Course Title: Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: DENT5859C

Course Title: Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4385 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Ms. Sandra Toribca

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1408

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 90

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not applicable

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to interpret a prescribed request for a dental radiographic image. It also includes the preparation of the patient for dental radiography and the selection of equipment requirements.


This unit applies to dental assisting work.


The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDEN008 Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image


1. Interpret the request for the prescribed dental radiographic image

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret the request accurately using appropriate dental terminology
1.2 1.2 Assess the request for sufficient information to produce the radiographic image and obtain additional information when insufficient
1.3 1.3 Select and use appropriate exposure variables in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions and patient requirements



2. Refer to previous dental radiographic imaging

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review previous dental radiographic images for technical quality
2.2 Clarify technical quality of previous radiographic images using additional information or advice from dental practitioner


3. Assess and determine the procedure prior to exposing a dental radiographic image

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Determine the patient’s ability to comply with instructions
3.2 Review modifications to the standard procedure with the operator prior to
3.3 Obtain additional information and advice from the dental practitioner
before proceeding with the procedure
3.4 Explain the procedure and necessary requirements clearly to the patient
before commencement
3.5 Prepare patient prior to producing a dental radiographic image
3.6 Confirm patient identity and match to the request
3.7 Obtain consent from the patient or carer


4. Select and prepare dental radiographic imaging equipment and accessories appropriate to the procedure

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select appropriate dental radiographic imaging equipment for the
procedure and identify patient requirements
4.2 Select and use correctly appropriate accessories for dental radiographic
4.3 Select appropriate technical variables of the dental radiographic imaging

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

A combination of learning activities have been designed to help students to achieve learning outcomes of this unit:

  • Facilitator led classroom based lecture and or workshop using PowerPoint Presentations
  • Written classroom tasks
  • Demonstration and classroom discussion
  • Facilitator led practical clinical demonstration
  • Group discussions
  • Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises
  • Clinical practice/completion of practical critique sheets
  • Online learning resources accessed via myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard) including online tests or quizzes

Self managed research to support completion of assessments 

Teaching Schedule

The classes will be delivered on level 3 or 2 of Building 154, RMIT (within the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne). Notification will be provided via student email if the date or location change.

The following schedule is as per the timetable issued to students via email prior to their commencement, as well as on Day 1 during student induction into the program. The timetable is also provided on BlackBoard for student reference. (Please Note: timetable is subject to change at the discretion of RMIT. In this event notification will be provided to your student email).

The following schedule is as per the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting timetable:

Session 1 (Monday 27 February 2017)

  • Introduction into Radiography (Lecture/Workshop)
  • Digital Radiation (Lecture/Wprkshop/Group Activity)

Session 2 (Monday 20 March 2017)

  • Safety and Radiation Hygiene (Lecture/Workshop)
  • Legal and Ethical (Lecture/Workshop)

Session 3 (Tuesday 21 March 2017)

  • Intraoral and Extraoral Dental Anatomy (Lecture/Workshop)

Session 4 (Monday 10 April 2017)

  • Supporting the Dental Operator (Lecture/Workshop)
  • Patient Management (Lecture/Workshop)

Session 5 (Tuesday 11 April)

  • Dental Anatomy assessment (formative compulsory assessment)
  • Oral Pathology (Lecture/Workshop)

Session 6 (Monday to Thursday - week commencing Group A: 1 May 2017, Group B: 8 May 2017, Group C: 15 May 2017, Group D:  22 May 2017)

  • Inra-oral Radiographs Simulated Clinic (Bisecting, Paralleling and Bitewing Techniques)
  • Simulateed Intraoral practical Assessment

Session 7 (Monday 19 June 2017)

  • Extra oral Radiography (Lecture/Workshop)

Session 8 (Single day attendance, Group A: Tuesday 20 June, Group B: Wednesday 21 June, Group C: Thursday 22 June, Group D: Friday 23 June)

  • Extra oral practical sessions

Session 9 (Monday 24 July)

  • Case presentation (formative compulsory assessment)
  • Pitfalls Assessment (formative compulsory assessment)

Session 10 (Monday 25 September)

  • Written Exam


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources. Students will be provided with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard).

  • Evolve Website:   This website has been set up by the publisher of the textbook, Modern Dental Assisting and offers free student learning resources and is and highly recommended.
  • TEXTBOOK: M I annucci & LJ Howerton, Dental Radiography, Principles and Technique
  • Miller,C & Palenik,M (2011) Infection Control & the management of hazardous materials for the dental team 4rd ed, Mosby.
  • RMIT Studies (Blackboard) for RMIT Online resources.
  • RMIT Library for textbooks and other resources.
  • RMIT Library (Dental Guides):  
  • Workplace Procedure Manuals and Workplace checklists.

Overview of Assessment

Before the critical aspects of evidence are considered all prerequisites must be met.

  • correctly interpreted 3 different dental radiographic requests and prepared for procedure including:

-               checking patient’s identify and consent

-               selecting a range of radiographic imaging equipment using appropriate technical variables for the requested radiographic procedure

-               using procedures to minimise the risk of radiation to the patient, the operator and others.



Assessment: Task 1

Radiographic Equipment report


Assessment: Task 2

Written Exam

Assessment: Task 3

Workplace Assessment


Assessment Mapping Matrix


Elements/Performance Criteria Covered


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To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, students will need to complete all the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. Radiographic Equipment Report

1. Radiographic Equipment Report

This assessment task is to be completed by students within their workplace. Students are required to research ther own radiographic equipment according to criteria listed in assessment task. Further information will be discussed with students during their attendance to lectures.

Assessment task is required to be submitted via Turnitin. Due date for submission is 20 March 2017.

In order to achieve a Satisfactory result, all assessment criteria must be completed successfully.

Students will receive their feedback via Turnitin. 


2. Written Exam

This is conducted on 25 September 2017. The written test will be conducted under supervision at RMIT under exam conditions. 

In order to achieve a Satisfactory result, student must score 60% of the overall mark.

Feedback to students will be provided via Grade Centre on Blackboard. 


3. Workplace Assessment

This is conducted after student last day of attendance and prior to their enrolment end date. Detailed information on assessment criteria will be explained to students during their class attendance. Allocated assessor will contact the student for discussion and scheduling of the suitable time for this assessment. Student knowledge and skills will be observed in the workplace according to assessment criteria provided in assessment document.

Students will attempt the workplace assessments under supervision of the assessor and they will be graded with either a S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not Yet Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines and criteria outlined in assessment task.

Students will receive verbal feedback on this assessment.

Assessment Matrix


Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT Student Page for extensive information about study support, assessments, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


RMIT provides all students with an extension range of online and campus based study support services ranging from:



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Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person. Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. Please note: It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When signing the coversheet (electronic or paper based), you are declaring that the work is not plagiarised.


Special Consideration

Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website  if they believe that to complete assessment for this unit by the submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control. Special consideration must be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date. The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.


RMIT Assessment Appeal Process

Students may appeal against their assessment result as per the information via the RMIT website. The Appeals Against Assessment policy and procedure applies to all coursework programs in all careers. The appeal process is staged and students are required to follow each stage in order to ensure their full entitlement to appeal, this is available on;ID=nwjxaifdrgle (unresolved) 



It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensure the maximum opportunity to gain competency. 


Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

If you think you have some or all of the knowledge and competencies described, please discuss the Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer options that may be available to you with the Program Coordinator. For more information go to:

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