Course Title: Analyse epidemiology in dental and health practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: DENT5799

Course Title: Analyse epidemiology in dental and health practice

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: 9341 1412

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teachers: Professor Hannie Calache

Marcella Sabo Tel 93411409

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to source and evaluate relevant information and apply findings to clinical practice.
Participants will develop high level skills in interpreting and application of evidence based oral health practice

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH002 Analyse epidemiology in dental and health practice


1. Define the use of epidemiology in dental and health sciences

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify principles of epidemiology
1.2 Interpret features of oral epidemiology
1.3 Identify the role of epidemiology in population health


2. Analyse epidemiological studies and methods

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Differentiate between various types of epidemiological studies

2.2 Interpret and analyse the information contained in epidemiological studies


3. Evaluate the indices used in studies of dental caries and periodontal disease

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Analyse the principal epidemiological indices in dental science
3.2 Interpret and evaluate the indices used for recording dental disease and health states


4. Apply the principles of evidence based dentistry in clinical decision making

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Interpret evidence based information related to dental treatment options
4.2 Apply appropriate treatment options to clinical choices in treatment planning

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this program you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to source and evaluate relevant information and apply findings to clinical practice.
Participants will develop high level skills in interpreting and application of evidence based oral health practice.

Details of Learning Activities

Activities in this course comprise

  • Lectures
  • Library research information session conducted by Anita Woolard, Liaison Librarian for Vocational health & Sciences
  • Online readings and research
  • Tutorials

Teaching Schedule

31st March. Online pre-reading tasks.Minimum intervention dentistry 
14th AprilIntro to research & Literature reviews. Using library searches. AT RMIT library Cardigan St. 9.30am Task 1 issued
15th AprilIntro to epidemiology. Research skills. Lit. review & analysis Task 2 issued
22nd AprilStudy design, Bias, Systemic reviewTask 1 due
29th AprilMeasures in epidemiology, Using scientific studies to illustrate study designs 
1st MayONLINE: Prescribed readings 
6th MayMeasures in Epidemiology Task 2 due
27th MayTutorial. Exam preparation 
10th June Written exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A complete book list will be provided during Orientation and available on Blackboard


Other Resources

A range of additional resources and references will be provided through My Studies on Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will include written assignments and tests

Assessment Tasks

There are two tasks for this course:

Task 1. Preparatory Assignment for Lit Review Due 22nd April

Task 2 Literature review Due 5th May

Task 3 Written exam 10th June

NOTE: The Literature review is co-assessed with HLTPOP502C Work with the Community to identify health needs.

Assessment Matrix

Available on Blackboard

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: The Pass mark for the exam is 60%. Assignment will be marked as Satisfactory/Not satisfactory.
Students may be given the opportunity to resubmit assignments if this is requested by the teacher and approved by the co-ordinator.
Students are required to achieve a Pass grade in both tasks to achieve Competence for this course

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