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

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Science)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- be competent in eliciting a simple case history;
- be competent in diagnosing primary caries and chronic periodontal diseases;
- evaluate and apply various methods of caries diagnosis;
- demonstrate competence in the formulation of simple treatment plans;
- institute initial periodontal therapy and monitor its effects;
- experience practice of several forms of restoration of the dentition;
- work in different clinical environments under close supervision;
- demonstrate continued clinical progress;
- deploy decision-making skills in more complex and variable clinical situations;
- identify and analyse the role of members of the dental team;
- share care of the patient with the dental team through training with other healthcare professionals;
- identify ethical dilemmas and discuss alternative outcomes through shared experience;
- maintain competence in basic life support through training with members of the dental team;
- demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility (e.g. in terms of time management and attendance);
- communicate effectively with patients from different backgrounds and cultures;
- engage effectively with the progress file;
- be aware of their own limitations;
- behave professionally;
- understand, demonstrate and evaluate the detailed scientific knowledge that supports clinical practice;
- deploy techniques of analysis and investigation, such as the interpretation of data produced from laboratory exercises;
- critically evaluate relevant scientific and clinical literature;
- discuss recent relevant scientific research and its relevance to clinical dentistry;
- formulate and sustain an argument, demonstrating understanding of concepts;
- perform an extended research project and demonstrate an understanding of the principles and rationale involved.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- the skills necessary for continued study towards independent clinical practice;
- the exercise of initiative, personal and professional responsibility;
- the deployment of decision-making skills in unpredictable clinical situations;
- the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in appropriate ways to patients, colleagues and staff;
- the ability to undertake appropriate further academic and professional education.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the courses specified for the year/programme and will include:
- demonstration of the ability to apply a broad range of applications of their study of Dentistry;
- production of work that draws on a wide variety of material;
- evaluation and criticism of received opinion;
- completion of an independent, in depth enquiry within Dentistry;
- provision of evidence of the development of aspects of developing clinical competence;
- provision of evidence of the emerging clinical professional.


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