ORAL12001 - Oral Disease Prevention and Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will study current approaches for the prevention, treatment and management of dental diseases such as dental caries (including root caries), periodontal diseases and non carious tooth structure loss. By recording and considering the patient’s medical, dental and social history you will be able to diagnose dental diseases and develop an appropriate treatment plan. You will use your clinical judgment skills with a wide range of patients, including child and adult patients, medically compromised adults, people with special needs and the elderly.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
ORAL11004 Oral Anatomy; AND
ORAL11005 Dental Morphology and Microscopic Anatomy; AND
ORAL11003 Oral Pathology and Diagnosis; AND
BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology; AND
HLTH12031 Community Engaged Learning.

ORAL12002 Oral Health Pre Clinical Practice 1; AND
ORAL12003 Oral Health Clinical Practice 1.

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 1 - 2020 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Work 40%
2. Examination 60%

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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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
The students felt the examination was challenging as they had two exams on one day.
The Unit Co-ordinator can request that two final written examinations are not timetabled on one day in 2019.
Action Taken
The examination timetable was notified to avoid scheduling two ORAL unit examinations on one day.
Source: Have your say
The introduction of Zoom tutorials towards the end of the term was positively accepted by students.
Zoom tutorials will be held from the beginning of the term in 2019.
Action Taken
Zoom tutorials were offered to the student cohort, however students declined. The tutorials were conducted face-to-face.
Source: "Have your say" student evaluation
"I think we need more time going through treatment plans as a group" and "more student interaction"
Tutorial structure to be reviewed to allow student engagement on group problem based learning activities.
Action Taken
Source: "Have your say" student evaluation and the unit-coordinators self evaluation.
"Lectures are very lengthy, contents was of importance but long" "Content was a bit overwhelming"
Consider utilising a flipped classroom for the delivery of specific areas of content to allow group tutorial time.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the processes of risk assessment, nutritional advice and oral health education for the management of all patients, including children, adults, medically compromised, special needs and elderly patients.
  2. Describe current approaches to the prevention of dental diseases, dental caries (including root caries), periodontal diseases and non carious tooth structure loss.
  3. Explain the management of dental diseases including the appropriate selection and use of restorative dental materials.
  4. Form a definitive diagnosis from the information gathered and develop an appropriate treatment plan utilising the relevant treatment phases.
  5. Communicate information regarding oral health to patients of all ages.
  6. Satisfy the requirements of an evolving dental practitioner utilising appropriate interpersonal/team communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours.

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
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Group Work
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 - Group Work
2 - Examination