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DENT6010: Dental Research Studies 1

Semester 2, 2023 [Normal day] - Surry Hills, Sydney

This unit provides the introduction to a research project, including the development of a research proposal, completing a research data management plan, conducting literature review, and commencing ethics and other institutional biosafety approval application if necessary.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Discipline of Population Oral Health
Credit points 6
Prerequisites
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DENT6000
Corequisites
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None
Prohibitions
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None
Assumed knowledge
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Knowledge in all aspects of general dentistry

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Bradley Christian, bradley.christian@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment DENT6010 research portfolio
The portfolio contains the finalised project proposal and literature review
0% Formal exam period
Due date: 20 Nov 2023 at 23:59
Please refer to the handbook on Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Online task Oral presentation on research proposal
Please refer to the DClinDent Research Handbook for details.
0% Ongoing Various
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO2

Assessment summary

Please refer to the handbook on Canvas

Assessment criteria

The DENT6010 portfolio comprises two components, including the finalised research project proposal and literature review. Missing any one of those two components will be deemed as unsatisfactory. The literature review breaches the academic integrity.

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1). The learning outcomes of this unit of study is reported by grade only.

As a general guide, a pass or satisfactory requirments indicates student demonstrates the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard as defined by grade descriptors and DClinDent research provisions. A fail or failed requirements indicates students fails to demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard as required by the DClinDent research provisions. 


 

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

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. review the important relevant research literature in the area of research
  • LO2. develop a research question and formulate a set of aims and hypotheses relating to the intended research project
  • LO3. devise a timeline for the research
  • LO4. complete a research data management plan (RDMP)
  • LO5. commence ethics or other institutional biosafety approval applications, if necessary.
  • LO6. give an oral presentation on research proposal

