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DS2102 - Simulated Clinical Dentistry Part 2 of 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: DS2101 DS2102
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

This subject aims to prepare students for their transition from simulated dentistry to the clinic. Students will expand their restorative skills in the simulated environment, as well as develop their knowledge and skills in the area of prosthodontics, and the materials used for indirect restorations. The subject will further develop skills around the medical management of patients. There will be a focus on pain management, analgesia and anaesthesia, as well as the capacity to diagnose and develop treatment plans. Allied to this, students will develop their skills in taking medical and dental histories, and obtaining informed consent for examination and treatment. There will be a major focus on head and neck anatomy from a clinical and diagnostic perspective, along with a review the nervous system, with a particular focus placed on mood disorders, and the impact they have on oral health and dental practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in restorative techniques involving both direct and indirect restorations, and develop skills in the restoration of deciduous teeth;
  • Discuss the range of dental materials used for both direct and indirect restoration, and explain the factors that influence the selection of materials for basic dental procedures;
  • Understand the principles and anatomical considerations for the administration of local anaesthesia in clinical dental practice;
  • Discuss the pharmacological action of drugs commonly encountered in dental care, and explain the potential for unwanted effects and drug-drug interactions;
  • Explain how a patient's medical condition may determine the type of treatment provided, or the medications used, in the dental clinic;
  • Explain how oral disease, in particular infectious and inflammatory disorders, may impact on systemic health, as well as how systemic condition may impact upon oral health.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • On-course (10% SP1 + 20% SP2); integrated across subject chain - (30%) - Group & Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Students must demonstrate competency in a range of direct and indirect restorative procedures in the simulated environment. (Pass/Fail) Students must demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts in dental radiography, and be eligible to apply for a radiography licence. (Pass/Fail) 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: DS2101
DS2001 DS2003 DS2004 DS2005


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 26-Aug-2021
Coordinator: Dr Ernie Jennings
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Yousef Abdalla, Dr Kornelija Sfera, Miss Sharron Long, Dr Erica Martin, Mr Stephan Fischer, <Person not found>, Dr Ernie Jennings, Assoc. Professor Andrew Lee, Professor John Abbott, Dr Kate Miller, Dr Kevin Ang, Dr Candy Mason, Assoc. Professor Anura Ariyawardana, Dr Blake Phibbs, Dr Amar Sholapurkar, Dr Alex Dancyger, Miss Jessica Watt, Mrs Gloria Silcock, Mr Jan Du Bruyn, Dr Dileep Sharma, Mrs Amanda du Bruyn, Dr Clara Jo, <Person not found>, Mr Manjunath Rajashekhar, Professor Peter Thomson, Assoc. Professor Marguerite Reith, Dr Tulio Fernandez Medina, Dr Harini Mani, Professor Alan Nimmo.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 12 credit point subject is approximately 520 hours.

  • 104 hours lectures (didactic or interactive) - Weekly introductory and summary lectures
  • 25 hours tutorials - Home Group Tutorials (13) Small Group Synthesising Sessions (12)
  • 156 hours practicals - Guided learning sessions and practicals: 4 x 3hrs per week
  • 12 hours workshops - Integrative Session
  • 39 hours - 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.