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DS6602 - Clinical Orthodontics

Credit points: 6
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
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.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Critical appraisal/review - (20%) - Individual
  • Oral > Guided discussion - (10%) - Individual
  • Oral > Oral defence - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Clinical assessment 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) - (20%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: DS6601


Cairns, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Non-standard start/end 20-Jan-2021 to 18-Jun-2021
Face to face teaching 20-Jan-2021 to 11-Jun-2021 (Mandatory Clinical Sessions on campus20-22Jan / 18-19 Feb / 25-26 Mar / 6-7 May / 7-11 Jun)
Coordinator: Dr Carmen Karadeniz
Lecturers: Dr Carmen Karadeniz, <Person not found>, Dr Peter Vaughan.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 12 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours workshops
  • 69 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.