DENT5405 Research and Professional Development 2

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face
This unit provides students marks the completion of the research project and it is expected that most of the work produced by students can be published under the co-authorship of the students. Students also continue to build on concepts of personal and professional development in preparation for clinical practice on graduation.

This unit comprises two modules: (1) Research Project, and (2) Personal and Professional Development (PPD). The Research Project Module allows students to understand the process of research and achieve research outcomes by undertaking a research project (commenced in Year 3). Students actively participate, working in a small group as collaborators to research projects supervised by the staff of the School of Dentistry or other schools from this University. The Personal and Professional Development module requires you to attend lectures and case presentations to discuss issues such as legislation, ethics, risk management, planning a professional path and other related topics. Students integrate the learning content through peer discussions, debates and online lecture content.
Students are able to (1) complete a research project working in small groups as collaborators on research projects supervised by the staff of the School of Dentistry or elsewhere from UWA; collect and analyse data for the research project and report on project; prepare a research paper for a suitable journal including introduction, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgement and references and (2) describe the legal framework of dental practice; explain the regulations related to continuous professional development; describe the legal duties and responsibilities of an employer and an employee in a dental office; present the types of dental practices and dentistry delivery models; list small business principles; explain profit and loss and other measures for financial benchmarking; describe external and internal marketing strategies in dental practice; develop a business plan for setting up a new practice; identify key indicators for effective dental practice operations; explain taxation system for dental practices in Australia; describe the advantages and disadvantages of corporate vs individual dental practices; describe the legal processes to resolve conflict with patients and with other dental staff; describe key concepts of medical law; discuss key issues and ethical principles in bioethics; describe the implications of ethical dilemmas and the importance of establishing careful, cooperative and morally serious approaches to their resolution.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) research project progress report (30 per cent) and supervisor mark (10 per cent); (2) assignment: research paper (Failed Component); and (3) personal and professional development debate. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the assignment: research paper (Failed Component) component.

Supplementary assessment is available for students currently enrolled in the unit who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 overall and a mark of at least 45 in any Failed Component(s).
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Linda Slack-Smith
Unit rules
DENT5401 Research and Professional Development 1;
DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1;
DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2;
DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
DENT5406 Integrated Dental Practice 3;
DENT5407 Integrated Dental Practice 4;
DENT5408 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 2
Approved quota: 56—domestic (50) and international (6); for school leavers—rural (3), Metropolitan Pathway (3), Indigenous (3), high academic achievement (5), international (3); for graduates—rural (2), Metropolitan Pathway (2), Indigenous (2), international (3), graduates (30)
Contact hours
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