ORAL11003 - Introduction to Oral Disease

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.

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 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 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. On-campus Activity 0%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
4. In-class Test(s) 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 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 2.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75% 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: Feedback from the student evaluations and residential school survey
Feedback
Students enjoyed the clinic sessions at residential school in the Oral Health Clinic and benefited from sharing learning experiences with their peers.
Recommendation
Although the intense three-day residential school will not be included in 2020 as the unit will be offered on campus only, similar clinical experience in groups will be scheduled in 2020.
Action Taken
The residential school was no longer part of ORAL11003 as this unit was offered on-campus only in 2020. Students performed extra-oral and intra-oral examination procedures on their peers in a clinical activity
Source: Feedback from the student evaluations and residential school survey
Feedback
Students enjoyed the Oral Health simulation laboratory sessions at the residential school. Students felt they could understand and apply their theoretical knowledge from working on manikins in the Oral Health simulation laboratory.
Recommendation
Although the intense three-day residential school will not be included in 2020 as the unit will be offered on campus only, similar clinical experience in groups will be scheduled in 2020.
Action Taken
The residential school was no longer part of ORAL11003 as this unit was offered on-campus only in 2020. Students performed extra-oral and intra-oral examination procedures on their peers in a clinical activity. Preclinical activities performed on manikins in the Oral Health Simulation laboratory were conducted in another ORAL coded unit in term 2 offered for the first time in 2020 (ORAL11006).
Source: Feedback from the student evaluations
Feedback
Students would like more information and direction on the written examination.
Recommendation
Previous exam questions will be integrated and embedded into the weekly lectures in 2020. Practice questions will be included each week to help students prepare for the final written examination.
Action Taken
Study guide was updated in week 12 to help students on the written examination. Previous exam questions were discussed during the revision session to test student knowledge and also to fill in the gaps.
Source: Unit evaluations
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
The on-campus activity will remain as part of ORAL11003.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
Power point slides will be made available rather than PDFs and consideration will be given to layout of the slides and the colour.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
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
Recommendation
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.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate and describe the procedures involved in intra-oral and extra-oral examinations
  2. Recognize and describe pathological lesions in hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity
  3. Describe common and significant oral and systemic diseases and discuss the impact of these diseases on dental treatment and management by the dental team and oral health therapist
  4. Describe the aetiology and pathogenesis of dental caries, periodontal diseases, and pulp and periapical disease
  5. 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. They will form part of the annual report documentation which is submitted to the Australian Dental Council for accreditation. 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Presentation
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Presentation
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - In-class Test(s)