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Unit information: Non-surgical Therapy and Adjunctive Therapies in 2021/22

Unit name Non-surgical Therapy and Adjunctive Therapies
Unit code ORDSM0056
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Gamboa
Open unit status Not open

Completion of:

Teaching, Research and Health Economics in Periodontology

Exam, Diagnosis, Special Investigations, Risk Factors and Treatment Planning



School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to enhance students’ knowledge of relevant biology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology and technical requirements applied to tailored planning of treatment of periodontal diseases of individual cases. Students will be able to discuss the appropriate use of dental materials, equipment and techniques to provide tailored treatment, the need and recommendations for prescription of adjunctive therapies and be able to recognise possible causes of non-response to treatment. Students will be able to communicate effectively with peers and patients the importance of patient motivation and compliance and impact of individual risk factors to treatment outcomes.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  1. Discuss the behavioural, clinical and technical procedures involved in the treatment of patients requiring Periodontics and Implant care
  2. Report communication with individual patients and other professionals and in general educational and professional settings

Intellectual skills and attributes

  1. Show professional judgement to implement clinical solutions in response to problems by developing an evidence-based treatment plan and taking a holistic approach to solving problems and designing treatment plans
  2. Evaluate critically the scope and limitations of the various techniques used in Periodontics balancing the risks and cost benefits of treatment demonstrating self-direction and autonomy
  3. Demonstrate the ability to sustain a critical argument in writing and through oral presentations

Other skills attributes

  1. Report their provision of clinical care to the highest ethical and technical standards in line with current knowledge and with the full and valid consent of patients
  2. Demonstrate clinical proficiency in the delivery of preventive and interventional care as part of a holistic, comprehensive treatment plan
  3. Recognise and manage behavioural and related social factors which affect oral health
  4. Use clinical information to implement strategies that facilitate the delivery of oral health
  5. Undertake peer review and continuing professional development guiding the learning of others
  6. 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, 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 summative assessment for this unit will be a written piece of work where students will need to apply the principles of evidence-based scientific information and reporting on a case provided by the student. Principles of confidentiality and consent will apply.

The remaining learning hours will be spent in independent study and in the preparation and production 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

Formative assessment - Case oral presentation; 15 minutes

Summative assessment – written Reflective Case Report Submission (2000 words)


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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.