Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Clinical Practice 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION This introductory study-unit exposes dental hygiene students to the foundation knowledge of professionalism and professional development. It focuses on professional image, communication skills, teamwork in health care and personal growth in continual professional development.
Dental Hygiene Theory I offers students an introduction to patient care and oral maintenance care, ergonomic posture and periodontal instrumentation.

Study-unit Aims

Dental Hygiene-Clinical Practice I aims at:

- providing an understanding of the dental hygienists' role and responsibilities in clinical settings.
- developing professionalism in clinical environment.
- introducing basic psychomotor skills for clinical practice.
- introducing application of behavioural sciences in clinical practice.
- integrating knowledge and theory into dental hygiene practice.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Practise clinical abilities through pre-client simulations.
- Demonstrate an Understanding of the importance of ergonomic positioning in clinical setting.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the use and function of periodontal instruments in clinical situations.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Analyze the dental hygiene process of care model as it relates to clinical contexts.
- Demonstrate sound ergonomic positioning in clinical setting.
- Integrate psychmotor skills on Patient Simulators.
- use all periodontal instruments on Patient Simulators.
- Apply correct finger position in the modified pen-grasp technique.
- Adopt ergonomic positioning to prevent musculoskeletal problems.
- Perform exercises for improved hand strength.
- deliver oral hygiene instructions (practice placements)
- apply disclosing agents (practice placements)
- apply mechanisms of infectious disease transmission prevention
- Demonstrate the basic life support (BLS) protocol and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Main Text:

- Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation and Advanced Root Instrumentation [Paperback]
- Jill Nield-gehrig (Author) Publication Date: June 13, 2012 | ISBN-10: 1609133315 | ISBN-13: 978-1609133313 | Edition: 7

ADDITIONAL NOTES Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination SEM1 Yes 40%
Clinical Assessment SEM2 Yes 60%


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