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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR2000 Applied Dental Hygiene

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Jane Holt

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of year 1 of the BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy programme.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module develops the student’s academic and research skills. The student will recognise how to apply an evidence-based approach to learning and decision making. Structured learning activities will enable the student to learn how to use critical thinking and problem solving skills in preparation for their subsequent final year research project (to be taken in the last year of the programme).The module also includes activities in relation to dental team working, professionalism and the protection of patients.The content of the module relates to the academic knowledge and skills expected of a dental hygienist. This module builds on teaching delivered in year one and links to professional practice.


To provide the student with the academic knowledge and skills required of a Dental Hygienist.
Through the use of structured and self-directed activities the module will equip the student with the skills to implement evidence based dentistry.
It aims to encourage the student to apply and build on knowledge gained from prior teaching.
There will be a focus on developing and strengthening the key academic skills required for the completion of a Final Year Research Project in Year 3.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module the student will be able to:
1. Describe the principles of evidence based dentistry and apply these in relation to the practice of dental hygiene.
2. Recognise the role and professional responsibilities of being a member of the dental team and a dental registrant.
3. Explain and discuss the academic knowledge underpinning the practice of dentistry as a dental hygienist.

Skills outcomes
Critical thinking and problem solving skills
Application of an evidence-based approach to learning


Academic Skills
• Critical Appraisal
• Basic statistics
• Literature searching
• Quantitative and qualitative research
Professional requirements
• Non-Accidental Injuries
• Audit
• Equality and Diversity
• Team working
• GDC requirements
Underpinning science and evidence supporting practice as a dental hygienist.
Topics introduced earlier in the course will be explored in greater detail including:
• Relationships between periodontal disease, its management and general health.
• Management of advanced forms of periodontal disease. including options for surgery and adjunctive therapies.
• Management of common oral pathologies.
• Management of oral malignant disease

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning121.0012.00
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours98.00
Total Contact hours72.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Independent online learning
• Completion of online learning related to the module, which will be posted on the VLE

Private study
• Preparing for seminars and problem based learning group work
• Pre- and post-session reading as recommended by academic staff
• Preparation for and completion of course work
• Preparation for module assessment

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are provided with formative feedback through the opportunities listed below. Students having difficulties with their progress during the module are encouraged to seek advice from the modular team.
Group verbal feedback is provided by the facilitator during Problem Based Learning sessions and written feedback at conclusion of each scenario.
Seminar participation helps to gauge general progress and allow identification of any learning issues that need immediate attention.
Individual written feedback is provided to the student on their literature search strategy and summary.
Group feedback is provided on the summative examination, and individual feedback can be provided on request.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectProblem Based Learning group work0.00
Group ProjectProblem Based Learning group work0.00
Written WorkLiterature search strategy and summary, 800 words20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

The literature search strategy and summary must be passed independently of the module examination. The student taking this module must submit a satisfactory literature search strategy and summary for progression to the next year of study. Formative feedback on progress during Problem Based Learning group work is provided by the facilitator.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 30 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Online time limited assessment with a duration of 48 hours.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2021


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