Course Title: Take tooth shades

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2015

Course Code: DENT5787C

Course Title: Take tooth shades

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5312 - Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Contact : Mark Doherty

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411407

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Take tooth shades

Contact: Olga Tsibidis


Nominal Hours: 25

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

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for a dental technician to take a tooth shade for a removable dental prosthesis

All procedures are carried out in accordance with occupational health and safety policies and procedures, current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards, state/territory legislative requirements and organisation policy.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDT512D Take tooth shades


1. View existing teeth and structures

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Read and interpret prescription where required
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 Position the client correctly for the procedure
1.5 Consider the accuracy of natural and artificial light
1.6 View mouth to gain overview of procedure
1.7 Consult client regarding requirements and aesthetic


2. Select technique, equipment and materials for recordings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine the technique and materials appropriate for
the procedure
2.2 Prepare and use equipment and materials in
accordance with the manufacturer instructions
2.3 Implement standard precautions to prevent the spread
of infection


3. Record tooth shade

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Position and prepare the client for the procedure
3.2 Instruct client on participation during the procedure
3.3 Select tooth shade
3.4 Consult client regarding findings and gain acceptance
3.5 Document the tooth shade selected
3.6 Discuss any follow up procedures with the client

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the participants will be able to demonstrate, on a consistent basis, the process involved in recording the tooth shade for a removable prostheses

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 second yearNON-APPRENTICE group (FT2) on Tuesday August 11 and the third year APPRENTICE group (DT3) on Monday August 17 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. FT2 - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  2. DT3 - Block release

Practical classes will be delivered in the simulated environment at RMIT where the Teacher will provide demonstration and assistance as you apply the following techniques:

  • Take tooth shades

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 - Take tooth shades

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Anatomy of Orofacial Structures


Mosby's Dental Dictionary



Other Resources

  • Powepoint available on MYRMIT Blackboard
  • RMIT online learning Hub
  • Library
  • Internet links
  • Primal Pictures
  • Journals, Brochures, Pamphlets, Newspapers, Magazines

Overview of Assessment

This unit is to be assessed in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions.
Practical exercises, presentation of competency assessment exercises, theoretical tests are used

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

  • Take tooth shades

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

  1. TIER 2 - Take tooth shades

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 - Take tooth shades

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

  1. THEORY EXAM - Take tooth shades - pass mark 60%

Assessment Matrix

To achieve a grade of CA (Competency Achieved) for the unit HLTDT512D/DENT5787C Take tooth shades you are required to obtain a pass result  for all of the following theoretical and practical assessments.

  1. PRAC EXAM Take tooth shades - FT2: Wednesday October 28 2015,   DT3: Friday October 16 2015
  2. THEORY EXAM - pass mark 60% - FT2: Wednesday October 28 2015 @ 9am,   DT3: Friday October 16 2015 @ 9am.

Failure to complete any of the above listed tasks/assessments will result in an NYC (not yet competent) result for unit HLTDT512D/DENT5787C Take tooth shades. 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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