DOH100 Clinical Practice and Theory 1 (16)

This subject introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and skills required for the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene). 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 practice standards and introductory epidemiology are embedded in the subject content.


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 and Hygiene) 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an emerging knowledge of the scope of oral health therapy practice and the roles of all members of the oral health team
  • be able to describe basic concepts of professionalism and ethics, as well as policies, codes, and guidelines relevant to oral health therapy
  • be able to identify legislation, regulatory bodies, and registration requirements relevant to oral health therapy
  • be able to describe sustainable practice, infection control, and workplace health and safety procedures and apply this knowledge in a simulated clinical setting
  • be able to identify and describe the tissues of the periodontium in health and in disease
  • be able to describe the aetiology and progression of periodontal disease and risk factors associated with the disease
  • be able to classify, identify, and describe features of periodontal diseases
  • be able to identify caries, and describe its aetiology and associated risk factors
  • be able to describe sources of fluoride, and discuss its mode of action and role in oral health
  • be able to identify the sources, constituents, function, and types of saliva, and discuss the role of saliva in relation to oral health and the clinical steps involved in its evaluation
  • be able to identify and describe the design features and clinical application of hand and rotary instruments, as well as periodontal instruments and the purposes and techniques for maintaining them
  • be able to identify and explain principles of tooth isolation, cavity designs, preparations, and restorative techniques for different restorative materials and procedures
  • be able to demonstrate foundation skills in simulated oral health practice, with proficiency in the following tasks: infection control, rubber dam, fissure sealants & protections, preventative resin restorations, cavity preparations and restorations for class I composite resin, class II composite resin and amalgam, class V composite resin and glass ionomer; periodontal instrumentation including 11/12 explorer, periodontal probe, sickle scaler, universal curette, 1/2, 5/6, 11/12, and 13/14 Gracey curettes, sharpening, impressions, and mouthguard fabrication
  • be able to describe the main components of history taking and comprehensive examinations, and interpret their results to determine risk status as well as diagnosis and prognosis for both caries and periodontal disease
  • be able to describe prognosis and discuss factors that may influence treatment outcomes
  • be able to discuss the principles of treatment planning and apply foundational knowledge to devise simple treatment plans
  • be able to discuss preventative strategies for both caries and periodontal disease and provide appropriate oral hygiene recommendations including oral hygiene instructions, fluoride-based products, chemotherapeutic agents, and other remineralising products
  • be able to describe the principles of radiography, discuss the different types of intra-oral radiographs, their indications, and clinical techniques, and common errors, and accurately read and interpret radiographs
  • be able to summarise key elements of patient information, and accurately and systematically record and document this information to industry standard
  • be able to demonstrate beginner level reflective learning skills
  • be able to identify the importance of evidence-based practice and justify prevention strategies and treatment options with evidence from the literature at a beginner level
  • be able to describe the indications, materials, and techniques used to take anatomically accurate impressions and create study models
  • be able to discuss factors influencing the recommendation of different types of mouthguards and the steps involved in their fabrication
  • be able to classify and identify the causes of tooth staining, identify indications and contraindications to the removal of stain, and describe the products used and steps undertaken during prophylaxis


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to professional issues and ethical practice
  • Learning styles and skills needed to succeed in a University degree course
  • Information literacy, the library and its databases
  • 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
  • Introduction to risk assessment concepts and the role of preventive care
  • Introduction to caries and periodontal disease, including the diagnosis and management of oral conditions relating to the teeth and the periodontium
  • Application of dental materials
  • Introduction to treatment planning
  • Infection control
  • Dental radiography

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 5 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students complete 5 days at the CSU Dental Clinic patient clinic during Session 2. All students will be introduced to the CSU patient clinic environment, and will develop skills in undertaking basic examinations and taking impressions within student groups, as well as maintaining clinical records.  Students will also be introduced to the CSU dental laboratory, where they will gain skills in fabricating study models.  There will also be sessions to introduce the practical aspects of radiography.

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. 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.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.