Course Title: Confirm physical health status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 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 : Eleanor Schroeder

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411412

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teachers: Erica O’Donoghue


Marcella Sabo

Tel:9341 1409

Nominal Hours: 80

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


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
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.

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 lectures, laboratory practicals, case studies and online activities. This course is delivered in an intensive mode over  x weeks

Teaching Schedule


WeekTopic Assessment
1Intro to course, scheduling, online quizzes, workbook requirements  


Class 1

Body organisation  
Class 2The cell, epithelium, turnover/repair. Connective tissue  
Class 3Central nervous system. Nerves of head & neck  
Class 4Peripheral nervous system. Structure & function of peripheral nervous system. Homeostasis  


Class 5

Endocrine system. Application of knowledge to patient management  
Class 6Blood, composition, cell types  
Class 7Cardiovascular system  


Class 8

Vessels of the head & neck. Lymphatics  
Class 9Renal system. Role in homeostasis  
Class10Respiratory system Anatomical and histological organisation of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems CPR  
Class11Special senses  



The skin. Structure and function Maintenance of homeostasis  
Class 13Gastrointestinal system Structure Glands  
Class 14Gastrointestinal Anatomical and histological organisation of the digestive system Nutrient absorption  
Class15Identify bones, Major landmarks of the skull and facial skeleton Axial and appendicular skeleton TMJ  
Class16Muscular system Muscles of facial expression Muscles of mastication Slide filament theory  



Online activity. Research task: identity modes of inheritance and effects on oral health Differentiate b/w inherited and environmentally acquired conditions Produce PPT presentation on a case study
Class 18Tutorial/practical activity Review of structures of the head and neck  
Class 19Structure and function of oral mucosa Gingival and dentino gingival junctional tissues  
Class 20Online activity Enamel, dentine, pulp, cementum, alveolar bone periodontal ligament  


Class 21

Tutorial Oral tissues  
Class22Tutorial Assessment preparation Task 1 Workbook Due


Class 23

Online activity.Head and Neck Practice test Formative task  
Class 24Wednesday April 1st Task 2 Written exam

Note For classes 1 -16 which are held jointly with students from other health programs, the assessment is as follows:

1. WET LABS x 3 (attendance and activity sheet completion)
 Requires 100% attendance for competency*
 WET LAB Activity Sheets MUST be submitted during the allocated WET LAB*
 All Lab activity sheets MUST be completed to a satisfactory level
 Verbal challenges may be included to determine competency
2. Online Quiz x 10 topics
 Requires 100% correctly answered for all quiz topics
 Each attempt will contain different questions due to random selection pool
 Maximum of three (3) attempts per quiz topic (30 minutes per quiz attempt)
 Quiz No. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
MUST be successfully completed by 5pm Friday 6/3/15
 Quiz No. 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10
MUST be successfully completed by 5pm Monday 16/3/15
*EXCLUDES medical certificate submission or special consideration approval

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

See Blackboard


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include online quizzes, written test and oral presentaion

Assessment Tasks

These are described in the schedule for Classes 1 - 16

For classes 17 -24 there are two tasks

Task 1

Task 2 Written exam April 1st

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: The Pass mark for the Task 2 exam is 60%. Assignment will be marked as 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-ordinator.
Students are required to achieve a Pass grade in both tasks to achieve Competence for this course

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