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ORAL11005 - Dental Morphology and Microscopic Anatomy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit covers key topics which are foundations for preclinical and clinical study in the Oral Health Therapy Course. You will study morphology and development of teeth, basic occlusion and microscopic anatomy of oral structures. The study of distinct features and traits of teeth, in primary and permanent dentitions, will enable you to identify and examine teeth, as well as develop an awareness of root morphology required for primary tooth extractions and periodontal treatment for the adult dentition. The study of the development of teeth and the sequence of eruption and exfoliation will develop your understanding of the changes with age from infancy to adulthood. This knowledge and understanding will also enable you to predict changes in the dentition with age and identify abnormalities in the eruption sequence. The study of dental morphology and occlusion will provide you with an understanding of tooth shape and function that applies to the restoration of natural tooth form. The microscopic study of teeth and oral structures will support your study of dental caries, periodontal disease and oral mucosal diseases.

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 in CB29 Oral Health Course to enrol in this unit.

Prerequisite: HLTH11027 Foundations of Health

Corequisite: ORAL11004 Oral Anatomy 

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 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 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. In-class Test(s) 25%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 25%
3. 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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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 and in-class.
Feedback
Students enjoyed the residential school and felt it was a valuable learning experience. Each year students are given directions on carving a tooth from wax and preparing anatomical drawings of teeth. There are always mixed responses to these activities as some students feel they take up too much time and are not happy about the marks given for the task. While students enjoy the learning activities at residential school they report feeling very stressed by the multi-station practical test.
Recommendation
Residential school will remain in 2019 as it is an important learning experience. Wax carving and tooth drawing will remain as part of the activities at residential school but as formative assessments only. It is recognized that these activities are time consuming activities, especially when the residential school is only two days long. In 2019 ways of streamlining the tasks will be examined. The multi-station practical test will remain as part of the assessment. Time given for the test and questions included will be reviewed.
Action Taken
The residential school was conducted in a similar format as 2018. Wax carving and tooth drawing exercises remained but as formative assessment only. Additional supervision and assistance was given at residential school and all tasks and assessments at residential school were reviewed.
Source: Student evaluations and in-class
Feedback
Students would like all content for the week to be available at the beginning of the week. With the lecture recorded on Thursdays afternoon, some students felt that they were behind all term as the recording was only available at the end of the week. However students appreciated the weekly study guides, quizzes, sample exam questions and tutorial exercises which were always available at the beginning of each week.
Recommendation
It is understood that students would like every resource to be in place when they begin their week of study. While it is not possible to schedule all lectures on Mondays, steps can be taken to avoid scheduling lectures later in the week. Before attending or watching the lecture on-line, students are encouraged to read the recommended chapter in the textbook and follow the study guide as these are made available in advance of the scheduled week. Students are reminded that the slides for the lecture will only be uploaded on the day of the lecture to allow for weekly updates. If students still wish to listen to and view a lecture before the scheduled time, a copy of the previous year's recording will be included on a separate page on Moodle.
Action Taken
The lecture was scheduled early in the week and the lecture recording was made ready for students studying by mixed-mode soon after the lecture. Copies of the previous year's lectures were included on a separate page on Moodle
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Students felt written assignment was clinically relevant and enjoyed researching topics that were informative and useful. Some students felt they needed more time to complete the assignment and more guidance. Students would like the topics available on week one.
Recommendation
Although the topics for the written assignment related microscopic anatomy of oral structures to clinical practice and student enjoyed researching these topics, the written assignment will not be part of assessment in 2019. The topics will be covered in the weekly learning material and the written assignment will be replaced by two on-line quizzes in 2019. This change should benefit students’ workload.
Action Taken
The written assignment was replaced by on-line quizzes. The content covered in the written assessment was included in the weekly learning material and assessed in the final written exam.
Source: Student evaluations and in-class
Feedback
Student would like the opportunity to participate face-to-face in tutorial exercises, especially to discuss difficult concepts and problem solving activities.
Recommendation
ORAL11005 is a challenging unit. There are a number of difficult concepts to understand and a number of the questions in the in-class test and final written exam require problem solving abilities. Tutorial exercises will be further developed and students will be encouraged to ask questions in the Q&A forum. Activities at residential school will be reviewed to include a group problem solving activity.
Action Taken
Tutorial exercises were developed and expanded for each week keeping in mind that some students study on-campus and some students study by mixed mode. A variety of activities was included, such as quizzes, drawing, charts, tooth identification etc. Similar exercises were developed for the residential school.
Source: 'Have Your Say' survey, emails and written feedback following the residential school.
Feedback
Students enjoyed the small group study sessions at residential school in the anatomy tutorial rooms and benefitted from sharing learning experiences with their peers.
Recommendation
Although the unit will not include an intense two-day residential school in 2020, small group study sessions will be scheduled in weekly tutorial sessions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have Your Say' survey, emails and written feedback following the residential school.
Feedback
Students felt they could understand the theory learnt in lectures better when they were able to handle the skulls and models and ask questions of the lecturers and tutors.
Recommendation
Tutorials will follow the lecture each week and provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively and ask questions. In addition, a number of laboratory sessions will be scheduled where students can access a wide range of anatomical models and complete practical tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have Your Say' survey and emails
Feedback
Students would like more information and direction on the written examination as there was a lot to learn.
Recommendation
As ORAL11005 and ORAL11004 will undergo unit changes from 2019 to 2020, the final written exams will vary from past exam papers. A discussion on previous exam questions for each topic will be included in each weekly lecture in 2020.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have Your Say' survey and emails
Feedback
Student found the microscopic component of this unit challenging to understand.
Recommendation
Lectures on microscopic anatomy of the oral structures will be followed by tutorials in 2020. These weekly tutorial sessions will provide opportunities for students to ask questions and be tested on their understanding of the lecture content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify teeth and their occlusal relationships in the primary and permanent dentition in all stages of development from infancy to adulthood
  2. Describe features and traits of teeth in the primary and permanent dentition as well as normal sequence of eruption and exfoliation, development and function of occlusion
  3. Describe the process of odontogenesis as well as microscopic anatomy of tissues and structures associated with the oral cavity
  4. Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours as required of an Oral Health Therapist.

All unit profiles in the Bachelor of Oral Health are made available to the Australian Dental Council for on-going accreditation purposes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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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
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination