Course code ORHL2007Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Students will build on knowledge acquired in first year and apply this to the use of dental radiographs, including radiation safety. Student will learn to take and process analogue and digital, intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs. The emphasis of this course is on the analysis of quality of the radiographs taken.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course you will be able to:
1. Analyse and rationalise the need for intra-and extra-oral dental radiographs;
2. Take intra- and extra-oral radiographs of a clinically satisfactory standard;
3. Evaluate the potential impact of oral ill health on systemic health and vice versa with specific reference to osteoradionecrosis;

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

4. Demonstrate and apply the principles of infection control to the clinical situation;
5. Evaluate OH&S policies and procedures in any clinical situation;
6. Obtain and anlyse a detailed history from a patient;
7. Recognise situations that are beyond experience, competence or legal quidelines;
8. Identify tooth wear and determine aetiology;
9. Collect and assess dietary information;
10. Interpret a treatment plan and discuss the relative merits of restorative and prosthetic treatment options;
11. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of teamwork in oral health care;
12. Select and safely manipulate dental biomaterials;
13. Analyse the need for topical medications at community and individual level;
14. Evaluate the functions and adverse effects of drugs and medications used in oral health care.
Content1. Clinical history and examination
2. Principles and risks of ionising radiation
3. Techniques in dental radiography
4. Interpretation of images
5. Infection control
6. Assessment of oral health status from radiographs
7. Professional responsibility
8. Occupational Health and Safety
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThis course builds directly on and requires that you have successfully passed ORHL1001 and ORHL1003 and assumes 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.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsSummative Assessment Item 1. Critique of radiographs taken by student. Students are required to record 10 bitewing, 10 periapical and 10 panoramic radiographs, and critique against provided criteria.
(assesses objectives 2 and 3)
Examination: FormalSummative Assessment Item 2. 2 Hour short answer written examination during exam period.
(assesses objectives 1 - 4)
Other: (please specify)Summative Assessment 3. Clinical Assessment. Ongoing during the semester, including student self-assessment.
(assesses objectives 5-13)
Contact HoursClinical: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentMust be enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health program.
Compulsory Course 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 ORHL2007