Course Title: Analyse oral status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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

Sonia Moore

9341 1419

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 Take into account biochemistry in relation to the organisation of the physical world and more specifically – cellular physiology
1.2 Apply the process of mitosis and meiosis to somatic cell regeneration and sexual cell reproduction
1.3 Identify the effects of ionising radiation on normal cell function
1.4 Identify the classes/groups of neurones according to functional classification


2. Analyse oral health information

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify modes of inheritance and the effect on oral health
2.2 Differentiate inherited and environmental acquired conditions
2.3 Apply principles of heredity and variation via a case-scenario/study in dental hygiene practice.
2.4 Identify the clinical appearance of the oral mucous membrane and gingival tissues and relate to development, anatomy and physiology and histological structure


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 biofilm.


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 contra-indications 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

Learning activities for this course will include, lectures, tutorial, online learning and clinical practice.

Teaching Schedule


20/07/15Analyse health information
17/08/15Analyse oral health information
24/08/15Analyse and identify developmental stages from zygote to birth
14/09/15Analyse and interpret oral microbiology and immunology
05/10/15Plan actions to address identified oral health status

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Darby, ML, Walsh, MM & Bowen, DM 2015, Dental hygiene: theory and practice, 4th edn, Elsevier/Saunders, St. Louis, Missouri.

Darby, ML & Walsh, MM 2010, Procedures manual to accompany Dental hygiene : theory and practice, Saunders/Elsevier, St. Louis, Mo.

Bath-Balogh, M & Fehrenbach, MJ 2011a, Illustrated dental embryology, histology, and anatomy, 3rd edn, Elsevier Saunders, St. Louis, Mo.

DeLong, L & Burkhart, NW 2013, General and oral pathology for the dental hygienist, 2nd edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.

Nield-Gehrig, JS & Willmann, DE 2011, Foundations of periodontics for the dental hygienist, 3rd edn, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Health, Philadelphia.

Marieb, EN 2014, Essentials of human anatomy & physiology, 10th international edn, Pearson Education Limited, Harlow, Essex.


Other Resources

On Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

Assessment comprise a Practical assessment and a written exam

Assessment Tasks

Task 1: 19 October 2015 - Written theory exam

Task 2: 26-28 October 2015 - Concurrent clinical assessment with TAFEDH006, TAFEDH031, TAFEDH010

Assessment Matrix


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.

For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination

 Note: The Pass mark for written theory assessment is 60%. Assignments will be marked Satisfactory/Not satisfactory.
Students may be given the opportuntity to resubmit the assignment if this is requested by the teacher and approved by the co-ordinator.
Students are required to achieve a Pass grade in both tasks to achieve Competence for this course

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