Course Title: Construct removable acrylic partial dentures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: DENT5260C

Course Title: Construct removable acrylic partial dentures

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5312 - Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Contact: Mark Doherty

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1407

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Construct removable acrylic partial dentures

Contact: Craig McCracken

P: 9341 1410


Nominal Hours: 40

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

HLTDT301C Construct models
HLTDT302C Construct custom impression trays
HLTDT303C Construct registration rims
HLTDT304C Articulate models and transfer records
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge you will require to construct partial dentures for patients. The type of patient that would wear a partial denture is someone who has lost natural teeth and is replacing them with artificial teeth (denture). The unit provides you with the skills to produce a partial denture for a patient that is both functional and aesthetic.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDT508C Construct removable acrylic partial dentures


1. Design acrylic removable partial denture

Performance Criteria:


1.1  Confirm the survey of the model carried out by the operator

1.2  Confirm design and transfer to master model

1.3  Block-out undesirable undercuts

1.4  Scribe food lines

1.5  Duplicate master cast to create a working model


2. Select and prepare materials

Performance Criteria:


2.1  Select materials according to laboratory prescription

2.2  Establish shape and dimension of component parts from design


3. Arrange artificial teeth

Performance Criteria:


3.1  Select teeth and position in wax to establish aesthetics and function

3.2  Contour wax so that dentures are suitable for try-in

3.3  Decontaminate according to infection control guidelines and place in a suitable container for dispatch


4. Construct retainer units

Performance Criteria:


4.1  Construct components as required

4.2  Join components as required

4.3  Secure teeth and components in wax

4.4  Contour facial and lingual aspects

4.5  Secure appliance for processing


5. Select and prepare materials and processing technique

Performance Criteria:


5.1  Identify the appropriate polymer system for case

5.2  Identify the appropriate investment technique

5.3  Identify the appropriate processing cycle

5.4  Select polymeric material to construct the prosthesis

5.5  Prepare system components in accordance with manufacturer's instructions

5.6  Allow materials to reach application stage


6. Process denture or appliance

Performance Criteria:


6.1  Apply appropriate investment techniques

6.2  Apply material to mould

6.3  Process the polymeric material for the correct length of time at the correct temperature

6.4  Devest model and remove any processing irregularities and sharp edges before fitting onto master casts

6.5  Confirm accuracy of retainer units

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate, on a consistent basis, the arrangement of artificial teeth for a partial prosthesis (dentures) as well as techniques for converting the wax trial dentures into a final hard acrylic suitable for wear by a patient. You will set teeth in various arrangements in accordance with a prescription dependent on the teeth that the patient is missing.

Details of Learning Activities

  • Facilitator led discussions using Powerpoint presentations
  • In class activities
  • Simulated laboratory activities
  • Reading chapters form Anatomy of Orofacial Structures and answering questions
  • Written assessment

Teaching Schedule

As per your timetable located on Blackboard under the relevant Group - The class is scheduled for delivery to the first year NON-APPRENTICE group (FT1A & FT1B) on Monday September 14 and the second year APPRENTICE group (DT2) on Monday July 27 in the Lecture theatre of Building 154 RMIT (within the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne) Notification will be provided via student email if the date or location change.

Following the delivery of the theory class, practical exercises will be undertaken in the laboratory.

Class schedules are detailed in the timetables provided on Blackboard (subject to change at the discrection of RMIT, in this event notification will be provided to your student email);

  1. FT1A - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  2. FT1B - Monday, Thursday, Friday (Joining with FT1A Monday August 31)
  3. DT2 - Block Release

Practical classes will be delivered in the simulated environment at RMIT where the Teacher will provide demonstration and assistance as you construct the following appliances.

  • Mx Acrylic partial denture
  • Mx and Md opposing acrylic partial dentures

The TIER 2 exercises are made available if you complete all of the previous exercises and are seeking further practice prior to the assessments. The time guides for the TIER 2 exercises are reduced and require a ’self-managed approach’ to complete the exercise.

