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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 including oral mucosa, alveolar processes, salivary glands and tissues of the periodontium. You will study distinct features and traits of teeth, in primary and permanent dentitions. This 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. You will study the normal process of eruption and exfoliation and developmental stages to enable you to identify abnormalities in the eruption sequence. The study of dental morphology and occlusion will also provide you with an understanding of tooth shape and function which applies to the restoration of natural tooth form. Throughout this unit you will familiarise yourself with the appearance of oral structures in dental radiographs. The knowledge gained from this unit will support your study of dental caries, periodontal disease and oral mucosal diseases within ORAL11003 Oral Pathology and Diagnosis. You will be required to attend a compulsory residential school.

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.

Prerequisite: BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology

Corequisite: ORAL11004 Oral Anatomy

Anti requisite: Students should not be enrolled in ORAL11002 as this unit will replace ORAL11002, in part.

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 Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
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. In-class Test(s) 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (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: '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
Small group study sessions were scheduled in six weeks of the term with an additional revision session in the anatomy laboratory room. Students enjoyed sharing the learning experience with their peers.
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
Tutorials followed the lecture each week and provided opportunities for students to work collaboratively and ask questions. In addition, a number of laboratory sessions were scheduled for students to access a wide range of anatomical models and radiographs.
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
Additional assessment related information was included in each week's learning materials to help students prepare for the final examination. Examples of previous exam questions were included,as well as short response questions for students to assess their own progress in each weekly topic.
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
The weekly tutorial sessions provided opportunities for students to ask questions and be tested on their understanding of the lecture content on microscopic anatomy. In addition, students participated in a practical demonstration in the histology laboratory. This practical demonstration helped give context to the methods used in the microscopic study of oral structures.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Students responded positively to the weekly practice quizzes. Students said that weekly quizzes helped them to, keep on track, test their understanding after a lecture, refresh their knowledge and demonstrate what subjects they knew and what they need to do more study on.
Recommendation
Weekly quizzes, which help students revise content and prepare for the online quizzes, will remain as part of this unit. The question bank will be updated and modified with additional feedback and revised questions for 2021.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Students enjoyed the group activities in the anatomy labs. Students said the anatomy sessions helped consolidate what they learnt in lectures and that they enjoyed the shared learning experience with their peers. Students also said that participation in the anatomy laboratory sessions helped prepare them for the station-based anatomy test. However, not all students actively participated in the group discussions which meant that some students missed the opportunity for shared learning and felt unsure of how to complete the workbook questions.
Recommendation
Anatomy laboratory sessions, including practical activities with anatomical models, radiographs and local anaesthetic simulation, will remain in 2021.The sessions will be modified to encourage more group discussions. The sessions will follow outlines given in the workbook Time will be set aside at the end of each session to clear any doubt on completion of the workbook.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
While tutorial sessions were scheduled on ZOOM and students participated by answering prepared questions, they didn’t feel that the sessions were beneficial as the same few students answered all the questions all the time. Students felt that these sessions would be more beneficial in face-to-face with equal contribution from all students.
Recommendation
Tutorial sessions in 2021 have been scheduled as face-to-face delivery. The tutorials, which will follow the face-to-face lecture, will be held in suitable teaching space for group and class discussions. This will enable different learning experiences instead of a question and answer type session.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Students like to print out the lecture slides for revision, but find some of the slide presentations very long and expensive to print out.
Recommendation
The power point presentations will continue to be made available on Moodle but modified in consideration of the amount of paper required and cost of printing.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the stages in tooth formation, and recognise the normal sequence of tooth eruption and exfoliation.
  2. Identify and describe the morphology of teeth in the primary and permanent dentition.
  3. Identify and describe normal occlusion, its development and function.
  4. Describe the microscopic features of tissues and organs associated with the oral cavity.
  5. Communicate information regarding oral health in oral and written forms.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal / team communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours as required by an Oral Health Therapist.

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

1. Describe the stages in tooth formation, and recognise the normal sequence of tooth eruption and exfoliation.

2. Identify and describe the morphology of teeth in the primary and permanent dentition.

3. Identify and describe normal occlusion, its development and function.

4. Describe the microscopic features of tissues and organs associated with the oral cavity.

5. Communicate information regarding oral health in oral and written forms.

6. Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal / team communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours as required by 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 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination