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PAIN5025: Orofacial Pain in Practice

This is the capstone unit and it aims to translate orofacial pain theory into clinical practice. Clinical learning experiences/activities provide students the opportunity to synthesis and integrate their learning. The practical application of the knowledge gained from previous units allows students the opportunity to draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.


Academic unit
Unit code PAIN5025
Unit name Orofacial Pain in Practice
Session, year
Semester 2 Early, 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 Greg Murray,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task group assignment Online discussion activity
Forum post and participation
15% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Critical review
Critical review
40% Week 09 2000-2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Presentation Complex case presentation
Oral presentation and participation
35% Week 13 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Educational resource
10% Week 13 500-1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Online discussion activity: This discussion activity is conducted from week 2-4. Each week the tutor will post 1-2 discussion questions in the discussion forum for students to consider and respond to. These questions are provided to initiate discussion about the module content and core readings.
  • Critical review: For this assignment students are expected to complete a critical review of a contemporary orofacial pain treatment or management issue. They are to choose a topic about some aspect of orofacial pain that interests them and then find a research article on this topic and conduct a critical review. For this task students are being asked to 'critique' not 'criticise'. This means students need to point out and discuss the strengths and the weaknesses, as well as showing how the paper fits into the rest of the literature of which it is a part.
  • Complex case presentation: For this part of the assignment students need to prepare a complex orofacial pain case presentation from their own clinical practice to present to the group during their allocated tutorial time. Students can either choose a complex case they are currently managing or a complex case that they found difficult to manage in the past.
  • Educational resource: Students are required to produce and submit an education resource related to the case they are presenting, in the format of a fact sheet or a 3-fold brochure. It should include diagrams/images and headings (where appropriate). It should be focused on a specific topic/issue related to their case and be aimed at an orofacial pain patient or their family.

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 unit requirements to an exceptional standard


75 - 84

Meets unit requirements to a very high standard


65 - 74

Meets unit requirements to a good standard


50 - 64

Meets 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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Penalties for late submission will be applied in accordance with the University Assessment Procedures, 2011 (Clause 7A).

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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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.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Tutor and student case presentations Individual study (40 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Online discussion tasks Online class (20 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 01 Online introduction Individual study (2 hr)  
Week 02 Module 1: Pain and culture Individual study (10 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 03 Module 1: Pain and culture Individual study (10 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Module 2: Social and economic costs Individual study (10 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 Module 2: Social and economic costs Individual study (10 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 Module 3: Living with pain Individual study (10 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Module 3: Living with pain Individual study (10 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 14 (STUVAC) Review Individual study (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Students are required to contribute original content to the discussion forum at a minimum of twice per week in order to complete the unit

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.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Linton, S. J. and Nicholas, M. K. (2008). After assessment, then what? Integrating findings for successful case formulation and treatment tailoring. In Breivik, H. Clinical Pain Management: practice and procedures (2nd ed). London: Hodder Arnold.

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. appreciate the complex nature of, and challenges associated with, the management of orofacial pain conditions
  • LO2. embrace an evidence-based approach in the assessment, treatment and management of orofacial pain problems
  • LO3. appreciate the interactions between culture, suffering and orofacial pain
  • LO4. collaborate effectively with other health professionals in the management of orofacial pain conditions
  • LO5. communicate complex knowledge and ideas across a range of target audiences.

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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