Course Title: Analyse oral status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: DENT5800

Course Title: Analyse oral status

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 93411412

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This unit should be assessed after the achievement of

TAFEDH032 - Confirm physical health status

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the application of in-depth level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology required to analyse available health information in relation to dental health.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH003 Analyse oral status


1. Analyse health information

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse client health information in relation to oral
health care
1.2 Recognise normal clinical findings, observations and
physical assessments that assist in determining oral
health status
1.3 Use detailed knowledge to identify common
pathophysiologies (or changing pathologies) through
observation and analysis of associated available information
1.4 Identify the likely impact of specific interventions


2. Analyse oral health information

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Compare and contrast distinguishing characteristics of
oral epithelial and connective hard and soft tissue in the
oral cavity
2.2 Apply the histological characteristics of cells and tissues
present in the oral cavity to the form and function of the
2.3 Identify and apply the histological appearance,
composition and function of oral tissues
2.4 Identify the clinical appearance of the oral mucous
membrane and gingival tissues and relate to
development, anatomy and physiology and histological


3. Analyse and identify developmental stages from zygote to birth for the face, primitive mouth and oral cavity

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess and respond to planning dental treatment for a
pregnant patient with regard to phases of zygote and
foetus development
3.2 Identify the development of the oral cavity, tongue, nasal
cavity and teeth
3.3 Identify the embryological development of oral tissues


4. Analyse and interpret oral microbiology and immunology

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and apply basic anatomical and histological
organization of the lymphatic system to:
 host-defence mechanisms
 specific versus non-specific immunity
 hypersensitivity reactions
4.2 Identify the structure of micro-organisms and apply to
their role in health and disease
4.3 Analyse the principles of sterilisation and disinfection
4.4 Relate oral microorganisms and micro flora to dental


5. Plan action(s) to address identified oral health status

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Apply detailed understanding of anatomy, physiology
and pathophysiology of disease to take a problem
solving approach to plan services to reflect identified
health status and address needs
5.2 Consider and record implications of any contraindications
in relation to oral health examination findings
5.3 Document treatment plan in accordance with
organisation policies and procedures

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have developed an in-depth level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology required to analyse available health information in relation to dental health.

Details of Learning Activities

Attendance at lectures and tutorials

  • Participate in clinical discussions and role plays/ case studies with regards to:
  •  Client History Taking
  •  Oral Examination
  •  Individualised dental hygiene care plan.
  •  Preparation of the clinical environment for treatment of clients
  •  Identify hard and soft tissue structures of the head and neck
  • class presentations group and individual
  • teacher led presentations
  • individual research
  • self directed learning


Teaching Schedule

Classes will commence in Semester 1 and be delivered in 3 hour blocks. Each class will include teacher led presentations, workbook activities, group collaboration and self directed learning opportunities

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Wilkins, E. "Cinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist"

Other Resources

recommended reading and references as uploaded on blackboard, including classroom presentations

Overview of Assessment

Assessment comprise a Practical assessment and a written exam

Assessment Tasks

Written short answer tests

completion of relevant chapters in workbook

Case study- oral presentation on the Pregnant patient group work

Theory Examination

Practical Assessment
(History taking)

Assessment Matrix

Class participation and formative assessments 30%

Written exam 50 % (70%pass mark)

Practical assessment 20%

Other Information

Critical aspects for assessment
and evidence required to
demonstrate competency in this
 candidates must demonstrate their ability to apply
essential knowledge identified for this competency unit
before undertaking independent workplace application
 this competency unit should be assessed in conjunction
with relevant competency unit(s) in delivery of the
Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)
 evidence must demonstrate the individual’s ability to
apply their knowledge within the requirements of dental
hygiene practice
 consistency of performance should be demonstrated over
the required range of workplace situations relevant to an
identified work role

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