DENT5401 Research and Professional Development 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face
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.
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.

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 (draft of introduction, methods, results and references) component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.