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SDDM5325: Integrated Clinical Dentistry A2

Semester 2 Early, 2020 [Normal day] - Westmead, Sydney

This unit of study will build on the foundations of semester one - This unit provides students with the necessary skills to expand their treatment planning skills for patients in a general dental practice situation, using non-invasive primary and secondary preventive strategies and to undertake the management of patients presenting in pain. Students will build on their initial clinical experience by expanding the complexity of cavities and range of materials used in their treatment of patients. The foundations of Endodontics will be deepened and broadened to include advanced concepts. The program of Dental Trauma will teach students the guidelines and skills needed for the general management of acute traumatic dental injuries. The area of trauma represents a significant crossover between the disciplines of Endodontics, Paediatric Dentistry and Oral Surgery. Complementary to the clinical work, the Professional practice program covers those domains of dentistry practice that foster the development of oral health professionals who are competent, caring and committed to the healing of their patients. This discipline will explore the topics of social justice, clinical ethics and professional integrity as well as examining behavioural science learning topics including effective communication and management skills.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SDDM5325
Academic unit Discipline of Population Oral Health
Credit points 5
SDDM5211 and SDDM5212 and SDDM5213 and SDDM5214 and SDDM5221 and SDDM5222 and SDDM5223 and SDDM5224 and SDMD5211 and SDMD5212 and SDMD5213 and SDMD5214 and SDMD5215 and SDMD5216 and SDMD5217 and SDMD5221 and SDMD5222 and SDMD5223 and SDMD5224 and SDMD5225 and SDMD5226 and SDMD5227
SDDM5324 and SDDM5326 and SDDM5327
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Phillip Burke,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Endodontics preclinical assessment (for SDDM5315)
Clinical skills assessment
0% - 180 Minutes - Deferred due to COVID
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO5 LO4 LO2
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam hurdle task Theory examination (SDDM5325)
Final written paper for Semester 2 Comprising SBA / MEQ questions.
25% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8
Final exam hurdle task Theory examination (SDDM5315)
This is the SBA/MEQ exam from Semester 1 (marks carried to this unit)
15% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Continuous clinical work (for SDDM5315 and SDDM5325)
Clinical skills assessment + logbook results from procedures completed
60% Progressive Continuous throughout semester
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
In-semester test hurdle task Competency assessment (ICDCA)
Theory examination
0% Week -03
Due date: 28 Jan 2020 at 13:00
60 minute exam
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Competency assessment (ICDCA): The Integrated Clinical Dentistry Competency Assessment (ICDCA) examines students’ clinical knowledge from year 1 and 2, and early year 3 material prior to commencement of clinical practice. A pass mark of 70% and the exam may be attempted 3 times until the required standard of knowledge is met. If the student fails to attain 70% after three attempts, they will be required to undertake a learning contract/study plan with their mentor.
  • Theory examination (for SDDM5315): Questions may be in a variety of formats including essay, modified essay, short answer questions, multiple choice or single best answer types, where the student must select the correct answer from one of 4 or 5.
  • Theory examination (for SDDM5325): Questions may be in a variety of formats including essay, modified essay, short answer questions, multiple choice or single best answer types, where the student must select the correct answer from one of 4 or 5.
  • Endodontics preclinical assessment (for SDDM5315): The assessment requires students to complete a set of specific tasks on clinically-relevant simulation models.
  • Continuous clinical work (for SDDM5315 and SDDM5325): The continuous sessional assessment occurs during each pre-clinical and clinical session. These assessments aim to determine student development of clinical competency on models, or with patient care at each session.
  • 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

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
- Advanced composite resin course: overview Lecture (1 hr)  
Introduction to CAD CAM Lecture (1 hr)  
Occlusion and restorative dentistry 1 Lecture (1 hr)  
Diagnosis and management of cracked teeth Lecture (1.25 hr)  
Tooth whitening Lecture (1 hr)  
Teeth whitening and construction of stents Science laboratory (3 hr)  
Session 1 Tutorial (3 hr)  
Session 2 Tutorial (3 hr)  
Surgical endodontics Lecture (1.25 hr)  
Endodontic diagnosis revisited Lecture (1.25 hr)  
Modern methods of canal instrumentation and obturation techniques Lecture (1.25 hr)  
Endodontics: medico-legal and litigation considerations Lecture (1.25 hr)  
Plastic maxillary molar: access and IWL Practical (3 hr)  
Natural maxillary molar: access Practical (3 hr)  
Natural maxillary molar: instrumentation Practical (3 hr)  
Natural maxillary molar: finalise instrumentation Practical (3 hr)  
Natural maxillary molar: obturation Practical (3 hr)  
Catch-up session and prep for preclinical endodontic assessment Practical (3 hr)  
Mock preclinical endodontic assessment Practical (3 hr)  
Preclinical endodontic assessment: natural maxillary molar Practical (3 hr)  
Part 1 A and B Tutorial (3 hr)  
Part 2 A and B Tutorial (3 hr)  
Simple endodontic case to be completed for a patient in the integrated clinics at WCOH Clinical practice (3 hr)  
Getting paid: dental finance systems Online class (1 hr)  
Workforce, oral health dental team and public dental service Online class (1 hr)  
Social marketing Online class (1 hr)  
Luxations Lecture (1.25 hr)  
Avulsions Lecture (1.25 hr)  
Mouthguards Lecture (1.25 hr)  
Advanced treatment planning for avulsed teeth Lecture (1.25 hr)  
Endodontic aspects of avulsion injuries and long term management Lecture (1.25 hr)  
Endodontic aspects of fractures Lecture (1.25 hr)  
Placing a splint Practical (3 hr)  
Fabrication of a mouthguard Practical (3 hr)  
PBL 1 Tutorial (3 hr)  
PBL 2 Tutorial (3 hr)  
Multiple weeks Advanced restorative course Practical (3 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 5 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 100-125 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. develop disciplinary knowledge and clinical skills for the provision of patient-centered care as part of the dental team, with the understanding of the need to be flexible and adaptable, and work collaboratively with other oral health practitioners
  • LO2. integrate knowledge and understand the scientific methods relevant to biological, behavioural and social sciences, and apply a thorough knowledge of the complex interactions between oral health, nutrition, general health, medications and systemic diseases that may have an impact on oral healthcare and oral diseases in the provision of patient-centered care
  • LO3. demonstrate respect for all members of our community, with an appreciation of the diversity of human background and cultural values
  • LO4. assess, interpret and manage the complex needs of dental patients through sound clinical reasoning and evidence based clinical care within the scope of practice, as defined by the national professional accrediting body
  • LO5. comply with the ethical principles and legal responsibilities involved in the provision of dental care for individual patients, to communities and populations, practicing with personal and professional integrity, honesty and trustworthiness
  • LO6. educate patients, patients’ family and carers/guardians at all stages in their life about the aetiology and prevention of oral disease using effective, culturally competent and evidence-based education and communication strategies to improve oral health and quality of life
  • LO7. develop the ability to evaluate evidence in a critical and scientific manner, apply clinical reasoning and judgement in a reflective practice approach and engage in scientific methods and research to advance knowledge in clinical practice
  • LO8. demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, with the ability to acquire and apply knowledge, develop existing skills, adapt to a changing environment, and acquire new skills.

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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