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DS4101 - Clinical Dentistry 2

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

This subject integrates a clinical program with research that underpins evidence based practice. Students participate in a clinical program (the foundations of which were developed in DS3101:12 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry and DS3102:09 Clinical Dentistry 1) that exposes them to a wide range of clinical practice. This allows the development of competency in procedures which are examined at the end of Year 4. This includes further exposure to the disciplines focused on children (Paedodontics and Orthodontics), adults (Restorative, Periodontics and Endodontics) and Gerodontics and Oral Medicine. The cross-age disciplines of Oral Surgery and Restorative Dentistry are a strong focus of the clinical program. This dental specific content is augmented by a medicine and surgery component and has a strong ethical base. The development of clinical skills continues across the year to achieve competencies in all the key areas of dentistry. Ethical, evidence-based practice is reinforced throughout Year 4 as students deepen their theoretical and applied knowledge about research in dental science. Groups of students build on earlier studies by designing a research project and developing an ethics application.

Learning Outcomes

  • Perform an expanding range of dental procedures under supervision;
  • Understand the use of drugs commonly used in oral medicine, their side effects and drug interactions;
  • Understand the special needs of children with disabilities;
  • Develop a research proposal and complete an ethics application for the research project, following a structured template;
  • Analyse the strength and weakness of a research article followed by synthesis of a concise and succinct summary.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Clinical assessment 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Simulation activity - (%) - Individual
  • On-course (includes oral presentation, poster, written essay) - (25%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) - (15%) - 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: DS3101 AND DS3102


Cairns, Study Period 1, Placement/fieldwork
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Pratibha Dabas
Lecturers: Dr Felicity Croker, Ms Simone Ross, Assoc. Professor Yousef Abdalla, Dr Kornelija Sfera, Professor John Abbott, Dr Kate Miller, Dr Kevin Ang, Dr Tonia Girdis, Dr Blake Phibbs, Ms Doris Pierce, Dr Amar Sholapurkar, Dr Alex Dancyger, Mr Jan Du Bruyn, Mrs Amanda du Bruyn, Dr Stephen Pearson, Assoc. Professor Anna Vnuk, 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
  • 13 hours tutorials - Clinically oriented active learning sessions (COALS)
  • 13 hours seminars - Integrative sessions
  • 39 hours specialised - Simulation Clinic
  • 300 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.