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PAIN5023: Advanced Studies in Orofacial Pain

Orofacial pain can be severely disabling and has unique aspects because of the importance of the orofacial region for communication, emotional expression and mastication. The purpose of this unit is to expand on Pain5005 Orofacial Pain by providing an in depth understanding of orofacial pain mechanisms, symptomatology and management. Topics include orofacial pain classification and diagnosis and management strategies based on the biopsychosocial model of pain.


Academic unit
Unit code PAIN5023
Unit name Advanced Studies in Orofacial Pain
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Online
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Christopher Peck,
Tutor(s) Karen Leeanne Mccloy ,
Arun Aggarwal,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation group assignment Discussion activity
20% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment MCQs
30% Week 09 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Topic review
50% Week 12 2500-3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Structured online discussion activity: This discussion activity is conducted from week 2 to week 9. The first four modules have an associated two week discussion task that you must to participate in actively. Each of these discussion tasks are comprised of targeted discussion questions and short case scenarios. You are expected to contribute at least 2 messages per week.
  • Multiple choice questions: In this assignment you need to develop 6 multiple choice questions that would assess someone's understanding of orofacial pain. Due May 17, 2020. 
  • Topic review: For this assignment you need to complete a topic review. Due June 14, 2020. 

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

Meets the unit requirements to an exceptional standard


75 - 84

Meets the unit requirements to a very high standard


65 - 74

Meets the unit requirements to a good standard


50 - 64

Meets the unit requirements to an acceptable standard


0 - 49

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

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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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

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

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Orientation to unit Individual study (10 hr) LO1
Week 02 TMD and musculoskeletal anatomy Individual study (10 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 TMD and musculoskeletal anatomy Individual study (10 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 04 Neuropathic orofacial pain Individual study (10 hr) LO2
Week 05 Neuropathic orofacial pain Individual study (10 hr) LO2
Week 06 Pain and sleep Individual study (10 hr) LO3
Week 07 Pain and sleep Individual study (10 hr) LO3
Week 08 Pharmacology for orofacial pain Individual study (10 hr) LO4
Week 09 Pharmacology for orofacial pain Individual study (10 hr) LO4
Week 10 Clinical assessment and imaging Individual study (10 hr) LO4
Week 11 Clinical assessment and imaging Individual study (10 hr) LO4
Week 12 Review Individual study (10 hr) LO5
Week 13 Review Individual study (10 hr) LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Active participation in online discussion forums is a compulsory activity for completion of this unit of study. It is expected that students will contribute unique content and/or reflections on other students’ postings at least twice per week.

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. Discuss neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the orofacial region
  • LO2. Identify the diagnostic criteria for orofacial pain conditions associated with, TMD and Neuropathic pain
  • LO3. Discuss the relationship between sleep and pain, including the management of sleep disorders and orofacial pain conditions
  • LO4. Plan patient care using the principles of assessment in orofacial pain, including the use of adjunct tests
  • LO5. Plan patient care using the principles of diagnosis and management in orofacial pain, including the use of pain medicine, psychology and physiotherapy.

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.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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