ORALHLTH 3202BHO - Clinical Practice IIIOH Part 2

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 2 - 2015

This stream aims to further develop the student's preventive, periodontal and operative role as an oral health practitioner. Topics include dental therapy practice, dental hygiene practice and clinical radiology.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ORALHLTH 3202BHO
    Course Clinical Practice IIIOH Part 2
    Coordinating Unit School of Dentistry Office
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Units 12
    Contact Up to 16 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites DENT 2202A/BHO & DENT 2200HO
    Corequisites DENT 3201AHO/BH & DENT3204AHO/BHO
    Restrictions Available to BDS students only
    Course Description This stream aims to further develop the student's preventive, periodontal and operative role as an oral health practitioner. Topics include dental therapy practice, dental hygiene practice and clinical radiology.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Susan Aldenhoven

    Course Coordinator: Sue Aldenhoven
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6454
    Email: susan.aldenhoven@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Room 4.07, Oliphant Building

    Course Coordinator: Rosie Cooper
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3073
    Email: rosemary.cooper@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Room 4.16, Oliphant Building
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and legal responsibilities of an oral health therapist by applying knowledge of scope of practice and codes of ethics to clinical conduct and decision making, to accurately mirror professional practice standards as indicated by professional associations and Dental Board of Australia.
    2 demonstrate an understanding of OH&S and infection control by applying and adapting knowledge of these principles and practices to work safely and effectively in the clinical environment.
    3 demonstrate effective communication skills to work collaboratively as a member of th edental team and create and maintain effective working relationships with patients and other health professionals.
    4 demonstrate an understanding of hard and soft tissue diagnosis by utilizing clinical investigation skill sand appropriate diagnostic aids to gather information for clinical diagnosis and decision making, and the ability to make appropriate management decisions including when to refer and refer for specialist consultation.
    5 demonstrate and understanding of the aetiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases by developing and applying existing knowledge to analyse and manage patient needs, through appropriate treatment plans, preventive regimens and counselling.
    6 demonstrate an understanding of the aetiology of dental caries, deciduous exodontia, cavity preparation, dental materials and pulp therapy and apply knowledge to clinical situations to provide appropriate treatment plans, preventive regimens and restorative solutions for children and adolescents.
    7 demonstrate skills in intra-oral radiography and expertise in radiographic diagnosis, and skills in exposure and interpretation of extre-oral radiographs.
    8 demonstrate appropriate patient management through an understanding of pain control by applying knowledge of psychological and physical pain control methodologies to manage dental pain and anxiety during treatment.
    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. 1-8
    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. 1-8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-8
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Clinic jacket, safety glasses
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    1.    Clinical practice
    2.    Class meetings/debriefing sessions
    3.    Self-assessment
    4.    Self-directed learning

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

    Class Meetings
    Debriefing sessions:
    Time will be allocated for regular debriefing sessions. These may vary but will generally be monthly after clinic sessions. This time will be used for interactive learning, case studies, clinical discussion and assessments – attendance is compulsory.

    Clinic Sessions
    Clinical Practice - Dental Hygiene & Dental Therapy:
    There will be 2 dental therapy and 2 dental hygiene sessions each week across the year.Clinic sessions, locations and tutors are likely to change in semester 2. Students will be informed of these changes in advance.

    All clinic sessions are compulsory. You will be required to make up missed clinic sessions at nominated times. Where an excessive number of sessions have been missed (and it is not possible or reasonable to offer make up sessions) the student may be precluded from undertaking final assessments (OSCA and final oral viva).
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course will consist of a range of learning/teaching activities which focus on the following disciplines:

    •    Behavioural Science        
    •    Orthodontics
    •    Conservative Dentistry        
    •    Paediatric Dentistry
    •    Oral Diagnosis        
    •    Dental Materials        
    •    Preventive Dentistry    
    •    Radiology and Radiography
    •    Rural & Remote Practice
    •    Periodontics Special Needs
    •    Geriatrics Dentistry

  • 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 Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Dental Hygiene Clinic Summative/Formative 50% 1-15
    Dental Therapy Clinic Summative/Formative 50% 1-15
    Assessment Related Requirements
    A uniform system of clinical assessment is used in all years of both BDS and BOH programs.  It is based on self-assessment and it:
    •    gives you direct input into your clinical assessment and learning experiences
    •    encourages you to reflect on the learning process as a whole
    •    teaches you to reflect on and assess the quality of your clinical work using a standardised assessment procedure
    •    encourages you to learn by receiving regular feedback
    •    encourages you to accept responsibility for what you say and do in the clinic
    •    includes objective measures of clinical performance in each discipline
    •    helps develop life-long learning skills.

