(Clinical Dentistry) Special Care Dentistry

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Special Care Dentistry)

Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Hospital Dentistry)

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry (Hospital Dentistry)

 

  Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry (Hospital Dentistry) Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Hospital Dentistry) Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Special Care Dentistry)
Course code EG003 or GCCLDHOD1000 EF008 or GNCLDHOD1000 EB006 or TCCLDSCD1000
CRICOS code 064373G 064296E 064294G
Degree Abbreviation GradCertClinDent(Hospital Dentistry) GradDipClinDent(Hospital Dentistry) DClinDent(Special Care Dentistry)
Credit points required to complete 24 48 144
Time to complete full-time Exit qualification only Exit qualification only 3 years
Overview

This course provides advanced didactic, clinical and research training designed to prepare the candidate for a career at the specialist level in Special Care Dentistry.

Course outcomes

To prepare candidates for a career at the specialist level in Special Care Dentistry, and to provide a basis to pursue a career pathway in research and/or clinical academic positions.

Further information

For further information about this program see the Faculty of Dentistry website at: sydney.edu.au/dentistry/student/postgrad.php

Pattern of enrolment

Enrolment is full-time. In order to fulfil the requirements for registration as a specialist in this field, all Units of Study must be taken in the following sequence. All units of study are compulsory unless otherwise noted.

Academic Year 1
Semester 1
UoS code and name
Credit points
DENT5200
Applied Oral Biology
6
DENT5201
Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology 1
6
DENT5202
Internal and General Medicine 1A
6
DENT6000
Research Methods in Dentistry
6
Semester 2
UoS code and name
Credit points
DENT5203
Oral Medicine 1
6
DENT5204
Oral Pathology 1
6
DENT5205
Internal and General Medicine 1B
6
DENT6010
Dental Research Studies 1
6
Academic Year 2
Semester 1
UoS code and name
Credit points
DENT5230
Behaviour and Dental Management 3
6
DENT5231
Growth, Development and Aging 1
6
DENT5232
Restorative Dentistry 1
6
DENT6011
Dental Research Studies 2
6
Semester 2
UoS code and name
Credit points
DENT5233
Behaviour and Dental Management 2
6
DENT5234
Growth, Development and Aging 2
6
DENT5235
Restorative Dentistry 2
6
DENT6012
Dental Research Studies 3
6
Academic Year 3
Semester 1
UoS code and name
Credit points
DENT5236
Behaviour and Dental Management 3
6
DENT5237
Growth, Development and Aging 3
6
DENT5238
Oral Rehabilitation
6
DENT6013
Dental Research Studies 4
6
Semester 2
UoS code and name
Credit points
DENT5239
Behaviour and Dental Management 4
6
DENT5240
Growth, Development and Aging 4
6
DENT5013
Preventative Dentistry
6
DENT6014
Dental Research Studies 5
6

Table of units of study: Special Care Dentistry

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Year 1

DENT5200
Applied Oral Biology
6    C DENT6000 and DENT5201 and DENT5202
Semester 1
DENT5201
Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology 1
6    C DENT6000 and [(DENT6210 and DENT6211) or (DENT5200 andDENT5202)]
Semester 1
DENT5202
Internal and General Medicine 1A
6    C DENT6000 and DENT5200 and DENT5201
Semester 1
DENT6000
Research Methods in Dentistry
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
DENT5203
Oral Medicine 1
6    P (DENT6000 and DENT5200 and DENT5201 and DENT5202) or DENT6126
C DENT6010 and DENT5204 and DENT5205
Semester 2
DENT5204
Oral Pathology 1
6    P DENT6000 and [(DENT5201 and DENT6210 and DENT6211) or (DENT5200 and DENT5201 and DENT5202)]
C DENT6010 and [(DENT6212 and DENT6213) or (DENT5203 and DENT5205)]
Semester 2
DENT5205
Internal and General Medicine 1B
6    P (DENT6000 and DENT5200 and DENT5201 and DENT5202) or DENT6126
C DENT6010 and DENT5203 and DENT5204
Semester 2
DENT6010
Dental Research Studies 1
6    P DENT6000 or DENT6126 or DENT6226 or DENT6276 or DENT6326 or DENT6382
Semester 2
Graduate Certificate exit students are required to successfully complete the first 4 units of study.
Graduate Diploma exit students are required to successfully complete the first 8 units of study.

