Course Title: Analyse oral status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

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

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
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

Includes a combination of some or all of the following, Class attendance and participation, individual or group project work, e-learning, self-directed learning, Blackboard collaborate.

Teaching Schedule

Timetable to be issued in February

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment comprise a Practical assessment and a written exam

Assessment Tasks

Overview of assessment
Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma of oral health (Dental hygiene)
Refer to the Australian Dental Council June 2011 document “Professional attributes and competencies of the newly qualified dental hygienist for additional information”
Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Matrix

written assignment 20%

oral presentation 10%

written exam 70%

passmark 70%

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