Course Title: Assist with dental radiography

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2023

Class Number: All

Class Section: All

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Course Code: DENT5886C

Course Title: Assist with dental radiography

School: 535T Social Care and Health

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3407 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Sandra Torbica

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 0311

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 35

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

In this course you will learn skills and gain knowledge required to prepare patients for dental radiography. You will also learn how to process and mount conventional dental radiographs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDEN016 Assist with dental radiography


1. Prepare for dental radiography.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Ensure work surfaces are clean and dry.

1.2. Select and prepare the correct radiographic image receptors, relevant holders and patient record for the radiographic examination and make it available to the practitioner.

1.3. Assist the practitioner in the implementation of safe work practices to minimise radiation risks to workers and to patients during procedure.


2. Process and mount dental radiographs for viewing.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Wear personal protective equipment.

2.2. Handle image receptors carefully to maintain quality.

2.3. Process image as directed by practitioner.

2.4. Orientate or mount image in correct viewing perspective, identifying landmarks to confirm.

2.5. Ensure image is labelled, dated and attached to the appropriate patient record for storage or filing.

2.6. Check radiograph image meets diagnostic standards and notify operator of any defects.

2.7. Identify improvements in processing or mounting images to ensure quality criteria is met.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In this unit you complete the following learning activities: 

  • Online sessions via Collaborate 
  • Simulated workplace activities 
  • Online quizzes  
  • Self-directed learning on Canvas  
  • Workshops    
  • Independent knowledge-based work  
  • On the job training 

Workplace delivery and/or assessment  

In this course, your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a workplace context in addition to the simulation. 

Teaching Schedule

Note: The schedule may change depending on class needs and the availability of teachers, speakers and resources.  


Phase 3/Day 2 - Session 1 - Online -  Legal requirements, Radiation principles and Digital Radiography

Phase 3/Day 3 - Session 2 - Online - Manual Developing + Class Activities

Phase 3/Day 4 - On campus - Mounting Workshop, Patient preparation, Digital and manual equipment practical 

Phase 5/Day 5 - Session 5 - On campus - Simulated Practical Assessment and Knowledge Assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:  

The Learning Lab  

The Study Support Hub  

English for uni workshops  

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations, and through the application of learned skills and insights to your written tasks. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.

Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace.   

To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher after each assessment task.  
You should refer to the assessment brief available through Canvas for full assessment criteria and due date. 


 AT1 Third Party (Dental Practitioner) Report

This assessment task consists of the Dental Practioner's observation in the workplace. The purpose of this task is to provide supporting evidence to the RMIT assessor to check the consistency in student performance and to assist the student in achieving competency in the unit. This is due 4 weeks after Phase 3. 


AT2 Knowledge Assessment

This is an open book assessment scheduled to be completed in class (Phase 5/Day 5) via Collaborate Ultra. This assessment will assist you in understanding reprocessing principles and requirements. Feedback will be provided via Grade Centre on Canvas and discussed verbally if required. 


AT3 Simulated Practical Assessment (A,B,C)

is a simulated practical assessment is conducted on Day 5/Phase 5 at RMIT Level 3 and involves the demonstration of reprocessing skills within the simulated working environment. Feedback will be provided at the end of the practical assessment. 



AT4 Workplace Assessment

is the practical assessment is conducted at your workplace Post-Phase 4 and involves the demonstration of effective reprocessing skills and knowledge. Feedback will be provided on Canvas. 




Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:  

CA: Competency Achieved  
NYC: Not Yet Competent  
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include three practical assessments, one knowledge assessment, two logbooks and one project portfolio presented to a panel of industry experts.  

Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.

Other Information


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises   

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.  


Information about your studies:  

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.  



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):  


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:   

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.  


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:   

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).  

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.    

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.  

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