Course Title: Confirm physical health status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: NURS5331

Course Title: Confirm physical health status

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact: Sue Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411406

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes a detailed level of knowledge in biochemistry and human anatomy. It explores cellular biology, physiology and body systems to support the practice of dental hygiene and confirm physical status.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH032 Confirm physical health status


1. Apply knowledge of human biology and basic cellular biology to oral tissues

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
1.4 Identify the classes/groups of neurones according to
functional classification


2. Apply basic genetic principles and concepts to applied Dental Hygiene practice

Performance Criteria:

2.2 Differentiate inherited and environmental acquired
2.3 Apply principles of heredity and variation via a casescenario/
study in dental hygiene practice.


3. Identify basic tissue types - form and function, of the hard and soft structures of the head and neck

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the key roles that inorganic compounds play in
body physiology.
3.2 Apply the principles behind membrane potential and
action to nerve and muscle physiology.
3.3 Apply the slide filament theory to muscle physiology.
3.4 Compare and contrast distinguishing characteristics of
epithelial tissue and connective tissue with a focus on
oral tissues.
3.5 Apply the histological appearance of cells and tissues
in the oral cavity to the form and function of the
3.6 Identify in a clinical setting, hard and soft epithelial
and connective tissues in the oral cavity.


4. Apply knowledge of bone formation and composition with emphasis on head and neck tissues and for radiographic interpretation

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Classify and identify the major bones of the axial and
appendicular skeleton.
4.2 Investigate the process of bone formation and growth
with reference to cranio-facial development.
4.3 Identify the microscopic and chemical composition of
bone and relate this to radiographic interpretation and
periodontal disease progression.
4.4 Identify the bones, major landmarks and features of the
skull and facial skeleton through the study of specimens
and radiographic interpretation.
4.5 Compare and contrast bony joints in the body to the
form and function of the temporomandibular joint.


5. Consider homeostasis and body system maintenance when noting the dental patient’s physical status

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify basic metabolic reactions to the maintenance
of homeostasis.
5.2 Apply knowledge of exocrine and endocrine glands
and secretory membranes to dental hygiene practice.
5.3 Relate the function of the renal system to the role it
plays in maintaining homeostasis.
5.4 Identify basic anatomical and histological organization
of the endocrine system and apply this information in a
physiological context when managing the dental
patient with endocrinal-based conditions.

5.5 Identify the components and organisation of the
central and peripheral nervous system in relation to a
nerve impulse.
5.6 Identify the origin of the nervous system and trace the
sensory and motor pathways between the central and
peripheral sub-divisions.
5.7 Identify the structure, function and physiology of the
autonomic nervous system in the maintenance of
5.8 Apply the function of the autonomic nervous system to
dental anxiety.
5.9 Apply nerve physiology to the effects of local
5.10 Apply knowledge of the structure and function of the
skin to the maintenance of homeostasis.
5.11 Investigate the interrelationship between skin and the
oral mucous membrane through a clinical-based
scenario/case study.

5.12 Apply the development, anatomy and physiology of
the oral mucous membrane and the gingival tissues in
relation to their histological composition.
5.13 Investigate the basic anatomical and histological
organization of the cardiovascular system and relate
this to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
5.14 Apply arterial blood supply and venous drainage to
oral-facial tissues.
5.15 Investigate the basic anatomical and histological
organization of the respiratory system and relate this
to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
5.16 Investigate the basic anatomical and histological
organization of the digestive system in relation to daily
nutrition requirements

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you have developed a detailed level of knowledge in biochemistry and human anatomy. It explores cellular biology, physiology and body systems to support the practice of dental hygiene and confirm physical status.

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 will include online quizzes, written test and oral presentaion

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

assignment work 30%

oral presentation 10%

final exam may include written and/or OSCE 60%

(70 % pass mark)

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