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DS3102 - Clinical Dentistry 1

Credit points: 9
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Medicine & Dentistry

This subject is only available to those students enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Students undertake comprehensive patient care in the dental clinic within the School and as a clinical placement. This subject continues the clinical skills development initiated in the first semester subject DS3101:12 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry. The focal clinical activities include increased exposure to more complex medical and dental histories and using imaging techniques to assist diagnosis and treatment planning. The program will develop skills in routine and advanced restorative procedures and reinforce the skills learned in the simulated clinical environment and in DS3101:12 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry. Students' active participation in the clinical program exposes them to the provision of comprehensive dental care, under supervision, in a clinical environment and includes paediatric dentistry, and an introduction to orthodontics, oral surgery and periodontology. The development of clinical skills continues across the year in all of the key competencies of clinical dentistry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Perform a detailed dental examination, generate a differential diagnosis, provide oral health advice and carry out comprehensive treatment under supervision;
  • Identify common intra-oral soft tissue lesions and recognise potentially malignant changes in the oral mucosa;
  • Understand normal occlusion of teeth and common variation and treatment;
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for utilising psychosocial, socio-economic and cultural information when developing and prioritising an appropriate treatment plan for a patient;
  • Integrate research and ethical concepts into the delivery and maintenance of oral health.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
Prerequisites: DS2001 AND DS2005 AND DS2003 AND DS2004 AND DS3101 AND ALLOW CONCURRENT FOR DS3101


Cairns, Study Period 2, Placement/work experience
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Non-standard start/end 02-Jul-2012 to 16-Dec-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Geoff Booth
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours lectures
  • 40 hours workshops/Seminars - Integrative and synthesising sessions
  • 60 hours - COALS Clinically oriented active learning sessions
  • 360 hours clinical placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); other exams (20%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (25%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Satisfactory completion of set competency tasks. Students must pass all components of assessment to pass the subject.

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.