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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR3014 Undergraduate Projects

20 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Xuebin Yang

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

On completion of Level 1 and Level 2 Dental Surgery modules


DSUR2122Social Sciences Related to Dentistry
DSUR2200Clinical Skills A
DSUR2220Introduction to Biomedical Sciences
DSUR2240Clinical Practice 2


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

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In this module you will further undertake research-based learning with the central focus being your acquisition of research skills necessary to progress to study at M-level.You will have learning and teaching related to clinical statistics, critical appraisal, research ethics and systematic searching of the scientific literature.You will undertake a group project involving a relatively complex clinical case or situation. You will be expected to explore the literature in depth and summarise your findings.


The aim of this module is for the students to acquire the research-related skills of systematic literature searching, statistical analysis, critical appraisal and interpretation of evidence expected of a graduate. Students will build on the research led teaching delivered earlier in the programme of study and prepare them for participation in a Master‘s level research project.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research skills including critical appraisal, statistical analysis and interpretation of the different types of evidence which underpin evidence-based dentistry.

2. Understand the importance of ethical practice in relation to research.

3. Formulate a systematic search and summary of the scientific literature related to clinical practice.

Skills outcomes
Critical appraisal and analysis of evidence.


Literature searching and evaluation.

Research ethics.

Critical appraisal.

Clinical statistics.

Project, extensive small group work, supported by a clinical/academic supervisor, cumulating in an annotated bibliography evidencing acquisition of research-related skills.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning52.0010.00
Library Session12.002.00
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Group learning42.008.00
Private study hours155.00
Total Contact hours45.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Independent learning: Project work, completion of search strategy, reading and appraisal of scientific papers of annotated bibliography.

Private study: Preparation for Lectures, Tutorials and Practicals. Preparation for assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are provided with formative feedback through the following opportunities:

Tutorials and Seminar.

Written feedback will be provided to each group on their search strategy and Medline search.

Verbal feedback will be provided by the group supervisors.

Practice examination questions will be available.

Students with difficulties with progress during the module are encouraged to seek advice from the Module Leader or their group supervisor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectCompletion of Search Strategy and Medline. Formative assessment.0.00
Tutorial PerformanceParticipation in Research Ethics Seminar. Progressional.0.00
-------------------------Completion of Annotated Bibliography 1800 words.25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

Annotated Biblography is non-compensatable.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

The examination will compose of a combination of MCQ and SAQ style questions related to medical statistics and critical appraisal. Prior to the examination students will be provided with a research paper. One third of the marks available for the examination (25% of the overall module marks) will be derived from questions in relation to this paper. The written exam will assess learning in relation to any areas of modular learning outcomes 1 and 3. Online time limited assessment with a duration of 48 hours. The exam is non-compensatable.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2021


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