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DS3102 - Clinical Dentistry 1

Credit points: 9
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 comprehensive patient care in the dental clinic within the School and as a clinical placement. This subject continues the clinical skills development initiated in the first semester subject DS3101:12 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry. The focal clinical activities include increased exposure to more complex medical and dental histories and using imaging techniques to assist diagnosis and treatment planning. The program will develop skills in routine and advanced restorative procedures and reinforce the skills learned in the simulated clinical environment and in DS3101:12 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry. Students' active participation in the clinical program exposes them to the provision of comprehensive dental care, under supervision, in a clinical environment and includes paediatric dentistry, and an introduction to orthodontics, oral surgery and periodontology. The development of clinical skills continues across the year in all of the key competencies of clinical dentistry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify common intra-oral soft tissue lesions and recognise potentially malignant changes in the oral mucosa;
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for utilising psychosocial, socio-economic and cultural information when developing and prioritising an appropriate treatment plan for a patient;
  • Perform a detailed dental examination, generate a differential diagnosis, treatment plan basic and complex cases, provide oral health advice and perform an expanding range of comprehensive treatment for children and adults under supervision;
  • Understand normal occlusion of teeth, and common variations and treatment;
  • Integrate research, professional and ethical concepts into the delivery and maintenance of oral health.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (35%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Clinical assessment 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Simulation activity - (%) - Individual
  • On-course including oral presentation, essays and mid semester test, community project - (35%) - 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) AND DS3101 AND ALLOW CONCURRENT FOR DS3101


Cairns, Study Period 2, Placement/fieldwork
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Dr Kornelija Sfera
Lecturers: Dr Andrea James, Assoc. Professor Yousef Abdalla, Dr Kornelija Sfera, Professor John Abbott, Dr Kate Miller, Dr Kevin Ang, Dr Anita Griffin, Dr Andrew Liaw, Dr Candy Mason, Ms Doris Pierce, Dr Amar Sholapurkar, Dr Alex Dancyger, Mrs Gloria Silcock, Mr Jan Du Bruyn, <Person not found>, Mrs Amanda du Bruyn, Dr Rita Louise, 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 Joao Martins de Mello Neto.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 9 credit point subject is approximately 390 hours.

  • 52 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials - COALS - Clinically Oriented Active Learning Sessions
  • 13 hours seminars - Integrative Sessions
  • 39 hours specialised - Simulation Clinic Sessions
  • 270 hours placement

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.