UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

DENT5302 Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit equips students with knowledge relating to dental research , statistics and dental public health.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) Module 1 Statistics—(a) describe and discuss the various study designs in research including strengths and weaknesses;(b) explain and interpret clinical and research data; (c) define and interpret descriptive and inferential statistics; (d) discuss and interpret statistical tests used in research; and (e) transfer, analyse and interpret data using major statistical programs; (2) Module 2 Introduction to research—(a) design a clinical, laboratory or dental health research project; (b) critically evaluate the literature relevant to the research topic and synthesise in a literature review; (c) write a research proposal; (d) write an ethics application; and (e) analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative research data; (3) Module 3 Research project (Semester 1)—(a) work in small groups as collaborators on research projects supervised by the staff of the School of Dentistry or elsewhere from UWA; (b) prepare a literature review as a basis for the research proposal; and (c) prepare a research proposal and ethics application ready for submission to the UWA Human Research Ethics Committee; and (4) Module 4 Dental public health—(a) outline the dentists' professional responsibilities in health education, health promotion and disease prevention, and discuss the theory behind these concepts; (b) explain the contributions of Dental Public Health to improvement in the oral health status of the Australian population; (c) describe the operation of the Australian health care system and the way the health budget (Federal and State) is distributed; and (d) plan, develop, implement and evaluate a community oral health program.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a two-hour mid-semester examination (integrated across modules, unit-based); (2) a three-hour end-of-semester examination (integrated across units with DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders and DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1); (3) continuous clinical assessment (every clinical session); and (4) at least two instances of formative assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Linda Slack-Smith
Unit rules
Prerequisites: DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics; DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2; DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
Co-requisites: DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders; DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1; DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics
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).
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/DENT5302/TS-B-1B/2017

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