Year 2

DENT5230
Behaviour and Dental Management 3
6      Semester 1
DENT5231
Growth, Development and Aging 1
6    C DENT5230
Semester 1
DENT5232
Restorative Dentistry 1
6      Semester 1
DENT6011
Dental Research Studies 2
6    P DENT6010 or DENT6127 or DENT6227 or DENT6277 or DENT6327 or DENT6386
Semester 1
DENT5233
Behaviour and Dental Management 2
6    P DENT5230
Semester 2
DENT5234
Growth, Development and Aging 2
6    P DENT5231
Semester 2
DENT5235
Restorative Dentistry 2
6    P DENT5232
Semester 2
DENT6012
Dental Research Studies 3
6    P DENT6011 or DENT6128 or DENT6228 or DENT6278 or DENT6328 or DENT6393
Semester 2

Year 3

DENT5236
Behaviour and Dental Management 3
6    P DENT5230 and DENT5233
Semester 1
DENT5237
Growth, Development and Aging 3
6    P DENT5234
Semester 1
DENT5238
Oral Rehabilitation
6    P DENT5235
Semester 1
DENT6013
Dental Research Studies 4
6    P DENT6012 or DENT6129 or DENT6229 or DENT6279 or DENT6329 or DENT6397
Semester 1
DENT5239
Behaviour and Dental Management 4
6    P DENT5236
Semester 2
DENT5240
Growth, Development and Aging 4
6    P DENT5237
Semester 2
DENT5013
Preventative Dentistry
6    P ((PUBH5010 or CEPI5100) and PUBH5018) or DENT6000
Semester 2
DENT6014
Dental Research Studies 5
6    P DENT6013 or DENT6130 or DENT6230 or DENT6280 or DENT6330 or DENT6411
Semester 2

