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DS2101 - Simulated Clinical Dentistry 1

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

Building on DS1102, this subject includes an expanded range of simulated dentistry exercises in order to prepare students for their transition to clinical dentistry. The subject combines both theory and practical training, increasing the student's knowledge and understanding of oral disease, particularly the caries process and periodontal disease, whilst also developing their hands-on ability and clinical thinking. Allied to this, there will be an emphasis on professional attitude and ethical behaviour in the clinical setting. An emphasis will also be placed on research and evidence-based practice, and the requirement for life-long learning. Students will be introduced to normal craniofacial development, laying the foundations for later studies of orthodontics. The subject will also extend students' understanding of the medical management of their patients, and the special medical needs of many patient groups.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in preparing cavities and restoring permanent teeth in the simulated environment in line with contemporary dental practice;
  • Explain the materials and processes associated with restorative dentistry;
  • Discuss the aetiology, risk factors and management strategies associated with periodontal disease;
  • Explain the primary infection control principles as they apply to dental practice;
  • Discuss the role of basic and clinical research in informing the practice of contemporary clinical dentistry;
  • Explain how the immune response can impact oral and systemic health and treatment plans;
  • Discuss how a range of mood disorders and neurological conditions and their treatment may impact oral health or treatment plans.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Multi-station assessment task (MSAT) - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Simulation activity - (%) - Individual
  • On-course including quizzes, oral presentation and written assignment - (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 DS1102 RH1002 HS1003 HS1401
DS2001 DS2003 DS2004 DS2005


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Ernie Jennings
Lecturers: Dr Kornelija Sfera, Miss Sharron Long, Mr Stephan Fischer, Dr Ernie Jennings, Dr Kate Miller, Dr Kevin Ang, Dr Blake Phibbs, Ms Doris Pierce, Dr David Simcock, Dr Amar Sholapurkar, Dr Alex Dancyger, Miss Jessica Watt, Mrs Gloria Silcock, Mr Jan Du Bruyn, Mrs Amanda du Bruyn, Dr Manjunath Rajashekhar, Professor Peter Thomson, Dr Tulio Fernandez Medina, Dr Harini Mani, Dr Joao Martins de Mello Neto.
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 - Integrative sessions
  • 156 hours specialised - Guided learning sessions and practicals: 2 x 3hrs per week. Simulation clinic: 2 x 3hr session per week.(78 hours)

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.