ORALHLTH 2204HO - Professional Studies IIOH

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2021

This Course comprises of two units. Social context of dentistry aims to increase students awareness of the role of social context in shaping an individual's dental behaviours and the implications of this for clinical practice. Evidence-Based dentistry aims to equip students with the skills necessary to sustain and enhance the clinical practice of dentistry using scientific information published in biomedical journals. Topics include biostatistics and epidemiology.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ORALHLTH 2204HO
    Course Professional Studies IIOH
    Coordinating Unit Oral Health
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Units 4
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites ORALHLTH 1200HO
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Oral Health students only
    Course Description This Course comprises of two units. Social context of dentistry aims to increase students awareness of the role of social context in shaping an individual's dental behaviours and the implications of this for clinical practice.

    Evidence-Based dentistry aims to equip students with the skills necessary to sustain and enhance the clinical practice of dentistry using scientific information published in biomedical journals. Topics include biostatistics and epidemiology.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Gray

    2018 Course Coordinator Associate Professor Sophie Karanicolas
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. An understanding of how social context influences the oralhealth-related behaviour and oral health outcomes of patients who present for dental care

    2. An awareness and tolerance of socially determined differences in dental behaviour among groups of people

    3. An insight into the implications of social diversity in the process of clinical decision- making

    4. Develop a hierarchy of scientific evidence needed for clinical decision-making

    5. Recognize and be able to evaluate studies of disease frequency and disease risk

    6. Understand methods used for evaluating diagnostic tests

    7. Identify and apply to clinical practice information from studies of disease etiology

    8. Critically evaluate studies of prevention and treatment;

    9. Use principles of risk assessment,treatment evaluation, and decision-making in clinical dental practice, through the development of the hierachy of scientific evidence needed for clinical decision-making

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4-6, 9
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Will be provided
    Online Learning
    As directed by Unit coordinators but would require self directed database searches such as MEDLINE, PubMed, Goggle Scholar
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Class meetings
    On line Learning modules
    Small Group discovery experiences

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

    Social Context of Dentistry
    An estimated 3 hours per week Semester 1a which includes attending class meeting/lectures.
    A total of 5 hours tutorial /workshop plus preparation time.
    Practical excercise of taking a social history and time to collate/summarise with other group members.    

    Evidence-based Dentistry
    An estimation of 3 hours per week for Semester 1b which includes attending class meetings/ lectures
    Five x 1 hour tutorials plus preparation time (preliminary reading of scientific papers) for participation in tutorials.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This stream draws on students collaboration with each other to draw on shared experiences in order to meet the course requirements.
  • 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

    This course uses Grade Scheme 8 under the current 'Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy'


    All competent and successfully completed Professional Studies IIOH assessment results in a Non-Graded Pass (NGP).
    All NGP weighted assessment is compulsory and must be completed to a level that demonstrates competency to attract an NGP.

    Social Context of Dentistry
    1) A written group assignment.

    Evidenced Based Dentistry
    1) An online test answering questions from a journal article (short answer questions). 
    2) An in department written exam at end of Semester 1B (multiple choice and short answer) .

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Refer to assessment
    Assessment Detail
    See Assessment Summary
    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:

    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

    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.

    This is a Semester 1 only Course.
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