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SDDM5213: Foundations of Clinical Dentistry B3

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Westmead, Sydney

This unit builds on the fundamental concepts and procedures covered in year 1. New Disciplines such as Occlusion and Oral Surgery are introduced. Oral Surgery integrates head and neck anatomy with the principles and procedures associated with routine dental and oral surgical procedures, as well as pain management. This unit also provides students with more advanced information and the fundamentals of diagnosis and management of periodontal diseases. The foundations of Radiology and Prosthodontics are further developed introducing students with application of digital technology (CAD/CAM) in dental rehabilitation.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SDDM5213
Academic unit Discipline of Orthodontic and Paediatric Dentistry
Credit points 7
SDDM5111 and SDDM5112 and SDDM5113 and SDDM5114 and SDDM5121 and SDDM5122 and SDDM5123 and SDDM5124 and SDMD5111 and SDMD5112 and SDMD5113 and SDMD5114 and SDMD5116 and SDMD5117 and SDMD5121 and SDMD5122 and SDMD5123 and SDMD5124 and SDMD5125 and SDMD5126 and SDMD5127
SDDM5211 and SDDM5212 and SDDM5214
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Tihana Divnic-Resnik,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Skills-based evaluation Oral surgery pre-simulation quiz: LA/exodontia (for SDDM5213)
Pre-simulation quiz
0% - To be added by the Unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO7
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Periodontics practical examination 1: simulation (for SDDM5223)
Practical examination
12.5% - 30 minutes per student
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Periodontics practical examination 2: clinic (for SDDM5223)
Practical examination
12.5% - 30 minutes per student
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Placement hurdle task Clinical work (for SDDM5223)
Clincal placement
0% - n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO2
Final exam hurdle task Online exam (for SDDM5213)
Online examination
10% - 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO7 LO8
Final exam hurdle task Written exam (for SDDM5223)
Written examination
40% - 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Small continuous assessment hurdle task Continuous sessional assessment (for SDDM5213 and SDDM5223)
Competency assessment
0% Ongoing Continuous through the year
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO3 LO2
In-semester test hurdle task Oral surgery barrier examination: LA/exodontia / change from MCQ to assignment (for SDDM5213)
audio/video submission, photo of drawing - approximately 400-500 words
25% Week 09
Due date: 27 Apr 2020 at 23:59
To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO7
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

  • Written examinations (for SDDM5213 (online) and SDDM5223): Closed-book examinations consisting of modified essay questions, and multiple choice/single best answer questions where students must select the correct answer from four or five options. These examinations are designed to test theoretical understanding, and the application of concepts to practical situations.
  • Oral surgery pre-simulation quiz: LA/exodontia (for SDDM5213): This is a required assessment, and is to be completed to the stated standard prior to commencement in the simulation clinic.
  • Oral surgery barrier examination: LA/exodontia (for SDDM5213): This examination carries progression implications. 
  • Periodontics practical examination 1: simulation (for SDDM5223): This pre-clinical assessment requires students to complete a set of specific tasks on clinically relevant simulation models.
  • Periodontics practical examination 2: clinic (for SDDM5223): This clinical assessment requires students to complete a set of specific tasks in clinical settings.
  • Continuous sessional assessment (for SDDM5213 and SDDM5223): The continuous assessment occurs during each pre-clinical session. These assessments aim to determine student development of competency throughout the unit of Study.
  • Clinical work (for SDDM5223): The clinical work is reported as a mark that represents the quality and quantity of all work carried out in providing patient care in all patient treatment clinics. Students are required to complete a range of different treatments for a number of patients, which is documented in the clinical workbook.

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.

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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.

