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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR5098M Professional Development Elective

10 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Dr Nigel Bubb

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

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must be in good academic standing having satisfactorily completed all level 3 courses on registration for the module and all level 4 courses by the time the elective starts. (ie. at least grade 'C' in every summative assessment).
Students must have also made good clinical progress. This will be determined by the Clinical Progress Committee. Particular attention will be paid to those students who have made requests for leave of absence to engage on a Professional Development Elective placement
As students will be acting as amabassadors for the University of Leeds, they must also have demonstrated a professional attitude in both their academic and non-academic life.
Any student who fails to meet the standards will be withdrawn from the Professional Development Elective module. This may happen at any time prior to the start of the placement.

This module is mutually exclusive with

DSUR3340International Dentistry

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The compulsory workshops for this module are delivered during year 4 of study when the candidate will undertake their preparation. The placement is undertaken during the summer vacation at the end of year 4 and the reflective report submitted on return to year 5.The Professional Development Elective is a module which the candidate drives. The candidate will chose and initiate a short placement which has relevance to dentistry. The module will deliver a number of activities that aid the candidate’s decision making. There are a number of formative processes which serves to guide and protect the candidate under the University’s Duty of Care. Students are not permitted to undertake exposure prone procedures as part of this module. Students returning to any year of the Dental Surgery Programme will have to declare if they have had a potential exposure to a Blood Born Virus, however that might have occurred. Exposure may adversely affect educational experience as haematological investigations are carried out and this may have a long term effect on ability to practice dentistry.


Enable a candidate to undertake an elective placement which relates to dentistry.
Help develop a candidate’s ability to take the necessary decisions and plan.
Candidates must have made good clinical progress; this will be determined by the Clinical Progress Committee or its successor. Particular attention being payed to candidates requesting leave of absence.
As candidates will be acting as ambassadors for the University of Leeds they must have demonstrated a professional attitude in academic and non-academic life.
Any student failing to meet these standards will withdraw from the module at any time prior to the start of the placement.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
- be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level;
- have developed qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
- demonstrate decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- demonstrate the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development (adapted from QAA descriptors for qualification at Masters Level);
- be able to produce a written, reflective report evidencing these activities and skills.

Skills outcomes
Whilst this module is intended to develop decision making, organisational skills, professionalism etc. It also aims for the candidate to develop an area of dentistry of their own choice.


Note that students are not permitted to undertake exposure prone procedures (EPP) as part of this module.
The purpose of the elective period is to provide an opportunity for students of dentistry to pursue an aspect of dentistry of their choice, in a recognised establishment of their choice. This could include a project involving investigation of some aspect of dental research, oral health policy, health education, clinical provision or clinical audit. Students may also use the opportunity to begin to explore potential career options for the future. All of the students (including those undertaking Leeds based electives) encounter experiences outside of the undergraduate sphere and these experiences enrich the student with regard their working life.
This means that students who wish to pursue a particular project or to work in a particular research department are able to do so, and it also provides an opportunity for students to see dentistry practised in another environment, whether it is elsewhere in this country, or somewhere abroad.
The student will organise the entirety of their elective themselves; it is possible that they may enlist a third party but this doesn’t negate the need for the student to use the skills described in the learning outcomes. For example students have to contend with logistical issues regarding their elective placement.
The module and workshops provide a support mechanism insofar as it provides checks, measures and progressional monitoring to ensure that the University discharges its duty of care. The School contacts the host and puts into place the agreements that the UoL has in place at the time. The Occupational Health service offers support if this is deemed necessary by self-administered risk assessment. Each student is also required to have a School based supervisor with nominal contact time and the student may utilise the supervisor.
Each student will gain a different experience from their elective over their peers, there is, and there cannot be complete parity with regard this. However, the module is designed with a series of compulsory workshops equipping each student important information and skills to enable them to make use of and deal what they encounter. In this and the administrative support each student has equal access and support and they will have delivered the same material and resources.
The assessment is a 2000 word reflective report on their experience looking back on the student’s experience and how it met their objectives. The report is marked by the candidate’s School supervisor and then second marked by a member of the module team giving an overall moderation to the marking. Marking is on a pass fail basis and doesn’t contribute to the overall Programme Award.

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
Independent online learning hours1.00
Private study hours93.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

95 hours of which 76 will be spent on the elective placement and 26 on preparatory work before and report writing etc afterwards.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will competitively enrol for placements submitting a 500 word proposal. On acceptance there would normally be at least 3 meetings with the School supervisor to monitor placement details and proposal developments.

The University of Leeds takes its duty of care to its students seriously. Prior to a student undertaking a Professional Development Elective placement the relevant checks and paper work must be in place. Failure of this would lead to the withdrawal of the student from the module.

Prior to departure Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Notices will be monitored; a student will not be permitted to conduct the placement if FCO advice is against travel to the country / area in question.

On return the student will complete a questionnaire on the placement experience which will be made available to future students to aid their choice of placement.

The submitted reports will be made available, in anonymous form, to future students.

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
Reflective logWritten reflective assignment (2,000 words)100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit is in the form of resubmission of report on provision of feedback. Unsatisfactory proposals and risk assessments are returned for resubmission.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/08/2016


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