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DS8131 - Orthodontic Theory and Clinical Practice 3 (Part 2 of 2)

Credit points: 12
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: DS8130 DS8131
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics) course only or by permission of Head of School.

In this subject students develop knowledge and attitudes and acquire clinical and technical skills necessary to practise as a specialist orthodontist. This will be based on three essential elements: 1. what the orthodontist is able to do (clinical information gathering; treatment planning; treatment procedures) 2. how the orthodontist approaches clinical practice (application of basic clinical sciences; clinical reasoning and judgement; communication; health promotion; attitudes, ethical stance and legal responsibilities; information handling) 3. the orthodontist as a professional (role of the orthodontist within health services); personal development.

Learning Outcomes

  • acquire the skills and knowledge to function as a specialist orthodontist;
  • acquire the foundations for specialist training and specialist practice as an orthodontist.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (40%)
  • Invigilated > Other exams - (20%)
  • Clinical skills evaluation - (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (20%).

Special Assessment Requirements

Satisfactory attendance at clinical placements is a prerequisite. Students must achieve a pass in all assessments to pass the subject.

Prerequisites: DS8121


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, Study Period 1, Placement/fieldwork
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 12 credit point subject is approximately 520 hours.

  • 40 hours tutorials
  • 360 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.