DENT 7263B - Specialist Clinical Prosthodontics II Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The University of Adelaide's postgraduate program in Prosthodontics 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 prosthodontics. The program plan comprises a mix of coursework, clinical work, action research and a research project and is designed to conform to the ?Educational Requirements? of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Prosthodontists.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 7263B
    Course Specialist Clinical Prosthodontics II Part 2
    Coordinating Unit School of Dentistry Office
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 24
    Contact up to 23 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites DENT 7263A
    Restrictions Doctor of Clinical Dentistry
    Course Description The University of Adelaide's postgraduate program in Prosthodontics 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 prosthodontics. The program plan comprises a mix of coursework, clinical work, action research and a research project and is designed to conform to the ?Educational Requirements? of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Prosthodontists.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Lindsay Richards

    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 Prosthodontist
    2. Appreciation of the scientific basis for successful clinical practice
    3. Development of 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
    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

    Supervised clinical sessions, small group teaching, seminars/tutorials, laboratory sessions, self-directed learning, prescribed reading, essays and literature reviews.

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

    Tutorials x 4 (duration 2 hours)

    Practical sessions x 5 (3 hours)
    Learning Activities Summary
    Clinical assessment

    Clinical work focuses mainly on:

    Fixed prosthodontics

    Removable prosthodontics


    Tempromandibular disorders

    Maxillofacial prosthodontics 

    All students are rostered to a minimum of four clinical sessions per week for management of patients with prosthodontic needs. Multidisciplinary patient care also forms part of the clinical experience. In addition, all students are required to participate in one undergraduate clinical teaching session per week and to attend clinical meetings. Clinical work is assessed on a continuing basis by supervising tutors, feedback is provided. 

    Through reading, tutorials, seminars and case discussions students gain knowledge and understanding in the areas of patient examination, assessment and management in prosthodontics, diagnosis, treatment planning and a range of prosthodontic techniques.

    Students also participate in a range of interdisciplinary activities with students from other specialist areas. 

    Continuation of research project leading to dissertation in 3rd year.

    NB. For tutorial, resource session, assignment deadlines, tests and online activities consult the detailed timetable available on MyUni.
  • 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% Hurdle              1
    Seminar performance
    and presentation              Summative                50% Hurdle              1-4

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

    Formative Assessment

    Clinical performance and the presentation and participation in seminars are continuously assessed by staff with formative feedback provided by the Course Director every three months.

    Summative Assessment

    The summative assessment activities are defined by the Academy of Australian and New Zealand Prosthodontists (AANZP) and endorsed by the Australian Dental Council and the Dental Council (New Zealand) for accreditated specialist training programmes in Prosthodontics.

    These activities extend over the three years of the programme and include:

    satisfactory progress in acquiring and demonstrating clinical knowledge and skills which is assessed:

    at the end of Semester One each year by a review of case notes and clinical logbooks undertaken by the Course Director, senior academic staff and clinical consultants.

    During the Semester, clinical work is overseen on a continuing basis by supervising tutors and feedback provided. At the end of semester students are assessed on their management of patients with prosthodontic needs, in particular the areas of patient examination, diagnosis, treatment planning, prosthodontic management and a range of prosthodontic techniques.


    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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