ORALHLTH 1204BHO - Professional Studies IOH Part 2
Teaching Hospitals - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ORALHLTH 1204BHO Course Professional Studies IOH Part 2 Coordinating Unit School of Dentistry Office Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Teaching Hospitals Units 4 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Corequisites DENT 1201AHO/BHO, DENT 1202AHO/BHO & DENT 1203AHO/BHO Restrictions Available to BOH students only Course Description This course has been designed to introduce concepts of academic and health communication designed to develop student's research skills to support study, the students' role as a graduate oral health professional and the requirement for continual professional development/research. Evidence-based dentistry will provide students with an appreciation of the nature and scope of statistics applied to dentistry. It will provide the students with an understanding of different study designs used in dental research and a working knowledge of basic statistics, interpretation and data analysis. Topics will be introduced in resource lectures, online learning mediums and workshops. Problem-based learning topics will be presented where applicable and student learning will be supported by independent and group research and discussion. The student is also required to monitor their own learning by providing feedback to each other as well as incorporating feedback from colleagues and staff.
Course Coordinator: Mr Clinton Kempster
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On completion of the Professional Studies I OH students should be able to:
• Explain the principles of learning as applied to contextualised scenarios and
• Demonstrate skills and attitudes required of a self-directed learner, including time management,evaluation and monitoring of your own learning.
• Identify and utilise flexible learning concepts and strategies.
• Demonstrate skills to work and communicate effectively with peers and staff.
• Demonstrate an ability to use the contemporary Harvard referencing system.
• Demonstrate the use of the Barr Smith Library and other learning resource facilities to locate appropriate references from textbooks, journals and electronic media for written assignments, group work, presentations and individual research.
• Explain the importance of effective communication in dental practice and describe ways in which communication is achieved.
• Be able to plan presentations effectively and communicate confidently in a public forum.
• Demonstrate basic skills in identifying, accessing, interpreting and evaluating scientific literature effectively from a range of sources including those online.
• Critically review a research paper by identifying a research problem, the study hypotheses, aims and types of study.
• Understand purpose and relevance of study design and being able to assess common statistical methods presented in journal articles.
• Discuss the concept of hypothesis testing and be able to interpret levels of
• Have a good understanding of the personal requirements for health professionals today in an Australian context.
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 7, 13 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 9-13 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 7, 8, 13 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 13 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2, 4, 7, 13 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 7, 13
Required ResourcesHoffman T, Bennett S & Del Mar C 2010, Evidence-Based Practice: Across the Health Professions, Elsevier, Australia (BSL Call number:
O’Toole, G 2008, Communication – Core Interpersonal Skills for Health Professionals, Elsevier, Australia
Burt BA, Stevens AE, Dentistry, Dental Practice, and the Community, St. Louis, Miss.; [Edinburgh]: Elsevier Saunders, 2005, 6th Edition (Barr Smith Library call number: 617.6S917d.5)
Recommended ResourcesHoffman T, Bennett S & Del Mar C 2010, Evidence-Based Practice: Across the Health Professions, Elsevier, Australia
Barkway P 2009, Psychology for Health Professionals, Elsevier, Australia
Humphris, G & Ling, M 2000, Behavioural Sciences for Dentistry, Harcourt, UK.
O’Toole, G 2008, Communication – Core Interpersonal Skills for Health Professionals, Elsevier, Australia
Purtilo, R & Haddad, A 2002, Health Professional & Patient Interaction, 6th Ed, W.B. Saunders Company, USA.
Rollnick, S, Mason, P & Butler, C 1999, Health Behavioural Change- A guide for practitioners, Churchill Livingstone, UK.
Summers, J & Smith, B 2004, Communication Skills Handbook: How to succeed in written & oral communication, Wiley, Australia
Bretag T, Crossman J & Bordia S 2009, Communication Skills Revised, McGraw Hill, Australia
Anderson J & Poole M 2001, Assignment & Thesis Writing 4th Edition, Wiley, Australia
Online LearningThere will be detailed information on the online learning requirements of this course given by the coordinator.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes• Classmeetings & lectures
· Experiential learning
• Contextualised scenarios and learning exercises
• Group activities
• Hands-on workshops & library research
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Approximately 2-3 hours contact per week plus 2-3 hours per week non-contact preparation, online activity, research and review.
Learning Activities SummarySmall group work, oral presentation, simulated communication experiences, research skill development, writing and reading skill
development, essay and report preparation
Specific Course RequirementsNone
Small Group Discovery ExperienceNo SGDE in this course of study
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryAssessment in Professional Studies IOH is multi-modal in that you will be involved in a wide range of types of assessment. This creates a more equitable assessment where there are opportunities for students to demonstrate existing strengths and perhaps develop others through involvement in a range of alternative formats.
Assessment Related RequirementsAs some of the assessment tasks are online, student will need access to a device with internet connectivity
Assessment DetailResearch skills diagnostic task
Submit in class
Writing skills task
All online modules and quizzes
PubMed & BOH Library Skills Online Tutorials (MyUni)
Online Summative 10%
Assessment 1Report writing & academic referencing
Assessment 2 Summative 30%
1. EBD workshop attendance, participation & contribution
2. EBD case study
Assessment 3 Group Communication Project
Assessment 4 Reflective learning report – communication skills
SubmissionSubmission of all summative written assessments via Turnitin / MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme) Grade Description CN Continuing FNS Fail No Submission NFE No Formal Examination F Fail NGP Non Graded Pass P Pass C Credit D Distinction HD High Distinction RP Result Pending
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