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SDDM5212: Foundations of Clinical Dentistry A3

Semester 1, 2024 [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
SDDM5111 and SDDM5112 and SDDM5113 and SDDM5114 and SDDM5121 and SDDM5122 and SDDM5123 and SDDM5124
SDDM5211 and SDDM5213 and SDDM5214
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Edward Waters,
Lecturer(s) Jinlong Gao,
Alexander Holden,
Smitha Sukumar,
Woosung Sohn,
Christine Wallace,
Bradley Christian,
Dilara Yashin El-Bacha,
Maria Tran,
Sarah McKay,
Yasmina Andreani,
Vesna Miletic,
Rahena Akhter,
The census date for this unit availability is 2 April 2024
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
hurdle task
Integrated Clinics Final Written Assessment
Final exam -Detailed critique of treatment plan
30% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Supervised exam
Cariology Theory Assessment
Cariology Theory Assessment
30% Formal exam period 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Preclinical Tooth Conservation: Summative Practical Assessment
Clinical skills assessment
20% Formal exam period See discipline canvas page for details.
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Preclinical Tooth Conservation: Summative Clinical Competencies Assessment
Clinical skills and competency assessment
5% Formal exam period See discipline canvas page for details.
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment DMD2 Tooth Conservation Written Assignment
See canvas discipline page for details.
5% Formal exam period
Due date: 10 Jun 2024 at 23:59
See canvas discipline page for details.
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Participation Population Oral Health assessment
Canvas MCQ's See discipline canvas page for details.
5% Multiple weeks Canvas MCQ's See discipline canvas page
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Small continuous assessment Integrated Clinics ongoing assessment
Integrated Clinics ongoing assessment. Reflective summary after each CBL.
0% Ongoing Progressive
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3
Participation Preclinical /clinical placements
Participation in rostered preclinical and clinical sessions
0% Ongoing Preclinical /clinical placements
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Skills-based evaluation Preclinical Tooth Conservation sessional continuous assessment
Clinical skills assessment. Progressive.
5% Progressive See discipline canvas page for details.
Outcomes assessed: LO1
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary


  • Cariology and Treatment planning Theory examinations: These exams will occur in the formal examinaiton period.
  • Pre-clinical practical assessment in tooth conservation: 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 assessment requires students to complete a set of restorative procedural 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.
  • Population Oral Health assessment: This assessment consists of multiple choice questions
  • Tooth Conservation assignment: Due in the exam period

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



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



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

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Support for students

The Support for Students Policy 2023 reflects the University’s commitment to supporting students in their academic journey and making the University safe for students. It is important that you read and understand this policy so that you are familiar with the range of support services available to you and understand how to engage with them.

The University uses email as its primary source of communication with students who need support under the Support for Students Policy 2023. Make sure you check your University email regularly and respond to any communications received from the University.

Learning resources and detailed information about weekly assessment and learning activities can be accessed via Canvas. It is essential that you visit your unit of study Canvas site to ensure you are up to date with all of your tasks.

If you are having difficulties completing your studies, or are feeling unsure about your progress, we are here to help. You can access the support services offered by the University at any time:

Support and Services (including health and wellbeing services, financial support and learning support)
Course planning and administration
Meet with an Academic Adviser

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Refer to Canvas and Allocate+ for learning activities and timetables. Block teaching (78 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

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

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