    Wherever possible, each session will have time allocated for you to:
    •    review with your tutor what you propose to do for each patient for the session
    •    debrief to self-assess and discuss the self-assessment with your tutor.

    You need to follow up learning issues that have been raised during the assessment process by researching the relevant information or by taking steps to improve aspects of your clinical work that have been identified as requiring improvement.You will have further opportunity for reflection and sharing experiences with peers during regular debriefing sessions.

    You are required to keep and maintain detailed up-to-date information about your work in the clinic throughout the year.  You will be issued with a self-assessment booklet, which you must have with you at each clinic session.

    Learning can be defined as a change in understanding.  Therefore it is your responsibility to demonstrate improved understanding in relation to your knowledge, skills and attitudes throughout the year.  The assessment process is designed to provide you with feedback on your progress.

    You will be given a Clinical Assessment Criteria booklet describing specific skills criteria for the clinical procedures that you undertake in the Dental Clinical Practice course.  The criteria for the assessment of Infection control, Knowledge base and Professional behaviour are common to all procedures and disciplines.

    Please have the Clinical Assessment Criteria booklet with you in the clinic during every session.

    Both you and your tutor will use these standard criteria.  If your assessment differs significantly from that of your tutor’s, the reason(s) should be recorded during the self-assessment process.

    On completion of a clinical procedure, you are required to self-assess your work in your self-assessment booklet.  You should identify strengths, areas needing improvement and strategies for improvement. You are then required to seek feedback from your tutor about your clinical performance.

    It is your responsibility to seek these assessments from your tutors.

    If you choose not to carry out self-assessment, your tutor will mark your performance as unsatisfactory.

    Tutors will record details of student and patient attendances in the clinic and whether or not you have self assessed your work regularly.

    You need to follow up learning issues that have been raised during the assessment process by researching the relevant information or by taking steps to improve aspects of your clinical work that have been identified as requiring improvement.

    You will be given forms for recording your own and patient attendances at each clinical session during the year.  This log comprises an important part of your assessment portfolio.

    An assessment portfolio comprises:
    •    Self-assessment booklet
    •    Radiography log book
    •    Casenote reviews.

    Note:    You should be aware that your final grade in the clinical component of Clinical Practice is not just the sum of individual assessments in your self-assessment booklet.  These assessments are formative comments and provided to help you with your learning.  Your final assessment will be based on an overall review of your knowledge, skills and attitudes in a clinical context.  You should discuss your overall performance with your tutors and mentors throughout the year.

    •    Dental therapy and dental hygiene clinics will have equal weighting
    •    Semester 1 will contribute 30% and semester 2 will contribute 70% towards your final mark in Clinical Practice III OH.

    However you must reach a satisfactory standard in each area to pass Clinical Practice III OH.

    Further information about the practical assessment component will be given during class meetings.  However, it is important to note that the final assessment for each semester is based upon the standard obtained towards the end of the assessment period.  It is not based on an average of the entire semester.

    Every effort will be made to help students identify areas in which difficulty is being experienced, and to provide help to remedy problems.  If you are aware that you are having difficulty with any part of the course, please see one of your tutors or the Course Co-ordinator.
    Assessment Detail
    In addition to the clinical assessments, there will be an OSCA at the end of Semester 2. You will be expected to demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of concepts related to work in both Dental & Health Science III OH and Clinical Practice III OH courses.  It will test your problem solving abilities and have a strong clinical emphasis.

    Final Oral Viva
    There will also be a viva voce at the end of Semester 2. You will be expected to demonstrate satisfactory knowledge and application of concepts related to work in both Dental & Health Science III OH and Clinical Practice III OH courses.  Further information will be provided during class meetings.


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    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    •    Increased opportunities for clinical experience and community involvement (‘Lift the Lip’ and Nursing Homes)
    •    Consolidation of full clinical days
    •    Revised rostering out to specialist clinics
    •    Expanded Special Needs/Community Outreach programm.
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