Course Title: Interpret and analyse patient medical and drug history

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: DENT5811

Course Title: Interpret and analyse patient medical and drug history

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6119 - Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

Course Contact: Sue Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager: Mr Nicholas Greer

Telephone: +61 3 9341 1420


Nominal Hours: 100

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

HLTFA301B - Apply first aid
TAFEDH032 - Confirm physical health status
TAFEDH003 - Analyse oral status
TAFEDH005 – Examine, record and assess patient histories and dental records to formulate a dental hygiene treatment plan
TAFEDH010 - Research and evaluate patient dental and health history to prevent and/or manage emergencies

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the application of in-depth level of knowledge of medicine and pharmacology required to analyse, interpret and investigate a patient’s medical history and available health information in relation to dental hygiene practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH013 Interpret and analyse patient medical and drug history


1. Identify actions of administered drugs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret the mechanisms of drug:
 absorption and distribution
 metabolism and excretion
1.2 Identify methods of drug administration and adverse reactions
1.3 Identify the impact of specific drugs on oral health


2. Manage a dental patient on prophylactic (antibiotic) cover for dental treatment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify antibiotics commonly prescribed in dentistry and
their action
2.2 Manage, question and monitor patient administration of
antibiotics in accordance with clinic protocol and in
communication with the supervising dentist
2.3 Modify the dental hygiene treatment plan to
acknowledge implications of antibiotic cover


3. Manage the dental hygiene treatment of a patient taking prescribed, over-the-counter drugs or herbal medicines/remedies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and classify drugs according to their action and
the body system on which they act
3.2 Identify and manage possible drug side effects related
to general and oral health
3.3 Accurately record all information obtained in clinical
patient notes observing confidentiality and noting
medical alert status if required


4. Manage the dental hygiene treatment of a medicated patient to minimise the risk to patient health

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and implement risk reduction strategies in
managing a medicated patient
4.2 Identify and implement risk reduction strategies in
recommending or administering pharmaceutical or
chemotherapeutic products
4.3 Accurately record all information regarding drug related
advice given complying to legislation, clinic policy and
risk management principles

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you have developed an in-depth level of knowledge of medicine and pharmacology required to analyse, interpret and investigate a patient’s medical history and available health information in relation to dental hygiene practice.

Details of Learning Activities

A combination of learning activities have been designed to help students to achieve learning outcomes of this unit:

  • Facilitator led classroom based lecture and or workshop using PowerPoint Presentations
  • Written classroom tasks
  • Demonstration and classroom discussion
  • Group discussions
  • Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises
  • Clinical practice, peer evaluation/feedback session/completion of practical worksheets
  • Online learning resources accessed via myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard)
  • Self managed research to support completion of assessment tasks.

Teaching Schedule

This unit is scheduled for delivery as per the timetable issued on Induction Day and is also located on BlackBoard. The classes will be delivered, on level 3 or 2 of Building 154, RMIT (within the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne) or in the undergraduate clinic Level 2 Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.  There will be opportunity for you to attend clinics off site.

Notification will be provided via student email if the date or location changes.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources. Students will be provided with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard).

  • RMIT ADOH prescribed textbooks
  • RMIT Studies (Blackboard) for RMIT Online resources.
  • RMIT Library for textbooks and other resources.
  • RMIT Library (Dental Guides): 

Overview of Assessment

Before the critical aspects of evidence are considered all prerequisites must be met.

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  • 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


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: 

Clinical practice, logbook and observation

Assessment 2:

Written theory examination


Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/Performance Criteria Covered

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To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, students will need to complete all the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Assessment Task 1: Clinical practice with completion of logbook and Clinical Observation & feedback logbook


The Logbook and Clinical Observation & feedback Logbook is completed in the practical sessions.

Students will attempt the assessments under supervision of the assessor and they will be graded with either a S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not Yet Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines and criteria outlined in the HLTINF001 Assessment Overview. All assessment criteria must be successfully completed in order to achieve a satisfactory result.

Feedback to students will be provided at an allocated time at RMIT. 


Assessment Task 2: Written theory examination

This is conducted as per timetable. The written test will be conducted under supervision at RMIT under exam conditions. Detailed information will be discussed with students during their attendance to lectures. 

In order to achieve a satisfactory result, student must score 70% of the overall mark. Feedback to students will be provided at an allocated time at RMIT.

Assessment Matrix


Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT Student Page for extensive information about study support, assessments, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

RMIT provides all students with an extension range of online and campus based study support services ranging from:

Study and Learning Centre

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Disability Liaison Unit:  


RMIT University requires that you present only YOUR work for assessment.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person. Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. Please note: It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When signing the coversheet (electronic or paper based), you are declaring that the work is not plagiarised.

Special Consideration

Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website  if they believe that to complete assessment for this unit by the submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control. Special consideration must be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date. The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.

RMIT Assessment Appeal Process

Students may appeal against their assessment result as per the information via the RMIT website. The Appeals Against Assessment policy and procedure applies to all coursework programs in all careers. The appeal process is staged and students are required to follow each stage in order to ensure their full entitlement to appeal, this is available on;ID=nwjxaifdrgle (unresolved)


It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensure the maximum opportunity to gain competency.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

If you think you have some or all of the knowledge and competencies described, please discuss the Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer options that may be available to you with the Program Coordinator. For more information go to:


Course Overview: Access Course Overview