DENT 4004BHO - Dental Science and Practice IV Part 2

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 2 - 2015

Dental Science and Practice IV provides students with the opportunity to develop as dental professionals who, upon successful completion of the course, will be able to manage patients with an increasingly complex range of dental problems. The focus of the course is to emphasise a holistic, preventively-based approach to oral health care, with a minimally invasive approach if restorative treatment is required. Students will be expected to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of relevant biological and medical sciences in managing their patients and demonstrate high levels of professionalism, including an ability to self-assess effectively and a desire to continue to learn and grow as a member of the dental profession.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 4004BHO
    Course Dental Science and Practice IV Part 2
    Coordinating Unit School of Dentistry Office
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Units 24
    Contact Up to 28 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites DENT 3005A/BHO
    Restrictions Available to BDS students only
    Course Description Dental Science and Practice IV provides students with the opportunity to develop as dental professionals who, upon successful completion of the course, will be able to manage patients with an increasingly complex range of dental problems. The focus of the course is to emphasise a holistic, preventively-based approach to oral health care, with a minimally invasive approach if restorative treatment is required. Students will be expected to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of relevant biological and medical sciences in managing their patients and demonstrate high levels of professionalism, including an ability to self-assess effectively and a desire to continue to learn and grow as a member of the dental profession.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Craig Dreyer

    School of Dentistry
    Reception
    Level 5
    Oliphant Building
    North Terrace Campus
    The University of Adelaide
    SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

    Phone: +61 8 8313 5256
    Email: dentistry.reception@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Key student learning objectives for Dental Science and Practice IV are:

    1.    To adopt an holistic approach to the delivery of patient care.
    2.    To demonstrate an ability to integrate concepts and topics relevant to dentistry, drawing on material that is covered within the year and in previous years.
    3.    To take responsibility for identifying, implementing and monitoring your own learning goals.
    4.    To understand the principles of research and scholarship; to undertake evidence-based practice and quality assurance activities ; and to explore important topics in depth.
    5.    To demonstrate effective interpersonal skills; communication and team-working skills;appropriate professional behaviours and personal development. 


    Other course objectives:

    6.    The Dental Science and Practice IV course will ensure substantial opportunities to learn and to practise in the Adelaide Dental Hospital and suburban clinics of the South Australia Dental Service (SADS), and in the University of Adelaide's new simulation laboratory . The students will comply with University and SADS policies.
    7.    The Dental Science and Practice IV course will be structured to provide clinical experiences that will be of increasing complexity throughout the year.
    8.    The scientific and medical components of the Dental Science and Practice IV course will underpin and integrate with theclinical components of the course.
    9.    The instructional approach in Dental Science and Practice IV will consist of a variety of integrated learning activities  (llAs) complemented by other learning and teaching activities, including class meetings, tutorials,workshops, simulation laboratory, and clinical sessions during which students provide patient care.
    10.    Information and communication technology will be used to enhance student learning and will be integral to the design and delivery of the course.
    11.    Student assessment, both formative and summative, will be closely matched to the integrated learning and teaching activities and to their clearly defined outcomes objectives.  An emphasis willbe placed on the development of self-assessment skills.
    12.    A quality assurance system will monitor the implementation and evaluate the outcomes of the course.
    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. 1,2,4,5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3,4,5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,4,5,11
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,5,9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3,6,9
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2,3,5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,3,4,5,12
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,7,11
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Information will be provided to students during the "Preparation for Clinic' block.
    Recommended Resources
    Information about textbooks and other resrouces will be provided to students during the "Preparation for clinic" block.
    Online Learning
    Information about the materials available on MyUni will be provided to students during the "Preparation for clinic" block.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    In the new Dental Science and Practice IV course there will be some re-sequencing of topics covered compared with previous years to ensure maximal integration and coordination between class meetings, simulation classes, ILAs and clinic sessions .   Pharmacology and Oral Pathology topics that were previously in 4th year have been shifted back into the 3rd year of the BDS to prepare students better forclinical care as well as to free up time to allow for topics in health & the community, oral surgery, applied oral pathology and oral medicine have been moved back from 5th year to be included in the new DSP4 course.  The over arching rationale behind this shift of content to earlier years of the programme is to create an Internship-type final year during which students spend the majority of their time on clinical placements (city, metropolitan and regional).

    The distinctive PBL based philosophy of the Adelaide BDS programme is being retained, with Integrated Learning Activities (ILAs) providing an opportunity for students to apply and to integrate their knowledge in realistic clinical situations.  The ILAs may also be used for open sessions on topical issues and to review clinical presentations and management of patients. ILAs are a feature of every year of the revised BDS. Approximately 10 ILAs will be presented during the year, running over 3 weeks each, and the students will be expected to analyse, research and assimilate information both in individual and group settings.

    Apart from ILAs and class meetings (which will be used for traditional and interactive lectures as well as seminars), there will also be workshops and small group tutorials where students can ask questions and clarify concepts.  Prior to commencing clinical sessions, during which students will deliver patient care (in continuing and new disciplines), students will complete a number of simulation exercises/procedures and be required to perform to pre-set levels of competence. Redemption opportunities will be offered in all pre-clinical simulation exercises .The focus of the clinical experience will be a patient-centred approach where the students will be expected to provide holistic care through comprehensive care plans rather than focussing on procedural items.
    Workload

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

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

    Contact Hours:
    28 hours/week
    A typical weekly timetable will include:
    5 x 1 hour class meetings
    1 x 1 hour tutorial
    5 x 3 hour clinical sessions*
    2 x 3 hour integrated learning activity sessions
    1 x 1 hour practice meeting

    Please note that attendance at other sessions may occasionally be required (e.g. hospital ward rounds, practice visits).*
    One clinic session each week is spent as a 'clinic learner", four sessions are devoted to the provision of patient care.

