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DS4101 - Clinical Dentistry 2

Credit points: 12
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

This subject integrates a clinical program with research that underpins evidence based practice. Students participate in a clinical program (the foundations of which were developed in DS3101:12 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry and DS3102:09 Clinical Dentistry 1) that exposes them to a wide range of clinical practice. This allows the development of competency in procedures which are examined at the end of Year 4. This includes further exposure to the disciplines focused on children (Paedodontics and Orthodontics), adults (Restorative, Periodontics and Endodontics) and Gerodontics and Oral Medicine. The cross-age disciplines of Oral Surgery and Restorative Dentistry are a strong focus of the clinical program. This dental specific content is augmented by a medicine and surgery component and has a strong ethical base. The development of clinical skills continues across the year to achieve competencies in all the key areas of dentistry. Ethical, evidence-based practice is reinforced throughout Year 4 as students deepen their theoretical and applied knowledge about research in dental science. Groups of students build on earlier studies by designing a research project and developing an ethics application.

Learning Outcomes

  • Perform an expanding range of dental procedures under supervision;
  • Understand the use of drugs commonly used in oral medicine, their side effects and drug interactions;
  • Understand the special needs of children with disabilities;
  • Develop a research proposal;
  • Prepare an ethics proposal for the research project following a structured template.

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 speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • 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 select and use appropriate tools and technologies.
Prerequisites: DS3101 AND DS3102


Cairns, Study Period 1, Placement/work experience
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Non-standard start/end 16-Jan-2012 to 15-Jun-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Geoff Booth
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Professor Robert Jones, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Professor Richard Stoll, <Person not found>, Assoc. Professor Andrew Lee, Professor John Abbott.
Workload expectations:
  • 52 hours lectures
  • 39 hours tutorials - Clinically oriented active learning sessions (COALS)
  • 39 hours practicals - Simulation Clinic
  • 13 hours workshops/Seminars - Integrative sessions
  • 390 hours clinical placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); presentations (30%); assignments (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must pass all components of the assessment to pass the subject. Satisfactory progress towards completion of specified clinical compentencies.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.