Course Title: Take a clinical photograph

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: DENT5210C

Course Title: Take a clinical photograph

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact : Paulette Smith

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411403

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTIN302B Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to take a clinical dental photograph under conditions that can be reproduced.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDA417A Take a clinical photograph


1. Interpret the request for photography

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Make accessible in the clean zone of the surgery the client's necessary charts and records
1.2 Provide full details of the procedure to the client and/or carer
1.3 Obtain and document consent following ethical and legal requirements
1.4 Prepare accessories for intraoral photography
1.5 Prepare personal protective equipment for the client and members of the dental team


2. Prepare to take the photograph

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Compose the image so that the most important aspects are in the centre of the photograph
2.2 Orientate the image so that subsequent photos are reproducible
2.3 Ensure there is no calculus or plaque deposits on the teeth before the image is taken
2.4 Locate the image source to be photographed appropriately in the depth of field so that the photograph is in complete focus
2.5 Check the viewfinder to ensure there are no obstructions to the image


3. Take basic intraoral views in a standardised approach

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Position the client so that conditions for photography are reproducible
3.2 Stand in a stable position for standard intraoral views which is reproducible for all photographs
3.3 Select the magnification ratio according to the desired frame and focus
3.4 Frame the image and ensure positioning of retractors and mirrors is correct
3.5 Use appropriate lighting so that the image is not overexposed


4. Take a portrait and profile photograph

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Explain the purpose of the photograph to the client
4.2 Choose the background colour and texture so that a full assessment of the profile can be made
4.3 Follow guidelines to position the camera and the client to ensure reproducible results
4.4 Use a vertical format to completely fill the frame
4.5 Take standard dental portrait views that ensure images can be reproduced

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to take a clinical dental photograph under conditions that can be reproduced.

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 pre-reading, clinical practice.
Online activities are strongly encouraged to prepare for, support and extend learning.

Teaching Schedule

A final schedule will be issued by the teacher at the commencement of the course (unit).
Timetable will indicate face-to-face and on-line activities and how these address learning elements.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Pre clinical.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene).
Training is mapped to the Australian Dental Council June 2011 “Professional attributes and competencies of the newly qualified dental hygienist” and the Dental Board of Australia “Scope of Practice”.
Students must abide by the 2012 “ADA Guidelines for Infection Control Second Edition”, 2010 NHMRC “Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare” and Worksafe Victoria “Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007”.
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. Please refer to definition of Vocational Competency (;ID=xjog855ryrtq;STATUS=A;SECTION=3;PAGE_AUTHOR=Penny%20Mercer).
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation. Assessment will also be undertaken replicating workplace conditions (as far as possible), and where relevant undertaken in the clinical setting. 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.
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Assessment Matrix

All summative assessments listed are compulsory for a successful outcome.

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