Course code ORHL2001Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course introduces students to the disease processes that are relevant to the periodontal complex. The course will integrate the aetiology, pathology, progression and presentation of the various periodontal diseases with assessment and management. Clinical sessions provide opportunities for students to develop the necessary clinical skills in relation to periodontal instrumentation.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to demonstrate clinical safety and to progress into Year 3 of the Bachelor of Oral Health program.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
1. Evaluate data obtained from periodontal indices and other research methods;
2. Analyse how periodontal disease affects development, structure and function;
3. Explain the relevance of periodontal risk management theory to health maintenance and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease;
4. Describe and analyse the use of periodontal disease recording methods for realistic appraisal of treatment progress and outcomes;
5. Evaluate the functions and adverse effects of drugs and medications used in periodontal disease;
6. Evaluate plaque control methods;
7. Discuss the techniques for re-contouring and polishing restorations;
8. Select appropriate antimicrobial therapy;
9. Discuss the need for, and methods of, mechanical removal of plaque;
10. Discuss techniques and materials for insertion and removal of packs and sutures.

In addition, completion of the clinical component of this course will develop and consolidate the following clinical skills:

11. Demonstrate and apply the principles of infection control to the clinical situation;
12. Evaluate OH&S policies and procedures in any clinical situation;
13. Obtain and analyse a detailed history from a patient;
14. Recognise situations that are beyond your experience, competence or legal guidelines;
15. Collect and assess dietary information;
16. Interpret a treatment plan and discuss the relative merits of restorative and prosthetic treatment options;
17. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of teamwork in oral health care;
18. Select and safely manipulate dental biomaterials;
19. Analyse the need for topical medications at community and individual level;
20. Evaluate the functions and adverse effects of drugs and medications used in oral health care.
Content1. Infection control
2. Periodontal disease
3. Mechanical removal of plaque and calculus
4. Referrals
5. Periodontal packs
6. Medications used in periodontal disease
7. Relationship between general health and periodontal disease
8. History taking
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThis course builds directly on, and reuires that you have passed ORHL1001 and ORHL1003, and requires that you have successfully completed all Year 1 courses. The learning from this course will be developed and integrated with aspects of clinical care throughout the rest of the Bachelor of Oral Health program. You must pass this course to progress into Semester 2 and Year 3 of the program.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
ClinicalSummative Assessment 2
Clinical assessment (including self assessment)
Ongoing throughout semester
(assesses objectives 11-20)
ClinicalSummative Assessment 1
Periodontal instrumentation OSCE
Week 13
(assesses objectives 4, 6 and 9)
Examination: FormalSummative Assessment 3
2 hour short answer written examination - weeks 15-17
(assesses objectives 1-3,5 and 7-10)
Other: (please specify)Students must pass this course in order to progress to Year 3 in the Bachelor of Oral Health
Contact HoursClinical: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health program.
Compulsory Course ComponentPrior successful completion of ORHL1001, ORHL1003, ORHL1004, & HUBS1106. Students must also meet mandatory NSW Ministry of Health Verification requirements, have a Working with Children and Young People Declaration and a WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ORHL2001