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DS3101 - Introduction to Clinical Dentistry

Credit points: 12
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

This subject is only available to those students enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Students undertake patient care in the dental clinic within the School and as a clinical placement, including basic prosthodontics with the manufacture of a denture for an edentulous patient. The clinical activity includes taking a detailed medical and dental history and using imaging techniques to assist diagnosis and treatment planning. A thorough understanding of cross infection policies and protocols and basic life support is required, as well as an understanding of patient autonomy and informed consent. This subject includes treatment of patients from different social and cultural backgrounds. Clinical application of topical and local anaesthesia and therapeutics is taught, and dental procedures carried out involving routine restorations and extraction of teeth. Scaling and polishing is undertaken and topical preventive applications and advice provided in the context of understanding the advantages and limitations of the role of preventive dentistry in oral health education and oral health promotion.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills in patient communication and oral health promotion and prevention strategies;
  • Demonstrate competency in appropriate diagnostic processes and clinical procedures to patients;
  • Demonstrate competency in dental radiography and radiology;
  • Develop an evidence-based approach to dental practice by integrating research and ethical concepts.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (30%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Clinical assessment 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) - (10%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Simulation activity - (%) - Individual
  • On-course including oral presentation and essays - (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: (DS2001 AND DS2003 AND DS2004 AND DS2005) OR (DS2101 AND DS2102)


Cairns, Study Period 1, Placement/fieldwork
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Kornelija Sfera
Lecturers: Dr Felicity Croker, Dr Andrea James, Mr Shane MacDonald, Assoc. Professor Yousef Abdalla, Dr Kornelija Sfera, Professor John Abbott, Dr Anita Griffin, Dr Tonia Girdis, Dr Blake Phibbs, Dr Amar Sholapurkar, Dr Alex Dancyger, Mrs Gloria Silcock, Mr Jan Du Bruyn, <Person not found>, Mrs Amanda du Bruyn, Dr Robi Islam, Dr Manjunath Rajashekhar, Professor Peter Thomson, Assoc. Professor Marguerite Reith, Dr Tulio Fernandez Medina, Dr Harini Mani, Assoc. Professor Justin Curtin, Dr Pratibha Dabas, Dr Rodrigo Rodrigues Amaral, Dr Poyan Barabari, Dr Joao Martins de Mello Neto.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 52 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials - COALS (Clinically Orientated Active Learning Sessions) and Integrative Sessions
  • 39 hours specialised - Simulation Clinic sessions
  • 210 hours placement
  • 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.