Unit of study descriptions

DENT5013 Preventative Dentistry

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Wendell Evans Session: Semester 2 Classes: 30hrs consisting of 10x(1hr lecture/seminar and 2hr tutorial) Prerequisites: ((PUBH5010 or CEPI5100) and PUBH5018) or DENT6000 Assessment: individual written assignments (70%), tutorial discussion and group-work participation (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
To provide students with sufficient background and appreciation of the importance of preventive dentistry and oral health promotion and to provide them with the opportunity to develop skills and acquire essential knowledge in this field for the effective practice of population oral health. The following topics will be covered: principles of prevention; oral diseases and conditions of public health concern - a review; the epidemiology of the common oral problems; prevention of dental caries; prevention of periodontal disease; prevention of other diseases of oral health concern; evidence-based preventive dental care; principles of health education, health protection, and oral health promotion; and analysis of health education and oral health promotion initiatives. On the completion of this unit of study, the student will be able to: understand the efficacy and effectiveness of risk reduction strategies in relation to the common oral problems and conditions; select interventions and strategies for the prevention and control of oral disease and the promotion of oral health; and understand the limitations of health education and the potential for oral health improvement through effective oral health promotion strategies.
Textbooks
Fejerskov O, Kidd E (Editors) with Nyvad B and Baelum V. Dental caries: the disease and its clinical management. Oxford: Blackwell Munksgaard, 2008.
DENT5200 Applied Oral Biology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Hans Zoellner, Associate Professor Hedley Coleman Session: Semester 1 Classes: independent study x 4 hrs, seminar presentation x 3 hrs, journal club presentation x 2 hrs (per week) Corequisites: DENT6000 and DENT5201 and DENT5202 Assessment: ongoing assessment of participation and contribution in journal club and seminar presentations (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Basic oral/dental histology and biology will be covered. Topics include embryology including tooth development, histology of oral mucosa, salivary glands and bone.
Textbooks
Oral Histology, Ten Cate
DENT5201 Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter, Associate Professor Hedley Coleman, Associate Professor Hans Zoellner, Dr Anastasia Georgiou, Dr Sue-Ching Yeoh Session: Semester 1 Classes: oral medicine clinic x 10 hrs, biopsy clinic x 3 hours, medically complex clinic x 4hrs, oral medicine/oral pathology conference x 4hrs (per week) Corequisites: DENT6000 and [(DENT6210 and DENT6211) or (DENT5200 andDENT5202)] Assessment: continuous clinical assessment (50%), viva voce (50%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
Principles of effective diagnostic procedure are reinforced through supervised clinical training. Emphasis is placed on history taking and examination; application and interpretation of special investigations; differential diagnosis; treatment planning; clinical records and quality of care evaluation; and the development of effective communication skills in interdisciplinary clinical practice. Principles and practice of pharmacology.
Topics include; processes of inflammation and repair, hamartomas, oral dermatoses, neoplasia, orofacial infections, salivary gland diseases, neurological disorders and pain syndromes. Oral conditions of systemic significance include manifestations of: haematological and other malignancies and their treatment, immunosuppression (e.g. HIV), autoimmune diseases, psychogenic disorders with orofacial features.
Review of relevant histopathology cases .
Medically complex clinics focus on aspects of internal medicine of concern to the provision of safe and effective dental treatment in patients with severe medical conditions. Topics include: defective haemostasis, blood transfusion requirements, endocarditis prophylaxis, bisphosphonate therapy, drug interactions, infectious diseases, allergy, immunosuppression, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, palliative care, endocrine therapy, geriatrics, physical handicaps, psychiatric illness and chronic pain problems.
Principles and practice of diagnostic dental and maxillofacial radiology are reinforced, with direct practical experience with a focus on extra-oral techniques. Discussions on diagnostic/interpretive imaging, including plain film radiography, sialography, angiography, CT and MRI.
Textbooks
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, 2nd Ed BW Neville, DD Damm. CA Allen. JE Bouquot.
