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DENT5405 Research and Professional Development 2

6 points
Not available in 2021Oral 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 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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research project progress report and supervisor mark (20% for report and 10% for supervisor mark); (2) assignment - research paper (Failed Component); and (3) personal and professional development essay. 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)
Dr Omar Kujan
Unit rules
DENT5401 Research and Professional Development 1; and DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1; and DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2; and DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
DENT5406 Integrated Dental Practice 3; and DENT5407 Integrated Dental Practice 4; and 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
  • 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.