    Self-Directed Learning:
    44 hours/week
    A significant amount of time is required for learning activities outside of clinic and away from the campus in order to prepare for classes and for individual and group study.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The pre-clinical component of Dental Science and Practice IV will run over 6 intensive weeks during which students will complete approximately 30 x 3 hour simulation laboratories across the full range of Extended Clinical Competencies including oral surgery, fixed and removable prosthodontics, endodontics and traumatology, orthodontics , paediatric dentistry.

    These procedural laboratories will be supported by class meetings and workshops covering the extended clinical competencies, patient management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and mandatory reporting.

    Students will be further prepared for the delivery of patient care through a series of orientation sessions covering patient management policies and protocols, record keeping, cultural awareness and orientation to specific clinics and the wards of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

    A typical weekly timetable during the extended clinical semesters will include clinical sessions for delivery of patient care, a clinic learner session {chair-side assisting, observations of clinical care and case discussions), morning class meetings, a small group tutorial, Integrated Learning Activity (ILA) sessions and a practice meeting.Students will be rostered out to complete sessions in oral surgery and other activities as required.

    Disciplines to be explored during Dental Science and Practice IV:

    •    endodontics and dental traumatology
    •    fixed prosthodontics
    •    general dental practice
    •    geriatric dentistry
    •    oral surgery
    •    oral medicine and applied oral pathology
    •    orthodontics
    •    paediatric dentistry
    •    radiology and oral diagnosis
    •    removable prosthodontics
    •    temporomandibular disorders
  • 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 Type of Assessment Task Weighting (%) Learning course objective(s) being addressed
    End of semester written examinations Formative & Summative Graded 40%
    Satisfactory required (Replacement and AdditionalAssessment offered)
    1,2,4
    End of semester progressive integrated assessment Sem 1 - Formative
    Sem 2 - Summative
    Non-graded Satisfactory required
    (Replacement and AdditionalAssessment  offered)
    1,2,4
    Performance in ILAs, tests of understanding, tutorials and other assessment activities Formative
    Summative

    Non-gradedSatisfactory required
    (Replacement  Assessment  offered)
    1,2,3,4,5
    Preparation for clinic Formative Summative Competency required prior to commencement of patient care
    (Replacement Assessment offered)
    1,2,4,5
    Clinical performance Formative & Summative Graded  60%
    Hurdle
    (additional clinics may be provided for under performing students during the semesters but Additional Assessment will not be offered)
    1,2,4,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at all classes is compulsory.

    Absence from classes must be notified to the School of Dentistry Reception Desk phone (voice mail) +61 8 8313 5256 as well as to the clinic to which you are rostered.  Please see MyUni and the 4th year BOS handbook for details and clinic phone numbers.
    Assessment Detail
    Details of specific assessment tasks and their timing will be provided to students in the 4th year BOS handbook during the "Preparation for clinic" block.

    There will be four components to the assessment:

    Written Examinations
    1)    Two written examinations will be held at the end of semester 1 and at the end of Semester 2.The Semester 2 exams will draw on topics from the whole year. Various question formats will be used in the written exams including single best answers (SBAs), extended matching questions (EMQs), key feature problems (KFPs), clinical reasoning and short-answer questions.  Blueprinting and standard setting procedures will be applied.  Results will be presented as grades not as marks (GS8).

    An end-of-year Progressive Integrated Assessment (PIA) that will assess knowledge and understanding that students should be 'carrying in their heads'. The PIA will address key topics from BDS1, 2,3 and 4. Students must pass to obtain a satisfactory result in the PIA and Replacement Assessment will be allowed . An opportunity for redemption will be offered in the PIA. A 'practice' PIA will be scheduled earlier in the year to provide formative feedback.

    2)    Performance in the ILAs tutorials, tests of understanding and other activities will be assessed by tutors/facilitators following criteria that have been developed to assess student participation in small and larger group settings and to assess the quality of written assignments such as case reports.

    3)    Assessment of performance in the pre-clinical "preparation for clinic' block will be based on tutor assessment and student self-assessment of procedural skills during simulation laboratories as well as written and procedural tests.Students will be required to perform to pre-set levels of competency prior to being allowed to commence patient care. Redemption opportunities (Replacement Assessments) will be available for pre-clinical activities especially for students whose performance is borderline.

    4)    Assessment of performance in clinical sessions will be based on tutor assessment and student self-assessment, including log books. Assessment will cover a range of clinical skills, patient management skills and professional conduct. Apart from direct observations of performance/behaviour in these sessions, mini-CEX or other clinical assessments may be used, especially for students whose performance is borderline.  Replacement Assessment may be provided for under performing students during the year by way of additional clinic sessions but Additional Assessment with not be offered.
    Submission
    Details regarding submission of specific assessment tasks, clinical self assessments and logbooks will be provided to students in the 4th year BOS handbook during the "Preparation for clinic" block.
    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.

    The School of Dentistry follows the University's SELT policy regarding the use of SELTs to evaluate its programmes, courses and teachers . The School has developed its own SELT/Evaluation policy in line with that set out by the University but forms include additional questions to provide more detailed feedback to staff.  The results are reviewed with by Year and Course Coordinators and actions taken as appropriate . A summary of changes that have been made are circulated to staff and students after the review process.

    The 4th year course co-ordinators will meet with students on a regular basis to discuss the delivery of the course, content, clinical and other matters.Student representatives across the BOS program also meet periodically with the Head of School.
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