Course Title: Construct ceramic and fixed restorations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2020

Class Number: All

Class Section: All

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Course Code: DENT5871C

Course Title: Construct ceramic and fixed restorations

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5387 - Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Contact: Rachael Starr

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1420

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 120

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 the skills and knowledge required to take a tooth shade and construct ceramic and fixed restorations.

This unit applies to work in dental technology.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDET011 Construct ceramic and fixed restorations


1. Take tooth shade

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Read and interpret work order 1.2 Provide full details of the procedure to the patient or carer where appropriate 1.3 Obtain and document consent following ethical and legal requirements 1.4 Consider the accuracy of natural and artificial light 1.5 Position the patient correctly for the procedure 1.6 Consult patient regarding requirements and aesthetic outcomes 1.7 View mouth to gain overview of procedure. 1.8 Select technique and prepare equipment and materials for tooth shade recording 1.9 Implement standard precautions to prevent the spread of infection 1.10 Instruct patient on participation during the procedure 1.11 Select tooth shade and consult patient regarding findings, and gain acceptance 1.12 Document the tooth shade 1.13 Discuss any follow-up procedures with the patient


2. Prepare sub-structures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Read and interpret the work order 2.2 Design and form substructure 2.3 Process the substructure 2.4 Assess substructure for accuracy and appropriateness 2.5 Prepare the bonding surface of the substructure if required for porcelain build up in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions


3. Select, apply and process ceramics

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select appropriate ceramic for substructure or restoration 3.2 Apply procedures to selected ceramic for substructures or restoration 3.3 Process the restoration in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions


4. Trim, shape and finish ceramic restoration

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Trim the ceramic restoration to required anatomical shape 4.2 Finish the ceramic restoration to meet clinically accepted standards 4.3 Evaluate the quality of the finished restoration 4.4 Decontaminate the ceramic restoration according to infection control guidelines 4.5 Dry the ceramic restoration, place on model and place in a sealed container for dispatch and record completed work order

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Take tooth shade 
  1. Prepare sub-structures 
  1. Select, apply and process ceramics 
  1. Trim, shape and finish ceramic restorations

Details of Learning Activities

Students will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency:

  • Face to Face classes
  • Written classroom tasks
  • Demonstration and classroom discussion
  • Facilitator led practical clinical demonstration
  • Group discussions
  • Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises
  • Clinical practice, peer evaluation/feedback session/completion of practical worksheets
  • Online learning  via CANVAS
  • Self-managed research to support completion of Study Guides.
  • Students will be observed and assessed through their planned activities throughout the duration of the course

Teaching Schedule

Refer to Canvas for class scheduling

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through CANVAS.

CANVAS is an online learning resource with the clear instruction and guidance for each unit. Within CANVAS are course description, teaching schedule, assessments and all relevant information and due dates, resources and other materials required for completion of each unit of competency.

Additional materials may be provided in class and lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency.   

Regular attendance is necessary. 

Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks and consist of theory and practical based tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 - Written knowledge assessment

Assessment 2 - Practical assessment

-    1 maxillary or mandibular anterior crown

-    1 maxillary or mandibular posterior crown

-    1 anterior veneer

-    1 posterior inlay

Assessment Matrix

The assessment tasks listed in this course guide address all the elements and criteria of the requirements of this course.

Other Information

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.


Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):  


Study and learning Support:  

Equitable Learning Services (ELS): 


Late submission:

Special consideration: 



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