ODONT 6016B - Forensic Odontology Research Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

Students will undertake a small research project in an aspect of Forensic Odontology or related discipline.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ODONT 6016B
    Course Forensic Odontology Research Part 2
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to Grad Dip Forensic Odontology students only
    Assessment seminar presentation, research report
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Denice Higgins

    Dr Denice Higgins
    Course Timetable

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

  • 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)
    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
    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
    Required Resources
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Attendance and participation at research seminars

    Self guided learning

    Research team interaction

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

    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Attend weekly research meetings

    Attend journal review run by the Craniofacial Biology Research Group

    Attend Dental School Research Days

    Self directed learning

    Specific Course Requirements

    Only available to students enrolled in Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology
  • 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

    Student will deliver a seminar presentation on completed Research Project to fellow researchers and a wider interest group

    Students will be expected to complete a written research report containing a results section in a format applicable for submission to a peer reviewed journal and a comprehensive literature review.

    Assessment Detail
    Seminar presentation graded out of 20

    research report graded out of 60
    Hard copy and electronic copy of research report
    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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