ODONT 6116A - Forensic Odontology Research T/Y Continuing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

Students will undertake a small research project in an aspect of Forensic Odontology or related discipline.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ODONT 6116A
    Course Forensic Odontology Research T/Y Continuing
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Supervision as required
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Restrictions Available to Grad Dip Forensic Odontology students only
    Course Description Students will undertake a small research project in an aspect of Forensic Odontology or related discipline.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Denice Higgins

    Director and Senior Specialist Odontologist
    Forensic Odontology Unit/ Adelaide Dental School
    Helen Mayo South, North Terrace Campus

    Phone:  8313 6292
    Course Timetable

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

    Full details will be made available in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    Be able to critically review scientific publications with reference to applicability to forensic science in the current climate and to be able to identify potential biases and confounding factors

    Be able to effectively seek, analyse and evaluate data, materials and technology relating to the scope of forensic odontology to formulate valid conclusions

    Be able to use highly effective interpersonal skills to enable effective communication of scientific and discipline specific knowledge to a range of audiences

    Be able to develop appropriate unbiased methodologies to address a research question

    Be able to demonstrate a commitment to furthering the scientific base of knowledge in the specialised area of forensic odontology and to disseminate this knowledge to the dental, allied professions and scientific community

    Be able to demonstrate the ability and desire to engage in self-directed, life-long learning by using reflection and critical self-assessment to inform evidence-based practice through continuing professional development

    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)
    2, 3
    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
    1, 2, 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
    3, 5
    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
    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
    3, 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
    2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Specialised equipment is available in the forensic odontology unit.

    Full details will be made available in MyUni.

    Recommended Resources
    Full details will be made available in MyUni.
    Online Learning
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This subject is an integral part of the Graduate Diploma and involves independent research which will draw from knowledge and skill developed during the other components of the program.

    Assistance will be provided by the forensic odontology staff as required.

    Students are also required to undertake the Research Methods and Ethics course.


    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: 21 x 2 hours
    Non Contact Preparation
    Weekly Reading: 24 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Full details will be made 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.

  • 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





      Written research proposal




      Seminar presentations




      Research report




    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    Full details will be made available in MyUni.
    Full details will be made available in MyUni.
    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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