Academic Organisation: School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Faculty: Griffith Health
Credit point value: 15
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Course level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location/Learning Mode: Gold Coast / On Campus / In Person
Convenor/s: Dr Jane Manakil (Gold Coast)
Enrolment Restrictions: Restricted: Course must be listed in Program
This document was last updated: 5 June 2007
BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION
Comprehensive Oral Health Care 1 involves the development and application of skills and knowledge
acquired in Principles of Dental Care. Additional skills will be gained in oral diagnosis including
examination and charting procedures, radiographic techniques and restorative procedures. Students will
also apply clinical skills developed in a simulated situation to care of real patients, including dental hygiene
and basic restorative procedures. Students will increase their knowledge of oral diagnosis, oral diseases
and their prevention, dental materials, communication, radiology and basic operative dental procedures.
Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
For students who commence in 2007
For students who commenced in 2006
Pre-requisites: 2007DOH, 2013MSC
Co-requisites: 2006DOH, 2008DOH
SECTION A – TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT
The purpose of Comprehensive Oral Health Care 1 Care is for students to develop a critical
understanding of the foundations of dental care and provide students with fundamental knowledge of
communication, patient history taking, radiology, oral diagnosis, oral disease prevention, cariology,
periodontology, basic dental procedures including scaling, fissure sealants, and simple restorations, which
includes understanding of appropriate dental materials, and team work.
This course consists of two components:
1. Clinical Practice includes preventative care, oral diagnosis, dental hygiene, communication, team
work and computer application “SOE production”.
2. Radiography sessions will be conducted with the objective to develop the basic knowledge in
different intra-oral radiographic techniques and as an adjunct to clinical diagnosis.
At the completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Develop a sound knowledge of extra-intra oral assessment by the identification of oral structures
including the dentition
2. Demonstrate skills in conducting a basic head and neck and dental examination
3. Explain the importance of a general medical and dental history and apply these concepts in a Clinical
4. Demonstrate proficiency in diagnosis and treatment planning
5. Understand the importance of a preventative focus in the practise of clinical dentistry and demonstrate
skills in employing preventative dental strategies, including patient dental education and preventative
6. Describe and recognise the clinical presentation of diseases and conditions of the dental tissues
7. Demonstrate proficiency in computer records
8. Perform basic dental procedures such as fissure sealants, supragingival scaling, simple dental
impressions and Simple restorations in a simulation situation
9. Monitor and maintain the clinical environment to ensure optimal cross infection control and
demonstrate a sound knowledge of protocol for contamination incidents and needle stick injuries
10. Demonstrate sound teamwork, ethics, and confidentiality and communication principles in relation to
other members of the dental team
11. Apply and have knowledge of common dental materials.
1. Understand and practice intraoral techniques & radiographic interpretation
2. Understand and practice development and processing
3. Understand and practice film mounting & orientation
4. Understand and practice radiation safety according to present safety regulations.
CONTENT, ORGANISATION AND TEACHING STRATEGIES
Lecture Radiography practical Clinical Sim lab
1 hrs pairs Half-class/
Per/week 2 1 1 2
No:/Hours 1 2 3 3
Total hours 26 26 39 78
Refer to Griffith University website
Attendance at practical, clinical and laboratory classes is COMPULSORY. Lecture attendance is
strongly recommended. Students that are absent from more than one laboratory or clinic session
without an acceptable reason may not satisfy the course requirements, subject to assessment board. A
medical certificate, attached to an ‘application for clinic or laboratory make-up form’ found at
http://www.griffith.edu.au/school/doh/ (current students, policies and procedures), should be presented to
your tutor as soon as possible after the missed session. Any other extenuating circumstances and
explanations must be documented and forwarded with the ‘application for clinic or laboratory make-up
form’ to your tutor as soon as possible.
Swapping between classes is not permitted, in order to prevent overcrowding and to ensure
adequate resources are available in the laboratories.
Students are advised that they are required to comply with the School of Dentistry and Oral Health Dress
Code for all clinical and laboratory sessions. Students not complying with the code will not be permitted to
attend the session. Of particular importance is the wearing of appropriate protective apparel in the clinic
Mobile phones must be switched off at all times during the session.
Week Lecture content Laboratory content Clinical content
1 Lecture 1: Radiography #1: Linings/bases Infection control
Lecture 2: Preventive dentistry #1:
Extra- and intraoral assessment
2 Lecture 1: Radiography #2: Class 3 labial Cavity Oral assessment
Lecture 2: Preventive dentistry #2: Preparations
Fluoride Part 1
3 Lecture 1: Radiography #3: Class 4 palatal Cavity Plaque disclosing and oral
Lecture 2: Preventive dentistry #3: Preparations hygiene instructions
Fluoride Part 2
4 Lecture 1: Radiography #4: Scaling & polishing and
Summary of Assessment
Due Date and
Item Assessment Task Weighting Learning
1. Written exam 15% All Week 15-16
2. Practical exam 15% All Week 15-16
Item Assessment Task Weighting Learning Due Date and Time
1. Log book & Practical 25% All Week 1-13
2. OSCE clinical 10% Clinical Week 10
3. Computer skills 10% Week 13 Week 13
4. Preventive dentistry 25% All Week 15-16
The two components of the course Radiography and Clinical Practice have to be passed separately
to pass the course.
