DENT 7212B - Specialist Clinical Endodontics I Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

The endodontic Doctor of Clinical Dentistry 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 7212B
    Course Specialist Clinical Endodontics I Part 2
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 18
    Contact Up to 18 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites DENT 7212A in previous Semester
    Restrictions Doctor of Clinical Dentistry only
    Course Description The endodontic Doctor of Clinical Dentistry 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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Giampiero Rossi-Fedele

    Associate Professor Giampiero Rossi-Fedele
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    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    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)
    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 & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Clinical Experience:
    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.

    Note that the workload model is based on 20 teaching weeks

    Contact Hours (semester)

    Number of sessions
    Duration of each session (hr)
    Total hours



    Clinical Sessions


    Other undergrad teaching


    Assessment Tasks* (semester)

    Type (describe)
    Number of sessions
    Expected preparation time (hr)
    Total hours

    Summative tutorials


    Extended lab report / Assignments

    Practical reports




    Summative tests


    Project design study


    Literature review

    Take home exams


    Other (please specify):


    Laboratory work


    *E.g, practical reports, tutorial papers


    Non-contact (semester)


    Number of sessions
    Anticipated time (hr)
    Total hours

    Weekly reading & other study (hours/lecture)


    Preparation for tutorial (hours/tutorial)

    Preparation for practical (hours/practical)


    Preparation for tests (hours/test)


    Exam preparation

    Other (please specify):






    Total workload (hrs/semester)

    Workload/week (hr)

    Expected workload (hrs/week):

    3 unit course

    6 unit course

    9 unit course

    12 unit course

    Learning Activities Summary
    Clinical Component.
    Clinical sessions treating patients.
    Supervision/teaching undergraduates in endodontics either in the clinic or in the simulation clinic

    Discipline seminars–
    Includes case presentations, problem solving and topic related literature reviews, including the following:
    Themes include - Endodontology, oral and general pathology, oral microbiology, immunology, lecturing and public speaking, oral surgery, restorative dentistry, periodontology, management of endodontic emergencies and radiology.
  • 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


    Learning Outcome(s) being addressed

    Clinical assessment
    Competency required

    Satisfactory required

    Tutorial performance and presentation

    Satisfactory required

    Clinical performance (continual)
    Competency required

    End of Year Examinations
    Competency required

    Assessment Detail
    Clinical Assessment/Case Reports/Log Book

    Formative Review

    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.

    Summative Assessment

    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 year.

    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.

    Portfolio/Logbook Requirements

    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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    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.

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