2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
DSUR2122 Social Sciences Related to Dentistry
10 creditsClass Size: 96
Module manager: Stella Kwan
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
|DSUR1127||Health and Health Promotion|
|DSUR1128||Intro to the Oral Environment|
|DSUR1130||Anxiety and Pain Management|
|DSUR1230||Oral Diseases, Defence and Repair|
|DSUR1250||Personal and Professional Development 1|
|DSUR2200||Clinical Skills A|
|DSUR2220||Introduction to Biomedical Sciences|
|DSUR2240||Clinical Practice 2|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module follows on from aspects of sociology and psychology in year 1. It links to year 3 modules PPD3/Communication which deals with stress and anxiety, Illness and Wellbeing and Student Projects. You will focus on the social, cultural, psychological and environmental factors that impact on health and wellbeing, including issues relevant to patient care. In particular you will consider behavioural theories and techniques in understanding health behaviours and managing patients with dental anxiety will be explored. You will be introduced to evidence-based practice and the skills to find and appraise published evidence.
ObjectivesThis module will:
- give you opportunities to understand aspects of social sciences related to dentistry, evidence-based practice,
psychological models and theories in the management of dental anxiety.
- allow you to undertake literature searches which will allow you to understand how to develop search strategies.
- enable you to understand and identify the quality of evidence and how to critically apprise scientific papers.
- will address the following General Dental Council learning outcomes:
- be familiar with the social, cultural and environmental factors which contribute to health or illness
- be familiar with social and psychological issues relevant to the care of patients.
- be competent at managing fear and anxiety with behavioural techniques (and empathising with patients in stressful
On completion of this module the students will be able to:
1. Identify health trends and demonstrate appreciation of how psychological and social factors may affect health, illness and
2. Apply social/psychological theories/models to patient care.
3. Describe and explain dental anxiety and behavioural treatments.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of the strategies used to critically appraise published evidence.
No additional skills and gained over and above those listed above
• Health and Disease Patterns
• Health Inequalities
• Ethnicity and Health
• Social Construction of Disease and Stigmatising conditions
• Social Context of the Doctor/Dentist – Patient relationship
• Models of Illness and health behaviour
• Living with Chronic Illness
• Pain (psychological aspects)
• Depression and introduction to other psychiatric illnesses
• Dental Anxiety and knowledge of various treatment
• Evidence based practice
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||20.00|
|Private study hours||50.50|
|Total Contact hours||29.50|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyIndependent online learning:
• Practice in the use of search strategies for the Medline database
• Familiarisation with the Cochrane library site
• Reflection on stereotyping and prejudice and completion of PPD file
• Reading for seminars
• Critical reading of a research paper seminar preparation
• General reading from reading list
• Preparation for written examination
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will have the opportunity to explore issues introduced within lectures during seminar sessions. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and gain formative feedback directly from a tutor.
Tutors will facilitate practical sessions such as critical appraisal of evidence and literature searching giving students’ direct feedback.
Example MCQ similar to those used in the summative assessment
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay or Dissertation||Sample exam questions made available||0.00|
|Oral Presentation||Given during seminar sessions||0.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||0.00|
The students will be required to make a presentation during the seminars and formative feedback on the student will be given. MCQ will be of the type used in the summative assessment.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||1 hr||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
Online time limited assessment with a duration of 48 hours.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:21:04
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