materials, and the factors that influence the selection of materials for basic dental procedures;
  • Explain the caries process, together with the strategies for providing preventive care, including patient nutritional counselling;
  • Develop competency in occlusal fissure sealing, preparing cavities and restoring permanent teeth in the simulated environment;
  • Demonstrate sound teamwork, ethics, confidentiality and communication principles in relation to other members of the dental team and the dental patient;
  • Discuss the physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology of the major organ systems, and the potential implications for patient oral health and the safe management of patients in the dental clinic.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Multi-station assessment task (MSAT) - (10%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) - (10%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Simulation activity - (%) - Individual
  • On-course including quizzes, oral and poster presentations - (30%) - Group & Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Satisfactory attendance is required at (pre)clinical placements. Satisfactory academic and professional standard, as described in the College Assessment Guidelines, must be achieved in order to progress

Prerequisites: DS1101
DS1001 BM1071 CH1010 DS1002 BM1072 CH1013


As this subject is part of a subject chain, a final standard grade (e.g. P, C) will only be recorded for each subject after successful completion of all parts of the subject chain.

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Dr Ernie Jennings, Dr Kate Miller
Lecturers: Dr Kornelija Sfera, Miss Sharron Long, Mr Stephan Fischer, Professor John Abbott, Dr Kate Miller, Dr Mark Payne, Dr Kevin Ang, Dr Candy Mason, Mr Jamie Mars, Ms Doris Pierce, Dr David Simcock, Dr Amar Sholapurkar, Dr Alex Dancyger, Mrs Gloria Silcock, Dr Manjunath Rajashekhar, Professor Peter Thomson, Mrs Jodie Hogan, Assoc. Professor Marguerite Reith, Dr Tulio Fernandez Medina, Dr Harini Mani, Dr Pratibha Dabas.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 52 hours lectures - Weekly introductory and summary lectures
  • 25 hours tutorials - Home Group Tutorials (13) Small Group Synthesising Sessions (12).
  • 12 hours seminars - Intergrative sessions.
  • 117 hours specialised - Guided learning sessions and practicals: 2 x 3hrs per week. Simulation clinic: 1 x 3hr session per week.
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.