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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR2118 Personal and Professional Development 2

20 creditsClass Size: 123

Module manager: Sarah Carter-Walshaw

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Year 1 modules in Dental Sugery or Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy


DSUR1127Health and Health Promotion
DSUR1128Intro to the Oral Environment
DSUR1130Anxiety and Pain Management
DSUR1230Oral Diseases, Defence and Repair
DSUR1250Personal and Professional Development 1


DSUR2200Clinical Skills A
DSUR2220Introduction to Biomedical Sciences
DSUR2240Clinical Practice 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This, the second module on personal and professional development will consider at a basic level the roles of dental staff as professionals and their relationships with patients and colleagues. It will give consideration to some of the tensions that may arise between personal and professional responsibilities / behaviours and you will be asked to consider the meaning of 'professionalism' and to discuss its relevance. The central importance of the patient's perspective will be discussed, as will interactions with the dental team. Opportunity will be provided for communication skills training in simulated and real-life settings.Engagement with Leeds for Life will be central to the module. Meeting with your personal tutor will review learning goals and encourage open but confidential discussion of your academic and clinical strengths and weaknesses.


This module will:
• give you opportunities to explore and better understand issues of ethics and professionalism, as they relate to dentistry.
• encourage you to critically reflect on your own developing professional skills and attributes as an individual and as a member of a team.
• focus on the understanding theory and practice of communication skills.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
• understand and articulate the professional, legal, ethical and personal responsibilities of a dental professional.
• critically reflect on their own personal and professional development in relation to life-long learning, with particular attention to developing communication skills.
• articulate the central importance of professional relationships with members of the dental team.
• demonstrate increasing awareness of professional and societal influences and expectations on them as the dental professionals of the future.

Skills outcomes
Intensive practise in communication skills training with simulated dental patients.


• Engagement with University of Leeds- Leeds for Life system.
• Professionalism and ethics (seminars and poster project).
• Communication skills course (with simulated patients).

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 learning32.507.50
Private study hours181.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation and review of lectures
Preparation and review of seminar sessions
Preparation and review of personal tutorials
Leeds for Life
Preparation of poster
Preparation of essay assessment

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Engagement with Leeds for Life (discussion with personal tutor)
- Development of a poster presentation - discussions with tutors
- Participation in communication skills training (feedback from simulated patients and peers)

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
Essay1,000 word essay40.00
Poster PresentationContribution to poster presentation60.00
Reflective logReflective report on interaction with patient simulator (progressional)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Reflective log In the few cases where a student is unable to complete an interaction with a simulated patient, there is an alternative and comparable assignment which requires the student to reflect on how their communication skills have developed throughout the year in interacting with patients on clinic. There are no word counts for either assignment; their requirement is for demonstration of reflection. Examples of effective reflection are: • Responding positively to feedback • Application of the principles of ‘in-action’ and ‘on-action’ reflection • Situational awareness • Recording of feedback and reflection • Understanding of how to identify and record learning need and the development of an action plan The essay and poster presentation are compensatable

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2021


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