ORAL12002 - Oral Health Pre Clinical Practice 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will gain theoretical knowledge in dental materials, restorative procedures and local anaesthetic pharmacology and techniques. You will also translate and integrate this knowledge in a simulated environment while fulfilling workplace health and safety, equipment maintenance and record management requirements. On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to demonstrate practical skills in local anaesthetic techniques and dental restorations in adults of all ages in a simulated environment. You will be able to display appropriate interpersonal / team communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours. You will be required to attend a two-week compulsory intensive program prior to the commencement of Term 1.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


BMSC11011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 and

ORAL11003 Introduction to Oral Disease and

ORAL11005 Oral Anatomy 2 and

ORAL11006 Introduction to Oral Health Practice


ORAL12001 Oral Disease Prevention and Management 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 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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 30%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. In-class Test(s) 70%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 85.71% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 66.67% 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: SUTE Unit Comments
It was suggested that radiography could have been placed during the intensive weeks, to make it easier to transition into clinic, as well as lessening stress towards the end of term.
As part of a course review, the radiography component has been moved from ORAL12002 to ORAL11001 and so will no longer be offered in ORAL12002 from 2023.
Action Taken
Radiography is no longer a component of ORAL12002 from 2023.
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
Students raised some concerns regarding different educator's having differing expectations in the simulation sessions.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator provide additional detail in the simulation sessions content to enable more consistency between educators.
Action Taken
Additional training and resources was provided to educators.
Source: SUTE Comments and In-Person Feedback
Students felt the dental materials group assignment was not a beneficial assessment. Feedback has been sought from the cohort to improve this assessment for 2024. 
It is recommended that the unit coordinator review the dental materials learning content and group assignment for 2024 to make it a more meaningful learning activity.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Comments and In-Person Feedback
The newly developed local anaesthetic tutorials were well received by students, who commented they found them an enjoyable and helpful learning experience.
It is recommended that the local anaesthetic tutorials continue.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the theoretical basis of dental materials, restorative procedures, and local anaesthetic pharmacology and techniques in the management of oral diseases
  2. Apply the principles of local anaesthetic pharmacology and techniques in the simulated environment
  3. Apply knowledge and skills of dental materials and cavity preparation for dental restorations in the simulated environment
  4. 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

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
1 - Group Work
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10