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Unit of study_

PAIN5025: Orofacial Pain in Practice

Semester 2, 2021 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code PAIN5025
Academic unit
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Elizabeth Devonshire,
Tutor(s) Robert Delcanho,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Online Discussion Activity
Online discussion participation and posting
15% Multiple weeks Weeks 2 - 7 (inclusive)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Online task Complex Case Presentation
Oral presentation and participation
35% Please select a valid week from the list below 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Critical Review
Written report
40% Week 09 2000-2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Educational Resource
Educational resource design and production
10% Week 13 500-1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
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Assessment summary

  • Assignment 1. Online Discussion Activity: This discussion activity is conducted from Weeks 2-4 (inclusive). 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.
  • Assignment 2. 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.
  • Assignment 3a. 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.
  • Assignment 3b. 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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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.

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).

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 Student Case Presentations Individual study (20 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Online discussion tasks Online class (20 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week -01 Orientation Individual study (2 hr)  
Week 01 Online introduction Individual study (8 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 08 Tutor Case Presentation: TMD Individual study (10 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Tutor Case Presentation: Neuropathic Pain Individual study (10 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 14 (STUVAC) Review & Assessment Individual study (10 hr)  

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.

Required readings

There is no prescribed textbook for this unit of study. All required readings are available online via Canvas and the University Library.

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.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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