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SDDM5212: Foundations of Clinical Dentistry A3

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Westmead, Sydney

This unit will build on Year 1 to prepare students for patient care. The management and restoration of dental caries will be further developed with an introduction to primary care clinical practice and integrated treatment planning. Didactic and simulated practical sessions will develop the students understanding of more complex clinical presentations of Tooth Conservation and Endodontics. The student will further develop an understanding of anxiety, pain, phobias, anger and stress and the application of appropriate behavioural strategies Ethics and law will be expanded and Population Oral Health aspects will be presented in a broader context. Students may be required to attend classes at multiple locations.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Discipline of Restorative and Reconstructive Dentistry
Credit points 6
Prerequisites
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SDDM5111 and SDDM5112 and SDDM5113 and SDDM5114 and SDDM5121 and SDDM5122 and SDDM5123 and SDDM5124
Corequisites
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SDDM5211 and SDDM5213 and SDDM5214
Prohibitions
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Maria Tran, maria.tran@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Jinlong Gao, jinlong.gao@sydney.edu.au
Alexander Holden, alexander.holden@sydney.edu.au
Smitha Sukumar, smitha.sukumar@sydney.edu.au
Woosung Sohn, woosung.sohn@sydney.edu.au
Christine Wallace, christine.wallace@sydney.edu.au
Rahena Akhter, rahena.akhter@sydney.edu.au
Dilara Yashin El-Bacha, dilara.yashin@sydney.edu.au
Maria Tran, maria.tran@sydney.edu.au
Sarah McKay, s.mckay@usyd.edu.au
Yasmina Andreani, yasmina.andreani@sydney.edu.au
Vesna Miletic, vesna.miletic@sydney.edu.au
Bradley Christian, bradley.christian@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
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hurdle task
Theory examination (SDDM5212)
Written exam
46% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Small continuous assessment Pre-clinical Tooth Conservation continuous sessional assessment
Clinical skills and competency assessment
14% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Pre-clinical tooth conservation competency assessment - end of Semester 1
Clinical skills and competency assessment
14% Week 11 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Pre-clinical tooth conservation practical assessment - end of semester 1
Clinical skills assessment
14% Week 12 3 hrs
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Skills-based evaluation Pre-clinical endodontic practical assessment #1
Clinical skills assessment
12% Week 13 3 hrs
Outcomes assessed: LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

  • Case vingnettes: This assessment will involve students engaging with an online case vignette involving issues relating to ethics, professionalism and communication skills. Students will be required to address questions relating to the cases and reflect upon appropriate management.
  • Online Theory examination: The exam is comprised of single best answer and short answer questions.
  • Pre-clinical practical assessment in tooth conservation - deferred: The assessment requires students to complete a set of specific tasks on clinically relevant simulation models.
  • Pre-clinical practical competencies in tooth conservation: The pre-clinical summative competencies will take place towards the end of semester 1. The competencies require students to complete a set of restorative procedural tasks on clinically relevant simulation models.
  • Pre-clinical endodontic practical 1: This pre-clinical assessment will be held during semester 1 and requires students to complete a set of specific tasks on clinically relevant simulation models.
  • Continuous sessional assessment: Continuous clinical assessment occurs during each pre-clinical session. These assessments aim to determine student development of competency throughout the unit of study.