• Radiography practical (15% of Final Mark):
Will be conducted during Week 15-16. Students are required to pass intraoral radiography techniques
• End of Course Written Exam (15% of Final Mark):
This exam will be conducted during Week 15-16 and includes short and long answer questions and
covers all material presented in rqdiography lectures and practicals.
Both the radiography practical and written exam needs to be passed separately with a
minimum mark of 50%. This is an essential component of receiving the radiographic licence as
competent to take intra-oral radiographs in the clinics. The Faculty Assessment Board, at its
discretion, may grant a supplementary examination where a percentage mark between 45-49%
has been obtained for this component.
• Log book and practical examination (25% of Final Mark):
Log book assessment will be part of the lab session from week 1- 13. The practical exanimation will
involve completion of two Class II cavity preparations and one restoration in a set time period under
examination conditions. Students will be given a mark out of 25% combined (10% log book & 15%
practical examination). Students are required to critically appraise their own performance and reflect
on their progress, not only in terms of developing core knowledge and clinical skills, but also on
personal and professional development. Reflection of the development of team work, ethical standards
communication skills, and problem based learning skills is encouraged. This mark will be given by
consensus of the attending tutors. Students not gaining a passing grade or above in this assessment
will be required to complete an additional practical examination in the latter part of the semester.
• OSCE clinical assessment (10% of Final Mark):
The OSCE exam will cover clinical material. Components of the OSCE will also assess students
verbal. Students will be expected to demonstrate sound integration of knowledge and skills gained in
different disciplines of clinical dentistry and in clinical sciences to appraise, diagnose and propose
management solutions to different clinical and non-clinical problems
• Preventive dentistry written exam (25% of Final Mark):
Will cover ALL lecture from the preventive dentistry module.
• Computer skills assessment (10% of Final Mark):
This assessment will test you computer skills related to the SoE patient management software
Please note that is required that students to gain a passing grade or above in all assessment items
to successfully complete this subject. This is in accordance with the School of Dentistry and Oral
Health Assessment Policy found online at www.griffith.edu.au/school/doh - click current students,
policies and procedures.
Please note that external examiners and moderators will participate in the assessment process for this
subject. Further information regarding assessment tasks will be available on Learning@Griffith.
Return of Assessment Items
Feedback on oral presentations will only be given once all students have presented.
Examination scripts will be available for review at a time convenient to the course convenor and only under
the convenor’s supervision.
Students Experiencing Difficulty
If students are experiencing any difficulty with the material, or any related aspects of this course then they
are strongly encouraged to discuss the situation with the course convenor. It is the role of the course
convenor to facilitate your learning and it is your responsibility to let someone know if you need assistance.
Please consult the online Griffith University handbook for all information regarding requests for deferred or
supplementary assessment or special consideration.
This may be offered to students who are either prevented by special circumstances from performing the
original assessment or who provide evidence (e.g. a medical certificate) indicating that at the time of
assessment, that their performance was seriously disadvantaged. Further information is available via the
Griffith University Website and Student Administration.
Designated courses for the purposes of exclusion
This course is a designated course for the purpose of exclusion. In order to ensure that students are
competent oral health professionals they must successfully complete this course. Failure to successfully
complete this course will impede progression through the program.
Effective communication (written)
Effective communication (oral)
Effective communication (interpersonal)
Work in teams
Creativity and innovation
Ethical behaviour in social / professional / work environments
Responsible, effective citizenship
Anatomy - gross, microscopic, neuro-anatomy
Behavioural sciences including communication
Biology, including oral biology
Emergency procedures, CPR
Ethics and Jurisprudence
General Dental practice, utilisation of assistants
Genetics, including molecular genetics
Imaging, including radiology
Oral histology and embryology
Oral microbiology and immunology
Pharmacology and therapeutics
Practice management, occupational health hazards
Prosthodontic, fixed and removable, inc. implants
Research methods, comp. skills, crit appr of lit
Sp. Needs, including gerodont., med comp., disabled
Convenor Details Gold Coast
Campus Convenor Dr. Jane Manakil
Office Location GH1_7.33
Phone 07 567 80733
Fax 07 567 80708
Consultation times Please refer to learning@griffith, TBA
Convenor Details Gold Coast
Campus Convenor Ms Elizabeth (Bessie) Evelyn
Office Location GH1_7.69
Phone 07 567 80769
Fax 07 567 80708
Consultation times Please refer to learning@griffith, TBA
Convenor Details Gold Coast
Professor Torsten W Remmerbach
07 567 80746
07 567 80708
Additional teaching team members
Tutors will be appointed on the basis of best match to knowledge and experience of the chosen
community. External guest lecturers and other DOH staff may contribute.
