Course Title: Apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis in dental health

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: DENT5809

Course Title: Apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis in dental health

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: 30

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

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required of the dental hygienist to demonstrate clinical planning and practice in a contemporary dental clinic environment using critical thinking and analysis and reflective practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH012 Apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis in dental health


1. Apply the foundations of contemporary dental hygiene practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Work with an understanding of dental ethics and moral
codes of practice
1.2 Incorporate the theoretical concepts and information
related to dental hygiene in practice
1.3 Identify contemporary issues in dental hygiene practice
and examine their impact on patients and the health

1.4 Recognise the complementary roles of the dentist,
dental specialist and other members of the dental team
1.5 Demonstrate a reflective and analytical approach to the
management of the individual patient for preventive and
therapeutic practices
1.6 Incorporate into practice a patient centred approach to
patient care

1.7 Promote and support individuality of patient when
implementing the dental hygiene treatment plan


2. Apply reflective practice and critical thinking in individual patient case management

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Investigate and research a patient case study to identify
individual needs and management strategies
2.2 Develop an individualised patient treatment plan with
identified oral health management strategies
2.3 Identify collaborative treatment requirements of
individual patients by members of the dental team
2.4 Interpret and identify patient maintenance requirements
and time-lines


3. Participate in professional review and development

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Apply professional, legal and ethical standards to dental
hygiene practice
3.2 Share and present professional knowledge and skills
with others
3.3 Interpret and identify appropriate dental health
education and oral hygiene needs for the individual


4. Work within a contemporary dental care environment

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Achieve work outcomes and demonstrate good time
management within prescribed time frames
4.2 Manage resources according to dental health
environment guidelines
4.3 Utilise contemporary dental health information systems
to gather, collate and document data
4.4 Work within context of practice and within boundaries of
work role


5. Use critical thinking and analysis effectively

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify ways to effectively apply the process of critical
thinking and analysis within dental hygiene practice
5.2 Differentiate between critical thinking, creative thinking
and problem solving
5.3 Identify and apply the characteristics of problem solving
to dental hygiene practice and the individual management of patients
5.4 Locate, review and critically analyse topical issues
identified in recent professional dental journal articles


6. Promote reflective practice of self and others

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Apply reflective practice within the dental hygiene role
6.2 Recognise the process and benefits of reflective
practice in the management of dental patients
6.3 Reflect on issues that may require specialist intervention
and/or review of management strategies
6.4 Evaluate the effectiveness of self reflection on self and

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have the skills and knowledge required of the dental hygienist to demonstrate clinical planning and practice in a contemporary dental clinic environment using critical thinking and analysis and reflective practice.

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 may include written assignments and tests

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 exam 60%

assignment work 30%

oral presentation 10%

70% pass mark

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