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
Week -01 Periodontics: is there more than one periodontitis? (classification of periodontal diseases) Lecture (1 hr)  
Prosthodontics: setting teeth 1 Science laboratory (3 hr)  
Orthodontics: cranio-facial growth Lecture (1 hr)  
Orthodontics: growth and development in adolescence and later stages of growth Lecture (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: medical emergencies Seminar (1 hr)  
Radiology: panoramic imaging (film faults) Lecture (1 hr)  
Week -02 Orthodontics: introduction to orthodontics and the need for ortho-treatment Lecture (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: exodontia instruments and technique Seminar (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: exodontia (indications) Seminar (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: medical factors Seminar (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: student to student LA land marks Practical (3 hr)  
Oral surgery: scorpio 1 (radiological assessment, anatomy review, instruments for exodontia, simulation practice of extraction technique, and use of elevators on plastic exodontia models) Practical (3 hr)  
Week -03 Periodontics: how can I detect periodontal diseases? (diagnosis of periodontal diseases) Lecture (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: introduction to local anaesthesia and oral surgery Seminar (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: local anaesthetic agents and pharmacology Seminar (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: anatomy for local anaesthesia Seminar (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: techniques of local anaesthesia delivery Seminar (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: complications (local and systemic) Seminar (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: infection control and sharps management, BP, and BSL Practical (3 hr)  
Radiology: principles of panoramic radiographs Lecture (1 hr)  
Radiology: review of practical skills Practical (1.5 hr)  
Week 01 Oral surgery: post-operative management Seminar (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: scorpio 2 (radiological assessment, anatomy review, instruments for exodontia, simulation practice of extraction technique, and use of elevators on plastic exodontia models) Practical (3 hr)  
Oral surgery: pre-clinical simulation session Clinical practice (2 hr)  
Oral surgery: pre-clinical simulation session Clinical practice (2 hr)  
Week 02 Prosthodontics: setting teeth 2 Science laboratory (3 hr)  
Oral surgery: complications of exodontia Seminar (1 hr)  
Oral surgery: exodontia clinic Clinical practice (2 hr)  
Radiology: review of practical skills Practical (1.5 hr)  
Week 03 Radiology: review of practical skills Practical (1.5 hr)  
Week 04 Prosthodontics: setting teeth 2 Science laboratory (3 hr)  
Week 06 Periodontics: strategies for successful periodontal treatment (treatment planning) Lecture (1 hr)  
Periodontics: how can I treat a mild/moderate periodontitis? Lecture (1 hr)  
Periodontics: perio practice hand scaling (recap; sickle scaler and iTOP - individually trained oral prophylaxis and professional prophylaxis) Practical (3 hr)  
Prosthodontics: setting the occlusion Science laboratory (3 hr)  
Radiology: principles of CT and cone-beam CT Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 07 Orthodontics: development of occlusion and classification of malocclusions Lecture (1 hr)  
Orthodontics: Clinical examination and patient history Lecture (1 hr)  
Radiology: radiographic anatomy Lecture (1 hr)  
Radiology: inflammatory lesions Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 08 Periodontics: hand scaling (universal curette and prophy) Practical (3 hr)  
Occlusion: overview of functional anatomy of the TMJ and jaw muscle function Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 09 Occlusion: clinical occlusal analysis and occlusal form Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 10 Periodontics: hand scaling (universal curette and prophy) Practical (3 hr)  
Occlusion: transfer records and verification Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 11 Periodontics: universal curette, sharpening, and power driven instruments 1 Practical (3 hr)  
Week 12 Periodontics: universal curette, sharpening, and power driven instruments 2 Practical (3 hr)  
Orthodontics: cephalometric analysis and space analysis-arch length discrepancy Lecture (1 hr)  

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 7 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 140-175 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. explain various types of periodontal diseases and their clinical attributes, perform initial diagnostics, formulate treatment plan, and execute initial periodontal therapy
  • LO2. demonstrate and describe the procedures for appropriately scanning a stone cast, preparing digital models, occlusal rims, and setting teeth
  • LO3. design simple removable partial dentures and draw removable partial denture components onto an odontogram and stone casts
  • LO4. explain the basic concept of oral implantology, describe osteogensis, implant type/structure, and discuss the basic management of a simple single tooth implant case
  • LO5. discuss craniofacial growth, explain the relationship between chronological, biological, and dental age, and discuss orthodontic malocclusions, as well as various types of orthodontic treatment
  • LO6. describe the main functions of the skeletomotor system of the jaws, use facebow to articulate the study casts in the articulator, assess the accuracy of the articulated casts, carry out simple adjustments, and explain and demonstrate occlusal splint application and design using both traditional and CAD-CAM methods
  • LO7. demonstrate the ability to safely and effectively administer local anaesthesia and extract teeth
  • LO8. describe important development aspects of a child, recognise the normal pattern of tooth development and eruption, recognise and manage common dental anomalies, and common soft tissue pathologies.

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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