ODONT 6012OL - Principles and Methods of Forensic Odontology

Online - Semester 1 - 2022

This course covers areas such as: history and role of forensic odontology in community dentistry, legal systems and role and jurisdiction of Courts of Law, the coronial system and practice of the Coroner's Office, expert evidence, methods of investigation of civil and criminal matters, relationship of police to forensic odontology, preservation and recovery of dental evidence from scenes, principles and techniques of video and computer imaging in cranio-facial superimposition, age estimation techniques, procedures for investigation of bite-marks and the principles of disaster victim identification.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ODONT 6012OL
    Course Principles and Methods of Forensic Odontology
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 6
    Contact Online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to Grad Dip Forensic Odontology students only
    Course Description This course covers areas such as: history and role of forensic odontology in community dentistry, legal systems and role and jurisdiction of Courts of Law, the coronial system and practice of the Coroner's Office, expert evidence, methods of investigation of civil and criminal matters, relationship of police to forensic odontology, preservation and recovery of dental evidence from scenes, principles and techniques of video and computer imaging in cranio-facial superimposition, age estimation techniques, procedures for investigation of bite-marks and the principles of disaster victim identification.
    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.

    Details are 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 in MyUni.

    Recommended Resources
    Details will be made available in MyUni.
    Online Learning

    Lectures published in Articulate Storyline will be made available in My Uni.

    This course will include use of Discussion Boards and lecture recordings.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures will be provided in an online format to allow part-time and external students to participate this will also allow full time students to utilise these features out of hours allowing them to continue to work in Dentistry which is complimentary to this course.

    Weekly group seminars will be undertaken which can be joined by Domestic external students.

    Participation in tutorials will be mandatory and use of blackboard discussions will be advocated.

    Workload

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

    Structured Learning

    Session Type Number of
    sessions
    Session
    Duration
    Total Hours
      Lectures 48 2 hours 96
      Tutorials 12 2 hours 24
      Practicals 12 2 hours 24
      Practicum placement 21 2 hours 42
    Total Hours
    186

    Non-contact (semester)

    Session Type Number of
    sessions
    Anticipated
    time (hours)
    Total
    Hours
     Weekly reading / other study 12 6 72
     Preparation for tutorial 12 2 24
     Preparation for practical 12 2 24
    Total Hours
    120
    Learning Activities Summary
    Details are available in MyUni.
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
  • 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

    ASSESSMENT TASK

    TASK TYPE

    WEIGHTING

    COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)

      Participation in seminars

      Formative
    and summative

      10%

      1,2,3,4,5,6,7

      Essay

      Summative

      30%

      1,2,3,5,6

      Written examination

      Summative

      60%

      1,7

      Formative quizzes

      Formative

      0%

      2, 3


    Online formative quizzes will be in the form of multiple choice and true/false questions.

    Multiple attempts will be allowed, with 100% success required.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Details will be made available in MyUni.

    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

    Details will be made available in MyUni.

    Course Grading

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

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    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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