Communication with the Course Convenor(s) may be by email or telephone contact. If face-to-face
consultations are required, appointments can be made by directly contacting the Course Convenor.
Tutors will provide students with their contact details.
Students are advised to check their student emails regularly. Notices may also be posted on
For urgent matters please contact the convenor on the phone number noted above.
Any email contact, please PUT COURSE CODE in subject line.
TEXTS AND SUPPORTING MATERIALS
Essentials of Dental Caries, Kidd E, and Joyston-Bechal, S.
Sturdevant' Art and Science of Operative Dentistry, 4th edition, Editors Theodore M. Roberson, Harald.
O. Heymann, Edward J. Swift
Dental Hygiene Theory and Practise, 2nd Edition, Darby M, L., and Walsh M, M.
Dental Caries: The Disease and its Clinical Management, Fejerskov O, and Kidd E.
Carranza' clinical periodontology [edited by] Michael G. Newman, Henry H. Takei, Perry R. Klokkevold ;
editor emeritus, Fermin A. Carranza.
Wilson, Tg ; Kornman, KS Fundamentals of Periodontics (2nd Ed)
Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, 4th Edition, Lindhe J, Karring T, Lang NP.
Oral radiography: principles and interpretation . white,Michael L. Pharoah . Mosby 2004
Essentials Dental radiography and radiography . Eric Whaites
Preservation and restoration of tooth structure. Mount G.J., Hume W.r., knowledge Books
Further information regarding recommended readings and additional references will be available at the
SECTION B – ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
School of Dentistry and Oral Health Assessment Policy
In addition to the Griffith University Assessment Policy, students should refer to School of Dentistry and
Oral Health Assessment Policy at www.griffith.edu.au/school/doh - click current students, policies and
The School of Dentistry and Oral Health’s Code of Conduct and Behaviour and Clinical and Laboratory
Requirements shall be observed, together with other relevant Griffith policy documents and those of
professional bodies, including the Australian Dental Association and the Dental Board of Queensland.
School Policies can be found at www.griffith.edu.au/school/doh - current students, policies and
SECTION C – KEY UNIVERSITY INFORMATION
Students must conduct their studies at the University honestly, ethically and in accordance with accepted
standards of academic conduct. Any form of academic conduct that is contrary to these standards is
academic misconduct, for which the University may penalise a student. Specifically it is academic
misconduct for a student to:
present copied, falsified or improperly obtained data as if it were the result of laboratory work, field
trips or other investigatory work;
include in the student' individual work material that is the result of significant assistance from
another person if that assistance was unacceptable according to the instructions or guidelines for
assist another student in the presentation of that student' individual work in a way that is
unacceptable according to the instructions or guidelines for that work;
cheat; (Cheating is dishonest conduct in assessment);
plagiarise (Plagiarism is knowingly presenting the work or property of another person as if it were
Visit the University’s Policy on Academic Misconduct for further details.
PLAGIARISM DETECTION SOFTWARE
In semester 2, 2007 the University is piloting the use of plagiarism detection software. Students should be
aware that your Course Convenor may use this software to check submitted assignments. If this course is
included in the pilot your Course Convenor will provide more detailed information about how the detection
software will be used.
KEY STUDENT-RELATED POLICIES
All University policy documents are accessible to students via the University’s Policy Library website at:
www.griffith.edu.au/policylibrary. Links to key policy documents are included below for easy reference:
Student Charter Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Policy
Student Administration Policy Policy on Student Grievances and Appeals
Assessment Policy Examinations Timetabling Policy and Procedures
Academic Calendar Guideline on Student E-Mail
Health and Safety Policy
UNIVERSITY SUPPORT RESOURCES
The University provides many facilities and support services to assist students in their studies. Links to
information about University support resources available to students are included below for easy
Learning Centres - the University provides access to common use computing facilities for educational
purposes. For details visit www.griffith.edu.au/cuse
Learning@Griffith - there is a dedicated website for this course via the Learning@Griffith student portal.
Student Services facilitate student access to and success at their academic studies. Student Services
includes: Careers and Employment Service; Chaplaincy; Counselling Service; Health Service; Student
Equity Services (incorporating the Disabilities Service); and the Welfare Office.
Learning Services within the Division of Information Services provides learning support in three skill areas:
computing skills; library skills; and academic skills. The study skills resources on the website include self-
help tasks focusing on critical thinking, exam skills, note taking, preparing presentations, referencing,
writing, proof reading, and time management.