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SDDM5414: Research 7

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

Students will continue to critically appraise the research evidence and assess their applicability in clinical practice. Students will develop written summaries of evidence (critically appraised topics (CAT) summaries) addressing a focused clinical questions raised during clinical practice. Students will continue to apply Evidence Based Dentistry principles based on clinical scenarios to inform treatment planning decisions. . At the completion of this unit of study, students will submit their final research project report (critical literature review), or present their experimental/original research at the School Research Day. Students may be required to attend classes at multiple locations.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SDDM5414
Academic unit Discipline of Oral Surgery, Medicine and Diagnostics
Credit points 3
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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SDDM5314 and SDDM5315 and SDDM5316 and SDDM5317 and SDDM5324 and SDDM5325 and SDDM5326 and SDDM5327
Corequisites
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SDDM5415 and SDDM5416 and SDDM5417
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Shanika Nanayakkara, shanika.nanayakkara@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task group assignment Critically appraised topic (CAT) review
Written assessment
20% Week 07
Due date: 25 May 2020 at 23:00
2-3 page, critically appraised summary
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Assignment hurdle task group assignment Critical literature review/Original experimental project
Online submission as a Final written report
80% Week 13
Due date: 25 May 2020 at 23:00
Final report/poster and abstract
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO5
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Critically appraised topic (CAT) review: Students in groups of 2-3 will identify an issue of interest relevant to a particular patient and build structured (PICO-type) questions. They will extract,  summarise, and present the relevant evidence.

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 sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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 -05 EBP-CAT Modules-ONLINE Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Week 01 EBP Q & A Session-Developing CAT Assignment Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6

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 3 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 60-75 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

  • Greenhalgh, Trisha M., et al. Understanding research methods for evidence-based practice in health. John Wiley & Sons, 2019 
  • Therapeutic Guidelines - Oral and Dental Version 2 Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, Melbourne
  • Sequeira, P. (2000). Critically appraised topics (CATs): bringing evidence to the chairside (1). Evidence-Based Dentistry, 2(4), 107-109.
  • Sadigh, G., Parker, R., Kelly, A. M., & Cronin, P. (2012). How to write a critically appraised topic (CAT). Academic radiology, 19(7), 872-888.
  • Callander, J., Anstey, A. V., Ingram, J. R., Limpens, J., Flohr, C., & Spuls, P. I. (2017). How to write a Critically Appraised Topic: evidence to underpin routine clinical practice. British Journal of Dermatology, 177(4), 1007-1013.

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. apply principles of evidence-based dentistry in clinical, research, and health education settings
  • LO2. demonstrate an ability to critically appraise scientific literature
  • LO3. demonstrate an ability to collect, organise, and present health data
  • LO4. place clinical research experience in context of the level of evidence spectrum determined by the principles of evidence-based dentistry
  • LO5. submit a final report based on individual/group research projects
  • LO6. apply EBD knowledge for patient management and care.

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

Alignment with Competency standards

Outcomes Competency standards
LO1
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist - ADC
3.1. locate and evaluate evidence in a critical and scientific manner to support oral health care
LO2
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist - ADC
3.1. locate and evaluate evidence in a critical and scientific manner to support oral health care
LO3
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist - ADC
3.3. understand scientific method and the role of research in advancing knowledge and clinical practice
LO4
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist - ADC
3.1. locate and evaluate evidence in a critical and scientific manner to support oral health care
4.4. understand the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based health promotion
6.2.4. formulate and record a comprehensive, patient-centred, evidence-based oral health treatment plan
LO5
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist - ADC
3.3. understand scientific method and the role of research in advancing knowledge and clinical practice
LO6
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist - ADC
3.1. locate and evaluate evidence in a critical and scientific manner to support oral health care
4.4. understand the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based health promotion
6.2.4. formulate and record a comprehensive, patient-centred, evidence-based oral health treatment plan
Professional competencies of the newly qualified dentist -
Competency code Taught, Practiced or Assessed Competency standard
3.1 A locate and evaluate evidence in a critical and scientific manner to support oral health care
3.3 A understand scientific method and the role of research in advancing knowledge and clinical practice

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

No changes have been made since this unit was last offered

 

For repeating students,

  1. Students will continue to work with the original research group
  2. Students should enrol in the Research UoS in the repeating year and should complete all coursework and assessment components in the unit
  3. Students should get in touch with the UoS coordinator to negotiate an alternative for the research project related assessment

Work, health and safety

Students must comply with work health and safety, infection control and dress standard policies of all laboratories, placement sites and Local Health Districts (LHDs).

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