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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR3301 Clinical Medical Sciences 1

30 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Jodie Montgomery-Cranny/Alasdair McKechnie

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

Year running 2021/22


DSUR3014Undergraduate Projects
DSUR3015Clinical Skills B
DSUR3019Child Centred Dentistry 1
DSUR3210Illness and Well-being
DSUR3240Clinical Practice 3
DSUR3250Personal Professional Development 3


DSUR3310Complex Adult Dentistry
DSUR3330Child Centred Dentistry 2
DSUR5050MClinical Practice 4

Module replaces

This module replaces Human Disease DSUR3018

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The CMS1 module runs from term 4.1 to term 4.2. This module draws together and builds upon a diverse range of topics covered in the first three years of the BChD. programme. It includes aspects of Pathology & Medical Microbiology, Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Accident & Emergency Services, Medical Emergencies, Infection Control, Biomedical Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Oral Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral Microbiology, Oral Surgery plus Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Core principles are used to underpin understanding of CMS in an applied way. The key to success in this module is the ability to gain insight and understanding of the issues covered to inform clinical decision-making relevant to the circumstances of each patient you care for.


The module aims to consider the principles, concepts and mechanisms, which are necessary for the safe and appropriate practice of dentistry over a lifetime, within the context of Clinical Medical Sciences (CMS).

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate insight into how the oral health care team fits within the delivery of overall health care;
- demonstrate insight in to the importance of successful professional relationships with other healthcare workers to enhance patient care;
- demonstrate insight into relevant aspects of systemic diseases and conditions and their management, in patients and members of the oral health care team, which may influence appropriate oral health care provision;
- demonstrate insight into relevant aspects of orofacial diseases and conditions that do not primarily involve either the dentition or periodontium and initiate appropriate management;
- demonstrate insight into the impact of the patient's social and general circumstances on appropriate oral health care provision;
- demonstrate the ability to identify, interpret and apply sources of information relevant to CMS in the context of healthcare provision in the dental setting;
- demonstrate the ability to make appropriate judgements and decisions related to CMS in the context of healthcare provision in the dental setting;
- demonstrate insight into the range of clinical science and imaging services available and how these are used to inform clinical decision-making;
- demonstrate insight into the principles of pharmacology, therapeutics and drug information and application of this insight to the clinical care of patients;
- recognise and manage appropriately, patients who become unwell in the dental practice;
- recognise their own limitations with regards to CMS in the context of healthcare provision in the dental setting.


Wide-ranging topics including:
- History taking, physical examination and related clinical skills with respect to CMS
- Cardiovascular and respiratory disease
- Mental health issues
- Drug pharmacology
- Local anaesthetics
- Diabetes mellitus
- Obesity
- Neuroanatomy and cranial nerves
- Common neurological diseases
- Stroke and TIA
- Speech
- Medical emergencies
- Therapeutics and dental practice
- Complementary and alternative practice
- Leukaemias and lymphomas
- Prolonged bleeding, anaemias and blood transfusion
- Substance abuse, addiction and maladaptive behaviours
- Womens health
- Gastroenterology diseases
- Renal impairment and failure
- Liver impairment and failure
- Infectious diseases
- Skin diseases
- Oral Medicine
- Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
- Oral Microbiology
- Oral Surgery plus Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

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
Clinical Practice1100.00100.00
Private study hours122.00
Total Contact hours178.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- 90 hours lecture and related e-resource reading;
- 20 hours clinical skills preparation;
- 15 hours preparation of the Clinical Diary (course work for assessment).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be formally monitored through the Clinical Diary of LDI patients (term 4.2) and the end of module exam. Student attendance and progress during specific parts of the module (e.g. lectures, AUPC activities and Clinical Skills Workshops) is also monitored.

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
Case StudyClinical diary, 2 clinical cases40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Clinical Diary; Structured report of 2 clinical cases of patients cared for in LDI by the student. Students are required to pass both assessment components (clinical diary and written assessments) to complete the module successfully

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam1 hr 30 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Online time limited assessment with a duration of 48 hours.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/12/2021


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