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Unit Overview


In this unit students continue their research work as part of the small groups collaborating to existing research projects run by the staff of the Dental School. Students also continue to build on concepts of personal and professional development developed in Years 1, 2 and 3 of the DMD in preparation for clinical practice on graduation.

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. The Personal and Professional Development module requires you to attend lectures 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, activities and online lecture content.

6 points
Not available in 2024Oral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face

Students are able to (1) students continue their research work as part of the small groups collaborating on research projects run by the staff of the Dental School.


conduct a research project working in small groups as collaborators on research projects supervised by the staff of the Dental School.

collect and analyse data for the research project

prepare a research paper for a suitable journal including introduction, methods, results and references

present details of the project and results to peers as oral presentation using appropriate media. and (2) PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

describe the legal framework of dental practice

Describe the legal duties and responsibilities of an employer and an employee in dental office Describe the legal processes to resolve conflict with patients and with other dental staff

Describe key concepts of medical law

Present the history of dentistry as a profession 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..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentations; (2) assignment: draft of paper introduction, methods, results and references; and (3) MCQ Test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Omar Kujan
Unit rules
DENT5301 Oral Medicine I (formerly DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders).
DENT5302 Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health (formerly DENT5302 Research, Dental Public Health and Oral Implantology).
DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1.
DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics.
DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain.
DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma.
DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2.
DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1.
DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2.
DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
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).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.