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Unit information: Teaching, Research and Health Economics in Periodontology in 2021/22

Unit name Teaching, Research and Health Economics in Periodontology
Unit code ORDSM0054
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Gamboa
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to enhance their knowledge of interdisciplinary research designs and methods for reporting and summarising research findings as well as their application when reporting individual cases. Students will learn how to critically evaluate research background, formulate a research question, set relevant objectives, collect necessary data, and design procedures for ethical issues. These will equip them with a set of skills necessary to conduct professional research and develop foundation for their postgraduate dissertation. In addition, the introduction to a global view on periodontal conditions distribution, impact and associated health economics will enhance their ability to identify relevant and research questions that have a health and economic impact.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  1. Discuss general and clinical epidemiology of oral diseases
  2. Reflect on current evidence for Periodontal research
  3. Discuss concepts of health economics applied to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

Intellectual skills and attributes

  1. Summarise the evidence base in Periodontics
  2. Appraise scientific papers and available evidence such as guidelines using a variety of information sources
  3. Develop an integrated insight into how the development and impact of their knowledge and skills is of value and relevance to the workplace
  4. Appraise systematically current evidence in Periodontics and appreciate how research activity can inform practice
  5. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the importance of hypothesis-setting and the design of suitable projects to address questions relating to the practice of Periodontics

Other skills attributes

  1. Learn independently in familiar and unfamiliar situations with open-mindedness and in a spirit of critical enquiry

Teaching Information

This unit accounts for 20 credits and there will be a total of 200 learning hours.

The unit will be taught through face-to-face contact symposium, written assessment , weekly asynchronous and synchronous online resources including tutorials, discussions based on key readings and students experiences, evidence base summaries, case study presentation involving evidence based search, analysis, problem-solving and decision-making; peer-to-peer interactions involving group and individual exercises; presentations, discussion, and debate .

The remaining learning hours will be spent in independent study and in the preparation of assessment. The face-to-face symposium will be team-taught by a range of academics in the School, and invited external experts. The weekly asynchronous and synchronous teaching will follow an initial timetable with key concepts and building students learning to cover all the unit learning outcomes.

Assessment Information

Summative exam: Written exam


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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.

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