  • TIER 2 -  Acrylic partial denture

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Anatomy of Orofacial Structures


Mosby's Dental Dictionary



Other Resources

  • Powepoint available on MYRMIT Blackboard under the program code C5312 and the Unit of Competence HLTDT508C/DENT5260C Construct removable acrylic partial dentures
  • RMIT online learning Hub
  • Library
  • Internet links
  • Primal Pictures
  • Journals, Brochures, Pamphlets, Newspapers, Magazines

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions.

You will be assessed on both the essential knowledge and the demonstration of essential skills through;

Completion of practical exercises - including detailed self reflection of each exercise
Practical exam
Theory exam


Assessment Tasks

To undertake practical exercises and /or assessment students MUST present for the assessment process as follows:

  • Please note these are also WH&S requirements for laboratory safety. In appropriate practical class attire (Protective clothing for legs - if shorts, must cover knees, lab coat, safety glasses)
  • Fully covered in leather(not suede) footwear
  • Hair to be contained by tying back or in appropriate hair cover.
  • No artificial fingernails to be worn
  • The wearing of henna is acceptable.
  • Short, clean fingernails (no nail polish or artificial nails)
  • No jewellery to be worn on the hands or wrists. Wedding rings or jewellery that cannot be removed for cultural reasons must be taped with an appropriate waterproof tape
  • All cuts/ skin abrasions on the hands or wrists must be covered with a waterproof dressing
  • A student that is non-compliant with any of the above requirements will not be permitted to undertake practical exercises or assessment at the scheduled time. The student will be rescheduled to undertake assessment at a later date.

You will attempt the following practical exercises under supervision of the teacher and you will be graded with either a S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines outlined in the practical exercise book

  • Mx Acrylic partial denture
  • Mx and Md opposing acrylic partial dentures

The TIER 2 exercises are made available if you complete all of the previous exercises and are seeking further practice prior to the assessments. The time guides for the TIER 2 exercises are reduced and require a ’self-managed approach’ to complete the exercise. If you attempt the following practical exercises you will be graded with either a S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines outlined in the practical exercise book

  • TIER 2 -  Acrylic partial denture

Upon completion of an exercise and prior to submission for assessment, all exercises undertaken in the practical classes will require you to provide a detailed reflection of your own work focussing on areas of the appliance that were successful as well as areas that could be improved upon next time.

The practical exam will take place under supervision in the simulated working environment at RMIT. The exam will take place under exam conditions and you will be given details of the requirements and assessment guidelines in the practical book available in class and on BlackBoard.

  1. PRAC EXAM - Acrylic partial denture

The theory exams will be conducted under supervision at RMIT under exam conditions.

  1. THEORY EXAM - Construct removable acrylic partial dentures - pass mark 60%


Assessment Matrix

To achieve a grade of CA (Competency Achieved) for the unit HLTDT508C/DENT5260C Construct removable acrylic partial dentures you are required to obtain a pass result  for all of the following theoretical and practical assessments.

  1. PRAC EXAM - Acrylic partial denture.  FT1A/B: Monday October 26 and Tuesday October 27.   DT2: Friday September 25 and Monday September 28.
  2. THEORY EXAM - Construct removable acrylic partial dentures - pass mark 60%.  FT1A/B: Monday October 27 @ 9am.   DT2 Friday September 25 @ 9am.

Failure to complete any of the above listed tasks/assessments will result in an NYC (not yet competent) result for unit HLTDT508C/DENT5260C Construct removable acrylic partial dentures. An NYC (not yet competent result will be entered in the student record. This will result in non-completion of this unit of competence requiring re-enrolment incurring fees and a return to class work and completion of any relevant assessments at the time of the re-enrolment.

(The assessment process must be finalised and a result entered by November 27 2015)


Other Information


RMIT University requires that you present YOUR work for assessment. Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person. Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalities can include charges of acedemic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.

Please note: It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When signing the coversheet to submit your learning guides and assessments.

Special consideration:

Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website

if they believe complete assessment for this unit by the submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control. Special consideration must be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date. The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.

RMIT assessment policies - Refer to myRMIT for further details

Assessment Appeal Process:
The Appeals Against Assessment policy and procedure applies to all coursework programs in all careers. The appeal process is staged and students are required to follow each stage in order to ensure their full entitlement to appeal is available


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