Oral Pathology

Course code ORHL2002
Available in 2016
2015 Course Timetables


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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;

5. Demonstrate and apply the principles of infection control to the clinical situation

6. Evaluate OH and 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.


  1. 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

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of ORHL1001, ORHL1003, ORHL1004, HUBS1106, ORHL2001 and ORHL2007

Assumed Knowledge

This 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.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written assignment

Formal Examination: Exam *

Professional Task: Clinical Assessment *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Clinical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at all clinic sessions is compulsory.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - This assessment item is a Compulsory Course Component and students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - This assessment item is a Compulsory Course Component and students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Attendance at clinical and tutorial sessions is mandatory.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term