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DENT5303: Theory and Practice of Dental Sedation B

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Westmead, Sydney

This unit provides students studying at the postgraduate level with an advanced level of experience in practical dental sedation methods and procedures, also with an overview of theoretical dental sedation methods and procedures.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Discipline of Oral Surgery, Medicine and Diagnostics
Credit points 6
DENT5300 and DENT5301
physical and/or mental impairments jeopardizing performance of safe clinical dentistry and safety/health of patients and staff.
Assumed knowledge

Comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of General Dentistry, particularly in Restorative Dentistry and Oral Rehabilitation

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Ken Harrison,
Lecturer(s) Nancy Chen,
Michael Walker,
Rob Turnbull,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Clinical logbook
0% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO14 LO13 LO12 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Draft written assignment
Written assignment
20% Week 05
Due date: 04 Sep 2022 at 23:59
To be entered by unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO10 LO11
Participation hurdle task Practice knowledge test written
Written practice knowledge test
0% Week 06 2 hrs
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO14 LO11 LO10 LO8 LO7 LO6
Placement hurdle task Clinical placement
summary of each days learning done with tutor at end of each day
0% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO14 LO13 LO12 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Final written assignment
Written assignment
60% Week 13
Due date: 06 Nov 2022 at 23:59
To be entered by unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO11 LO10 LO7 LO6 LO5
Assignment hurdle task Final written assignment
Written assignment
20% Week 13
Due date: 06 Nov 2022 at 23:59
To be entered by unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO10 LO9 LO6 LO5 LO4
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

  • Formative Clinical Sessional Feedback: Continuous sessional assessment occurs during each pre- clinical and clinical session. These assessments aim to determine student development of clinical competency on models or with patient care at each session. These assessments will be discussed with the student at the end of each day or session and are formative in this unit of study.
  • Required Formative Clinical Logbook: A Clinical Logbook is to be kept and handed in at the end of each semester. It is designed to guide the students towards the types and numbers of procedures, practices, skills and situations that it is desirable for them to do over the 2-year period. For the first year of this course the log book is formative in assessment only.
  • Continuous Clinical assessments: Continuous clinical assessment within the clinics and feedback from clinical tutors. This includes clinical work is recorded in the student’s logbook, where clinical activity including clinical practice and observation across all clinical areas is demonstrated. Demonstration of appropriate breadth of experience is required to assure clinical experience appropriate for a first-year trainee in Conscious Sedation.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Sedation clinic Clinical practice (3 hr)  
Operating theatres Clinical practice (3 hr)  
Week 01 Classroom sessions Lecture and tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 02 Classroom sessions Lecture and tutorial (1 hr)  
Weekly Self-directed learning Independent study (15 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: Attendance is a professional responsibility required of all students admitted to academic programs within the Sydney Dental School. All programs in the Sydney Dental School have a 90% attendance policy, for all compulsory components of Units of Study, as detailed in the Faculty of Dentistry Attendance Provisions 2015. This includes all clinical and practical sessions. The course requirements cannot be satisfied if more than 10% of any section of a course is missed for any reason.
  • Professionalism: Students in all Sydney Dental School programs are subject to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Professionalism Requirements 2019 and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Professionalism Provisions 2019. Professionalism is an essential component of developing competency to practice. It is important for students to demonstrate professional behaviour in all contexts and environments. In accordance with these local provisions: candidates who demonstrate serious or repeated unprofessional behaviour may be required to show cause as to why their enrolment should be continued. Failure to show cause may result in exclusion from the course.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate in the clinical setting an emerging understanding of the moral, cultural, ethical principles, legal responsibilities and regulatory requirements involved in the provision of conscious sedation
  • LO2. demonstrate through reflective learning an understanding of personal limitations, and patient limitations and the need for continuing professional development
  • LO3. demonstrate an emerging capacity in communicating effectively with patients, carers and their families, including shared decision making, concerning all aspects of their care
  • LO4. demonstrate an emerging capacity in communicating effectively with the dental team and other health professionals
  • LO5. demonstrate an emerging capacity in critically evaluating research and the literature, products and techniques in forming an evidenced based practice
  • LO6. demonstrate a thorough knowledge of evidence-based information in relation to electronic monitoring that is pertinent to conscious sedation
  • LO7. demonstrate a thorough knowledge of evidence-based information in relation to advanced local anaesthesia that is pertinent to conscious sedation
  • LO8. demonstrate in the clinical setting an emerging knowledge of relevant regulations, policies and guidelines, patient assessment and recovery and discharge criteria
  • LO9. demonstrate in the clinical setting an emerging knowledge of the different states of altered consciousness, the limitations and risks of the techniques involved in inducing conscious sedation and the pharmacology of the various agents used
  • LO10. use, manage and troubleshoot relevant electronic monitoring that is pertinent to conscious sedation
  • LO11. perform advanced local anaesthesia that is pertinent to conscious sedation
  • LO12. demonstrate emerging skills and understanding of practical dental sedation methods and techniques, including decision making
  • LO13. demonstrate an emerging skill in pre-operative and perioperative patient assessment, including informed consent, as relates to conscious sedation
  • LO14. demonstrate an emerging skill in methods of airway control on a manikin.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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No changes have been made since this unit was last offered

Work, health and safety

Students must comply with work health and safety, infection control and dress standard policies of all laboratories, placement sites and Local Health Districts (LHDs).


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