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

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 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 2
    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
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will use a variety of delivery modes to provide flexibility and a range of learning experiences that will enhance and develop the students understanding and experiences. It will incorporate face to face (including small group discovery, class meetings and resource sessions), case-based learning, interactive e-learning modules, simulation and practical and self-directed learning.

    Face to face learning: The face-to-face learning will include small group discovery session, class meetings, tutorials, workshops and resource sessions. The sessions will be based on a structured activity where the purpose is the mix of presentation of new information/ideas/skills by the facilitator and teacher guided activities related to that information/ideas/skills incorporating clarification, exploration, development and reinforcement of new learning. The sessions will be reliant on student-facilitator and student-student interaction and discussion of key learning outcomes.

    Case-based learning: A series of clinically-based situations will be used for a portion of the curriculum. Case-based scenarios aim to provide a realistic context for student learning and have been designed to integrate with material presented in other formats in a coordinated approach. The cases will require students to discuss, explore and review the material through individual and group research. The case-based approach is designed to allow guided individual and group explorations of a clinical situation or patient case that is realistic and meaningful. Academics work as facilitators to guide students through the case. Students need to discuss and synthesise their learning and evaluate their research/investigation.

    Small-group discovery experience (SGDE): The University of Adelaide has committed to a pedagogical approach that incorporates "Small-Group Discovery Experience" (SGDE). The Graduate Certificate students will undertake SDGE to discover the various relationships between health / oral health and the ageing dentition. Working with an experienced academic, they will undertake small group work as a collaborative project culminating in the group presenting and sharing their research with the larger class.

    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.

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

    The course is based on a blended learning approach over 18 weeks.  The structure of the course incorporates  an  initial 2 week intensive followed by a 4 week distance learning approach, a further 1 week intesive, an 8 week clinical period, 1 week review, swot vac and an exam week.

    During the distance learning weeks students are expected to complete the e-Learning modules and associated readings.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1
    Comprehensive oral health examination and treatment planning for adults – overview
    Ageing dentition – cariology update, root caries, non-carious tooth loss
    Oral pathology / TMJ disorders
    Module 1 – Ageing dentition
    • cariology update
    • root caries
    • non-carious tooth loss
    Module 2 – Periodontology
    • periodontology update

    Week 2
    Management of the older adult – communication, motivation/psychology, geriatric dentistry
    Management of ageing dentition – OVD/orthodontics, root caries, non-carious tooth loss, prevention, incomplete dentition
    Week 3
    Module 3 – Management of the older adult
    • Communication
    • motivation/psychology
    • geriatric dentistry

    Module 4 – Management of ageing dentition
    • Loss of OVD – causes and impact, management
    • Ortho – overview adult ortho
    • Third molars and their management – overview
    • Management root caries
    • Management non-carious tooth loss
    • Endodontics – overview of RCT
    • Prevention
    • Management of incomplete dentition

    Week 4
    Module 5 – Prosthodontics
    Module 6 – Medically compromised patients

    Week 5
    Module 7 – Oral medicine and pharmacology
    Module 8 – Professional responsibility
    • Referral
    • clinical decision making

    Week 6
    Module 9 – Local anaesthesia
    Module 10 – Emergency management of oral conditions

    Week 7 – One week intensive
    Local anaesthesia
    Emergency management of oral conditions
    Professional responsibility – referral, clinical decision making

    Weeks 8-15– 8 weeks clinical practicum with clinic mentor
    • Self-directed, independent student learning
    • Discussion board, webinars

    Week 16 – Review week
    • Patient cases – 1-4
    • Review workshops

    Weeks 17-18
    Swot vac and exam week
    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    During the two intensive periods of the Dental & Health Science(Adult Therapy) IV OH, course students will work in groups of 3-4 with an academic mentor to:
    • Identify an adult restorative care issue
    • Design and develop a management care plan
    • Provide rational for the management care plan
    • Deliver a group presentation on the plan and rationale.
    This is assessed as a clinical case assignment.
  • 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
    Attendance and participation (Formative NGP) 

    eLM assessments – completion of all on-line learning module activities (Summative 40%)

    Clinical case assignment (SGDE)  (Summative 30%) 

    Written examination (Summative 30%)
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    All assessment tasks are designed to enable students to develop and demonstrate their understanding of core concepts and principles related to managing the adult dental patient within the oral health therapists’ scope of practice. Student assessment, both formative and summative, will be closely matched to the integrated learning and teaching activities and to the clearly defined outcomes and objectives. An emphasis will be placed on the development of self-assessment skills.
    Students will work throughout the semester on the assessment tasks outlined. Assessment tasks will be guided by marking rubrics and the course handbook available on MyUni.

    Attendance and participation
    Student participation will be assessed through attendance and involvement in all aspects of the face to face intensives.

    eLM assessments 
    completion of all 10 on-line learning module activities. Students work at own pace at a time that suits their requirements. The eLMs include quizzes that also allow the ability to review material prior to completion. Each eLM will be worth 6% of the overall mark. Quizzes will include multiple choice, drag and drop, best answer.

    Clinical case assignment
    Students are required to prepare and present a patient case report based on a patient for whom they have undertaken an examination, developed a treatment plan and undertaken treatment. The report will be 2000 words and should incorporate current research, critical analysis and reflective practice.
    Students will work in groups of 3-4 with an academic mentor using an SGDE approach to:
    • Identify an adult restorative care issue
    • Design and develop a management care plan
    • Provide rational for the management care plan
    • Deliver a group presentation on the plan and rationale.

    Written examination
    This is a 2 hour barrier assessment where students are required to demonstrate a satisfactory level of knowledge and ability to integrate material from all aspects of the programme in a clinical context. The aim is to assess whether students have a systematic approach to situations, the application of knowledge, problem solving and communication skills with a strong clinical emphasis. The exam will be supervised by School of Dentistry staff.
    The assignments will be submitted electronically via MyUni Turnitin.
    A statement will be provided on the assignment page that states that by submitting the assignment the student acknowledges responsibility for the work contained in the assignment. Assignments must be submitted by 5.00pm on the due date.
    Word count will be specified in the handbook and on MyUni.
    Students must keep copies of all assignments submitted.
    No assignments will be accepted by mail, email or fax without prior written agreement from the course coordinator.
    Feedback will be provided on the marked assignment. Assignments will be returned via the MyUni assignment submission system.
    Re-submission/redemption of work will be considered according to the University policy.
    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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