DENT 7243B - Specialist Clinical Paediatric Dentistry II Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

The University of Adelaide's postgraduate program in Paediatric Dentistry is of three years duration and leads to the degree of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. This is a specific program plan designed to lead to specialist registration in the field of Paediatric Dentistry. The program plan comprises a mix of coursework, clinical work, action/clinical research, search training and a research project and is designed to conform to the Educational Requirements of Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 7243B
    Course Specialist Clinical Paediatric Dentistry II Part 2
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 24
    Contact Up to 30 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites DENT 7243A
    Restrictions Doctor of Clinical Dentistry only
    Course Description The University of Adelaide's postgraduate program in Paediatric Dentistry is of three years duration and leads to the degree of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. This is a specific program plan designed to lead to specialist registration in the field of Paediatric Dentistry. The program plan comprises a mix of coursework, clinical work, action/clinical research, search training and a research project and is designed to conform to the Educational Requirements of Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Sumant Gue

    Associate Professor Sam Gue
    Dr Michael Malandris
    Dr Wendy Cheung
    Dr Ninna Estrella Yuson
    Course Timetable

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

    This course timetable varies on an annual basis. The course timetable will be delivered at the commencement of the course
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    The learning outcomes for the year are to provide students with the skills and knowledge to progress higher

    1. Development of the necessary advanced clinical skills expected of a specialist Paediatric Dentist
    2. Appreciation of the scientific basis for successful clinical specialist practice
    3. Development of scientific and research methodology relating to clinical specialist practice
    4. Development research skills related to clinical specialist practice

    Ultimately, the learning outcome is to provide students with the abilities to practice independent clinical paediatric dentistry

    The outcomes to be acquired are:
    GA1 Deep discipline knowledge
    GA2 Critical thinking and problem solving
    GA3 Teamwork and communication skills
    GA4 Career and leadership readiness
    GA5 Intercultural and ethical competency
    GA6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    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
    Textbooks, scientific journal, website, Women’s and Children’s Library, University of Adelaide Library, MyUni, access to materials to undertake research, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Clinics and Theatre complex
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended resources for the course are a high level of commitment and dedication to paediatric dentistry and paediatrics in general
    Online Learning

    Online learning is not applicable to this course
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Teaching and learning will be largely self directed.

    Learning & Teaching Modes:

    Hands-on clinical sessions, seminars/tutorials, self-directed learning, prescribed reading, literature reviews, case reports and case presentations, log book record, ward rounds, department/discipline case audits and case reviews, research – regular interaction with research supervisors.

    Clinical Experience: The clinical component provides experience within the discipline of Paediatric Dentistry. Clinical sessions occur at the Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Women's and Children's Hospital. Sessions consist of Specialist Consultation Clinics, Specialist Recall Clinics, Outpatients Treatment Clinics, Inpatient Theatre Sessions, Ward rounds, On call and after hours clinical expereinces and other clinically related activities which form part training programme. Postgraduate students are appointed as Specialist registrars in Paediatric Dentistry through the Division of Paediatric Surgery, Women's and Children's Hospital. These appointments are in general 5-6 sessions per week and paid clinical appointments.

    Coursework: Through reading, tutorials, didactic seminars, interdisciplinary clinics, medical seminars and case discussions students will gain knowledge and understanding in the areas of patient examination, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and overall management of patients in paediatric dentistry.

    Students will also participate in a range of interdisciplinary activities with students from other specialist areas at the Women's and Children's Hospital.


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

    This is a full-time course and the work load is significant and requires a high degree of commitment, dedication, passion and endurance.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Clinical Component – 5-6 clinical sessions per week

    Clinical Seminar – Diagnosis and treatment planning (5-6 per week )

    Departmental Seminar – Departmental journal and case reviews / presentations (13 sessions per semester)

    Contemporary Didactic Seminars (12 per semester) (topics included below. These run for the full three years and are also included in the Clinical Components, the Clinical Seminars and Departmental Seminars)

    The seminar topics below are broad topics only and each is broken down into specific components.
    These broad topics recur throughout the entire programme, but in each semester they are developed into sub topics.
    Seminar – Basic Sciences
    Seminar – Research methodology and Biostatistics
    Seminar – Health Education, Promotion and Epidemiology
    Seminar – Evidenced based Diagnosis and Treatment planning
    Seminar – Behaviour Science/Patient management
    Seminar – Preventive Dentistry
    Seminar – Restorative Dentistry
    Seminar – Orthodontics
    Seminar – Craniofacial and Cleft Lip and Palate conditions
    Seminar – Dental Traumatology
    Seminar – Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    Seminar – Children with Special Needs and Medically compromised Children
    Seminar – Dental Anomalies and Genetics
    Seminar – General Paediatric Medicine and Surgery
    Seminar – Specialist Paediatric Practice
    Seminar – Dental Practice in Australia
    Each semester students receive a detailed didactic / seminar roster of all the topics prior to the start of the new calendar year of teaching which is highly detailed and this gives them specific reference to what will be examined. The management and execution of significant research project leading to dissertation.
  • 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

    1. Clinical assessment /Case Reports/Log Book
    Summative Assessment
    Weighting: 30%
    Hurdle barrier
    Competency required 1,2,3,4

    2. Assignment / Presentations
    Summative Assessment
    Weighting: 20%
    Hurdle barrier
    Satisfactory required 1-4

    3. Examination
    Summative Assessment
    Weighting: 50%
    Hurdle barrier
    Satisfactory required 1-4

    4. Clinical performance (continual)
    Competency required 1,2

    Assessment Detail
    The assessment of this component of the programme is composed of the following:

    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 addition, there are regular short 30 minute test papers and/or viva voce-style assessments aimed at consolidating the clinical topics covered previously.
    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 patient 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 paediatric 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 led to the clinical barrier written examinations and viva voce examinations at the end of each semester.

    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 semester, 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 in accordance with the Guidelines for Accreditation and Training in Paediatric Dentistry, 2010. The patient logbook is computerised and satisfies the requirements of the Dental Board of Australia and other registering authorities overseas such as the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. 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 fortnightly 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. Students will be assessed on their ability to review the literature and prepare an appropriately written, referenced literature review related to the specific topic. In addition, students are expected to present their review in the form of a power point presentation. Both the literature review and the power point presentation will be assessed. A fail in a specific component of the review will result in the need for the student to repeat this until the appropriate standard is achieved. At the conclusion of the review, a viva voce session, or short written assessment may be held to ensure that the topic is fully understood by all students involved. The end of semester examination will assess the specific topics from that semester. In following semesters, examinations will include all relevant information covered by the student to provide a continuous assessment of knowledge related to paediatric dentistry.

    Comprehensive internal written and oral examinations are held at the completion of each semester (exceptions to this will be at the direction of the programme director). In each semester there is a three hour written examination, one hour oral examination and one hour presentation of their log book and achievement case reports. These examinations will serve as a barrier examination and failure to pass this will require a supplementary examination, repeating of that semester or year, or withdrawal of the candidate from the programme. During the final year in October of the 3rd year, a comprehensive external examination will be conducted. Students must complete the examination satisfactorily before proceeding to the next semester. All second semester examinations and the final examination will be conducted jointly between an external examiner and programme director.

    In order to fulfil the requirements for this course, the student will need to have satisfactorily completed all components of the program.
    The submission of a research thesis occurs at the end of the programme
    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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