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Postgraduate Certificate in Oral Surgery

Year 1

(Award available for year: Postgraduate Certificate)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able to:
Learning Outcomes from PG Cert
- Apply technical skills and theoretical knowledge appropriate for performance of difficult or complex dental extractions
- Appraise the ethical and legal framework for proper consent of patients
- Critically appraise the process of development, and the limitations of, clinical guidelines relevant to the field of oral surgery.
- Apply specialist-level knowledge and sound clinical judgement in discussing treatment with patients.
- Analyse patient and peer feedback in order to guide personal development
- Critique the rationale for and means of delivery of clinical audit.
- Utilise the clinical audit cycle to guide personal development
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of management skills and their importance to services and companies.
- Apply advanced communication skills in respect of clinical management, presentations to peers and teaching.
- Recognise basic organisations and their objectives.
- Identify the different functional areas of management (planning, staffing, organisation, controlling and leading)

Additional learning outcomes
- Summarise the ethical framework for conducting research
- Apply a working knowledge of the processes of defining research questions and designing and delivering a research project.
- Appraise concepts, models and theories of quality improvement.
- Critically appraise the relevance of improvement techniques in professional regulation and personal development.
- Apply specialist knowledge in the inception, design and delivery of quality improvement projects.
- Critically appraise scientific literature in order to identify areas of clinical need and/or societal impact.
- Apply expert knowledge of scientific principals relevant to translation of basic science to clinical problems relevant to the subject matter.

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (Taught), Postgraduate Diploma & Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- In depth knowledge of research methods, ethical considerations and statistical analysis in clinical and translational research.
- High level clinical judgement using available clinical guidance, including effective communication with patients.
- Intellectual and analytical skills to enable the student to undertake a higher degree research project and/or service improvement project.
- Sound understanding of the principles of service improvement and how they can be applied in a variety of settings.


Achievement for the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:
- Exercising their knowledge and understanding of statistics and methodology in design of a research project.
- Demonstration of in depth knowledge of the ethical and legal considerations in design and execution of a research project.
- Demonstration of their understanding of quality improvement methodology in designing a project for a local quality improvement project, understanding and anticipating the barriers and how they may be overcome.
- Demonstration of specialist knowledge and understanding of translational science and the clinical applications in general and specific situations.


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