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ORAL11003 - Oral Pathology and Diagnosis

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.


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 in CB29 Oral Health Course to enrol in this unit.

Prerequisites: ORAL11001 Introduction to Oral Health Therapy and BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology 

Corequisites: BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, ORAL11004 Oral Anatomy and ORAL11005 Dental Morphology and Microscopic Anatomy.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
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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

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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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 60% 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
Most students liked having guest lectures from different backgrounds to deliver the weekly lectures. Some students found that the differences in presenters and weekly content made the unit seem less organised and that the content did not flow from one week to another.
Lectures with special interest and expertise in special subject areas will continue to be a part of ORAL11003. Consistency between weeks will be improved with weekly study guides and tutorial activities.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluations and in-class
Students liked the opportunity to study interesting topics for their oral presentation.
The Oral Presentation will continue to be part of the assessment for ORAL11003. It is a valuable learning exercise as students are able to study a topic of interest to greater depth than covered in the weekly lectures. Students are able to learn from other students as they listen and watch the presentations by their peers.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluations and emails
Students would like more study guides and weekly tutorial activities similar to other oral units to support their study.
Study guides for each week will be updated and tutorial activities will be added to each week in Moodle. The Moodle site will be updated to a similar format of the companion units ORAL11004 and ORAL11005.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation
Students would like more opportunities at residential school to revise learning material with practical group activities. Students responded positively to the activities on medical emergencies and the team quiz. Students valued the time in the clinic at residential school where they had ample time to familiarize themselves with equipment and learn about the procedures involved in intra-oral and extra-oral examination while working in small groups.
Residential school activities will be revised every year so students gain the most benefit from their time over the three days.
Action Taken
Source: Emails and student evaluations
Students were concerned that reading material from the prescribed text had not been updated in the weekly study guide to reflect the new edition of the textbook.
Study guides and recommended weekly reading will be updated.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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