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Unit information: Personal and Professional Development Year 3 in 2015/16

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Unit name Personal and Professional Development Year 3
Unit code ORDS30006
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Beate St Pourcain
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Year 3


  1. The Dentist in Society Year 3
  2. Critical Appraisal Projects
  3. Portfolio Year 3

The Unit aims to build on the previous years’ teaching of The Dentist in Society and to provide students with training in critical appraisal.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The Dentist in Society

By the end of the Dentist in Society unit students will:

  1. Have added to their understanding of the psychology of dentistry, specifically child development and the perception and impact of pain
  2. Have had continued opportunities to learn about and apply principles of evidence- and population-based approaches towards the provision of oral health care and clinical and professional practice with particular respect to health promotion and policy.
  3. Have continued to learn about the ethical and legal perspectives in the provision of oral health care and research in oral health care including information and clinical governance.
  4. Continued to build their communication skills by learning about written forms of communication relevant to dental practice, particularly referral to other health care professionals
  5. Developed their skills in literature searching and also in the evaluation and critique of other people’s work, both published and unpublished
  6. Demonstrated skills in scientific writing, integrating information and knowledge provided by different individuals in the team and from different sources

Critical Appraisal Projects

By the end of the Critical Appraisal Project students will be able to:

  1. Source recent journal articles in a research field, assess their relevance and extract the most relevant material in a new, possibly unfamiliar subject area
  2. Carefully read and critique a specific research paper, illustrating that you are able to evaluate the work in the context of the research field
  3. Evaluate their own work and that of others, recognising strengths and areas for improvement
  4. Demonstrate skills in scientific writing, integrating information and knowledge provided by different individuals in the team and from different sources
  5. Illustrate skills in project management, such as prioritising information and activities and working to deadlines


By the end of the Portfolio element students will:

  1. Explain the different methods of learning and teaching available for reflective practice
  2. Appreciate the importance of assessment, feedback and critical reflection in dental practice
  3. Identify their learning needs and the role of appraisal in personal development planning

Teaching Information

The Dentist in Society

  • 8 lectures,1 revision lecture and a tutorial on patient empowerment (Sociology).

Critical Appraisal Projects

  • One e-lecture, one e-tutorial, two face-to-face lectures, two small group tutorials


Assessment Information

(Communication skills to be assessed in Year 3 OSCE)

1. The Dentist in Society Element:

Summative assessment:

  • 60 minute SAQ paper (closed book, 3 compulsory questions) – 40%

2. Critical Appraisal Projects - 40%

  • Proforma (preparation work for tutorial =5% of the Element, 2% of the Unit
  • PowerPoint presentation slides and handout (20% of the Element, 8% of the Unit); Oral presentation skills (5% of the Element, 2% of the Unit)
  • Individual written assignment (coursework) (70% of the Element, 28% of the Unit)

3. Portfolio Year 3 (20%)

Reading and References

The Dentist in Society

  1. Daly B, Batchelor P, Treasure E, Watt RG. Essential Dental Public Health. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press; 2013. ISBN:9780199679379.
  2. Pine C. Community Oral Health. Butterworth Heinemann; 1996. ISBN:9780192632791.
  3. Patel M, Patel N. Dental Public Health: A Primer. Radcliffe Publishing Ltd; 2006. ISBN:9781857756470.
  4. Brennan M, Oliver R, Harvey B, Jones G. Ethics and Law for the Dental Team. Knutsford, PasTest; 2006. ISBN:9781446201886.

Critical Appraisal Projects

  1. Greenhalgh T. How to read a paper. Getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about). BMJ 1997; 26: 315(7102): 243-6.
  2. Greenhalgh T. Assessing the methodological quality of published papers. BMJ 1997; 2: 315(7103): 305-8.