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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR5050M Clinical Practice 4

40 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Rhona Stevens

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


DSUR3301Clinical Medical Sciences 1
DSUR3310Complex Adult Dentistry
DSUR3330Child Centred Dentistry 2

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- diagnose caries, plan appropriate non-operative care and manage the oral care of children within an holistic framework;
- fissure seal and place preventive resin restorations, approximal and incisal tip restorations in children;
- place preformed stainless steel crowns, where indicated, in children;
- have knowledge of trauma and its management in both dentitions;
- carry out an orthodontic assessment, indicating treatment need;
- manage orthodontic emergencies;
- discuss orthodontic treatments with patients and their parents, as appropriate;
- be aware of their own limitations and the limitations of orthodontic treatments and make orthodontic referrals;
- extract teeth and roots;
- undertake minor surgery to soft tissue and bone under supervision;
- diagnose and plan the management of acute infections;
- apply the principles of medicine and surgery in diagnosis and management of maxillo-facial trauma, malignant disease, oro-facial anomalies and oral mucosal disease;
- take, process and interpret radiographic films used in general dental practice;
- diagnose and plan treatment for dental emergencies, with assistance;
- gain more advanced experience of the recognition and control of pain and anxiety for dentistry, including inhalational and intravenous sedation;
- treat edentulous patients, providing complete dentures to restore form and function.
- have an understanding of medical emergency guidelines and how to implement them


In years 4 and 5, clinical and professional requirements of the award move upwards from the Bachelor level and students must demonstrate increasingly autonomous, self-critical clinical practice in preparation for the unsupervised practice of dentistry upon graduation.
- This course integrates theory with practical and clinical experience relating to human disease, child-centred dentistry (paediatric dentistry and orthodontics), complex adult dentistry (including consideration of occlusion, the edentulous state and its restoration, surgery, implant-retained prostheses).
- It requires the development of finesse in decision-making so that diagnoses and treatment planning, for example, become synthesised and individually tailored to patient problems and needs.
- The aspects of clinical dentistry covered previously are re-visited and developed further, with increasing reliance being placed upon the individual student to lead the process.
- Competence tests in clinical disciplines will form a theme throughout this year of study: rigorous processes and practice will be required.
- Some of the clinical experience will be gained off-site in purpose-built clinical facilities.
-Students will undertake Medical Emergencies training.

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 Practice1225.00225.00
Private study hours175.00
Total Contact hours225.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

All hours relating to clinical practice 4 are down-rated by a factor of 2.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

One-to-one contact between clinical tutor, student and patient (every clinical session)
Involvement in clinical tutorials
Full attendance at clinics
Engagement in teamwork activities

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
PracticalMedical Emergencies Simulation Training (progressional)0.00
PracticalContinuous Clinical Assessment (formative & progressional sign off from tutor)0.00
Computer ExerciseRelevant online assessments (progressional)0.00
PracticalCrown and molar endo tests - progressional0.00
PresentationCase presentation - Prosthetics case - progressional0.00
PresentationCase presentation - Perio10.00
Reflective logOral surgery log book/diary (progressional)0.00
Reflective logPaeds/ortho logbook (progressional)0.00
PracticalRadiography competency (formative)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)10.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins40.00
Practical Exam / OSCE1 hr 10 mins25.00
Practical Exam / OSCE1 hr 25 mins25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)90.00

EX1 - Scenario paper In-course: Daily assessment of performance (knowledge, skills, professional behaviours) Link with Progress File (see PPD 2) Summative Perio Case presentation - non-compensatable Scenario Paper - non-compensatable OSCE- non-compensatable The medical and the dental OSCE need to be passed independently. Online time limited assessment with a duration of 48 hours. OSCE and periodontal clinical case - the format of these assessments may be subject to change as a result of restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic but the learning outcomes will remain unchanged.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:21:04


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