DENT 7331A - Spec Clin Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology I Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

The University of Adelaide postgraduate Doctor of Clinical Dentistry program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is of three years duration and leads to the degree of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. This course is part of a specific program designed to lead to a specialist registration in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. The course comprises a mix of coursework, diagnostic histopathology and some clinical work.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 7331A
    Course Spec Clin Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology I Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact 12 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Doctor of Clinical Dentistry students only
    Course Description The University of Adelaide postgraduate Doctor of Clinical Dentistry program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is of three years duration and leads to the degree of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. This course is part of a specific program designed to lead to a specialist registration in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. The course comprises a mix of coursework, diagnostic histopathology and some clinical work.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Richard Logan

    Phone:  83133066
    Course Timetable

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

    Full details are located in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    Ensure students have a detailed knowledge of the normal anatomy and histology of the teeth, the jaw bones, oral soft tissues and the salivary glands

    Ensure students have a knowledge of core pathological processes affecting the body at an organ and particularly the tissue level

    Provide students with a detailed knowledge of the pathology and histopathological diagnosis of diseases affecting the teeth, the jaw bones, the oral soft tissues and the salivary glands

    Provide students with a clinical perspective to oral disease processes

    Provide student with the necessary knowledge and skills in relation to tissue handling, processing and report writing

    Provide training and experience in research relevant to the discipline

    Encourage interdisciplinary management of patients

    To produce oral and maxillofacial pathologists who can ultimately practice unsupervised in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, contributing to comprehensive, safe and high 
quality dental (and medical) care, including in the general roles required for routine dental practice and within the ethical standards of the profession and the community.

    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 - 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
    1 - 6
    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 - 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 - 6
    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 - 6, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Full University of Adelaide library resources.

    Access to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Diagnosis clinics and Special Needs Clinics, Adelaide Dental Hospital.

    Access to Head & Neck Clinic, Royal Adelaide Hospital.

    Access to case notes and archival histopathology slide collections in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

    Access to anatomical pathology cases and rotations through pathology laboratories.
    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The program is divided into two principal components:

    1. Structured Program
    Research methods, experimental design and ethics
    Coursework - Clinical experience; Professional development

    2. Research
    Research seminars; Research training; Research project.


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

    Structured Learning: contact sessions
    Tutorials/Seminars 3 x 2 hours = 6 hours

    Assessment Tasks
    Pathology Case Review/Reporting 65 x 3 hours = 195 hours

    Non-Contact study/prep 13 x 8 hours = 97.5 hours

    Learning Activities Summary
    Structured Program

    A series of lectures, seminars and workshops
    that provide an introduction to research literature, research methods, critical
    thought, management of research data, ethics and other topics that are needed
    to undertake research training. This part of the programme is presented in an
    intensive block followed by a series of seminars during the first six months of
    the program.

    Through reading, tutorials, seminars and case discussions students will gain
    knowledge and understanding in the areas of patient examination, assessment and
    pathological assessment and diagnosis. Students will also participate in a
    range of interdisciplinary activities with students from other specialist

    Seminars: two diagnostic oral
    histopathology seminars weekly (where possible in collaboration with Oral and
    Maxillofacial Surgery Registrars and Special Needs Dentistry )

    Laboratory and Clinical Rotations:
    rotations in laboratories at SA Pathology (where possible from second year of
    the program);rotations in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Outpatient Clinics, ADH
    (from second year of the program); attendance at the Head and Neck Clinic, RAH
    where possible Related Activities; individual histopathology tuition; essays;
    assignments; seminars on core topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology;
    teaching sessions with undergraduates
    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 to 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 oral and maxillofacial pathology.
  • 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 Task                Assessment Type                   Percentage of total              Hurdle Requirement      Learning Outcomes
                                                                                              assessment weighting                                              being assessed/achieved

    Tutorial/Seminar                 Formative and summative       10%                                                                          1-8

    Research Report                 Summative                              40%                                                                           6,8

    Written Examination           Summative                              40%                                         Yes                            1-5, 7, 8

    Logbook                              Formative and summative       10%                                                                          8

    Assessment of the Structured Program in Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology involves: Continuous evaluation of performance by staff, satisfactory attendance at and participation in research seminars, regular attendance at research meetings with supervisors, satisfactory progress with research project, evaluation of assigned essays and seminars, completion of logbooks
    documenting oral and general pathology cases, submission of casebook of 10 cases (see below),written and practical diagnostic oral histopathology examinations (including case discussion with examiners).

    End of 1st year: 2 hour written examination in basic pathological principles.

    End of 2nd year: 3 hour practical examination in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (5 cases) plus 1 hour discussion of cases with examiner

    End of 3rd year: 3 hour practical examination in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (15 cases). Satisfactory progress will be assessed based on completion of goals set at the beginning of the candidature including satisfactory completion of examinations.

    Casebook: Each case will comprise discussion and clinicopathological correlation of selected oral and (at least 1) general pathology cases. Each report will be no more than 10 pages (single spaced type) and include a bibliography of up to 30 references.  Each report will include high quality photographs or illustrations (as appropriate) of macroscopic and microscopic findings as well as include a critical appraisal the cited literature.

    Assessment of the Research Component involves: Completion of the Core Component of Structured ProgramAnnual Review of ProgressMajor Review of ProgressExternal examination of the thesis. The final assessment is external examination of the degree by conventional thesis (traditional formation or thesis by publication) or portfolio. The thesis by publication will include a literature review, final manuscripts of two papers describing the results of a research project in a format suitable for publication, and an over-arching discussion.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Satisfactory progress will be assessed based on completion of goals set at the beginning of the candidature including satisfactory completion of examinations

    Assessment Detail

    Tutorial/Seminar Participation (Weighting 10%):

    Presentation of case reports and specific topics of interest in oral and maxillofacial pathology. Participation in case discussions with respect to diagnostic histopathology.

    Research Report (Weighting 40%):

    Development of literature review and submitting of ethics applications

    Examination (Weighting 40%):

    2 hour written examination in basic pathological principles.

    Logbook (Weighting 10%):

    Ongoing record of archival pathology cases that students report on during the year.

    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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