DOH200 Clinical Practice and Theory 2 (16)

This subject builds on the concepts and principles introduced in the first year of the course. The progression of oral diseases, their management, and associated risk factors will be examined. Students will continue to develop their oral health practitioner skills in the simulation clinic, including complex cavity designs and restorations, pulpotomies, stainless steel crowns, and exodontia.  Students will gain hands-on experience as they are introduced to the patient clinic environment, where they can develop clinical proficiency in preparation for their final year of clinical practice at university. Clinical placements are a compulsory component of this subject. Students will provide preventative, educational, and therapeutic oral health care services to the community while continuing to build on their own ethical and professional attributes.


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: DOH200. 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 and Hygiene) 


DOH100 and DOH110 and BMS192 and IKC100 and PSY111

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply knowledge of sustainable practice, infection control, and workplace health and safety procedures in both simulation and patient clinic settings
  • be able to correctly utilise appropriate dental instruments and select materials and medicaments to perform dental procedures for oral health therapy practice
  • have the ability to accurately undertake comprehensive oral examinations, special investigations relating to pain, risk assessments, care planning including implementation of effective preventive strategies and required treatment modalities, and identification of when an appropriate referral is required
  • be able to accurately examine, diagnose, treatment plan, and provide appropriate treatment for patients presenting with periodontal diseases
  • be able to accurately interpret radiographs to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning
  • be able to undertake safe and ethical patient care that is inclusive of a range of cultural and linguistic diversities
  • be able to demonstrate satisfactory and safe knowledge and skills relating to materials and advanced cavity preparations and restorations for both deciduous and permanent teeth in a simulation clinic setting
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following tasks in the simulation clinic: class II deciduous cavity preparations and restorations in composite resin and glass ionomer, class III cavity preparations and restorations, powered instrumentation, deep caries management, exodontia, pulpotomies, and stainless steel crowns
  • be able to interpret and analyse signs, symptoms, and examination results to determine a correct diagnosis and management options for pulpal and periapical pathologies
  • be able to discuss the management and of deep caries lesions and how these strategies are implemented
  • be able to describe the presentation of molar incisor hypomineralisation and discuss the treatment options for this condition
  • be able to describe the clinical presentation of ameleogenesis imperfecta, dentinogenesis imperfecta, and fluorosis, and discuss their management strategies
  • be able to identify and explain principles cavity designs, preparations, and restorative techniques for different restorative materials and procedures
  • be able to discuss indications, contraindications, clinical assessment, and management steps for pulpotomies and stainless steel crowns
  • be able to discuss indications, contraindications, and management steps for the atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) technique and stainless steel crown Hall technique
  • be able to discuss indications, contraindications, and complications of deciduous tooth extractions, and demonstrate correct instrument selection, techniques, and steps involved in undertaking extractions of deciduous teeth
  • be able to discuss causes and management considerations and options for dentinal hypersensitivity and non-carious tooth loss
  • be able to identify the different classifications of dental trauma and describe appropriate treatment modalities and management of patients presenting with trauma
  • be able to identify common oral conditions and discuss considerations for management of patients across the lifespan, including child, adolescent, and elderly patients
  • be able to identify fixed and removable dental prostheses and discuss their hygiene and management considerations
  • be able to describe qualities of tooth colour and colour perception, the different forms of bleaching, and risks/contraindications to bleaching
  • be able to demonstrate skills in reflective clinical practice
  • be able to use an evidence-based approach to patient management
  • be able to identify and apply effective and appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication skills, including accurately maintaining clinical records


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ethics
  • Evidence-based practice and treatment planning
  • Development of advanced restorative dentistry skills & dental material application supported by relevant underlying theory
  • Exodontia
  • Dental trauma
  • Diagnosis and management of oral conditions relating to the teeth and the periodontium II
  • Management of patients across the lifespan, including child, adolescent, and elderly patients
  • Patient care, including application of theoretical knowledge and prevention, hygiene & therapy skills

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 40 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will complete 40 days of placement in the Wagga Wagga CSU Dental Clinic during this subject. Students enrolled on the Wagga campus will complete this placement on a weekly basis during session 1 and 2, students enrolled on the Holmesglen campus will be required to attend several 2-3-week blocks of placement in Wagga during the year.

During placement students will develop skills in undertaking comprehensive examinations for patients and developing patient-centred treatment plans.  Students will also practise and develop their skills in the patient clinic in the areas of radiography, restorative dentistry, prevention and hygiene, and local anaesthesia.

Special Resources

This subject includes activities in both the simulation and patient clinics. Students will be required to purchase uniforms and equipment for the practical components of this subject. 

Clinical placement in this subject takes place in the Wagga Wagga campus dental clinics. Students enrolled on the Holmesglen campus will be required to travel to Wagga Wagga for this placement. Students are responsible for costs associated with travel and accommodation for this placement.

Prior to starting placement students will be required to obtain a Senior First Aid Certificate, proof of appropriate immunisation, and National Police and Working with Children checks.


For further information about courses and subjects outlined in the CSU handbook please contact:

Current students

Future students

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.