ORAL11001 - Introduction to Oral Health Therapy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the profession of an Oral Health Therapist and to your role within the dental team. You will be introduced to regulatory, ethical and legal frameworks which form the basis of dental practice. In particular, this unit will focus on workplace health and safety, infection control and prevention, communication, practice management and requirements for registration. This unit will also develop your knowledge and skills in the dental environment necessary to commence preclinical and clinical training. You will be required to fulfill mandatory requirements prior to the commencement of clinical training including, First Aid, Immunisations and Blue Card.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Condition: Students must be enrolled full-time in CB29 Oral Health Course to enrol in this unit. 

Corequisites: BIOH11005 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology and HLTH11027 Foundations of Health. 

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Rockhampton

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 25%
2. Portfolio 25%
3. On-campus Activity 0%
4. Online Test 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 63.64% response rate.

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.

Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Students enjoyed the clinical placement but would like more instructions on what is required of them.
Recommendation
In 2019 and years previous to 2019 students completed clinical placements in dental practices, both public and private. A list of tasks and procedures were included in each workbook, but due to differences in each dental practice the experiences were different for each student. As the course will be offered on-campus in 2020, clinical placements off-campus for first years students will no longer be necessary. In 2020 first year students will complete pre-clinical and clinical training on-campus. A similar workbook will be included in ORAL11001 in 2020 and every student will have the opportunity to complete all the tasks and procedures with consistency in their supervision and assessment.
Action Taken
In 2020, the off campus clinical placement was replaced with an on-campus clinical placement. This change meant that students could receive more hands-on supervision and instruction by the unit coordinator and oral health teaching team. In addition, the workbook for ORAL11001 was developed further to include more tasks and procedures with clear instructions. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, on-campus activities were postponed until term 2 and scheduled for completion in week 2.
Source: Student evaluation and class.
Feedback
Students enjoyed the oral presentations and learning about different areas in which they could work in after graduation.
Recommendation
The oral presentation will remain as part of the assessment for ORAL11001 as communication skills are important in the role of an Oral Health Therapist. The topics for the oral presentation will remain focused on the roles and dental work places in which an OHT can be employed. As ORAL11001 is an introduction to the profession of an Oral Health Therapist, it is essential for student to be informed and understand the different roles and where they might be employed in future. As many student within the cohort have experience in the dental workplace, students are able to benefit by their shared experiences.
Action Taken
The oral presentation remained part of the assessment regime for ORAL11001. To comply with requirements during the CoVID-19 pandemic, presentations were conducted and assessed via ZOOM rather than in a lecture theatre. The topics remained focused on the role of the oral health therapist in different dental workplaces and students felt they benefitted greatly from their shared presentations.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
The format of the final examination was a better layout compared to past exams with a wider spread of questions and the smaller partitioning of marks making answers and results more attainable.
Recommendation
The final written examination included Part A and Part B. Part B was similar to previous exams where students were required to answer short response questions for each weekly topic. Part A was a new edition, based on weekly tutorial questions which required a one or two word answers. Part A was introduced to encourage students to read the study guides and textbook and to ensure that essential material was learnt and understood. Students responded well to the tutorial questions forming part of the assessment in the final written exam. The format of the exam will remain similar to 2019 in 2020.
Action Taken
The part A and part B format of the final written examination was retained in the final assessment. This assessment item was conducted online. Students responded positively to the short response questions and performed well in both parts of the online examination.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Students experienced most difficulty in understanding guidelines and regulations for dental practice. Students found difficulty in accessing the correct documents from the links given on Moodle and knowing what was important and examinable.
Recommendation
Understanding guidelines and regulations in dental practice is challenging and the difficulties students experience are recognized. In preparation for first year to be on-campus only in 2020, there has been a recent update to this unit. The changes will allow more lecture and tutorial time to be spent on the topics of Work Place Health and Safety and Infection Control and thereby improving students' understanding of these topics.
Action Taken
As part of the unit update in 2020, it was possible to expand the Workplace Health and Safety and Infection Control teaching time from one week, to three weeks. This allowed time to go back to basics in understanding regulations and guidelines. Students were given clear instructions on what was important for future dental practice. All supporting documents and guidelines were updated at the beginning of term.
Source: 'Have Your Say' evaluations, Moodle and online tutorials.
Feedback
Students would like more feedback on their Oral Presentations to understand where they need to improve for future oral presentations in Oral Health.
Recommendation
It is recommended that Oral Presentations return to face to face delivery in 2021 as opposed to on-line. In this format, students will be given more time to receive feedback. Face to face delivery allows a greater opportunity for students to engage in the discussions and learn from other students in their cohort.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have Your Say' evaluations, Moodle and online tutorials.
Feedback
Students would like more activities that engage them in learning.
Recommendation
In addition to the preclinical and clinical activities and weekly quizzes, it is recommended that interactive learning activities are added to the Moodle site as well as the workbook.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have Your Say' evaluations, Moodle and online tutorials.
Feedback
Students appreciated that the Moodle site was easy to navigate and provided study guides, lectures slides, practice questions and quizzes to support their learning
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit continues to improve on moodle navigation and that study guides, lectures slides, practice questions and quizzes are delivered in a timely manner to support learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the roles and responsibilities of an Oral Health Therapist within the dental team and the community
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the maintenance and uses of dental instruments and equipment, as well as the applications and manipulations of dental materials in preclinical and clinical settings
  3. Understand the legal and ethical requirements of dental practice in the processes of record management, practice management, workplace health and safety, infection control and prevention as well as the requirements for registration
  4. Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours as required of an oral health therapist.

The learning outcomes of this unit are part of the overall learning outcomes in the BOralHlth course at CQUniversity and are included in the annual report to the Australian Dental Council (ADC).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
2 - Portfolio
3 - On-campus Activity
4 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation
2 - Portfolio
3 - On-campus Activity
4 - Online Test