DOH124 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 1 (12)

In this subject, students will be introduced to the health, legal and professional environment in which dentistry is practised. Novice level aspects of pre-clinical dentistry through theory, laboratory exercises and pre-clinical simulation will be introduced. This training will commence with concepts around Work, Health and Safety and Infection Control according to latest guidelines and legal requirements. Students are also introduced to the social and biomedical impacts on health and oral health. Simple concepts in caries pathophysiology and disease risk assessment will be introduced. Instruction in basic dental laboratory skills and techniques will also be an integral part of this unit and along with pre-clinical simulation training, which will introduce students to the ongoing study and manipulation  of dental materials and restorative cavity preparation techniques. Early knowledge in dental radiation science and radiographic technique will be provided.  This novice level training will also assess manual dexterity and spatial sense.

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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH124. 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 Dental Science course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate a foundation understanding of patient-centred care and the implications of Australian Health Care system and legislation which regulates it.
  • Be able to understand the the dynamic and emerging scope of dental practice in Australia and the cultural and societal influences on patient care
  • Be able to demonstrate a practical understanding of the current Work, Health & Safety legislation and Infection Control guidelines related to the practice of dentistry
  • Be able to demonstrate familiarity with effective communication skills
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of clinical record keeping and the necessity of comprehensive history taking, data collection and diagnostic skills, including knowledge of basic radiation science and radiographic techniques
  • Be able to demonstrate skills in specified cavity preparations and their restoration, including evidence of developing manual dexterity and spatial sense
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of simple concepts in caries pathophysiology and disease risk assessment
  • Be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the physical, chemical and mechanical properties that are foundational to the selection and use of dental materials and equipment in the dental technology laboratory and pre-clinical simulation clinic
  • Be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of forces, levers and other principles of physics relevant to dental practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Professional Issues
  • Introduction to Scholarship
  • Introduction to patient care & communication
  • Pre-Clinical Skills
  • Manual dexterity and spatial sense
  • Pathophysiology

Special Resources

Dental laboratory and pre-clinical simulation resources are required for this subject including equipment purchased by the students


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.