The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


ORHL1104 integrates knowledge of dental morphology with cavity preparation for permanent teeth, use of hand and rotary instruments, knowledge of carious lesions, pulpal physiology and protection, selection of dental materials and infection control. Clinical skills laboratory sessions provide opportunities for students to develop the necessary clinical skills in relation to cavity design, preparation and placement of restorations.

This course is a compulsory program component and students must pass in order to demonstrate clinical safety and to progress in the Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program. Students are unable to enrol in Year 2 and 3 clinical courses until they have passed this course.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the influence of tooth morphology on cavity preparation and restorative techniques for permanent teeth

2. Describe the design, function and mode of action of hand and rotary instruments and understand the principles of hard tissue and dental caries removal using slow and high speed rotary and hand instrumentation

3. Explain the principles and management of the different types of carious lesions in the permanent dentition in conjunction with a thorough understanding of cavity design, classification, and pulpal protection

4. Explain the principles and techniques for assessing pulp vitality, and the pulpal response to the deep carious lesion.

5. Recognise the factors influencing the selection of materials for the restoration of teeth and the need for finishing restorations within the techniques available.

6. Recognise active caries and provide a preventive package of care

7. Describe the role of fluoride in oral health, and determine the need for fluoride supplementation at the community and individual level

8. Demonstrate methods for competent infection and moisture control

9. Explain the correct techniques for the preventive restoration of permanent dentition

10. Explain the principles of caries management

11. Recognise the correct dental materials appropriate to pulpal physiology

12. Demonstrate clinical skills ability to produce permanent cavity preparations and restorations


  1. Permanent and primary tooth morphology in relation to cavity design
  2. Pulpal physiology
  3. Infection control and moisture control
  4. Hand and rotary instrumentation
  5. Management of the carious lesion
  6. Dental material knowledge
  7. Preventive restorations
  8. Fluoride

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 who are active in the Bachelor Oral Health Therapy program and have successfully passed ORHL1101, ORHL1102 and HUBS1401.

Assumed knowledge

The course assumes that you have successfully completed ORHL1101 and ORHL1102.

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Clinical Skills assessment *

Formal Examination: Exam: Formal

Practical Demonstration: Ongoing Clinical Skills Laboratory Assessment *

Professional Task: Objective Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA) *

* 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:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Attendance at simulation sessions is compulsory
  • Lectorial: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Attendance at the lectorials is compulsory
  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Attendance at the workshops is compulsory

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - 1 hour practical exam conducted in Week 13.
  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - This assessment item is a compulsory course component and must be passed to pass the course. Students who so not pass this assessment item may be given the opportunity for remediation. Students who do not pass this CCC and do not achieve an aggregate mark of 50% for the course will not be given the opportunity for remediation. If a remediation opportunity is provided, the maximum mark that can be obtained for this assessment item will be 50%.

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 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Laboratory is a Clinical Skills Simulation Laboratory.


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

The Lectorial is compulsory clinical briefing session to prepare students for the clinical simulation laboratory


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term

2 x 6hr workshops will be held in week 0