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DSUR1250 Personal and Professional Development 1

20 creditsClass Size: 123

Module manager: Robyn Adams

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry Requirements for MChD/BChD Dental Surgery, BSc Oral Science or BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Therapy as outlined in Course Finder

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces students to key academic, professional and team-working skills. This module prepares students for future studies in dentistry, introducing many of the different learning, teaching and assessment methods that students will encounter throughout their programme.


The aim of this module is to introduce students to study skills, communication skills and professionalism and ethics in relation to dentistry.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the academic skills required for studying on dental programmes
2. Reflect on academic, personal and professional strengths and weaknesses both individually and as part of a team
3. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the dental professional-patient relationship
4. Demonstrate basic knowledge of ethics and professionalism in Dentistry and GDC requirements for Student Fitness to Practise

Skills outcomes
Ethics and professionalism in dentistry
A range of study skills
Team working


An introduction to the following:
- Study skills
- Communication skills
- Behavioural Sciences
- Team-working
- Ethics
- Professionalism
- Consent and confidentiality
- Reflection

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 learning43.5014.00
Group learning21.503.00
Group learning11.001.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours124.00
Total Contact hours66.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Developing the skills to study independently is central to this module, as such students are required to spend 1.5 hours on independent reading for every 1 hour of lectures (24 hours reading in total). Students are also required to spend 50 hours on individual preparation for their first formative and summative written assignments, as these require independent research on dental diseases and treatments.
For the progressional workshops (ethics and consent and confidentiality), students are expected to spend a total of 7 hours completing recommended readings to prepare for engagement in group discussions. Students are expected to spend three hours engaging with Leeds for Life and preparing for the associated personal tutor meetings, which are also progressional. Students are required to spend 40 hours on non-timetabled, independent group work to support the timetabled group activities. Group work is important in the programme as a whole and this module embeds group work into all aspects of the module, not just the group presentation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Meetings with tutors
Leeds for Life
Formative Dental Disease Report
Meetings with individual groups to monitor effectiveness of groupwork

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
Tutorial PerformanceAttendance at Ethics and Professionalism day0.00
Tutorial PerformanceParticipation in Consent and Confidentiality workshop0.00
ReportReport on observed dental disease (500 words) Formative0.00
ReportReport on observed dental treatment (600 words)50.00
PresentationGroup presentation50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The 2 summative assignments are not compensatable. Attendance at the Ethics and Professionalism day, the Consent and Confidentiality workshop and group presentation are progressional requirements of the module. Students who do not participate will be required to complete a written assignment.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 06/10/2021


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