Course Title: Construct oral splints

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: DENT5789C

Course Title: Construct oral splints

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5312 - Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Contact: Matthew Clayton

Course Contact Phone: 03 9341 1417

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Construct Oral Splints

Contact: Matthew Clayton

P: 9341 1417


Nominal Hours: 30

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

HLTDT301D Construct models
HLTDT304D Articulate models and transfer records
HLTDT519C Construct simple complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to construct oral splints.
All procedures are carried out in accordance with occupational health and safety policies and procedures, current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards, state/territory legislative requirements and organisation policy.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDT517D Construct oral splints


1. Construct splint

Performance Criteria:


1.1  Select materials for the construction of splint in accordance with prescription

1.2  Construct splint in accordance with prescription

1.3  Process splint in accordance with manufacturer recommendations


2. Trim, shape and finish

Performance Criteria:


2.1  Trim splint according to material selection

2.2  Shape splint according to prescription and recheck on articulator

2.3  Evaluate the splint

2.4  Finish the splint appropriately according to type of material selected

2.5  Decontaminate the appliance in accordance with infection control guidelines

2.6  Place the splint in a suitable container for dispatch

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the participants will be able to demonstrate, on a consistent basis, the process involved in constructing oral splints

Details of Learning Activities

  • Facilitator led discussions using Powerpoint presentations
  • In class activities
  • Simulated laboratory activities
  • Reading chapters form Anatomy of Orofacial Structures and answering questions
  • Written assessment

Teaching Schedule

As per your timetable located on Blackboard under the relevant Group - The class is scheduled for delivery to the FIRST YEAR NON-APPRENTICE group (FT1A & FT1B) on Monday August 12, the FIRST YEAR APPRENTICE group (DT1) on Tuesday July 14, and the SECOND YEAR APPRENTICE group (DT2) on Wednesday August 05 in the Lecture theatre of Building 154 RMIT (within the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne). Notification will be provided via student email if the date or location change.

Following the delivery of the theory class, practical exercises will be undertaken in the laboratory.

Class schedules are detailed in the timetables provided on Blackboard (subject to change at the discrection of RMIT, in this event notification will be provided to your student email);

  1. FT1A - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  2. FT1B - Monday, Thursday, Friday (Joining with FT1A Monday August 31)
  3. DT1 - Block release Tuesday Aug 14 - Friday Aug 17
  4. DT2 - Block release Wed Aug 05, Thu Aug 06, Mon Sept 21, Tue Sept 22

Practical classes will be delivered in the simulated environment at RMIT where the Teacher will provide demonstration and assistance as you construct the following appliances.

  • Maxillary heat-cured bruxism splint
  • Maxillary thermoformed dual-laminate bruxism splint with acrylic onlay

The TIER 2 exercises are made available if you complete all of the previous exercises and are seeking further practice prior to the assessments. The time guides for the TIER 2 exercises are reduced and require a ’self-managed approach’ to complete the exercise.

  • TIER 2 - Maxillary heat-cured bruxism splint
  • TIER 2 - Maxillary thermoformed dual-laminate bruxism splint with acrylic onlay

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Anatomy of Orofacial Structures


Mosby's Dental Dictionary



Other Resources

  • Powerpoint available on MYRMIT Blackboard under the program code C5312 and the Unit of Competence HLTDT517D/DENT5789C Construct Oral Splints
  • RMIT online learning Hub
  • Library
  • Internet links
  • Primal Pictures
  • Journals, Brochures, Pamphlets, Newspapers, Magazines

Overview of Assessment

Practical exercises, presentation of competency assessment and theoretical exams are used

Assessment Tasks

To undertake practical exercises and /or assessment students MUST present for the assessment process as follows:

  • Please note these are also WH&S requirements for laboratory safety. In appropriate practical class attire (Protective clothing for legs - if shorts, must cover knees, lab coat, safety glasses)
  • Fully covered in leather(not suede) footwear
  • Hair to be contained by tying back or in appropriate hair cover.
  • No artificial fingernails to be worn
  • The wearing of henna is acceptable.
  • Short, clean fingernails (no nail polish or artificial nails)
  • No jewellery to be worn on the hands or wrists. Wedding rings or jewellery that cannot be removed for cultural reasons must be taped with an appropriate waterproof tape
  • All cuts/ skin abrasions on the hands or wrists must be covered with a waterproof dressing
  • A student that is non-compliant with any of the above requirements will not be permitted to undertake practical exercises or assessment at the scheduled time. The student will be rescheduled to undertake assessment at a later date.

You will attempt the following practical exercises under supervision of the teacher and you will be graded with either a S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines outlined in the practical exercise book:

  1. Maxillary heat-cured bruxism splint
  2. Maxillary thermoformed dual-laminate bruxism splint with acrylic onlay

The TIER 2 exercises are made available if you complete all of the previous exercises and are seeking further practice prior to the assessments. The time guides for the TIER 2 exercises are reduced and require a ’self-managed approach’ to complete the exercise. If you attempt the following practical exercises you will be graded with either a S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines outlined in the practical exercise book

  1. TIER 2 - Maxillary heat-cured bruxism splint
  2. TIER 2 - Maxillary thermoformed dual-laminate bruxism splint with acrylic onlay

Upon completion of an exercise and prior to submission for assessment, all exercises undertaken in the practical classes will require you to provide a detailed reflection of your own work focussing on areas of the appliance that were successful as well as areas that could be improved upon next time.

The practical exam will take place under supervision in the simulated working environment at RMIT. The exam will take place under exam conditions and you will be given details of the requirements and assessment guidelines in the practical book available in class and on BlackBoard.

  1. PRAC EXAM - Maxillary heat-cured bruxism splint

The theory exam will be conducted under supervision at RMIT under exam conditions.

  1. Construct Oral Splints - Theoretical examination - pass mark 60%

Assessment Matrix

To achieve a grade of CA (Competency Achieved) for the unit HLTDT517D/DENT5789C Construct Oral Splints you are required to obtain a pass result  for all of the following theoretical and practical assessments.

  1. PRAC EXAM - Maxillary heat-cured splint FT1A/B Mon November 09 - Wed November 11 2015,   DT1 Mon September 07 - Tue September 08,   DT2 Wed September 30 - Thurs October 01
  2. THEORY EXAM - Construct Oral Splints - pass mark 60%  FT1A/B Mon November 09 @ 9am,   DT1 Mon September 07 @ 9am,   DT2 Wed September 30 @ 9am

Failure to complete any of the above listed tasks/assessments will result in an NYC (not yet competent) result for unit HLTDT517D/DENT5789C Construct Oral Splints. An NYC (Not Yet Competent) result will be entered in the student record. This will result in non-completion of this unit of competence requiring re-enrolment incurring fees and a return to class work and completion of any relevant assessments at the time of the re-enrolment.

(The assessment process must be finalised and a result entered by November 27 2015)


Other Information


RMIT University requires that you present YOUR work for assessment. Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person. Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalities can include charges of acedemic 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 to submit your learning guides and assessments.

Special consideration:

Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website

if they believe 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 policies - Refer to myRMIT for further details

Assessment Appeal Process:
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 is available


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