ORAL11003 - Introduction to Oral Disease

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On completion of this unit you will gain knowledge and understanding of the 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.


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 and BMSC11010 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1.

Corequisites: ORAL11005 Oral Anatomy 2 and BMSC11011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 52.94% 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: 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.
Action Taken
The on-campus activity remained as part of ORAL11003. Students conducted both extra-oral and intra-oral examinations on their peers with the support of experienced supervisors.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Power point slides from the lectures were made available. The layout of the power point slides were simplified and the colours reduced to make the slides more suitable for print and note taking.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
The oral presentations were retained as communication skills are essential to the role of an Oral Health Therapist. The marking template was revised. Students received detailed and constructive feedback.
Source: Student evaluations
The in-class test assessments were very challenging and made more difficult as another in-class test assessment for a different unit was scheduled on the same day.
It is recommended that careful consideration be taken to ensure that students' assessments are spread across the term and not scheduled on the same day. It is recommendated that extra support and help to prepare for the in-class written tests will be given.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluations
Students enjoyed the practical session where they completed extra-oral and intra-oral examinations on each other. They thought the sessions were well run, very informative and engaging.
It is recommended that the practical sessions, in which students carried out extra oral and intra oral examinations on their peers, will remain as part of this unit and will continue to be supported by experienced supervisors.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluations
The study guides for each week helped the students to prepare for the lecture. Students appreciated links to resources in the study guides that extended their learning.
It is recommended that study guides for each week will be made available.
Action Taken
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
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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
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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
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