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Unit information: Dissertation in 2015/16

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Unit name Dissertation
Unit code DENTM9019
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. O'Sullivan
Open unit status Not open



Biomaterials , biomedical science and biomechanics - DENTM9007 Patient Assessment and treatment planning 1 - DENTM9008 Implant surgery 1 - DENTM9009 Bone augmentation and grafting 1 - DENTM9010 Prosthodontics 1 - DENTM9011 Clinical practice attachment 1 - DENTM9012 Treatment Planning 2 - DENTM9013 Implant Surgery 2 - DENTM9014 Prosthodontics 2 - DENTM9015 Teams and marketing - DENTM9016 Advanced techniques - DENTM9017 Clinical practice attachment 2 - DENTM9018

School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This module will involve the student undertaking an independent research project under the supervision of a nominated supervisor within the Department of Oral and Dental Science. The research topic must be related to an aspect of dental Implantology however, this may be interpreted broadly. The student will be required to write a dissertation on the chosen research topic.

Intended Learning Outcomes

To be competent in writing a research protocol. To be competent in conducting a literature review. To be competent in carrying out a supervised research project.

Teaching Information

Teaching: The student will be required to meet their supervisor within weeks 1 to 6 of year 3 and submit a written proposal to the Unit organiser by week 12 of year 3. The proposal must be approved by the Unit organiser.

Progress monitoring: It is expected that students will be in contact with their supervisors by telephone and e-mail on a monthly basis, meeting in person if required. The Unit organiser is required to track progress on a regular basis. This will be done by e-mail on a monthly basis. Progress will be assessed against the timetable submitted with the original MSc proposal. Students whose progress is deemed unsatisfactory may be required to attend an interview with the Unit organiser and their supervisor

Methods: Independent supervised research project One to one supervision

Assessment Information

Two printed and soft bound copies of the final dissertation must be submitted within a 1 year period from the commencement of the unit of study. This will take the form of a typed (word processed) bound document of not less than 15,000 words. The student must be able to demonstrate an in depth knowledge in the subject researched and the use of appropriate analytical tools reaching conclusions to their work.

An internal examiner will be chosen by the Unit organiser from the School of Oral and Dental Sciences to mark the dissertation based on the subject of the dissertation and the area of expertise of the examiner. The dissertation will be blind double marked by the dissertation supervisor and second internal marker. The final mark will be derived from agreement between both markers following the blind second marking. The external examiner will be given access to all dissertations and marks and will act to moderate the final agreed mark in cases where the internal markers cannot reach an agreed mark.

Reading and References

Contemporary Implant Dentistry by Carl E. Misch. Mosby 2nd edition ISBN: 08151 70599

Practical Implant Dentistry: Diagnostic, Surgical, Restorative and Technical Aspects of Aesthetic and Functional Harmony by Ashok Sethi and Thomas Kaus. Quintessence Publishing ISBN: 18509 70610

Selected journal references