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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. You will be able to communicate information regarding oral health in a culturally sensitive manner in oral and written forms utilising appropriate interpersonal / 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


HLTH11027 Foundations of Health; AND

BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology; AND

ORAL11001 Introduction to Oral Health Therapy; AND

ORAL11004 Introduction to Oral Anatomy


BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology; AND

ORAL11003 Oral Pathology and Diagnosis; 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 1 - 2020

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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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 0%
2. In-class Test(s) 50%
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

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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 and clinical examination, further investigations and the diagnosis and management of periodontal diseases
  2. Undertake duties while complying with the principles of infection control, workplace health and safety, record management and practice management
  3. Demonstrate an ability to collect information for patient assessment
  4. Perform clinical skills in dental procedures including examination, further investigations and dental hygiene procedures in the simulated and clinical environments
  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
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Portfolio
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Examination