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

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

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 Oral Health
    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

    Dr Jennifer Miller
    Dr Derek Lerche
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning

    All resources will be available via MyUni and will include: journal articles, government reports, video resources, online data bases, web-based tutorials and activities
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Dental & Health Science (Adult Therapy) IV OH is a blended learning course including:
    • Case-based integrated learning activities
    • On-line learning modules 
    • Pre-readings
    • One to two week intensive blocks

    Throughout the intensive blocks students attend:
    • Class meetings
    • Tutorials
    • Seminars
    • Workshops

    Facilitated by a range of guest speakers and university staff with expertise in range of areas of adult oral health, providing students with theoretical approaches and or workplace examples. The scientific components of this course will underpin and integrate with the clinical components of the course.
    Information and communication technology will be used to enhance student learning and will be integral to the design and delivery of the course.

    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.
    On-line learning modules: There will be a number of on-line Learning Modules 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 modules can be undertaken at a time to suit individual students. The modules 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
  • 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)

    Clinical pharmacology report (Summative 40%)

    Clinical case report (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.

    Clinical pharmacology assignment - Incorporating current research, critical analysis, reflective practice and development of applied learning.

    Clinical case report
    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.

    Written examination
    This is a 90 minute 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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