DENT 7214A - Specialist Clinical Endodontics III Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

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 7214A
    Course Specialist Clinical Endodontics III Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 18 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites DENT 7213A/B
    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)
    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.

    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


    Non-contact (semester)                          

    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 Summary

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

    Discipline seminars
    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 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 meetings. 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 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
    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.
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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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