Course Title: Analyse diagnostic tests to determine oral health status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: DENT5805

Course Title: Analyse diagnostic tests to determine oral health 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: eleanor.schroeder@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher:Sonia Moore

sonia.moore@rmit.edu.au

9341 1419

Nominal Hours: 20

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 achievement of the following related competency units:
HLTAMBFC301B - Communicate with clients and colleagues to support health care
TAFEDH001 - Provide leadership in promoting effective and professional work practices
TAFEDH002 - Analyse epidemiology in dental and health practice
TAFEDH012 - Apply reflective practice and critical thinking and analysis in dental health

 

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide oral health advice on the results from plaque pH and saliva testing.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH008 Analyse diagnostic tests to determine oral health status

Element:

1. Identify responses to injury and/or predisposing local and systemic factors 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Demonstrate understanding of the physical and chemical nature of oral microflora
1.2 Identify the microbiological and chemical composition of saliva
1.3 Interpret the role of saliva in health and disease in the oral cavity

Element:

2. Inform dental patient of the plaque pH test procedure and analysis rationale

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review patient’s medical and health history
2.2 Communicate proposed plaque pH test methodologyand relate to oral health:
# demineralisation
# caries
# tooth erosion
2.2 Explain reasons related to the individual patient’s dental, health and pharmaceutical status
2.3 Obtain feedback from client regarding proposed plaque pH test

Element:

3. Perform a plaque pH test

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Prepare the dental clinic operatory following infection protocols and procedures
3.2 Prepare and dispense plaque pH test equipment and materials
3.3 Follow manufacturer’s instructions to complete pH test

Element:

4. Record and communicate test findings to interpret and relate to the patient’s oral health and nutritional status

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Record plaque pH result on Attitude and Disease Status form
4.2 Inform patient of their plaque pH result and relate this information to their oral status and clinical findings
4.2 Interpret and relate the patient’s plaque pH to their food and drink intake and diet analysis finding and recommendations

Element:

5. Perform a saliva test

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Prepare the dental clinic operatory following infection protocols and procedures
5.2 Prepare saliva test kit equipment on clinic bench
5.3 Follow the steps to test resting and stimulated saliva

Element:

6. Record and communicate test findings to interpret and relate to the patient’s oral/medical health, pharmaceutical and nutritional status

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Record saliva test results on Attitude and Disease Status form
6.2 Inform patient of their saliva test result and relate this information to their oral status and clinical findings
6.3 Interpret and relate the patient’s saliva test results to health and oral health status, medical and pharmaceutical status, and lifestyle factors
6.4 Relate test findings to the dentist and/or specialist

Element:

7. Analyse plaque pH and saliva test results and apply preventive oral health strategy

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Identify risk for dental disease by applying test results to the Traffic Light Assessment tool on the Attitude and Disease Status form
7.2 List management and preventive strategies on the dental hygiene treatment plan


Learning Outcomes


On completion of the unit you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to provide oral health advice on the results from plaque pH and saliva testing.


Details of Learning Activities

These will includeLectures, tutorials, online learning, case studies,role plays and work in the clinic


Teaching Schedule

DateTopicAssessment
10th JulyONLINE: Preparation for GC visit – familiarisation with product brochures
Online course – Saliva: liquid magic, Saliva & Salivary Gland Revision
Journal Article “Saliva Composition and Functions: A Comprehensive review” activity
 
 
15th JulyGC Australasia – Plaque pH & Saliva testing 
29th JulySaliva & its relationship with demineralisation, caries & erosion, Nutrition
Patient recommendations Role plays
 
 
30th JulyClinic: Diagnostic tests
Performing pH and saliva testing, interpreting, recording, communicating findings & preventive strategies
 
 
31st JulyONLINE: Xerostomia research & Patient instructions for dry mouth
Online course: Dry mouth and associated complications
 
 
6th AugustClinic: Diagnostic tests Observation of Patient 1
Performing pH and saliva testing, interpreting, recording, communicating findings & preventive strategies
 
 
12th AugustTutorial and case studies
Assessment preparation
 
 
13th AugustClinic: Diagnostic tests Observation of Patient 2
Performing pH and saliva testing, interpreting, recording, communicating findings & preventive strategies
 
 
18th AugustPerforming pH and saliva testing, interpreting, recording, communicating findings & preventive strategies on 2 patients
 
Practical assessment
26th August Written exam


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A complete list is provided at Orientation and on Blackboard


References


Other Resources

A range of additional resources and references will be provided through My Studies on Blackboard


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will include practical and written assessment


Assessment Tasks

Task 1 Practical assessment in clinic of two patients 18th August

Task 2 Written exam 26th August


Assessment Matrix

Available on Blackboard

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 www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension) 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 http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

Note: The Pass mark for the exams is 60%.

Practical assessment: student must be deemed competent for all criteria. Students will be provided with a second opportunity to demonstrate competency in the clinic if necessary.

Students are required to pass exam and clinicals to achieve Competency overall for this course.
 

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