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 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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 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. Examination 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

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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 Residential school. They felt it assisted their learning and was a great experience overall. They enjoyed the practical tasks and talks from presenters in the dental profession and industry. They benefited from meeting other students in the same cohort as well as second and third year students.
Recommendation
The residential school will remain as part of the unit in 2019.
Action Taken
The residential school remained as part of the unit in 2019.
Source: Student evaluations.
Feedback
Oral Presentations. Students felt that it was unfair that students were still working on their laptops during presentations while other students were delivering their presentations.
Recommendation
The Oral Presentations are included in this first year unit for students to develop their communication skills and to learn about the workplaces and roles of an Oral Health Therapist. The preparation and research for the presentation are also part of the learning experience and extend the knowledge of the students beyond the learning material delivered in the unit. Students in the classroom also benefit by listening and learning from the experience and research of others. In future, students will submit their presentations on file prior to the session.
Action Taken
Oral presentations remained as one of the assessments for this unit. Students appreciated the opportunity to develop their communication skills and to learn about the workplaces and roles of an Oral Health Therapist from their fellow students. As students were required to submit their presentation prior to the assessment date, students were able to listen and learn from all the presentations.
Source: Emails and student evaluations.
Feedback
Students appreciated the quick turnaround for distance students for answers to questions. They thought this was helpful and very encouraging.
Recommendation
Communication with students is one of the most important roles of a unit coordinator, especially for distance students. This will continue to be a priority in 2019.
Action Taken
Communication with students continued to be a priority in 2019, not only for distance students but on-campus students as well.
Source: In class.
Feedback
Students felt they were not given clear instructions at residential school on the completion of their workbook.
Recommendation
Instructions have always been written clearly in the workbook, however time will be set aside to explain what must be recorded and the standards expected in 2019.
Action Taken
Time was set aside to explain what was required of each student in completion of the workbook and at residential school. Students were asked to complete a feedback sheet following the residential school to help inform changes and improvements for 2020.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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. The Australian Dental Council (ADC) will be notified of the changes in the next Annual Report. We will explain to the ADC that changes from the previous learning outcomes reflect the changes to content, and that this content will move to ORAL11003 Oral Pathology and Diagnosis and ORAL11004 Introduction to Oral Anatomy. We will explain that preclinical and clinical placement hours will be included on-campus in this unit.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
2 - Portfolio
3 - On-campus Activity
4 - Examination
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 - Examination