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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR3430 Clinical Medical Sciences 2

10 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Jodie Montgomery-Cranny/ Alasdair McKechnie

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

Year running 2021/22


DSUR3301Clinical Medical Sciences 1
DSUR3310Complex Adult Dentistry
DSUR3330Child Centred Dentistry 2
DSUR5050MClinical Practice 4


DSUR3400Mastication, Speech and Swallowing
DSUR3420Anxiety Management and Sedation
DSUR5051MClinical Practice 5
DSUR5052MNew Horizons in Dentistry
DSUR5450MPersonal and Professional Development 5 - Preparing for the

Module replaces

This module replaces human disease DSUR3018

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The CMS2 module will run from term 4.3 to term 5.1. This module draws together and builds upon a diverse range of topics covered in the first three years of the BChD. Programme and is tightly linked to CMS1 module in terms 4.1. and 4.2. It includes aspects of Pathology & Medical Microbiology, Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Accident & Emergency Services, Medical Emergencies, Infection Control, Biomedical Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Oral Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral Microbiology, Oral Surgery plus Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Core principles are used to underpin understanding of CMS in an applied way. The key to success in this module is the ability to gain insight and understanding of the issues covered to inform clinical decision-making relevant to the circumstances of each patient you care for.


The course aims to consider the principles, concepts and mechanisms, which are necessary for the safe and appropriate practice of dentistry over a lifetime, within the context of Clinical Medical Sciences (CMS).

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
-Demonstrate insight into how the oral health care team fits within the delivery of overall health care;
-Demonstrate insight in to the importance of successful professional relationships with other healthcare workers to enhance patient care;
-Demonstrate insight into relevant aspects of systemic diseases and conditions and their management, in patients and members of the oral health care team, which may influence appropriate oral health care provision;
-Demonstrate insight into relevant aspects of orofacial diseases and conditions that do not primarily involve either the dentition or periodontium and initiate appropriate management;
-Demonstrate insight into the impact of the patient's social and general circumstances on appropriate oral health care provision;
-Demonstrate the ability to identify, interpret and apply sources of information relevant to CMS in the context of healthcare provision in the dental setting;
-Demonstrate the ability to make appropriate judgements and decisions related to CMS in the context of healthcare provision in the dental setting;
-Demonstrate insight into the range of clinical science and imaging services available and how these are used to inform clinical decision-making;
-Demonstrate insight into the principles of pharmacology, therapeutics and drug information and application of this insight to the clinical care of patients;
-Recognise and manage appropriately, patients who become unwell in the dental practice;
-Recognise their own limitations with regards to CMS in the context of healthcare provision in the dental setting.


Wide-ranging topics including:
-History taking, physical examination and related clinical skills with respect to CMS
-Cardiovascular and respiratory disease
-Mental health issues
-Drug pharmacology
-Local anaesthetics
-Diabetes mellitus
-Neuroanatomy and cranial nerves
-Common neurological diseases
-Stroke and TIA
-Medical emergencies
-Therapeutics and dental practice
-Complementary and alternative practice
-Leukaemias and lymphomas
-Prolonged bleeding, anaemias and blood transfusion
-Substance abuse, addiction and maladaptive behaviours
-Womens health
-Gastroenterology diseases
-Renal impairment and failure
-Liver impairment and failure
-Infectious diseases
-Skin diseases
-Oral Medicine
-Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
-Oral Microbiology
-Oral Surgery plus Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
-Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

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
Clinical Practice00.0040.00
Private study hours36.00
Total Contact hours64.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

-25 hours lecture and related e-resource reading;
-15 hours preparation of the Clinical Diary (course work for assessment);

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be formally monitored through the Clinical Diary of DGH patients and the end of module (term 5.1) written assessments:
Student attendance and progress during specific parts of the module (e.g. lectures and placements) is also monitored.

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
Case StudyClinical diary20.00
Case Studyhospital attachment0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Students are required to pass both assessment components (clinical diary and written assessment) to complete this module successfully. The hospital attachment record is a progressional item.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 00 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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