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DS6602 - Clinical Orthodontics

Credit points: 6
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: DS6602
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics course only.

This subject comprises a series of lectures and tutorials on fundamental orthodontic theory and covers both basic theoretical and clinical orthodontic skills that are essential during orthodontic treatment. The topics in this subject include biomechanics of tooth movement and biomechanical traits of brackets and archwires. Students will be trained to undertake basic straight wire techniques using a variety of bracket types, especially self-ligating brackets and practice choosing proper archwires. Students are required to read and critically review the designated reading and present their views in the tutorials. The ability to critically evaluate journal articles is seen as an indispensable tool in the pursuit of clinical practice founded on Evidence-Based Dentistry.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply biomechanical principles of tooth movement during straight wire appliance therapy;
  • demonstrate clinical skills in the use of self ligating brackets and arch wire selection;
  • apply advanced clinical and technical skills in space closure mechanics;
  • critically analyse orthodontic literature and apply it clinically.
Prerequisites: DS6601


As this subject is part of a subject chain, a final standard grade (e.g. P, C) will only be recorded for each subject after successful completion of all parts of the subject chain.

Cairns, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Non-standard start/end 14-Jan-2019 to 26-Jun-2019
Face to face teaching 14-Jan-2019 to 26-Jun-2019 (Mandatory Clinical Sessions on campus 14-15 Jan / 25-26 Feb / 8-9 Apr / 27-31 May / 25-26 Jun)
Coordinator: Dr Carmen Karadeniz
Lecturers: Dr Carmen Karadeniz, Dr Ersan Karadeniz, Dr Peter Vaughan.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 12 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 69 hours placement
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: presentations (20%); case presentations (in-treatment - international examiner) (10%); assignments (30%); active participation (collaborate) (10%); osce (international examiner) (30%).

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.