DOH100 Clinical Practice and Theory 1 (16)

This subject introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and skills required in the Bachelor of Oral Health. Through classroom and simulation clinic participation, students begin to develop the cognitive and fine motor application skills needed for proficient oral health care delivery. The concepts of clinical preparation and patient centred care will be examined with a focus on instrumentation, dental materials, communication and professionalism. The development of oral health disease mechanisms will be explored along with prevention and treatment modalities. Critical reflective thinking, along with evidenced based practise standards and introductory epidemiology are embedded in the subject content. 

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH100. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene) course.

Assumed Knowledge

Year 12 biology and chemistry

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate foundation skills in simulated oral health practice
  • be able to demonstrate an emerging knowledge of the scope of oral health practise and the roles, skills and scope of practise of all members of the oral health team in public, private and community settings
  • be able to establish concepts and skills in patient centred care, which facilitate optimal oral health
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in identifying key aspects of the oral cavity
  • be able to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes at all times in all learning environments including the patient and simulation clinics
  • be able to demonstrate beginner level reflective practice and apply these reflective skills across all learning opportunities
  • be able to demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour and communication


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Professional Issues
  • Introduction to ethical practice
  • Learning styles and skills needed to succeed in a University degree course
  • The library and its databases
  • Introduction and developing skills with IT at CSU
  • Life-long learning and critical/reflective practise skills
  • Introduction to patient centred care and professionalism
  • Effective communication skills
  • Introduction and development of technical skills required in oral health therapy practise
  • Introduction to collecting clinical records for oral health practise
  • Nomenclature and terminology used in the Australian Health Care system
  • introduction to oral health assessment gathering
  • Introduction to risk assessment concepts and the role of preventive care

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 1 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The one day workplace content is observation only, with a small assessment task allocated.

Special Resources

Existing clinical teaching areas in the Wagga Wagga CSU campus. Registered clinicians are required to tutor / teach students in these environments


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.