ODONT 6108AHO - Casework in Forensic Odontology T/Y Continuing
Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code ODONT 6108AHO Course Casework in Forensic Odontology T/Y Continuing Coordinating Unit Dental Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Teaching Hospitals Contact Supervision as required Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to Grad Dip Forensic Odontology students only Course Description This course will require students to participation in routine casework undertaken by the Forensic Odontology Unit. Students will perform and report on casework, including Coronial oral autopsies, bite-mark examinations and age estimations. Preparation of case records and reports will be required for all cases. Attendance at the city mortuary and Courts of Law is required.
Course Coordinator: Dr Denice HigginsDirector and Senior Specialist Odontologist
Forensic Odontology Unit/ Adelaide Dental School
Helen Mayo South, North Terrace Campus
Phone: 8313 6292
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Full details will be made available in MyUni.
Course Learning Outcomes
Be able to effectively seek, analyse and evaluate data, materials and technology, as well as to produce expert opinions relating to the scope of forensic odontology
Be able to prepare and present a specialised forensic odontology reports based on valid evidence fulfilling legal requirements
Be able to demonstrate the ability to adopt and employ professional attitudes and standards/values by displaying the highest levels of integrity in casework scenarios
Be able to demonstrate the use of highly effective interpersonal skills to enable empathetic and effective communication with a range of audiences
Be able to interact with allied forensic specialists to facilitate optimal case outcomes
Be able to recognise personal limitations and scope of practice of forensic odontology and know when to seek advice or refer to another speciality appropriately
Be able to demonstrate the ability to join a national or international forensic odontology team in Disaster Victim Identification by working effectively with other odontology personnel and with allied professional teams, to utilise information technology for communication, data management and identification methods
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)
1, 3, 6, 7 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
3, 6, 7 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
3, 4, 5, 6, 7 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, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 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
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 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
4, 6, 7
Required ResourcesHands on casework will be facilitated through Forensic science SA in their mortuary.
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Online LearningDetails will be available in MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Students will participate in routine casework under the guidance of members of the Forensic Odontology Unit. They will perform and report on casework, including Coronial oral autopsies, bite-mark examinations and age estimations. Preparation of case records and reports will be required for all cases. Attendance at the city mortuary and Courts of Law is also required and will be facilitated.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Structured Learning Sessions
Tutorials: 12 x 1 hour sessions
Practicum Placement: 12 x 2 hours
Weekly Reading/Other Study: 12 hours
Learning Activities SummaryFull details are available in MyUni.
Specific Course Requirements
Access to clinics and laboratories may require credentialing and police checks.
Small Group Discovery Experience
Students will be involved in undertaking a major research component in this course, relevant to their field of interest within the discipline. All students will work in a small discovery and inquiry based team environment under the guidance of a researcher/expert in the discipline of forensic odontology.
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COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
Preparation of casefiles and reports
1, 5, 6, 7
Direct observation of practical skills
1, 3, 4, 5, 6
1, 2, 4, 6
1, 2, 6
1, 2, 5, 6
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
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SubmissionDetails will be made available in MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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