UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Doctor of Dental Medicine

This course consists of a total of 32 units over four years comprising the integration of the following modules: DMD core modules, which include fundamental dental sciences and fundamental medical sciences; and DMD clinical practice modules, which include clinical dental sciences organised in four domains ranging from patient care to preventive and conservative dentistry to restorative dentistry to child and adolescent dental health.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleDoctor of Dental Medicine
Award abbreviationDMD
Course code90860
Course typeprofessional practice master's degree
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code072183C
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull-time only
Credit points required192
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditationDoctor of Dental Medicine is accredited by: Australian Dental Council (ADC).
Standard course duration4 years
Time limit10 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Paul Ichim

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
NS = non-standard teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (48 points):

Year 1

*DENT4101Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology
*DENT4102Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry
NSDENT4103Introduction to Clinical Dentistry
NSDENT4104Introduction to Research and Preventive Dentistry
NSDENT4105Introduction to Cariology
NSDENT4106Introduction to Operative Dentistry
*DENT4107Introduction to Pain Control
NSDENT4108Introduction to Removable Prosthodontics

Take all units (48 points):

Year 2

NSDENT4201Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics
NSDENT4202Immunology, Pathology and Periodontics
NSDENT4203Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1
NSDENT4204General Medicine and Surgery, Pain Control and Exodontics
NSDENT4205Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth
NSDENT4206Advanced Prosthodontics
NSDENT4207Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2
NSDENT4208Exodontics and General Medicine

Take all units (48 points):

Year 3

NSDENT5301Oral Medicine I
NSDENT5302Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health
NSDENT5303Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1
NSDENT5304Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics
NSDENT5305Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain
NSDENT5306Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma
NSDENT5307Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2
NSDENT5308Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research

Take all units (48 points):

Year 4

NSDENT5401Research and Professional Development 1
NSDENT5402Integrated Dental Practice 1
NSDENT5403Integrated Dental Practice 2
NSDENT5404Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
NSDENT5405Research and Professional Development 2
NSDENT5406Integrated Dental Practice 3
NSDENT5407Integrated Dental Practice 4
NSDENT5408Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 2

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(1) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(2) the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5; and

(3) (a) a Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) overall score of at least 50 and no section score less than 50 for domestic applicants;

or

(b) a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score of at least 8/8/8 prior to April 2015, or 123/123/123/123 after April 2015 for international applicants;

or

(c) a place in a Direct Pathway into this course.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(a) a structured interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in dental practitioners, and a manual dexterity skills test, with invitation to attend the interview based on equal weightings under Rule 4(1), (2) and (3), in alignment with the interview quota for the year;

and

(b) the intake quota for that year;

and

(c) (i) for non-rural applicants, equal weighting of the GAMSAT/MCAT, GPA and interview;

or

(ii) for rural applicants, equal weighting of the GAMSAT, GPA, interview and rurality ranking.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 192 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass all units that the student is required to undertake in that year.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) The Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, may assign a progress status of 'On Probation' or 'Excluded' to a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8.

(2) Unless it determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances, and except as set out in (3), the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, assigns a progress status of 'On Probation' to a student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8.

(3) Unless it determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances, the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, assigns a progress status of 'Excluded' to a student who—

(a) fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and has previously repeated two years of the course; or

(b) fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 in the same year of the course for a second time.

(4) A student who is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' under (3) (a) or (b) will not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.

[(4) is an exception to University Policy]

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Supplementary assessment

13.(1) Subject to (2), a student who fails a didactic (non-clinical) component of a unit may be granted supplementary assessment in that component.

(2) The Board of Examiners will not provide an opportunity for supplementary assessment to a student who—

(a) fails more than two units in any calendar year;

or

(b) fails a deferred examination.

Requirements of students on probation

14.(1) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' must—

(a) repeat all units having a clinical component that they have previously attempted in that year of the course; and

(b) subject to (2), repeat all other units that they have previously attempted in that year of the course.

(2) Students are exempt from the requirement to complete one or more of the following units if they have a mark of at least 70 per cent in the unit(s) concerned: DENT4101 Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology; DENT4102 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry; DENT5302 Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health.

Leave and retention of credit

15.(1) Students may apply for a period of approved leave in accordance with University Policy.

(2) Following a period of approved leave of less than two years, students retain credit for all units previously passed.

(3) Following a period of approved leave of two years or more, full credit is unable to be granted and students must repeat the units comprising the most recently completed year of the course.