ORALHLTH 3204AHO - Oral Health Elective IIIOH Part 1

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2022

This course aims to provide the student with the necessary research skills to undertake a major study and the opportunity to focus on a major research assignment to enhance their role as an oral health practitioner. Topics include research methodology and a major assignment.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ORALHLTH 3204AHO
    Course Oral Health Elective IIIOH Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Oral Health
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Contact Up to 3.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites ORALHLTH 2201AHO, ORALHLTH 2201BHO, ORALHLTH 2202AHO, ORALHLTH 2202BHO, ORALHLTH 2203AHO, ORALHLTH 2203BHO, ORALHLTH 2204HO and ORALHLTH 2200HO in addition to the previous year core courses
    Corequisites ORALHLTH 3201AHO & ORALHLTH 3202AHO
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Oral Health students only
    Course Description This course aims to provide the student with the necessary research skills to undertake a major study and the opportunity to focus on a major research assignment to enhance their role as an oral health practitioner. Topics include research methodology and a major assignment.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kostas Kapellas

    Dr Jenny Gray
    Dr Suzanne Gardner 

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On the successful completion of this course, the graduate should attain the cognitive skills to critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and work cooperatively with mentors and will be able to:

    1. Critically analyse/consolidate/synthesise knowledge
    2. Assess and translate a body of knowledge of sufficent depth to commence practice
    3. Apply research methodologies related to oral health 
    4. Apply logical/critical/creative thinking to an area of Oral Health Therapy  practice
    5. Work autonomously/collaboratively as professionals in developing research outputs
    6. Demonstrate effective communication, ethical principles and social responsibility

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    A variety of learning modes will be used in this course including:
    • resource sessions
    • small group/individual mentor meetings (SGDE)
    • on-line learning
    • Online resources
    • written reports
    • self directed research 
    • oral presentations  


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

    Contact Hours

    40h/semester, consisting of:

    4-5 class meetings (during preclinical academic weeks)

    Small group meetings with mentors/supervisor (up to an hour each fortnight or as required)

    Self-directed individual study (up to 3 hours allocated each week)

    Learning Activities Summary
    Topics Covered:
    •   scientific methods and research questions
    •   research/study design 
    •   literature review and critical analysis
    •   report writing
    •   communicating research findings 

    Specific 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
    Research proposal & Learning Contract
    Due mid Semester 1      10%
    Learning outcomes 1-6

    Progress report & Discussion of Objectives in Learning Contract 
    Due end Semester 1      15%
    Learning outcomes 1-6

    Journal article and Reflection on achievement of objectives
    Due end  Semester 2    50%
    Learning outcomes 1-6

    Due during exam week Semester 2   25%
    Learning outcomes 1-6

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail

    Assignment 1 - Research Proposal  (including Learning Contract)
    Weighting:      10%
    Length:            1000 words approx

    Research proposal would include:
    ·          title
    ·          introduction
    ·          review of the evidence base and background literature
    ·          aim of the project
    ·          contract table
    ·          rationale for the project - description andbackground to the selected issue and how it fits with the oral healththerapy 
    ·          a description of the tasks/activities/placements relatedto the project
    ·          key stakeholders who might be involved
    ·          clarification of the support requirements(including expertise, liaison with other staff)
    ·          timeline for tasks required
    ·          any potential ethical issues associated with yourproject
    ·          conclusion
    ·          reference list

    Assignment 2 – Progress report
    Weighting:      15%
    Length:            2000 words approx

     Progress report would include:
    ·        Title
    ·        Introduction
    ·        Extended literature review: (10-15 articles: using the first literature review but adding additional information and critical analysis)
    ·        A review of each of the objectives and progress on work to be completed
    ·        SearchStrategy
    ·        Exclusion/InclusionCriteria
    ·        Timetable
    ·        Conclusion
    ·        Reference List

    Assignment 3 - Final work report

    Weighting:      50%
    Length:            Approx.  5000 words(no more than 5500 words) (including an electronic copy of the journal article)

    The Final work report includes:

    2 parts: 
    Part A - Journal article (option 1 and option 2)

    Part B - Reflection on learning contract

    Part A   Journal Article – option 1     Literature based research project

    Methods (search strategy):
    Discussion: (20-30 articles: including and building on the first 2 iterations of the literature review)
    Implications for practice
    Implications for research

    Part A   Journal Article – option 2     Experiment, survey or data analysis research project, 

    Background: (Literature review)
    Material & Methods:
    Discussion: (linking literature with your results and interpreting your results)
    Implications for practice
    Implications for research

    ***Other negotiated OHE projects may include the development of an Interactive Learning Module, or an educational resource to be used by allied health professionals  

    Part B   Reflection on learning contract

    General overview of project and reflection on learning and processes (refer MyUni for OHE aims and objectives as a guide)
    For example:
    Development of research skills, relevance of research to practice, development of critical thinking skills, team collaboration
    Overview of each specific objective and reflection on learning and processes including a Reflective analysis: things that worked, things that didn’t work as well, or what could have been done differently
    Appendices (where relevant)

    Assignment 4 – Presentation
    Weighting:      25%
    Length:                        15 minutes + 5 minutes for questions 

    Information on submission process and requirements will be available through 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.

  • 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.

    Each year we ask students to complete an assessment of their learning and teaching experience. Teaching staff reflect on the SELT, the outcomes achieved and processes implemented to identify necessary changes for future years. These are important tools in the
    Dental School’s aim for excellence in teaching and learning.
    The following changes have been made as a result of these processes:
    •    Assessment tasks and schedule revised
    •    electronic submission and marking
    •    Designated scheduling of meetings
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