Course Title: Take a clinical photograph

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: DENT5210C

Course Title: Take a clinical photograph

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6119 - Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

Course Contact: Eleanor Schroeder

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1412

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Sophie Lymbery

Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTIN302B Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to take a clinical dental photograph under conditions that can be reproduced.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDA417A Take a clinical photograph


1. Interpret the request for photography

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Make accessible in the clean zone of the surgery the client's necessary charts and records

1.2 Provide full details of the procedure to the client and/or carer

1.3 Obtain and document consent following ethical and legal requirements

1.4 Prepare accessories for intraoral photography

1.5 Prepare personal protective equipment  for the client and members of the dental team


2. Prepare to take the photograph

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Compose the image so that the most important aspects are in the centre of the photograph

2.2 Orientate the image  so that subsequent photos are reproducible

2.3 Ensure there is no calculus or plaque deposits on the teeth before the image is taken

2.4 Locate the image source to be photographed appropriately in the depth of field so that the photograph is in complete focus

2.5 Check the viewfinder to ensure there are no obstructions to the image


3. Take basic intraoral views in a standardised approach

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Position the client  so that conditions for photography are reproducible

3.2 Stand in a stable position for standard intraoral views  which is reproducible for all photographs

3.3 Select the magnification ratio according to the desired frame and focus

3.4 Frame the image and ensure positioning of retractors and mirrors is correct

3.5 Use appropriate lighting so that the image is not overexposed


4. Take a portrait and profile photograph

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Explain the purpose of the photograph to the client

4.2 Choose the background  colour and texture so that a full assessment of the profile can be made

4.3 Follow guidelines to position the camera and the client to ensure reproducible results

4.4 Use a vertical format to completely fill the frame

4.5 Take standard dental portrait views  that ensure images can be reproduced

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to take a clinical dental photograph under conditions that can be reproduced.

Details of Learning Activities

As below in teaching schedule.

- Pre-task

- Lecture

-Simulated pre-clinical session

- Online task (Summative task #1)

- Practical assessement- Clinical Photography Portfolio (Summative task #2)

Teaching Schedule

HLTDA417A Take a clinical photograph 2015    Teacher: Sophie Lymbery             


Type: Pre task

Date: Available from 22nd June-6th July 2015

Time: Approximately 1hr to complete

-To be submitted via prior to class 6th July 2015


Type: Lecture

Date: Monday 6th July

Time:9am-12.30pm (3hrs + 30mins break)

-Introduction to clinical photography- theory and methods. Issue SUMMATIVE task #2- photography portfolio (post on BB in PM)


Type: Simulated pre-clinical session

Date: Monday 6th July (Group A) & Wednesday 8th July (Group B)

Time: 1.30pm - 5pm (3hrs +30mins break)

-Simulated pre-clinical session using photography equipment and creating a full set of clinical photographs.


Type: Summative Task #1 (Online)

Date: Monday 13th July

Time: Task posted 7am, available until 1pm. Submission by 1pm to Turn-it-in as per instructions on task outline.  Task will take no longer than 2hrs.

- Medico legal issues surrounding clinical photography; Infection control policies and procedures in clinical photography; Health & safety issues.


Type: Patient clinic. Summative task #2 Clinical Photography Portfolio

Date: Due date Thursday 27th August

Opportunity to complete portfolio in patient clinic:

Thursday 9th July 9am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm

Monday 13th July 1.30pm-5pm

Thursday 16th July 9am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm

Monday 20th July 1.30pm-5pm

Thursday 23rd July 9am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm

Monday 27th July 1.30pm-5pm

Thursday 30th July 9am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm

Monday 3rd August 1.30pm-5pm

Thursday 6th August 9am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm

Monday 10th August 1.30pm-5pm

Thursday 13th August 9am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm

Monday 17th August 1.30pm-5pm

Wednesday 19th August 9am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

References Dental Photography Pre-task:
Lecture and notes Monday 6th July 9am-12.30pm. Teacher: Sophie Lymbery. To be posted on BlackBoard after class.

Other Resources

Other resources may be provided by BlackBoard and will be noted via Announcements.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will include a written task and a portfolio of photographs

Assessment Tasks

All summative assessments (2) must be demonstrated satisfactorily against elements and demonstrated essential knowledge & skills.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task:

Summative task #1:

Performance Criteria: 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 4.1. Essential Knowledge: 4-5, 7-12.

Summative Task #2:

Evidence of patient experience x2 (Each Performance Criteria, Essential Knowledge & Skills assessed twice).

Performance criteria: 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.5, 3.1-3.5, 4.1-4.5. Essential Knowledge: 1-2. Essential Skills: 1.7.

Other Information

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 3 of Dental Hospital. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

Assignments will be marked as Satisfactory/Not satisfactory. 

All summative assessments (2) must be demonstrated satisfactorily against elements and demonstrated essential knowledge & skills.

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