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ORAL12004 - Advanced Oral Health Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will study the current approaches to periodontics, orthodontics, and prosthodontics used by oral health therapists. You will translate and integrate this knowledge into skills throughout pre-clinical practice. On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to demonstrate clinical judgment and practical skills in periodontics, including implant maintenance, orthodontics, and prosthodontics. You will be knowledgeable on your role in intra- and inter-professional practice and will be able to communicate information in oral and written forms utilising appropriate interpersonal and team communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours.


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

Pre-requisite: ORAL12001 Oral Disease Prevention and Management, ORAL12002 Oral Health Pre Clinical Practice 1  and ORAL12003 Oral Health Clinical Practice 1.

Co-requisite: ORAL12005 Paediatric Dentistry for the Oral Health Therapist and ORAL12006 Oral Health Clinical Practice 2.

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 2 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 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. Online Quiz(zes) 60%
2. In-class Test(s) 40%
3. Portfolio 0%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 50.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 40.00% 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 Unit Teaching Evaluation
The live orthodontic lecture and tutorial were great to explore ideas and concepts.
It is recommended that the mixed mode of pre-recorded and live lectures with face to face tutorials continue.
Action Taken
The orthodontic theory was delivered with a mixed mode of pre-recorded and live lectures with face to face tutorials.
Source: Student Unit Teaching Evaluation
Would have benefited from more detailed learning outcomes for the orthodontic content.
It is recommended that the orthodontic content be reviewed to include detailed learning objectives.
Action Taken
Orthodontic theory was reviewed and learning outcomes defined.
Source: Student Unit Teaching Evaluation
The assessment tasks were great, splitting the quizzes helped manage the three content areas in this unit.
It is recommended that the in-class test/s remain in the same format.
Action Taken
The in-class test/s remained in the same format.
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
Students found the orthodontic content was a large component of the unit and the prosthodontic and pharmacology was an afterthought.
It is recommended that the unit content undergo a review and restructure prior to Term 2, 2023.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
Face to face lectures would be preferred over the pre-recorded lectures.
It is recommended face to face lectures be incorporated in 2023. The recorded lectures could be made available for the students as a complementary learning resource.
Action Taken
Source: Teaching team
The prosthodontic and orthodontic intensive was well structured and allowed students to demonstrate technical skills.
It is recommended the prosthodontic and orthodontic practical component be continued in 2023.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe classes of malocclusion, treatment options and explain the reasons necessitating orthodontic treatment
  2. Discuss the role of the oral health therapist within general practice, specialist practice and inter-professional practice
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in clinical and laboratory procedures for prosthodontic and orthodontic procedures within the scope of an oral health therapist
  4. Manage non-surgical treatment of diseases and conditions of the periodontium and supporting tissues of the teeth or their replacements
  5. Advocate for, and promote, oral health to individuals and groups across diverse community settings in a variety of formats
  6. 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 and learning outcomes 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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Portfolio
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
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