DENT 7213B - Specialist Clinical Endodontics II Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 7213B
    Course Specialist Clinical Endodontics II Part 2
    Coordinating Unit School of Dentistry Office
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 24
    Contact Up to 18 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites DENT 7213A
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Giampiero Rossi-Fedele

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Development of the necessary advanced clinical skills expected of a specialist endodontist

    2. Appreciation of the scientific basis for successful clinical practice

    3. Development of clinical scientific and research methodology

    4. Develop research skills to underpin clinical competency

    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
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-4
  • 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)

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

    Lectures                                                           16                                                1                                     16

    Tutorials                                                           60                                                1                                      60

    Clinical Sessions                                               80                                                3                                    240

    Exam                                                                  2                                                 3                                        6

    Other undergrad teaching                                 16                                                3                                      48


    Assessment Tasks*  (semester)

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

    Summative tutorials                                                                                                                                           0

    Extended lab report / Assignments                         20                                             3                                      60

    Practical reports                                                                                                                                                 0

    Presentation                                                                                                                                                      0

    Summative tests                                                                                                                                                0

    Project design study                                                                                                                                          0

    Literature review                                                      20                                              3                                     60

    Take home exams                                                                                                                                              0

    (please specify):                                                                                                                                                 0

    Laboratory work                                                       20                                              3                                     60

    *E.g, practical
    reports, tutorial papers                                                                                                                                     180

    Non-contact (semester)

    Type                                                               Number of sessions                   Anticipated time (hr)               Total hours

    Weekly reading
    & other study (hours/lecture)                                                                                                                                  0

    Preparation for
    tutorial (hours/tutorial)                                               60                                              2                                      120

    Preparation for
    practical (hours/practical)                                                                                                                                          0

    Preparation for
    tests (hours/test)                                                                                                                                                      0

    Exam preparation                                                         20                                             3                                        60

    (please specify):                                                                                                                                                        0

    Conference                                                                   24                                             1                                           1


    workload (hrs/semester)                                                    731

    (hr)                                                                                     36.55

    Expected workload (hrs/week):

    3 unit course                                                                        12

    6 unit course                                                                        24

    9 unit course                                                                        36

    12 unit course                                                                      48


    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               Weighting                 Learning Outcome(s) being addressed

    Clinical assessment                                Summative                 50% Competency required                      1,2

    Assignment                                            Summative                 20% Satisfactory required                       1-4

    Tutorial performance and presentation  Summative                 30% Satisfactory required                       1-4

    Clinical performance (continual)              Formative                       Competency required                           1,2

    End of Year Examinations                       Formative                        Competency required


    Assessment Detail
    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 twoassignments 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.

    No information currently available.

    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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