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

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

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

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
- Topic 1: Class V CR restorations & Class I CR restorations - prepared in Sem1 DMD1 Practical (3.5 hr) LO1
Topic 2: Class I CR restorations - prepared in Sem1 DMD1 Practical (3.5 hr) LO1
Topic 3: Class II CR restorations - prepared in Sem1 DMD1 Practical (3.5 hr) LO1
Topic 4: Class II CR restorations - prepared in Sem 1 DMD1 Practical (3.5 hr) LO1
Topic 5: Class III CR restorations - prepared in Sem2 DMD1 Practical (3.5 hr) LO1
Topic 6: Class IV CR restorations - prepared in Sem2 DMD1 Practical (3.5 hr) LO1
Topic 7: Class II MOD CR restorations (caries simulated teeth) - direct vision Practical (3.5 hr) LO1
Topic 8: Class II MOD CR restorations (caries simulated teeth) - indirect vision Practical (3.5 hr) LO1
Topic 9: Prepare for Restoration Competency assessment Practical (3.5 hr) LO1
Topic 10: Prepare for Practical assessment Practical (3.5 hr) LO1
Topic 11: Restoration Competency Assessment Practical (3 hr) LO1
Topic 12: Summative preclinical tooth conservation practical assessment (SCCA) Practical (3 hr) LO1
Endodontic Anatomy (premolars, mandibular incisors and molars) Seminar (1 hr) LO2
Pulp testing Seminar (1 hr) LO2
Pulp and Peri-radicular diagnoses (review - case discussion) Seminar (1 hr) LO2
Cleaning & Shaping; Banding Seminar (1 hr) LO2
Irrigants and intra-canal medicaments Seminar (1 hr) LO2
Endo emergencies Seminar (1 hr) LO2
ENDO SIM 1: Access Plastic Premolar (Mounted) + tooth description Practical (3.5 hr) LO2
ENDO SIM 2: Cleaning and Shaping of Plastic Premolar + Concept of tubeshift (x2) Practical (3.5 hr) LO2
ENDO SIM 3: Cleaning and Shaping of Plastic Premolar + Concept of tubeshift (x2) Practical (3.5 hr) LO2
ENDO SIM 4: Obturation of Plastic Premolar + Restoration Practical (3.5 hr) LO2
ENDO SIM 5: Access Natural Premolar Practical (3.5 hr) LO2
ENDO SIM 6: Cleaning and Shaping of Natural Premolar Practical (3.5 hr) LO2
ENDO SIM 7: Finish instrumentation + Obturation of Natural Premolar + Restoration Practical (3.5 hr) LO2
ENDO SIM 8: Catch-up + Practice Session Practical (3.5 hr) LO2
ENDO SIM 9: Formative Assessment + Feedback Practical (3.5 hr) LO2
ENDO SIM 10: Summative Assessment Practical (3.5 hr) LO2
Intro to Integrated Clinics: Treatment Planning 1 Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
The caries management system - clinical cariology 1: patient assessment (e.g., dental and diet history, step 1 and 2) and clinical assessment (plaque score, ICDAS, DIAGNOcam step 3) Tutorial (1 hr) LO3
The caries management system - clinical cariology 2: bitewing survey, analysis, diagnosis, risk determination and oral care plan (step 4 and 5) Tutorial (1 hr) LO3
The caries management system - clinical cariology 3: risk management: case presentation, informed consent, behaviour management and oral hygiene coaching (steps 6,7 and 8) Tutorial (1 hr) LO3
The caries management system - clinical cariology 4: monitoring behaviour change, plaque control, clinical outcome and recall (Steps 9 and 10) Tutorial (1 hr) LO3
The caries management system - clinical cariology 5: communication skills, toothbrushing coaching skills, diet management, lesions progression and review lesions Tutorial (1 hr) LO3
Review on Caries Management System and Fluorosis Tutorial (1 hr) LO3
Consent; principles and approaches Online class (1 hr) LO4 LO5
Clinical conduct and professionalism Online class (1 hr) LO4 LO5
Workshop: Anxiety and pain, theory and practice: communication practical skills session Online class (1.5 hr) LO4 LO5
The structure of the dental profession in NSW and Australia Online class (1.5 hr) LO4 LO5
Veracity; open disclosure and reporting obligations Online class (1.5 hr) LO4 LO5
Workshop: Confidentiality and privacy Online class (1.5 hr) LO4 LO5
Status syndrome: what really decides whether we are healthy? Online class (1 hr) LO4 LO5
Smoking and population oral health Online class (1 hr) LO4 LO5
Early childhood oral health Lecture (1 hr) LO4 LO5
Presentation and panel session, Indigenous Oral Health and Challenges Lecture (1 hr) LO4 LO5
Dental Adhesives Seminar (1 hr) LO1
Composite Resins Seminar (1 hr) LO1
Light Curing (devices and self-protection) Seminar (1 hr) LO1
Lining, temporary materials and therapeutic agents/Pulpal protection Seminar (1 hr) LO1
Bulk-fill Composites Seminar (1 hr) LO1
Complex Restorations - Composite resin Seminar (1 hr) LO1
Complex Restorations – Amalgam Seminar (1 hr) LO1
Restoration of endodontically treated teeth Seminar (1 hr) LO1
Intro to Integrated Clinic L1: Principles of Treatment Planning Seminar (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Intro to Integrated Clinic: Creating a Problem List & Writing up a treatment plan Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Intro to Integrated Clinic: Writing up a treatment plan Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Treatment Planning-CBL (Mariam Salahuddin) Workshop (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Clinical Session 1: Patient assessment (e.g., Medical, Dental & Diet (via diet questionnaire) & FL history, clinical assessment Plaque score, ICDAS Clinical practice (3 hr) LO3
Clinical Session 2: Bitewing radiographic assessment, Diagnocam tool, risk determination, Resting and stimulated saliva test for pH, viscosity, buffering capacity, Diagnocam practice continue Clinical practice (3 hr) LO3
Clinical Session 3: Diagnosis and risk determination and Oral care plan, Risk management: Case presentation, Informed consent, and CMS Tx planning, Diagnocam practice cont. Clinical practice (3 hr) LO3
Clinical Session 4: Behavior management Oral hygiene coaching using tri-plaque gel and dietary instruction, Practice Fl varnish/MI varnish application procedure, recall and monitoring Diagnocam practice cont. Clinical practice (3 hr) LO3

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 disciplinary knowledge in tooth conservation and technical skills in more complex cavity design and restorations using direct restorative materials. Discuss and demonstrate the removal of caries and the application of therapeutic agents
  • LO2. demonstrate disciplinary knowledge in endodontics and technical skills in more complex endodontic procedures (2 canals)
  • LO3. discuss the caries management system and demonstrate its application in the clinical context
  • LO4. develop professional identity, recognising clinical professional obligations as members of a registered health profession, and understand the elements of health law that impact clinical practice. Explain consent, open disclosure and reporting obligations of the dental healthcare professional. Demonstrate communication skills in consent, anxiety and pain
  • LO5. discuss the impact of smoking on population oral health. Develop an understanding of early childhood oral health and Indigenous oral health and their challenges.

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

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

No changes have been made since this unit was last offered

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