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DS3102 - Clinical Dentistry 1

Credit points: 9
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Medicine & Dentistry (pre 2015)

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, common variations and treatment;
  • Integrate research, professional and ethical concepts into the delivery and maintenance of oral health.
Prerequisites: DS2001 AND DS2005 AND DS2003 AND DS2004 AND DS3101 AND ALLOW CONCURRENT FOR DS3101


Cairns, Placement/work experience, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Non-standard start/end 14-Jul-2014 to 21-Nov-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Robyn Boase
Lecturers: Dr Felicity Croker, Dr Shashidhar Venkatesh Murthy, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Professor Richard Stoll, Assoc. Professor Geoff Booth, Assoc. Professor Andrew Lee, Professor John Abbott, Dr Kevin Ang, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Dr Anura Ariyawardana, Dr Amar Sholapurkar, Professor Alan Nimmo.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours lectures
  • 60 hours practicals - Preclinical Simulation Clinic sessions
  • 40 hours workshops/Seminars - Integrative and synthesising sessions
  • 60 hours - COALS Clinically oriented active learning sessions
  • 300 hours clinical placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (20%); clinical skills assessment (%); assignments (30%); community project (10%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Satisfactory completion of Simulation Clinic Exercises and Clinical Skills Assessment graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Students must pass all components of assessment to pass the subject and receive a Satisfactory grade for Clinical Skills Assessment to proceed to Year 4.

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.