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DSUR3019 Child Centred Dentistry 1

10 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Samiya Subka

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful at compulsory course work and summative assessments for levels 1,2, and 3 of BChD curriculum


DSUR1127Health and Health Promotion
DSUR1128Intro to the Oral Environment
DSUR1130Anxiety and Pain Management
DSUR1230Oral Diseases, Defence and Repair
DSUR1250Personal and Professional Development 1
DSUR2122Social Sciences Related to Dentistry
DSUR2200Clinical Skills A
DSUR2220Introduction to Biomedical Sciences
DSUR2240Clinical Practice 2


DSUR3014Undergraduate Projects
DSUR3015Clinical Skills B
DSUR3210Illness and Well-being
DSUR3240Clinical Practice 3
DSUR3250Personal Professional Development 3

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This is the first of two modules in Child Centred Dentistry in which you will focus on the oral diagnosis, management and treatment of the child patient. In this module you will gain knowledge of the general development of the child (physiological/psychological) and the development of the craniofacial complex and dentition.The module emphasises your learning with respect to Behavioural management to enable future provision of care, There is also an emphasis on communication with both the patient and the parents/carers.Your learning will cover the diagnosis of common oral conditions, formulation of treatment plans and simulated dental treatment.


The objective of this module is to further develop students‘ knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the dental care of children.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Understand differences between normal and abnormal physical and psychological development of the child, and the rights of the child in society.

2. Diagnose health problems in children, plan (and simulate) their treatment.

3. Understand effective communication with a child‘s parents/carers.

4. Understand behavioural management techniques and the psychological principles on which they are constructed.

5. Understand craniofacial development, including tooth development, the biological processes of tooth movement, eruption and exfoliation.

6. Identify primary and permanent teeth from their morphological characteristics.

Skills outcomes
Relevant simulated clinical dental techniques.


Basic Science:

Relevant anatomy of craniofacial complex
Craniofacial embryology
Primary tooth morphology
Tooth and jaw development
Tooth eruption and exfoliation
Biology of tooth movement.

Development of the child:

Relevant physiology and psychology
Child in today‘s society
Children‘s rights.

Clinically based topics:

Behaviour management
Communication techniques with child patient/parent
Diagnosis of common oral health problems
Approaches to management of dental caries in children
Formulating simple treatment plans
Preventive measures.

Simple restorative procedures.

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
On-line Learning41.004.00
Independent online learning hours11.00
Private study hours50.00
Total Contact hours39.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will be directed towards appropriate resources (textbooks, clinical guidelines and policy documents) via the Reading List to reinforce their learning from lectures and practical sessions and to aid in their assessment which is expected to be evidence-based and referenced appropriately.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There are a number of monitoring and feedback opportunities throughout the module:

Individual feedback is provided at each practical session.

Students with difficulties with progress during the module are encouraged to seek advice from the Module Leader or their Personal Tutor.

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
PracticalSimulated pulpotomy and crown preparation (progressonal).0.00
AssignmentReflective assignment. Clinical: 2-3 structured cases 2000 words.100.00
-------------------------Tooth morphology spotter, identification of primary and permanent teeth (progressional).0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Reflective Assignment, this will include 2-3 structured, simulated cases (description, photographs and radiographs) with questions on knowledge, diagnosis, treatment planning (both preventive and restorative). The answers will be expected to be referenced and evidence based, with an element of reflection on the challenges of treatment planning and the different treatment modalities that are possible. Word count will be 2000 in total.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2021


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