DENT5202 Internal and General Medicine 1A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Veness, Dr Gary Morgan, Dr Carsten Palme, Dr John Sullivan, A/Prof Ken Bradstock, Associate Professor Mark Schifter Session: Semester 1 Classes: medical rotations x3hrs, medical grand rounds x 1 hr, basic physicians training course x 3 hrs (per week) Corequisites: DENT6000 and DENT5200 and DENT5201 Assessment: continuous clinical assessment (50%); viva voce (50%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
Candidates rotate through various medical speciality clinics including: Head and Neck Radiation Oncology, Haematology (with emphasis on the care of patients undergoing haematopoietic stem cell transplants), Dermatology, Immunology and Radiology/Nuclear Medicine.
An emphasis is placed on understanding and application of principles of pharmacology.
Attendance at the FRACP trainee physician's lecture series held weekly in two blocks of six months over two years covers the spectrum of topics relevant to internal medicine. The lecture series covers the spectrum of internal medicine including the aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, management, prevention and epidemiology of disease. The series covers the main areas of immunology, molecular biology and genetics, endocrinology, neurology, renal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology, rheumatology, pharmacology, haematology, infectious diseases, respiratory medicine, cardiology, oncology, social and community medicine.
Candidates also attend the Medical Grand Rounds at Westmead Hospital.
DENT5203 Oral Medicine 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter, Associate Professor Hedley Coleman, Associate Professor Hans Zoellner, Dr Anastasia Georgiou, Dr Sue-Ching Yeoh Session: Semester 2 Classes: oral medicine clinic x 10 hrs, biopsy clinic x 3 hours, medically complex clinic x 4hrs, oral medicine conference x 3hrs (per week) Prerequisites: (DENT6000 and DENT5200 and DENT5201 and DENT5202) or DENT6126 Corequisites: DENT6010 and DENT5204 and DENT5205 Assessment: continued clinical assessment (30%), 1x 2000 word essays (10%), written paper x 2 hrs (40%), viva voce (20%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
Principles of effective diagnostic procedure are reinforced through supervised clinical training. Emphasis is placed on history taking and examination; application and interpretation of special investigations; differential diagnosis; treatment planning; clinical records and quality of care evaluation; and the development of effective communication skills in interdisciplinary clinical practice. Principles and practice of pharmacology.
Topics include; processes of inflammation and repair, hamartomas, oral dermatoses, neoplasia, orofacial infections, salivary gland diseases, neurological disorders and pain syndromes. Oral conditions of systemic significance include manifestations of: haematological and other malignancies and their treatment, immunosuppression (eg. HIV), autoimmune diseases, psychogenic disorders with orofacial features.
Review of relevant histopathology cases.
Medically complex clinics focus on aspects of internal medicine of concern to the provision of safe and effective dental treatment in patients with severe medical conditions. Topics include: defective haemostasis, blood transfusion requirements, endocarditis prophylaxis, bisphosphonate therapy, drug interactions, infectious diseases, allergy, immunosuppression, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, palliative care, endocrine therapy, geriatrics, physical handicaps, psychiatric illness and chronic pain problems.
Principles and practice of diagnostic dental and maxillofacial radiology are reinforced, with direct practical experience with a focus on extra-oral techniques. Discussions on diagnostic/interpretive imaging, including plain film radiography, sialography, angiography, CT and MRI.
Textbooks
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, 2nd Ed BW Neville, DD Damm. CA Allen. JE Bouquot.
DENT5204 Oral Pathology 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Hedley Coleman Session: Semester 2 Classes: oral pathology conference (slide review and journal club) x 2 hrs, seminars x 1 hr, diagnostic histology/pathology x 1 hr (per week) Prerequisites: DENT6000 and [(DENT5201 and DENT6210 and DENT6211) or (DENT5200 and DENT5201 and DENT5202)] Corequisites: DENT6010 and [(DENT6212 and DENT6213) or (DENT5203 and DENT5205)] Assessment: 1x2hr written exam (50%), viva voce (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The course covers a review of relevant aspects of oral biology including bone, mucosa, salivary glands and tooth development.
Oral pathology is introduced by investigating the clinico-pathological features of soft and hard tissue pathoses including inflammatory and repair processes, hamartomas, mucosal and salivary gland diseases, fibro-osseous lesions, benign and malignant non-odontogenic and odontogenic neoplasms, cysts of the jaws and soft tissues of the head and neck.
Weekly departmental review of the current histopathology cases, particularly biopsies of patients undertaken or seen in the Oral Medicine clinics, or Head and Neck oncology clinics.
Textbooks
Oral Anatomy, Embryology and Histology, 3rd ed, Berkowitz BKB, Holland GR and Moxham BJ.
