ORAL13001 - Oral Health Clinical Placement 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this capstone unit you will integrate your knowledge, skills and professional experience in a range of environments in preparation for employment as an oral health therapist. In addition to treating children and adolescents, this course is approved by the National Board to train and educate you to treat adults of all ages. You will be required to attend a two-week compulsory intensive / residential school prior to the commencement of clinical placement. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate safety and competence in total patient care over a range of preventive and operative clinical procedures with patients including those who are medically compromised, with special needs and the elderly. You will also consolidate your clinical judgment skills in identifying patients who require referral for complex care outside your scope of practice. You will improve your clinical reasoning skills in a supportive environment aimed to increase your confidence through reflective and self-directed learning. On successful completion of this unit you will be able to communicate information regarding oral health in oral and written forms utilising appropriate interpersonal and team communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 18
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.375
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: ORAL12004 Orthodontics, Prosthodontics and Pharmacology, ORAL12005 Oral Health Pre-Clinical Practice 2 and ORAL12006 Oral Health Clinical Practice 2.

Co-requisite: HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology OR ALLH13011 Rural and Remote Practice for Health Professionals.

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 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 18-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 37.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 450 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 40%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 60%
4. Professional Practice Placement 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 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 83.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 37.50% 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
Feedback about in-class test results via an online session would have been helpful to further knowledge about areas needing improvement.
It is recommended to run feedback sessions online after the closing of the in-class tests throughout the term.
Action Taken
A group feedback session was conducted in the weekly yarning circle after the quiz was marked. Students were also offered individual quiz review meetings with the unit coordinator on request, however few attended.
Source: Student Unit Teaching Evaluation
Student feedback indicated appreciation to the teaching team for managing late changes to clinical placements.
It is recommended to maintain clear standard operating procedure on student absences and student rostering.
Action Taken
Clear standard operating procedures were maintained to manage student rostering and unplanned absences.
Source: Student Unit Teaching Evaluation and teaching team discussions.
Guest lecturers were excellent, a good opportunity to hear from specialists in their field.
It is recommended that the scheduling of guest lecturers who are specialists in their field continue.
Action Taken
Guest lecturers were retained in the lecture schedule.
Source: Student Unit Teaching Evaluation
The unit has been set out well to recap the content that a clinician needs to be aware of. Teachers are supportive, and the unit layout indicates teachers' efforts to improve this unit over the years.
It is recommended that the teaching team continue to be supportive.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit Teaching Evaluation and In Person Feedback
Feedback about in-class test results was still considered inadequate.
It is recommended a new feedback strategy be implemented.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit Teaching Evaluation and In Person Feedback
Students enjoyed learning and reading the week's content. However, students reported that two evening online sessions a week and 4 full days a week at clinical placement for 12 weeks become overwhelming by the end of term. The option to have lectures pre-recorded for independent study would be valuable.
It is recommended lecture and tutorial scheduling be reviewed.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Integrate and apply knowledge, skills and clinical judgement of assessment, preventive and operative procedures with child, adolescent and adult patients in a range of environments
  2. Provide safe and competent oral health clinical care for patients including identifying patients who require referral pathways for complex care outside your scope of practice
  3. Advocate for, and promote, oral health to individuals and groups across diverse community settings in a variety of formats
  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 - Presentation
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Professional Practice Placement
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
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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