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ORAL12003 Oral Health Clinical Practice 1
Oral Health Clinical Practice 1
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General Information


In this unit you will gain theoretical knowledge in periodontal and dental hygiene diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment procedures. You will translate and integrate knowledge and skills learnt throughout the Bachelor of Oral Health course through work-integrated learning clinical practice. You must comply with clinical policies and procedures while undertaking clinical practice. You will improve your clinical reasoning skills in a supportive environment aimed to increase your confidence through reflective and self-directed learning. On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to demonstrate clinical judgment and practical skills in oral examination and diagnosis of dental conditions in adults of all ages. You will also be able to demonstrate safety and competence in patient care over a range of periodontal and dental hygiene clinical procedures, including referral of patients for complex care outside your scope of practice. You will be able to communicate information regarding oral health in oral and written forms utilising appropriate interpersonal and team communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours. You will be required to attend a two-week compulsory intensive program immediately prior to the commencement of Term 1.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 9
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: ORAL11006 Introduction to Oral Health Practice; AND ORAL11005 Dental Morphology and Microscopic Anatomy; AND ORAL11003 Oral Pathology and Diagnosis; AND BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology; AND HLTH12031 Community Engaged Learning Co-requisites: ORAL12002 Oral Health Pre Clinical Practice; AND ORAL12001 Oral Disease Prevention and Management

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 1 - 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).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 40%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
3. Practical Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
4. In-class Test(s)
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

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 Student Feedback via the "Have Your Say" survey.


Students wished to know their clinical partners earlier than a few days before clinical placement commenced.


It is recommended that the unit coordinator advise students that it is not possible to confirm clinical partners earlier in the term, as this is dependent on students first passing a barrier exam. Students will continue to be advised at the beginning of term the day, time and location of their clinical placement sessions.

Feedback from Student Feedback via the "Have Your Say" survey.


Students wished all tutorials were recorded.


It is recommended that the unit coordinator advise students that best efforts are made to record Zoom tutorials. However, as this is an on-campus program, there is an expectation that students should attend learning activities live and recordings should be used as a backup only. This is due to the possibility of technical problems affecting recordings.

Feedback from Student Feedback via the "Have Your Say" survey.


Students suggested catch up sessions due to sessions missed for public holidays.


It is recommended that the unit coordinator advise students that simulation sessions are scheduled over the whole term, taking public holidays into account. Therefore, catch-up sessions as such are not needed and are taken into account when formulating the term program.

Feedback from Student Feedback via the "Have Your Say" survey.


Students enjoyed the clinical peer learning sessions, clinical workbook and patient-based clinical placements.


It is recommended that these components will continue in future.

Feedback from Teaching staff reflection and discussion.


There was a change in teaching staff in 2021, leading to some disconnect between lectures, tutorials and quizzes.


It is recommended that lectures and quizzes be re-designed for 2022.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the theoretical basis of oral health practice and dental procedures for the diagnosis, prevention and management of oral diseases
  2. Implement processes for the assessment, prevention and management of dental diseases including non-carious tooth structure loss, dental caries (including root caries) and periodontal diseases in a clinical environment
  3. Formulate a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for adult patients in a clinical environment, including identification of patients who require referral for care outside one's scope of practice
  4. Advocate for, and promote, oral health to individuals and groups across diverse community settings in a variety of formats
  5. Recognise and act upon the legal, ethical and safeguarding issues involving dental practitioners and patients as defined by the relevant professional regulatory bodies in Australia and overseas.

All unit profiles in the Bachelor of Oral Health are made available to the Australian Dental Council for on-going accreditation purposes.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment - 0%
3 - Practical Assessment - 0%
4 - In-class Test(s) - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment - 0%
3 - Practical Assessment - 0%
4 - In-class Test(s) - 60%
Textbooks and Resources



Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist Fifth (2018)

Authors: Jill S. Gehrig, Daniel E. Shin and Donald E. Willmann
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Philadelphia Philadelphia , Pennsylvan , USA
ISBN: 9781496384027
Binding: Other

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Dentistry Third (2017)

Authors: Stephan J Stefanac and Samuel P Nesbit
Elsevier Saunders
St Louis St Louis , Missouri , USA
ISBN: 9780323287302
Binding: Other

Modern Dental Assisting Twelve (2017)

Authors: Bird, DL & Robinson, DS
Elsevier Health Sciences
Philadelphia Philadelphia , Pennsylvan , USA
ISBN: 9780323430302
Binding: Other

Mosby's Dental Drug Reference Twelve (2017)

Authors: Arthur Jeske
Elsevier Saunders
St Louis St Louis , Missouri , USA
ISBN: 9780323481113
Binding: Other

Therapeutic Guidelines Oral and Dental Version 2 (2012)

Authors: Oral and Dental Expert group
Therapeutic Guidelines Limited
Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
Binding: Other

IT Resources

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