DENT5205 Internal and General Medicine 1B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Veness, Dr Gary Morgan, Dr Carsten Palme, Dr John Sullivan, A/Prof Ken Bradstock, Associate Professor Mark Schifter Session: Semester 2 Classes: medical rotations x3hrs, medical grand rounds x 1 hr, basic physicians training course x 3 hrs (per week) Prerequisites: (DENT6000 and DENT5200 and DENT5201 and DENT5202) or DENT6126 Corequisites: DENT6010 and DENT5203 and DENT5204 Assessment: continuous clinical assessment (50%); viva voce (50%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
Candidates rotate through various medical speciality clinics including: Head and Neck Radiation Oncology, Haematology (with emphasis on the care of patients undergoing haematopoietic stem cell transplants), Dermatology, Immunology and Radiology/Nuclear Medicine.
An emphasis is placed on understanding and application of principles of pharmacology.
Attendance at the FRACP trainee physician's lecture series held weekly in two blocks of six months over two years covers the spectrum of topics relevant to internal medicine. The lecture series covers the spectrum of internal medicine including the aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, management, prevention and epidemiology of disease. The series covers the main areas of immunology, molecular biology and genetics, endocrinology, neurology, renal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology, rheumatology, pharmacology, haematology, infectious diseases, respiratory medicine, cardiology, oncology, social and community medicine.
Candidates also attend the Medical Grand Rounds at Westmead Hospital.
DENT5230 Behaviour and Dental Management 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter Session: Semester 1 Classes: clinical prac 20 hr/wk, 1x3hr tut, 5x1hr lect Assessment: tutorials (20%), clinical (50%), exams (30%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course gives students knowledge and skill in the management of medically compromised patients and covers this important aspect of dentistry in detail, with special reference to the multi-disciplinary nature of diagnosis and treatment of medically compromised patients. It covers the implications for dental treatment in patients ranging from the child to the geriatric patient with cardiac, respiratory, neurological, oncological and other special needs.
DENT5231 Growth, Development and Aging 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter, A/Prof Angus Cameron Session: Semester 1 Classes: clinical prac 20 hr/wk, 1x3hr tut, 5x1hr lect Corequisites: DENT5230 Assessment: tutorials (20%), clinical (50%), exams (30%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course covers general growth and development from conception through infancy and childhood to adolescence/adulthood with special reference to the orofacial complex. An understanding of the basic processes of normal growth and development and how perturbations result in abnormalities will be achieved.
DENT5232 Restorative Dentistry 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter and Dr Christine Wallace Session: Semester 1 Classes: clinical prac 25.5 hr/wk Assessment: tutorials (20%), clinical (50%), exams (30%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course ensures that students have an evidenced-based approach to clinical dentistry and are expert in the delivery of clinical care. It will be the foundation of clinical practice in this discipline and covers all the clinical aspects of prevention, repair and maintenance of the primary and permanent dentition in children, adolescents and adults. The importance of sound diagnostic criteria leading to the creation of rational treatment plans is emphasised. The candidate should develop a sound understanding of differing treatment philosophies, materials and techniques. The importance of flexibility in treatment techniques to coincide with the advances in dental materials is stressed.
DENT5233 Behaviour and Dental Management 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter Session: Semester 2 Classes: clinical prac 20 hr/wk, 1x3hr tut, 5x1hr lect Prerequisites: DENT5230 Assessment: tutorials (20%), clinical (50%), exams (30%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course gives students knowledge and skill in the management of medically compromised patients and covers this important aspect of dentistry in detail, with special reference to the multi-disciplinary nature of diagnosis and treatment of medically compromised patients. It covers the implications for dental treatment in patients ranging from the child to the geriatric patient with cardiac, respiratory, neurological, oncological and other special needs.
DENT5234 Growth, Development and Aging 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter, A/Prof Angus Cameron Session: Semester 2 Classes: clinical prac 20 hr/wk, 1x3hr tut, 5x1hr lect Prerequisites: DENT5231 Assessment: tutorials (20%), clinical (50%), exams (30%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course covers general growth and development from conception through infancy and childhood to adolescence/adulthood with special reference to the orofacial complex. An understanding of the basic processes of normal growth and development and how perturbations result in abnormalities will be achieved.
