Oral Pathology

Course code ORHL2002Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

ORHL2002 introduces students to the basic principles of pathology and bacteriology. The course integrates knowledge of oral structures and function to the diagnosis, assessment and management of common mucosal and salivary gland lesions. Clinical sessions provide opportunities for provision of clinical care. This course assumes a total of 120-140 hours of academic effort.

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

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:

1. Analyse how disease affects development, structure and function;
2. Evaluate the potential impact of oral ill health on systemic health and vice versa;
3. Analyse the need for modification of an individual treatment plan with reference to mucosal and salivary gland pathology;
4. Analyse how oral disease affects oral development, structure and function;

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

5. Demonstrate and apply the principles of infection control to the clinical situation;
6. Evaluate OH&S policies and procedures in any clinical situation;
7. Obtain and analyse a detailed history from a patient;
8. Recognise situations that are beyond experience, competence or legal guidelines;
9. Evaluate plaque control methods;
10. Collect and assess dietary information;
11. Interpret a treatment plan and discuss the relative merits of restorative and prosthetic treatment options;
12. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of teamwork in oral health care;
13. Select and safely manipulate dental biomaterials;
14. Analyse the need for topical medications at community and individual level;
15. Evaluate the functions and adverse effects of drugs and medications used in oral health care.
Content1. Mucosal pathology
2. Salivary gland pathology
3. Assessment of periodontal disease and caries risk
4. Topical medications
5. Teamwork
6. Realistic self-appraisal
7. Communication skills
8. Relationship between general and oral pathology
9. Clinical history and examination
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThis course develops on learning from ORHL1000 courses, and HUBS1401 and HUBS1106, to integrate pathological processes with oral diagnosis. 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.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsSummative assessment 1
Written assignment to be submitted in Week 11
30% of course assessment
Examination: FormalTwo hour short answer question paper during examination period
weeks 15-17
30% of course assessment
Other: (please specify)Summative assessment 2
Clinical assessment throughout Semester and including self-assessment
40% of course assessment
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 Program ComponentStudents must 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 ORHL2002