ORAL11006 - Introduction to Oral Health Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will prepare you for clinical practice in Oral Health Therapy. You will continue to develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes required for clinical work in oral health clinics and health promotion activities in the community. You must comply with clinical policies and procedures while undertaking clinical practice. In this unit you will begin learning theoretical knowledge in patient assessment, dental materials, simple restorative procedures and hygiene procedures. You will also translate and integrate this knowledge in a simulated environment while fulfilling workplace health and safety, equipment maintenance and record management requirements.

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

Pre-requisites:

ALLH11009: Research Methods for Health Professionals; AND

BMSC11010 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1; AND

ORAL11001 Introduction to Oral Health Therapy; AND

ORAL11004 Introduction to Oral Anatomy

Co-requisites:

BMSC11011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2; AND

ORAL11003 Introduction to Oral Disease; AND

ORAL11005 Advanced 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 3 - 2023

Term 2 - 2024 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. Portfolio 0%
2. In-class Test(s) 50%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 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 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 91.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 57.14% 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 evaluation of teaching survey.
Feedback
Students felt there was too much summative assessment and not enough feedback/formative assessment in the pass/fail portfolio.
Recommendation
It is recommended to re-evaluate the summative and formative assessments. In addition, it is recommended to explain to students that as this is a practical assessment piece, there are multiple artefacts that combine into the portfolio.
Action Taken
The number of summative practical sessions was decreased for 2023 and replaced by formative practical assessments. Students were briefed at the beginning of the term as to the assessment requirements and provided with a timetable detailing due dates.
Source: Student evaluation of teaching survey.
Feedback
Students suggested reducing the number and/or time of clinical placement sessions.
Recommendation
It is recommended to reduce the number and/or time of clinical placement sessions.
Action Taken
The number of clinical placement sessions has been reduced from 6 in 2022 to 3 in 2023.
Source: Student evaluation of teaching survey.
Feedback
Students suggested more of a tutorial style session at the beginning of practical classes to consolidate theory before moving to practical skills.
Recommendation
It is recommended to integrate a tutorial style session at the beginning of practical classes to consolidate theory before moving to practical skills.
Action Taken
Students are provided with a demonstration of clinical skills at the start of each session. Students are also provided with a step-by-step outline of each pre-clinical session that includes techniques, material and medicament descriptions and links to any relevant instructional videos or additional material.
Source: Student evaluation of teaching survey
Feedback
SIM session weekly content can be difficult to follow and needs updating.
Recommendation
It is recommended to review and further update the SIM weekly content to improve student engagement and contribute to the student learning experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation of teaching survey
Feedback
Students indicated that the vital signs lesson needs to be more specific to Oral Health students.
Recommendation
It is recommended to review the Vital Signs pre-clinical session with a Nursing SME to ensure it is relevant to OHT clinical practice, and to conduct the pre-clinical practical training in this area as a joint initiative.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Teaching team reflection and verbal student feedback
Feedback
In 2023 additional communication modules, including clinical role-playing, were introduced. Feedback indicates students enjoyed these sessions.
Recommendation
It is recommended to continue communication modules, including a clinical role-playing session.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the theoretical basis of oral health practice including patient assessment, examination, dental hygiene and dental restorative procedures
  2. Understand and apply the principles of infection control, workplace health and safety, record management and practice management
  3. Apply knowledge and skills in dental procedures including patient assessment, examination, dental hygiene and dental restorative procedures in the simulated environment
  4. Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication skills and professional attitudes required of an oral health therapist
  5. Recognise and act upon the legal, ethical and safeguarding issues involving dental practitioners and patients as defined by the relevant professional regulatory bodies in Australia and overseas

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 - Portfolio
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
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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