DENT5235 Restorative Dentistry 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter and Dr Christine Wallace Session: Semester 2 Classes: clinical prac 25.5 hr/wk Prerequisites: DENT5232 Assessment: tutorials (20%), clinical (50%), exams (30%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course ensures that students have an evidenced-based approach to clinical dentistry and are expert in the delivery of clinical care. It will be the foundation of clinical practice in this discipline and covers all the clinical aspects of prevention, repair and maintenance of the primary and permanent dentition in children, adolescents and adults. The importance of sound diagnostic criteria leading to the creation of rational treatment plans is emphasised. The candidate should develop a sound understanding of differing treatment philosophies, materials and techniques. The importance of flexibility in treatment techniques to coincide with the advances in dental materials is stressed.
DENT5236 Behaviour and Dental Management 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter Session: Semester 1 Classes: clinical prac 20hr/wk, 1x3hr tut, 5x1hr lect Prerequisites: DENT5230 and DENT5233 Assessment: tutorials (20%), clinical (50%), exams (30%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course teaches students intermediate knowledge and skills in the management of medically compromised patients and covers this important aspect of dentistry in detail, with special reference to the multi-disciplinary nature of diagnosis and treatment of medically compromised patients. It covers the implications for dental treatment in patients ranging from the child to the geriatric patient with cardiac, respiratory, neurological, oncological and other special needs.
DENT5237 Growth, Development and Aging 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter, Associate Professor Angus Cameron Session: Semester 1 Classes: clinical prac 20hr/wk, 1x3hr tut, 5x1hr lect Prerequisites: DENT5234 Assessment: tutorials (20%), clinical (50%), exams (30%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course covers general growth and development from conception through infancy and childhood to adolescence/adulthood with special reference to the orofacial complex. An intermediate understanding of the basic processes of normal growth and development and how perturbations result in abnormalities will be achieved.
DENT5238 Oral Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter and Dr Christine Wallace Session: Semester 1 Classes: clinical prac 25.5hr/wk Prerequisites: DENT5235 Assessment: tutorials (20%), clinical (50%), exams (30%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course teaches students to have an evidenced-based approach to clinical dentistry. It is the foundation of clinical practice in this discipline and covers all clinical aspects of prevention, repair and maintenance of the primary and permanent dentition in children, adolescents and adults. The importance of sound diagnostic criteria leading to the creation of rational treatment plans is emphasised. The candidate should develop a sound understanding of differing treatment philosophies, materials and techniques. The importance of flexibility in treatment techniques to coincide with the advances in dental materials is stressed.
DENT5239 Behaviour and Dental Management 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter Session: Semester 2 Classes: clinical prac 20hr/wk, 1x3hr tut, 5x1hr lect Prerequisites: DENT5236 Assessment: tutorials (20%), clinical (50%), exams (30%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course teaches students advanced knowledge and skill in the management of medically compromised patients and covers this important aspect of dentistry in detail, with special reference to the multi-disciplinary nature of diagnosis and treatment of medically compromised patients. It covers the implications for dental treatment in patients ranging from the child to the geriatric patient with cardiac, respiratory, neurological, oncological and other special needs.
DENT5240 Growth, Development and Aging 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Schifter, Associate Professor Angus Cameron Session: Semester 2 Classes: clinical prac 20hr/wk, 1x3hr tut, 5x1hr lect Prerequisites: DENT5237 Assessment: tutorials (20%), clinical (50%), exams (30%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course covers general growth and development from conception through infancy and childhood to adolescence/adulthood with special reference to the orofacial complex. An advanced understanding of the basic processes of normal growth and development and how perturbations result in abnormalities will be achieved.
DENT6000 Research Methods in Dentistry

