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    Research analysis. Completion of a research project and presentation of a research report.

    DENT 552 is a self-directed research paper in which students undertake work to set up and run a research project with the support of research supervsiors. Commonly known as the "dental elective" this paper is an 18-point paper, with an expected workload of 225 hours. Students conduct their project through the final year, and present their findings in a report in the format of a scientific paper for publication. The Elective Colloquium is a 2-day mini-conference held at the end of the academic year in which students also present their findings in a 10 minute verbal presentation.

    About this paper

    Paper title Biomedical Sciences 4
    Subject Dentistry
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period(s) Full Year (On campus)
    Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,608.35
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    DENT 560
    Limited to

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Dr Jithendra Ratnayake

    Paper Structure

    The final written report and student contribution/endeavor is assessed by the research supervisors. The Elective Colloquium presentation is assessed by one internal and one external examiner.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Self directed learning and tutorials with supervisors.

    To be advised.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this paper, students are expected to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to:
    • Critically examine current and relevant published literature that is pertinent to an oral health or disease topic
    • Develop an oral or dentally-related research proposal and address the relevant ethical issues
    • Communicate scientific knowledge through presentation of their research plan to an academic and peer audience


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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