DENT 4400A - Honours Dental Science Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course offers an opportunity to explore in some depth a specific aspect of dental science, or a discipline related to dentistry, of particularly interest to the student. Underpinning a research-based degree, the main component of the course is a research project, leading to the production of a research report or thesis. Honours project in dentistry requires commitment and a mature approach to learning. Students will be guided and supported by their supervisor(s) but the onus is on the individual student to be organised and self-directed in their studies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 4400A
    Course Honours Dental Science Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact 40 weeks full time
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites Satisfactory completion of a suitable undergraduate program subject to approval by Head of School or to B.Sci Dent students who have successfully completed Dental Science and Practice III.
    Corequisites DENT 4005
    Course Description This course offers an opportunity to explore in some depth a specific aspect of dental science, or a discipline related to dentistry, of particularly interest to the student. Underpinning a research-based degree, the main component of the course is a research project, leading to the production of a research report or thesis. Honours project in dentistry requires commitment and a mature approach to learning. Students will be guided and supported by their supervisor(s) but the onus is on the individual student to be organised and self-directed in their studies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Neville Gully

    AProf Neville Gully
    Course Timetable

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

    As this course is individual research activity under supervison there is no structured timetable.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Work effectively as an individual to plan and deliver outcomes.
    2. Work effectively in teams in small group and research contexts.
    3. Communicate scientific information including research context, approach, findings and significance clearly and concisely in written and spoken English.
    4. Critically interpret, evaluate and synthesise understanding of background literature, and critically interpret and evaluate the methodology used and results obtained in a research context.
    5. Understand and demonstrate professional and ethically-appropriate research principles and workplace behaviours.
    6. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge, and advanced research skills including competency in investigative techniques and technologies relating to one or more disciplines in dental science.
    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)
    4&6
    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
    4&6
    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
    2,3&4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-6
    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
    5
    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
    1&2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    N/A
    Recommended Resources
    N/A
    Online Learning
    N/A
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students undertake indiviual research activities under academic supervision.
    Workload

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

    20 hours per week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Conducting research.
    Specific Course Requirements
    None.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The course is exclusively SGDE.
  • 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 occurs at the end of part 2. Progress for Part 1 Part 1 is continuing.

    Negotiated Research Piece (25%)

    A final oral presentation (15%) to the School

    The research thesis (60%)
    Assessment Related Requirements
    None
    Assessment Detail
     A negotiated research piece (eg Journal Article, Research Poster, grant application agreed mutually with the
    supervisor(s) that is relevant to the research project.

    A final presentation to the School that relates to the outcomes of the research project. The presentation should summarize the project undertaken, methods used, significant results and discussion. The presentation will be examined by two independent academic staff examiners using an established assessment rubric.

    The research thesis may be in the form of a traditional thesis or journal article style (approx. 10,000 words). The format of the thesis is negotiated with the supervisor panel. The thesis is examined by two independent examiners using an existing assessment rubric.

    Submission
    Submission guidelines will be provided via My Uni.
    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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