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Manish Arora Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr tutorial/week x 10weeks Assessment: examination (50%) and weekly assignment (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Research Methods in Dentistry is a postgraduate course designed to provide fundamental skills in clinical research design and critical appraisal of scientific literature for students intending to undertake research at the Faculty of Dentistry. The ability to critically evaluate journal articles is seen as an indispensable tool in the pursuit of clinical practice founded on Evidence-Based Dentistry.
All course material is provided on compact discs and through eLearning (formerly WebCT) via the University of Sydney's website. A detailed series of notes, tutorial exercises and recorded mini-lectures are included in the study material. Students are required to complete one tutorial exercise/assignment each week. Weekly tutorial sessions are held at Westmead Hospital and Sydney Dental Hospital.
Topics covered include epidemiologic study design, measures of disease frequency and association, as well as confounding, bias and measurement error. Considerable attention is paid to critical appraisal of journal articles. An introduction into diagnostic test studies, systematic reviews and basic biostatistics is also provided.
Textbooks
Class notes and full-text journal articles are provided via the course website.
DENT6010 Dental Research Studies 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Greg Murray Session: Semester 2 Classes: Weekly attendance in research seminars (70% attendance required) and 2hr research sessions. Prerequisites: DENT6000 or DENT6126 or DENT6226 or DENT6276 or DENT6326 or DENT6382 Assessment: Candidates will be required to submit a treatise or written work in the form of a paper dealing with research on a specific topic. It should be the equivalent of one paper which would be acceptable for publication in a peer reviewed scientific, academic or professional journal. In keeping with Academic Board policy there is an option to submit published work based on research undertaken while enrolled for this degree. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides the introduction to a research project, including the development of a research proposal and literature review. The treatise is a formal piece of writing relevant to the subject area of the masters degree. Candidates will work on a specified research project under appropriate supervision. At least one of the project supervisors must be an academic staff member of the University. The treatise or written work is in 5 parts all of which will be completed in a minimum of three years of full time study.
DENT6011 Dental Research Studies 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Greg Murray Session: Semester 1 Classes: Weekly attendance in research seminars (70% attendance required) and 6hr research sessions. Prerequisites: DENT6010 or DENT6127 or DENT6227 or DENT6277 or DENT6327 or DENT6386 Assessment: Candidates will be required to submit a treatise or written work in the form of a paper dealing with research on a specific topic. It should be the equivalent of one paper which would be acceptable for publication in a peer reviewed scientific, academic or professional journal. In keeping with Academic Board policy there is an option to submit published work based on research undertaken while enrolled for this degree. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides continuation of a research project, including the refinement of research methodology and data acquisition. The treatise is a formal piece of writing relevant to the subject area of the masters degree. Candidates will work on a specified research project under appropriate supervision. At least one of the project supervisors must be an academic staff member of the University. The treatise or written work is in 5 parts all of which will be completed in a minimum of three years of full time study.
DENT6012 Dental Research Studies 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Greg Murray Session: Semester 2 Classes: Weekly attendance in research seminars (70% attendance required) and 6hr research sessions. Prerequisites: DENT6011 or DENT6128 or DENT6228 or DENT6278 or DENT6328 or DENT6393 Assessment: Candidates will be required to submit a treatise or written work in the form of a paper dealing with research on a specific topic. It should be the equivalent of one paper which would be acceptable for publication in a peer reviewed scientific, academic or professional journal. In keeping with Academic Board policy there is an option to submit published work based on research undertaken while enrolled for this degree. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides continuation of a research project, including the refinement of research methodology and data acquisition. The treatise is a formal piece of writing relevant to the subject area of the masters degree. Candidates will work on a specified research project under appropriate supervision. At least one of the project supervisors must be an academic staff member of the University. The treatise or written work is in 5 parts all of which will be completed in a minimum of three years of full time study.
DENT6013 Dental Research Studies 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Greg Murray Session: Semester 1 Classes: Weekly attendance in research seminars (70% attendance required) and 6hr research sessions. Prerequisites: DENT6012 or DENT6129 or DENT6229 or DENT6279 or DENT6329 or DENT6397 Assessment: Candidates will be required to submit a treatise or written work in the form of a paper dealing with research on a specific topic. It should be the equivalent of one paper which would be acceptable for publication in a peer reviewed scientific, academic or professional journal. In keeping with Academic Board policy there is an option to submit published work based on research undertaken while enrolled for this degree. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides continuation of a research project, including data acquisition and analysis. The treatise is a formal piece of writing relevant to the subject area of the masters degree. Candidates will work on a specified research project under appropriate supervision. At least one of the project supervisors must be an academic staff member of the University. The treatise or written work is in 5 parts all of which will be completed in a minimum of three years of full time study.
DENT6014 Dental Research Studies 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Greg Murray Session: Semester 2 Classes: Weekly attendance in research seminars (70% attendance required) and 6hr research sessions. Prerequisites: DENT6013 or DENT6130 or DENT6230 or DENT6280 or DENT6330 or DENT6411 Assessment: Candidates will be required to submit a treatise or written work in the form of a paper dealing with research on a specific topic. It should be the equivalent of one paper which would be acceptable for publication in a peer reviewed scientific, academic or professional journal. In keeping with Academic Board policy there is an option to submit published work based on research undertaken while enrolled for this degree. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides continuation of a research project, including data analysis, treatise write-up and submission. The treatise is a formal piece of writing relevant to the subject area of the masters degree. Candidates will work on a specified research project under appropriate supervision. At least one of the project supervisors must be an academic staff member of the University. The treatise or written work is in 5 parts all of which will be completed in a minimum of three years of full time study.