DENT 7431A - Spec Clin Oral & Maxillofacial Path I T/Y Cont

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

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 7431A
    Course Spec Clin Oral & Maxillofacial Path I T/Y Cont
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Doctor of Clinical Dentistry students only
    Assessment Refer to Course Outlines for full information
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Richard Logan

    8313 3066

    A/Professor Neville Gully 8313 3887
    Course Timetable

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

    Further information is located in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Outline the normal anatomy and histology of the teeth, jaw bones, oral soft tissues and salivary glands

    2. Identify the core pathological processes which affect the body at a general tissue and organ level

    3. Describe the pathology and histopathological diagnosis of diseases affecting the teeth, the jaw bones, the oral soft tissues and the salivary glands for simple clinical cases.

    4. Provide a clinical perspective to oral disease processes for simple clinical cases.

    5. Correctly identify the knowledge and skills required for tissue handling, processing and report writing.

    6. Undertake a literature review to plan and prepare for discipline specific research to foster discovery and inquiry.

    7. Identify the skills, knowledge and attitude required to manage patients in an interdisciplinary environment

    8. Practice diagnostic Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, under supervision, and contribute to comprehensive, safe and high-quality dental (and medical) care, including general roles required for routine dental practice for individuals and/or community groups.
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    7, 8
    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
    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
  • 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 development243

    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.

    Tutorials/Seminars 12 x 1 hour sessions
    Practicals 12 x 2.5 hour sessions
    Practicum Placement 12 x 3.5 hours

    Reading/Other study: 48 hours
    Tutorial preparation: 48 hours
    Exam preparation: 48 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Research methods, experimental design and ethics:

    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.

    Coursework: 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 areas.

    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 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 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





      Tutorial participation

      and summative



      Research Report



      6, 8




      1-5, 7,8


      and summative



    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 Program
    Annual Review of Progress
    Major Review of Progress
    External examination of the thesis.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    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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