Forensic Odontology 2

Subject 511-862 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Intensive teaching period of approximately 4 to 5 weeks.
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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Subject Overview:

This subject is taken by students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology.

The formal teaching for this subject is given in one intensive, teaching period of 4 to 5 weeks. This compression of teaching is intended to assist and encourage interstate and overseas participants. The subject covers the law and law enforcement and more applied aspects of dentgal science, such as disaster victum investigation (DVI) procedures.

The subject's two major components are:

a. Applied Dental Science

1. Dental materials

2. Prosthetics - impression techniques - study model construction and duplication - denture marking.

3. Preparation of Exhibits

4. Anatomical reconstgruction of facial features.

5. Radiography and radiology.

6. Fractures of bones and teeth.

7. Soft tissue injuries.

b. The Law and Law Enforcement

1. The law and its consitutional basis.

2. Dental ethics and jurisprudence.

3. The organisation of police forces.

4. Forensic Odontologist. Liaison with police and legal profession.

5. The scene of crime

6. Case preparation and presentation:

a) Coroners court

b) Crown court. Defence and prosecution.

7. History of the Coronial system and duties of the Coroner.

8. The functions of the Expert Witness.

9. Legal implications of mass disasters and repatriation.


Students are required to:

(i) Sit two written examinations each of one and a half hours duration at the end of each semester. Each paper to be devoted to one of the subject's units (applied dental science and law and law enforcement).

(ii) Take one oral examination of 45 minutes duration upon completion of the semester's taught content.

(iii) Submit either: a type-written report of their research project, and/or, a type-written casework portfolio (suitable for binding) not less than 3 weeks before the end of the semester.

(iv) Submit two essays of not more than 3,000 words each, for each of the subject's units. The topic will be set at the beginning of the semester.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Notes: Not offered in 2009 and 2010.

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