DENT6850 Periodontics Research Dissertation

30 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1Oral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face
Semester 2Oral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face
This dissertation unit extends over the three-year duration of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry course. The research and dissertation foster the development of research skills in the area of periodontics while under supervision. It provides students with experience and practice in defining a clear research question, preparing a formal research proposal, conducting a review of a body of scientific literature and formal writing at a professional standard.

One third of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry course is allocated to conduct clinical or basic research. The research project is the basis for a thesis that should result in the production of a full text manuscript submitted to a scientific journal. It is the student's responsibility to carry out and complete the research project. All students have regular meetings with their supervisor(s) to update their progress. Students are encouraged to present their research at the School's research seminars, Annual Research day, ANZAP and/or local IADR meetings. They are also expected to apply for funding from ADRF, APRF, ITI and other grant opprtunities. All the research projects are carried out within the UWA Research Program in Oral Implantology and Periodontics. The program is committed to undertaking research in the broad fields of Implant Dentistry and Periodontics. Research aims at increasing knowledge in the etiopathogenesis, immunopathology, diagnosis and treatment of peri-implant and periodontal diseases. Special emphasis is placed on the study of innovative procedures and biomaterials in oral implantology.

The Periodontics Research Dissertation unit extends over five semesters. This is an essential component of the course. It is a requirement that a satisfactory literature review (in the form of a scientific article) and ethics application are submitted by the end of the first calendar year.

Students may conduct pilot studies and the main experimental work in the second year of the course and then analyse results and write their dissertation in the third year (the dissertation is prepared in the form of one or two scientific articles and submitted to external examiners). Exact timing for this varies according to the needs of the research project being conducted and in discussion with the supervisor(s). Further details about the research project are given in the outline of the research dissertation academic unit.
Students are able to (1) undertake a research project and write a dissertation in a research area of their choice that is relevant to their clinical speciality and training and that has been approved by their supervisor. Students are encouraged to undertake research projects that are suitable for publication in the professional literature.; (2) identify the aim(s) of the research project; (3) broadly sketch the context within which the research is located; (4) review the relevant literature; (5) identify how the research was performed and how the data were collected and analysed;
This is assessed by external examiners and results are recorded as an Ungraded Pass (UP) or Ungraded Fail (UF); and (6) and discuss the results in the context of clinical practice, further research and the literature in general..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: dissertation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Leticia Miranda
Unit rules
a Bachelor of Dental Science of this University
equivalent; a Pass in the primary examinations of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
equivalent; and at least two years' full-time equivalent experience in general dental practice
Students are required to be registered with the Dental Board of Australia for the duration of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (90840).
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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