Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students 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;

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

5. Evaluate OH and 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.


  1. 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


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

Assumed knowledge

This 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.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignment

Formal Examination: Exam

Professional Task: Clinical Assessment

Compulsory Requirements

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

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration - Declaration that student is not a prohibited person in terms of the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.