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DENT5304: Basic Life Support and Resuscitation C

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Westmead, Sydney

This unit provides students studying at the postgraduate level with advanced level life support and resuscitation procedures and methods.

Unit details and rules

Unit code DENT5304
Academic unit Discipline of Oral Surgery, Medicine and Diagnostics
Credit points 6
DENT5302 and DENT5303
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Ken Harrison,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Placement hurdle task Clinical placement
Clinical Skills Assessment
0% Ongoing ongoing
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO14 LO13 LO11 LO4 LO2
Skills-based evaluation Clinical Logbook
Clinical Logbook of relevant skills
0% Ongoing ongoing
Outcomes assessed: LO15
Assignment hurdle task Final written assignment
Written assignment
60% STUVAC 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14 LO15
Assignment hurdle task Reflective learning journal
20% STUVAC must be at least 15 entries
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO11 LO14
Assignment hurdle task Draft written assignment
Written assignment
20% Week 05 all concepts and structure
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO8 LO10 LO11 LO13 LO14 LO15
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

  • Formative Continuous Sessional Assessment: Continuous sessional assessment occurs during each pre-clinical and clinical session. These assessments aim to determine student development of clinical competency with patient care as developed during the semester. The assessments include consideration of professionalism, patient management and communication.
  • Summative Draft Written Assignment: The written assignment topic will be distributed on the first day of the term and a draft answer must be typed and submitted by 0900 of the Monday of Week 5 of semester. It should have the full essay structure and all concepts and major points as a minimum
  • Summative Final Written Assignment: Final assignments (2000 words) must be typed, referenced and submitted by 0900 on the Monday of Week 14 of semester.
  • Summative Reflective Learning Journal: A Reflective Learning Journal is compulsory for this course. Whilst a large amount of the learning necessary for this course is under the domains of knowledge and skills, a significant percentage is under the domain of attitude and a reflective learning journal is a mechanism for the student to document changes in that domain. It must be submitted by 0900 on the Monday of Week 14 of semester and should include entries for all learning activities including classrooms, clinical situations and private 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 3 semesters of this course the log book is formative in assessment only.


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.

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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

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Sedation clinic Clinical practice (30 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14
Operating theatres Clinical practice (20 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14 LO15
Week 01 Classroom sessions Lecture and tutorial (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO14 LO15
Weekly Self-directed learning Independent study (50 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14

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 understanding of the moral, cultural, ethical principles, legal responsibilities and regulatory requirements involved in the management of emergencies
  • LO2. apply a systems approach to quality and safety in medical emergencies
  • LO3. demonstrate through reflective learning an understanding of personal limitations, and patient limitations and the need for continuing professional development in the management of emergencies
  • LO4. communicate effectively with the dental team and other health professionals in emergencies
  • LO5. demonstrate an advanced capacity in critically evaluating research and the literature, products and techniques in forming an evidenced based practice
  • LO6. demonstrate a thorough knowledge of evidenced-based information in relation to team centred and algorhythmic approaches to emergency management
  • LO7. demonstrate a thorough knowledge of evidence-based information in relation to electronic monitoring that is pertinent to emergency management
  • LO8. demonstrate a thorough knowledge of evidence-based information in relation to the pre-eminent place of non-technical skills and human factors in emergency management
  • LO9. demonstrate a thorough knowledge of evidence-based information in relation to the historical and current management of Basic and Advanced Life Support
  • LO10. demonstrate a thorough knowledge of evidence-based information in relation to Airway management in medical emergencies
  • LO11. demonstrate in the clinical setting an emerging knowledge of the management of acute medical emergencies
  • LO12. demonstrate a thorough knowledge of pharmaceutical agents used in managing medical emergencies
  • LO13. use, manage and troubleshoot relevant electronic monitoring that is pertinent to emergency management
  • LO14. demonstrate advanced skills and understanding in managing acute medical emergencies, including simulated emergencies, and display high level crisis management skills
  • LO15. demonstrate an advanced skill in methods of airway control in medical emergencies 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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

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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