Oral Health Practice 2

Subject ORAL20005 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 424 hours of lectures, seminars, computer assisted learning, laboratory and clinical work, plus clinical experience outside of semester
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Successful completion of all 2nd year BOH subjects.



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Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Melanie Hayes



Melbourne Dental School
4th Floor, 720 Swanston Street
Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500
Email: enquiries@dent.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject comprises two modules:

Clinical Practice: Dental materials and the principles and techniques of restorative dentistry in the deciduous and permanent dentition, scaling and root debridement; the prevention of dental caries and periodontal diseases in children, adolescents and young adults and the prevention and management of periodontal disease across all ages.

Specialist areas in Dentistry: Specialist areas of dentistry including periodontics, prosthodontics and paediatric dentistry.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Examine, diagnose, plan and provide treatment as specified by the Dental Practice Acts within Australia for dental therapy and dental hygiene;
  • Critically evaluate responses to treatment provided to patients, identify limitations of particular treatment modalities and adapt care appropriately;
  • Effectively communicate information regarding oral health status, treatment options and potential outcomes to the patient (and their family), oral health and general health care providers as necessary; and
  • Demonstrate effective patient management while respecting the psychosocial, social and cultural differences of individuals.


  • And evaluate various techniques associated with the prevention and conservative management of common oral diseases; and
  • Conditions beyond the scope of dental hygiene and dental therapy and to facilitate appropriate referrals.

Have developed knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand and apply the philosophy of total oral health care and appreciate the relationship of dental therapy and dental hygiene care with the general and specialist dental treatment in the overall care-plan for the patient; and
  • Work effectively as a team member and to use self-reflection to continuously monitor and improve performance.

  1. One 2-hour written examination at the end of Semester 1 (20%);
  2. One 2-hour written examination at the end of Semester 2 (20%);
  3. Continuing assessment during the year, including pre-clinical and clinical practicum and written reports of no more than 2000 words (30%); and
  4. A final clinical exam and a 20-minute viva voce examination at the end of Semester 2 (30%).

A pass is required in each of Sections 3 and 4 for an overall pass in this subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed skills in:

  • Observation and organisation;
  • Communication;
  • Multimedia;
  • Planning and presenting;
  • Leadership and team work;
  • Comprehension and critical analysis of scientific concepts and principles;
  • Self-evaluation/assessment;
  • Critical analysis and decision making.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Oral Health

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