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

Alignment with Competency standards

Outcomes Competency standards
LO1
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist - ADC
3.3. understand scientific method and the role of research in advancing knowledge and clinical practice
Oral Medicine - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.a. historical and contemporary literature
Oral Pathology - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.a. historical and contemporary literature
Oral Surgery - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.a. historical and contemporary literature
Orthodontics - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.a. historical and contemporary literature
Paediatric Dentistry - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.a. historical and contemporary literature
Periodontics - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.a. historical and contemporary literature
Prosthodontics - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.a. historical and contemporary literature
Public Health Dentistry - DBA
1.a. recognising the personal limitations and scope of the specialty and knowing when to refer or seek advice appropriately
1.b. practising with personal and professional integrity, honesty and trustworthiness
1.c. providing patient-centred care, including selecting and prioritising treatment options that are compassionate and respectful of patients’ best interests, dignity and choices and which seek to improve community oral health
1.d. understanding and applying the moral, cultural, ethical principles and legal responsibilities involved in the provision of specialist dental care to individual patients, to communities and populations
1.e. displaying appropriate professional behaviour and communication towards all members of the dental team and referring health practitioner/s
1.f. understanding and applying legislation including that related to record-keeping
1.g. demonstrating specialist professional growth and development through research and learning
1.h. supporting the professional development and education for all members of the dental and/or health community, and
1.i. demonstrating leadership in the profession.
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.a. historical and contemporary literature
4.1.b. the scientific basis of dentistry including the relevant biological, medical and psychosocial sciences
4.2.c. the principles of public health research oral disease prevention at a population level, and
Special Needs Dentistry - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.a. historical and contemporary literature
LO2
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist - ADC
3.3. understand scientific method and the role of research in advancing knowledge and clinical practice
Oral Medicine - DBA
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Oral Pathology - DBA
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Oral Surgery - DBA
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Orthodontics - DBA
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Paediatric Dentistry - DBA
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Periodontics - DBA
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Prosthodontics - DBA
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Public Health Dentistry - DBA
1.a. recognising the personal limitations and scope of the specialty and knowing when to refer or seek advice appropriately
1.b. practising with personal and professional integrity, honesty and trustworthiness
1.c. providing patient-centred care, including selecting and prioritising treatment options that are compassionate and respectful of patients’ best interests, dignity and choices and which seek to improve community oral health
1.d. understanding and applying the moral, cultural, ethical principles and legal responsibilities involved in the provision of specialist dental care to individual patients, to communities and populations
1.e. displaying appropriate professional behaviour and communication towards all members of the dental team and referring health practitioner/s
1.f. understanding and applying legislation including that related to record-keeping
1.g. demonstrating specialist professional growth and development through research and learning
1.h. supporting the professional development and education for all members of the dental and/or health community, and
1.i. demonstrating leadership in the profession.
2.c. use of technological and telecommunication aids in planning and delivering specialist treatment
2.d. communicating effectively in all forms of health and legal reporting, and
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.a. historical and contemporary literature
4.1.b. the scientific basis of dentistry including the relevant biological, medical and psychosocial sciences
4.2.c. the principles of public health research oral disease prevention at a population level, and
5.2.a. designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating population oral health programs, and
5.2.b. writing reports.
Special Needs Dentistry - DBA
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
LO3
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist - ADC
3.3. understand scientific method and the role of research in advancing knowledge and clinical practice
Oral Medicine - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Oral Pathology - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Oral Surgery - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Orthodontics - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Paediatric Dentistry - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Periodontics - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Prosthodontics - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Public Health Dentistry - DBA
1.a. recognising the personal limitations and scope of the specialty and knowing when to refer or seek advice appropriately
1.b. practising with personal and professional integrity, honesty and trustworthiness
1.c. providing patient-centred care, including selecting and prioritising treatment options that are compassionate and respectful of patients’ best interests, dignity and choices and which seek to improve community oral health
1.d. understanding and applying the moral, cultural, ethical principles and legal responsibilities involved in the provision of specialist dental care to individual patients, to communities and populations
1.e. displaying appropriate professional behaviour and communication towards all members of the dental team and referring health practitioner/s
1.f. understanding and applying legislation including that related to record-keeping
1.g. demonstrating specialist professional growth and development through research and learning
1.h. supporting the professional development and education for all members of the dental and/or health community, and
1.i. demonstrating leadership in the profession.
4.2.c. the principles of public health research oral disease prevention at a population level, and
Special Needs Dentistry - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
LO4
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist - ADC
3.3. understand scientific method and the role of research in advancing knowledge and clinical practice
Oral Medicine - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Oral Pathology - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Oral Surgery - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Orthodontics - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Paediatric Dentistry - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Periodontics - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Prosthodontics - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Public Health Dentistry - DBA
1.a. recognising the personal limitations and scope of the specialty and knowing when to refer or seek advice appropriately
1.b. practising with personal and professional integrity, honesty and trustworthiness
1.c. providing patient-centred care, including selecting and prioritising treatment options that are compassionate and respectful of patients’ best interests, dignity and choices and which seek to improve community oral health
1.d. understanding and applying the moral, cultural, ethical principles and legal responsibilities involved in the provision of specialist dental care to individual patients, to communities and populations
1.e. displaying appropriate professional behaviour and communication towards all members of the dental team and referring health practitioner/s
1.f. understanding and applying legislation including that related to record-keeping
1.g. demonstrating specialist professional growth and development through research and learning
1.h. supporting the professional development and education for all members of the dental and/or health community, and
1.i. demonstrating leadership in the profession.
2.d. communicating effectively in all forms of health and legal reporting, and
4.2.c. the principles of public health research oral disease prevention at a population level, and
Special Needs Dentistry - DBA
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
LO5
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist - ADC
3.3. understand scientific method and the role of research in advancing knowledge and clinical practice
Oral Medicine - DBA
2.d. communicating effectively in all forms of health and legal reporting, and
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
Oral Pathology - DBA
2.d. communicating effectively in all forms of health and legal reporting, and
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
Oral Surgery - DBA
2.d. communicating effectively in all forms of health and legal reporting, and
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
Orthodontics - DBA
2.d. communicating effectively in all forms of health and legal reporting, and
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
Paediatric Dentistry - DBA
2.d. communicating effectively in all forms of health and legal reporting, and
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
Periodontics - DBA
2.d. communicating effectively in all forms of health and legal reporting, and
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
Prosthodontics - DBA
2.d. communicating effectively in all forms of health and legal reporting, and
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
Public Health Dentistry - DBA
1.a. recognising the personal limitations and scope of the specialty and knowing when to refer or seek advice appropriately
1.b. practising with personal and professional integrity, honesty and trustworthiness
1.c. providing patient-centred care, including selecting and prioritising treatment options that are compassionate and respectful of patients’ best interests, dignity and choices and which seek to improve community oral health
1.d. understanding and applying the moral, cultural, ethical principles and legal responsibilities involved in the provision of specialist dental care to individual patients, to communities and populations
1.e. displaying appropriate professional behaviour and communication towards all members of the dental team and referring health practitioner/s
1.f. understanding and applying legislation including that related to record-keeping
1.g. demonstrating specialist professional growth and development through research and learning
1.h. supporting the professional development and education for all members of the dental and/or health community, and
1.i. demonstrating leadership in the profession.
2.d. communicating effectively in all forms of health and legal reporting, and
4.2.c. the principles of public health research oral disease prevention at a population level, and
5.2.b. writing reports.
Special Needs Dentistry - DBA
2.d. communicating effectively in all forms of health and legal reporting, and
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
LO6
Oral Medicine - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
Oral Surgery - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.b. the scientific basis of dentistry including the relevant biological, medical and psychosocial sciences
Orthodontics - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.b. the scientific basis of dentistry including the relevant biological, medical and psychosocial sciences
Paediatric Dentistry - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.b. the scientific basis of dentistry including the relevant biological, medical and psychosocial sciences
Periodontics - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.b. the scientific basis of dentistry including the relevant biological, medical and psychosocial sciences
Prosthodontics - DBA
2.e. interpreting and communicating knowledge, skills and ideas.
3. Critical thinking - A graduate specialist is expected to be competent in the following, as relevant to the specialty:
3.a. critically evaluating scientific research and literature, products and techniques to inform evidence-based specialist practice, and
3.b. synthesising complex information, problems, concepts and theories.
4.1.b. the scientific basis of dentistry including the relevant biological, medical and psychosocial sciences

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

The assessments have been updated according to the DClinDent Research Local Provision. Oral presentation on research project proposal is a milestone requirement for this unit of study. Students are expected to deliver at least one oral presentation either within their clinical discipline, the School or beyond. Students actively seek feedback on oral presentation from supervisor(s), academic coordinator(s), research collaborators and peers. Please refer to the DClinDent Research Handbook for details. The DENT6010 portfolio contains two required components, including the finalised research project proposal and literature review. The project proposal is the finalised research proposal using the recommended format of DENT6000 final assignment. The portfolio is submitted through Turnitin at the designated site on Canvas.

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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