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ORAL11003 Introduction to Oral Disease
Introduction to Oral Disease
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General Information


On completion of this unit you will gain knowledge and understanding of aetiology and pathogenesis of oral and systemic diseases as a foundation for clinical practice in Years 2 and 3. You will develop an understanding of the impact of systemic disease on the health of the oral cavity, dental management and treatment planning, the importance of patient medical history and the role of the oral health therapist within the dental team. You will learn the principles of intra-oral and extra-oral examination and screening for hard and soft tissue pathologies, as well as examination procedures in the detection of caries, changes in the tooth surface, pulpal and periapical tissues, and periodontal assessment. This knowledge will provide you with the foundations to recognise and describe oral pathological conditions in the clinical situation. You will learn to communicate information regarding oral health in oral and written forms and gain relevant interpersonal and team communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 9
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Condition: Students must be enrolled in CB29 Oral Health Course to enrol in this unit.Prerequisites: ORAL11001 Introduction to Oral Health Therapy, BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology. Corequisites: BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology and ORAL11005 Oral Anatomy 2.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

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This information will be available on Monday 16 May 2022
Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit evaluations


Students felt the on-campus activity where they practised the extra oral and intra oral examination on their peers with the assistance of experienced supervisors was very beneficial and help tied the theory in ORAL11003 to practice use.


The on-campus activity will remain as part of ORAL11003.

Feedback from Unit evaluations


Students would like the supporting slides for the lecture be available in power point rather than PDF so it makes it easier edit the slides for study. Students also found the PDF slides were too busy and dark in colour, which made it more difficult to print and study from.


Power point slides will be made available rather than PDFs and consideration will be given to layout of the slides and the colour.

Feedback from Student evaluations


Students found the oral presentations very helpful in developing their knowledge of diseases but were disappointed that marking in the oral presentation was too easy. Even though most students received high marks, students felt it was unfair that those who worked hard received similar marks to students who had put in a minimal amount of effort. Students would also appreciate more constructive feedback on their performance in the oral presentations


The oral presentations are a very important part of the learning experience in ORAL11003 and will remain as part of the assessment, however the process of marking and preparation will be revised and improved.

Unit Learning Outcomes

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Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes

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Textbooks and Resources

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Academic Integrity Statement

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