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Master and Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Science (MChD/BChD, BSc)

Year 2

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- demonstrate safe clinical working practices;
- demonstrate pain control for simple restorative dentistry;
- diagnose caries and chronic periodontal diseases;
- be aware of prevention strategies in relation to caries development and progression;
- appreciate at a basic level the significance of aesthetics and occlusion;
- judge when and where simple restorations are indicated in adult patients;
- place simple restorations in adult patients;
- demonstrate basic life support skills;
- demonstrate ability to work effectively with the dental team;
- demonstrate ability to work effectively in a group on a learning project;
- demonstrate empathy with and increasing effectiveness of communication with patients;
- demonstrate a professional approach to clinical dental practice, including an appreciation of the limit of their skills and the need for continued learning;
- describe the adverse effects of unethical behaviour on individuals and society;
- describe the interactions of nutrition and metabolism with oral and dental conditions and aspects of human disease;
- apply an understanding of scientific information to clinical practice;
- apply methods in design and conduct of a study to evaluate key, real-world, examples of science related to dentistry;
- apply knowledge of microbiology in evaluating the effectiveness of infection control procedures;
- apply a basic understanding of selected human diseases;
- be aware of biocompatibility and the design of effective restorations.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the courses specified for the programme:
- basic qualities and transferable skills necessary for the practice of clinical dentistry;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility, including an awareness of ethics, professionalism, reflective learning and personal limitations;
- decision-making through the application of academic knowledge in clinical practice;
- demonstration of an ability to communicate with patients and colleagues, explaining clinical concepts and observing non-verbal cues and messages.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
- demonstration of the ability to apply developing clinical acumen to standard situations;
- recognition of novel or atypical instances;
- production of work that is often descriptive in nature but draws on a wide variety of material;
- demonstration of professional behaviour;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion.


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