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Unit information: Personal and Professional Development - Year 3 in 2021/22

Unit name Personal and Professional Development - Year 3
Unit code ORDS30012
Credit points 30
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Miss. Sarah Bain
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Subject areas:

  1. Professional Development/Personal Development (including Reflective Practice)
  2. Dental Public Health and Behavioural Sciences with relevance to the care of the patient.
  3. Completion of Dissertation
  4. Management and leadership / working with the dental team and wider health-care professions


To produce a dissertation facilitated by a mentor/staff member. The completed thesis must be completed and passed as sign up for the Final examination. The written element must be the students own work, and comply with the regulations related to undergraduate taught programmes.

To develop abilities in management of own time/resources and inspire professional research skills including an understanding of evidence base, analytical thought processes and development of a commitment to lifelong learning

To provide the student with the tools to gain an understanding of the social and behavioural issues that influence dental health and disease.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Complete a critical and analytical dissertation, presented as a structured review based on principles of systemic review focused on a current relevant research question.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of evidenced based clinical practice.
  3. Demonstrate self-directed learning and ability to access literature from a variety of sources.
  4. Analyse and critically appraise published scientific literate, including the correct interpretation of data.
  5. Demonstrate IT skills in the presentation of the findings.
  6. Develop and maintain professional knowledge and competence and demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning.
  7. Have knowledge of communication with patients, other members of the dental team and other health professionals.
  8. Practice more independently within scope of practice.
  9. Have knowledge of social, cultural and environment factors that determine oral health and illness.
  10. Have knowledge of the prevalence and distribution of certain dental conditions in the UK and the provision of dental services for a community taking into account the changing demography of the population.
  11. Be familiar with the social and psychological issues relevant to the care of patients.
  12. Have knowledge of the role of the dental team in the facilitation, provision and care of disabled people.
  13. Be familiar with the medical and social models of disability and the resulting consequences and impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

Teaching Information

Teaching methods include:

  • Small group Seminars
  • Individual tutorials with mentors/staff
  • Research methods/project
  • Clinical Practice (Work based learning)
  • Placement (SBCH & CBT)
  • Guided Independent study
  • Continuous Clinical Assessment logbook/portfolio (CCA) including Reflective Practice

Assessment Information

Summative assessment

Submission of Dissertation (100% of unit total)

Completion of a 4000 word written dissertation on a subject relating to the clinical practice of Dental Hygiene & Therapy. Feedback and Tutorial support is given; the project is a requirement as a sign up to Finals.

Formative assessment

Students are supported in their learning by a variety of directed formative assessments with which they must engage within this unit. Overall performance will be reviewed and discussed at the School Progress committee at regular meetings x 1 per term.

Professional Development

Ongoing Clinical Assessment for each individual Patient seen, graded with feedback given by clinical staff.

Legal & Ethical remit explored in more depth including lectures from Medico-Legal staff in preparation for qualified professional career – feedback & question forum.

Personal Development

Ongoing Clinical Assessment for each individual Patient seen, graded with feedback given by clinical staff.

Legal & Ethical remit explored in more depth including lectures from Medico-Legal staff in preparation for qualified professional career – feedback & question forum.

Seminars and group discussions on preparing for employment and continued professional development on qualification, this encompasses leadership and management skills, accountancy law and teamwork.

Marks obtained in formative assessments above do not contribute to the overall unit mark but failure to complete by the stated end of term deadlines will be raised at the Progress Committee, and may be a barrier to progression.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.