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DS6603 - Reflective Orthodontic Practice

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 clinical training. Included in this subject are in-depth case presentations where students show the progress of their cases in group seminars. The topics in this subject include clinical trials and systematic reviews on clinical treatment modalities and their effects. This subject exposes students to contemporary developments of orthodontic treatment approached and the supporting research, to understand the important philosophy of evidence-based orthodontics. 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

  • critically evaluate clinical information from in-treatment case presentations and optimize the selection of appropriate tooth movement mechanics in order to meet the treatment objectives;
  • apply a thorough understanding of the broad range of orthodontic problems and management options of complex orthodontic cases;
  • discuss the orthodontic/orthopedic management of Class II and Class III skeletal discrepancies;
  • critically analyse orthodontic literature and apply it clinically.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Research report - (40%) - Individual
  • Oral > Guided discussion - (10%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Clinical assessment 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 2 - (10%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: DS6602


Cairns, Study Period 2, Mixed attendance
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Non-standard start/end 26-Jul-2021 to 03-Dec-2021
Face to face teaching 05-Aug-2021 to 03-Dec-2021 (Mandatory Clinical Sessions on campus 5-6 Aug / 9-10 Sep / 21-22 Oct / 2-3 Dec)
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
  • 64 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.