Course Title: Confirm physical health status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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

Marcella Sabo

Tel: 9341 1409

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 function
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:

2.1 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.


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 periodontium.
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 homeostasis.
5.8 Apply the function of the autonomic nervous system to dental anxiety.
5.9 Apply nerve physiology to the effects of local anaesthesia.
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

Learning activities for this course will include, tutorial discussion, case studies, self directed reading and research of a selected topic and a written learning guide.

Teaching Schedule

Session 1: Introduction to course issue learning guide and assessment task

Session 2: Tutorial questions 1-8

Session 3: Tutorial  questions 9-16

Session 4: Tutorial questions 17-25

Session 5: Tutorial questions 26-34

Session 6: Assessment, oral presentation on selected topic with PowerPoint presentation and report.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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

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

Fehrenbach, MJ & Herring, SW 2012, Illustrated anatomy of the head and neck, 4th edn, Elsevier/Saunders, St. Louis, Mo

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


Other Resources

On Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include online quizzes, written test and oral presentaion

Assessment Tasks

10 Online quizzes  - body systems

Oral presentation on selected topic with PowerPoint presentation and report.

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: To Pass the  oral assessment all parts of the RUBIC must be included in the presentation and report. Assignments will be marked Satisfactory/Not satisfactory.
Students may be given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment if this is requested by the teacher and approved by the co-coordinator.
Students are required to achieve a Pass grade in both tasks to achieve Competence for this course

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