DENT 7212A - Specialist Clinical Endodontics I Part 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code DENT 7212A Course Specialist Clinical Endodontics I Part 1 Coordinating Unit Dental Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 18 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Doctor of Clinical Dentistry only Course Description The endodontic DClinDent postgraduate program covers the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human tooth and in particular the dental pulp, root and peri-radicular tissues. Emphasis is placed on the biology of the normal pulp, crown root and peri-radicular tissues and the aetiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries that affect these tissues. Endodontic theory and modern methods of treatment are covered as comprehensively as possible during clinical sessions.
Course Coordinator: Professor Giampiero Rossi-Fedele
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge, and advanced research skills including competency in investigative techniques and technologies relating to endodontics.
Understand and demonstrate professional and ethically-appropriate research principles and workplace behaviours.
Critically interpret, evaluate and synthesise understanding of background literature, and critically interpret and evaluate the methodology used and results obtained in a research context.
Communicate scientific information including research context, approach, findings and significance clearly and concisely in written and spoken English.
Work effectively in teams in small group and research contexts.
Work effectively as an individual to plan and deliver outcomes.
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)
GA1 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
GA2 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
GA3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
GA4 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
GA5 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
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The clinical component provides experience within the discipline of endodontology in the form of technique work on extracted teeth, clinical practice and interdisciplinary seminars.
Through reading, tutorials, seminars and case discussions students will gain knowledge and understanding in the areas of patient examination, assessment and management in endodontics, diagnosis, treatment planning and a range of endodontic techniques. Students will also participate in a range of interdisciplinary activities with students from other specialist areas.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The workload model is based on
20 teaching weeks.
Contact Hours (semester)
Type Number of sessions Duration of each session (hr) Total hours
Tutorials 60 1 60
Clinical Sessions 100 3 300
Other undergrad teaching 20 3 60 420
Assessment Tasks* (semester)
Type Number of sessions Expected preparation time (hr) Total hours
Summative tutorials 60 2 120
*E.g, practical reports, tutorial papers
Type Number of sessions Anticipated time (hr) Total hours
Weekly reading & other study (hours/lecture) 20 2 40
Preparation for tutorial (hours/tutorial) 60 2 120
Total workload (hrs/semester): 700
Workload/week (hr): 35.00
Expected workload (hrs/week):
3 unit course 12
6 unit course 24
9 unit course 36
12 unit course 48
Learning Activities SummaryPlease refer to MyUni
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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Assessment tasks within all courses require students to demonstrate that they are able to find, evaluate, utilise, share, and create
content using information technologies and the Internet.
Clinical assessment is provided by examinations by internationally accredited examiners. The examinations include case presentations and discussions at specialist level.
Assessment tasks within research project courses require students to demonstrate understanding and application of discipline and
project-specific technical skills, knowledge and intellectual understanding including evaluation of outcomes.
Communication of research proposal and outcomes are assessed. Assessment is in both verbal and written form.
Demonstration of professional and ethical behaviours within a research context are assessed within oral presentations and by supervisor assessment of behaviours in a research context.
Research presentations are incorporated in annual examinations, presentation to Society groups and at International research
The sensitive management of patient data is assessed at clinical examination periods by the masking of confidential material.
Assessment tasks include individual oral and written activities that require locating and evaluation of existing information. These include preparation and delivery critical literature review related to the research topic and preparation of a thesis and or portfolio describing and evaluating the project findings. These tasks test the ability of students to critically analyse/review data/information and produce written or verbal outputs that demonstrate comprehension and/or synthesis of new ideas/understanding.
Clinical literature is prepared for seminar presentation, discussion and group assessment via participation.
Written communication is assessed through tasks including critical literature reviews, poster presentation of research findings and
preparation of a research thesis to present research project findings.
Oral presentation is assessed through participation in clinical tutorials including journal clubs, case preparation and presentation of seminars related to patient treatment plans, and individual and oral research presentations to the School.
Team work performance in research projects are assessed within by the supervisory panel.
Clinical effectiveness is assessed by external examination during designated assessment periods.
Multiple assessment tasks, often requiring long lead times and planning occur across the DClinDent program and overlap with requirements for preparation of assessment tasks.
Assessment/Case Reports/Log Book
The emphasis of this program is self-motivated learning and evaluation. However, regular formative review is also held with
senior teaching and clinical staff. Postgraduate students are assessed continuously throughout their training. Assessment reviews clinical case mix, amount of clinical experience and standard of patient care. Deficient areas are discussed with clinical supervisors and remedied together with the postgraduate student.
In all years, students are assessed on a continuing basis in the conduct of their clinical activities, patient management, treatment planning, case report presentation, presentations of patients seen in the clinics and the log book. Clinical assessment will include pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative management in lines with the specialist discipline and established guidelines on the overall management of endodontic dentistry patients.
Students will receive continuous assessment of their clinical work, clinical case presentations and log book. These form the overall clinical assessment and lead to the clinical barrier written examinations and viva voce examinations at the end of 1st
Achievement Case Reports
Twelve “achievement” case presentations are required at the end of the 3rd year. These “achievement” cases are cases selected by the student to highlight their achievements during the program and the range of cases managed. The principle of the “achievement” cases is to ensure a broad range of clinical cases is obtained and treatment is provided and supported by current research and literature. During each semester, students will be expected to prepare and present their clinical achievement cases. There is an expectation that students present five to six clinical cases each year, the most comprehensive of these will be included in the “twelve achievement cases” submitted for their final assessment in third year. These case reports will be assessed based on the presentation style, pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative management. In addition, appropriate literature to support their respective management of each case.
Students will complete a comprehensive logbook of patients. The patient logbook satisfies the requirements of the Dental Board of
Australia and other registering authorities such as the Australian New Zealand Academy of Endodontists. The logbook will serve as a reference of the relative clinical case mix of patients seen; treatments performed and will aid continual assessment of each postgraduate. The registrar logbooks will be audited at the end of each semester. This process will aid in the clinical experience all
postgraduate students receive and to expose the postgraduate students to a wide variety of cases. The logbook will also form part of the clinical assessment for each semester and will form part of their overall assessment during their final examination in October of the third year.
Assignments / Presentations
In each semester there are a series of traditional didactic teaching seminars, as well as departmental / discipline meetings.
Students will be required to present comprehensive reviews of selected topics as directed on their individual didactic roster and departmental / discipline meetings. The students are required to present two assignments in the 1st year, and one in semester 1 of the 2nd year. The research undertaken should be written up in a format suitable for publication and this satisfies the requirement of an assignment for semester 2 of the 2nd year. The end of year examination will assess the specific topics from that year. In following years, examinations will include all relevant information covered by the student to provide a continuous assessment of knowledge related to endodontic dentistry.
Comprehensive internal written and oral examinations are held at the completion of each year. In the first two years there are two three-hour written examinations, and one hour oral examination including achievement case reports. During the final year
in October of the 3rd year, a comprehensive external examination will be conducted. This consists of two three-hour written examinations and a three-hour viva voce examination which includes achievement case reports and the students Log Book. Students must complete the examination satisfactorily before proceeding to the next semester.
In order to fulfil the requirements for this course, the student will need to have satisfactorily completed all components of the program.
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