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Unit information: Orthodontics Year 1 in 2015/16

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Unit name Orthodontics Year 1
Unit code ORDSM0018
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is part of a programme which aims to:

  • provide a higher degree in orthodontics for dental graduates;
  • prepare students for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) at one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide students with a theoretical grounding in the scientific basics of cell and molecular biology along with genetics associated with growth of the craniofacial complex.
  2. Provide students with the principles of orthodontic treatment and treatment planning - Part I Basic Orthodontic Clinical Practice
  3. Provide students with the principles and clinical skills relevant to orthodontic practice
  4. Provide students with the theory of clinical science and research methods
  5. Provide students with practical understanding of the scientific basis of growth of the craniofacial complex
  6. Provide students with the principles of orthodontic treatment and treatment planning  Part II Advanced Orthodontic Clinical Practice
  7. Provide students with the principles and clinical skills relevant to orthodontic practice - Part II Advanced Orthodontic Clinical Practice
  8. Describe, critique and discuss current concepts around the biology of craniofacial growth and development, both normal and abnormal
  9. Describe the technical, laboratory and material requirements of contemporary orthodontic practice.
  10. Describe and discuss the assessment of normal craniofacial and somatic growth and development, along with treatment options and modalities of relevance to clinical orthodontic practice.
  11. Describe, assess and discuss normal and abnormal dento facial development, including psychological development and possible TMD
  12. Conduct a research project in a focussed area of relevance to orthodontic practice. This will comprise a comprehensive literature, an experimental study (clinical or laboratory based) and completion of a final dissertation.
  13. Analyse experimental results, critique and apply to clinical practice.
  14. Communication skills - written, electronic, oral
  15. Presentation of research  written dissertation & oral defence
  16. Successful use of web-based libraries, search engines, a range of common computer applications, e-mail, Wikis, case presentations, journal clubs.
  17. Appropriate management of time and resources.

Teaching Information

  1. Web based VLE - clinical tips videos and audio lectures delivered asynchronously and viewable multiple times.
  2. Guided, Internet-based, independent study for each module using the VLE comprising interactive modules on both the University of Bristol and National BOS web platforms
  3. Weekly small group discussion of VLE modules with internal and external teaching staff.
  4. Regular (usually weekly) case based discussions
  5. Weekly chair side clinical teaching – diagnosis, treatment planning and supervised treatment of patients
  6. Independent research and review of current literature in specialised field
  7. Wiki topic teaching linking topics across modules
  8. Journal club presentation of contemporary articles and cases under treatment
  9. Research with close supervision

Assessment Information

  • 4 seen Essays - Terms 1 and 2
  • 3 oral diagnostic tests - Terms 1,2 and 3
  • 2 Wikis – terms 1 and 2
  • 1 Research presentation - Term 3
  • 1 case presentation - Term 3
  • 13 work based assessments – competencies – throughout the year

Reading and References

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