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DS3101 - Introduction to Clinical Dentistry

Credit points: 12
Year: 2021
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
  • On-course including oral presentation and essays - (30%) - Group & Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Clinical assessment 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) - (10%) - 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 25-Mar-2021
Coordinator: Dr Kornelija Sfera
Lecturers: Dr Felicity Croker, Dr Shashidhar Venkatesh Murthy, Mr Shane MacDonald, Assoc. Professor Yousef Abdalla, Professor Robert Jones, <Person not found>, Dr Kornelija Sfera, Dr Erica Martin, <Person not found>, Assoc. Professor Geoff Booth, Assoc. Professor Andrew Lee, Professor John Abbott, Dr Kevin Ang, Dr Tonia Girdis, Assoc. Professor Anura Ariyawardana, Dr Blake Phibbs, Dr Amar Sholapurkar, Dr Alex Dancyger, Dr Sonali Mistry, Mrs Gloria Silcock, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Mr Jan Du Bruyn, Dr Dileep Sharma, <Person not found>, Mrs Amanda du Bruyn, Dr Clara Jo, <Person not found>, Dr Caitlin Boxsell, Dr Robi Islam, <Person not found>, Mr Manjunath Rajashekhar, Professor Peter Thomson, Assoc. Professor Marguerite Reith, Dr Tulio Fernandez Medina, Dr Harini Mani, Assoc. Professor Justin Curtin, Professor Alan Nimmo.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 56 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 42 hours practicals - Simulation Clinic sessions
  • 42 hours workshops - Prosthodontics laboratory
  • 28 hours - COALS (Clinically Orientated Active Learning Sessions) and Integrative 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.