ODONT 6008AHO - Casework in Forensic Odontology Part 1

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2022

This course will require students to participation in routine casework undertaken by the Forensic Odontology Unit. Students will perform and report on casework, including Coronial oral autopsies, bite-mark examinations and age estimations. Preparation of case records and reports will be required for all cases. Attendance at the city mortuary and Courts of Law is required.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ODONT 6008AHO
    Course Casework in Forensic Odontology Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Contact By supervision as required
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to Grad Dip Forensic Odontology students only
    Course Description This course will require students to participation in routine casework undertaken by the Forensic Odontology Unit. Students will perform and report on casework, including Coronial oral autopsies, bite-mark examinations and age estimations. Preparation of case records and reports will be required for all cases. Attendance at the city mortuary and Courts of Law is required.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Denice Higgins

    Director and Senior Specialist Odontologist
    Forensic Odontology Unit/ Adelaide Dental School
    Helen Mayo South, North Terrace Campus
    Phone:  8313 6292
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Full details will be made available in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes


    1. Adopt and employ professional attitudes and standards/values by displaying the highest levels of integrity in all aspects of professional life.


    2. Use highly effective interpersonal skills to enable empathetic and effective communication with a range of audiences


    3. Provide forensic odontology services of the highest quality in a contemporary, ethical and legal environment and apply a broad understanding of social, political and cultural perspectives to inform quality practice


    4. Be committed to take a leadership role in actively promoting the importance of forensic odontology in dental, judicial, and community settings with emphasis on world “best practice” standards


    5. Effectively seek, analyse and evaluate data, materials and technology, as well as to produce expert opinions relating to the scope of forensic odontology


    6. Be committed to furthering the scientific base of knowledge in the specialised area of forensic odontology and to disseminate this knowledge to the dental, allied professions and the scientific community


    7. Effectively join or lead a national or international forensic odontology team in Disaster Victim Identification by working effectively with other odontology personnel and with allied professional teams. Utilise information technology for communication, data management and identification methods


    8. Engage in self-directed, life-long learning by using reflection and critical self-assessment to inform evidence-based practice and by undertaking continuing professional development
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    3 5 6 7

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1 3 5 7 8

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    2 3 6 7

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1 3 4 7

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    2 3 6 8

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1 3 6 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Practical
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Student to participate in routine casework and cold cases as directed
    Specific Course Requirements
    Only available to students enrolled in Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    1. Casebook Log (40%)
    2. Case Based Discussions (20%)
    3. Direct Observation of Practical Skills (DOPS) (40%)



    Assessment Related Requirements
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Assessment Detail
    Casebook - 20points (20% final grade over two semesters)
    A casebook log should be compiled for all actual and mock cases that you are involved in each semester. The layout is up to you, but each case entry should record; case number; type of case; case outcome; your involvement; interesting points; difficulties encountered, and steps taken to resolve them.

    Case based discussions x 1 – 10 points (10% final grade over two semesters)
    Throughout your training you should seek opportunities to present and discuss your cases with experienced colleagues and supervisors and receive feedback. 

    CbD assessments in Forensic Odontology indicate your ability to interpret and relate results to clinical findings; and to make decisions in relation to personal identity, age or origin of marks; including decisions with ethical and legal dimensions.  The purpose of the CbD assessment is also to provide feedback to you about your progress by highlighting strengths and areas for improvement, thereby encouraging your professional development.

    CbD topics will focus on the following aspects:

    • Interpreting and reporting results
    • Quality improvement
    • Professionalism, e.g. ethical/legal aspects, teamwork
    • Presentation of evidence

    Each aspect of your performance will be graded as either Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory. Areas for development should be identified, agreed by you and your supervisor and recorded on the CbD form.  The final outcome will only be graded Satisfactory if all aspects have been performed to the standard expected of you at your current stage.  A Trainee whose performance is Not Satisfactory will be able to repeat the assessment with no penalty.

    DOPS (Direct Observation of Practical Skills) x2 - 10 points each (20% final grade over two semesters)
    The purpose of the Direct Observation of Practical Skills (DOPS) assessment is to indicate your acquisition of practical, clinical and mortuary skills; to show that you can work safely in the mortuary; and to provide feedback on the progress by highlighting strengths and areas for improvement, thereby encouraging your professional development.  Observations can be made by your supervisor or by other suitable qualified staff.  You should initiate to DOPS assessment by requesting an appropriate assessor to observe them when you are confident that you can complete it satisfactorily but before the completion deadline. You should have the forms printed and available for the assessor at the time of the assessment. The time taken will vary according to the skill.

    The assessor should complete the DOPS form while you are present and spend 5-10 minutes providing immediate feedback.Each aspect of your performance should be graded as either Satisfactory (10 points) or Not Satisfactory (0 points). Your strengths as well as areas for improvement will be discussed with you. Areas for development should be identified, agreed and recorded on the DOPS form. The final outcome will only be graded Satisfactory if all aspects have been performed to the standard expected of a Trainee at that stage.  If your performance is Not Satisfactory you will be given the opportunity to repeat the assessment with no penalty.

    Submission
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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