ORALHLTH 5001 - Dental & Health Science (Adult Therapy) IV OH

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The academic program aims to provide an overview and development of comprehensive oral health examination, treatment planning, prevention and restorative care for adults. This course will involve an interdisciplinary approach to management of the ageing dentition. In addition to a cariology and root caries update, students will learn to identify and understand the nature of the forms of non-carious loss of tooth structure including erosion, attrition and abrasion. The principles of examination, diagnosis and treatment planning for periodontal disease are also covered. The course will focus on how to clinically assess patients, identify their risk factors and plan short and long-term management. Oral pathology, TMJ disorders and emergency management of oral conditions are reviewed and further developed. Additional topics covered include physiology of pain, oral and dental pain pathways, local anaesthesia, psychology, chronic pain and referral. This course will help students acquire an appreciation of reasonable treatment goals, dental management, and ethical and legal issues in relation to medically-challenged, intellectually-disabled, psychiatrically-disabled and functionally-impaired aged patients, including patients requiring hospital management.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ORALHLTH 5001
    Course Dental & Health Science (Adult Therapy) IV OH
    Coordinating Unit School of Dentistry Office
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact 19 hours, blended learning, 3 week intensive, online and clinical
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Students enrolled in Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science
    Assessment Participation, online quizzes, written assignment, examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Gray

    Ms Katrina Plastow
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. review and critique the theoretical basis of dental diseases underlying the provision of simple, direct tooth restorative care to adults
    2. apply an understanding of interdisciplinary issues and an appreciation of the complex clinical disciplines that relate to adult restorative care by being able to explain contemporary views on clinical patient management
    3. critically evaluate the principles of managing the older adult, incorporating medical and pharmacological factors and the possible complications when restoring teeth
    4. prepare and present a series of case studies exploring the management of the older adult including communication, psychological and motivational factors
    5. clarify the professional responsibilities for care of the adult patient incorporating the roles of the various dental practitioners
    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. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2-5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2,5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2,3,5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2,4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2,4
  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    Interactive on-line learning modules:
    There will be a number of interactive e-Learning Modules (eLMs) developed for specific topics in DHS IVOH. These modules will further develop knowledge introduced during the face-to-face sessions and will include a variety of clinical and patient situations, supported by additional information, readings and quizzes. The eLMs can be undertaken at a time to suit individual students. The eLMs will be created and made available via MyUni to students and incorporated as part of the assessment.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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.

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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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