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Unit information: Personal and Professional Development Year 4 in 2015/16

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Unit name Personal and Professional Development Year 4
Unit code ORDS30007
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Waylen
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Year 4


  1. The Dentist in Society Year 4
  2. Elective Preparation
  3. Portfolio Year 4

The Unit aims to build on the previous years’ Dentist in Society teaching and support students in devising, planning and undertaking a research project either independently or with a partner.

Intended learning outcomes

The Dentist in Society

At the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  1. describe the dental and wider healthcare systems dental professionals work within including health policy and organization, delivery of healthcare and equity
  2. explain the principles of planning oral healthcare to meet needs and demands
  3. explain the importance of and demonstrate appropriate record keeping skills
  4. demonstrate the ability to communicate risk appropriately and also to apply suitable interpersonal skills in the breaking of bad news and dealing with complaints

Elective Preparation

At the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  1. Find relevant research papers in your chosen subject and interpret and summarise the key findings and implications
  2. Evaluate evidence from a number of different sources to make effective judgments regarding the extent of published knowledge on the specific subject
  3. Plan the study appropriately including: appropriate methods and analysis (including ethical approval if necessary), development of appropriate research materials, recruitment of participants
  4. Explain the background to the study in a manner appropriate for a non-specialist dental academic, qualifying all terminology used
  5. Present written work clearly and concisely and demonstrate consistent and accurate referencing
  6. Develop and work to a set of defined, realistic aims and objectives

Teaching details

The Dentist in Society

  1. Nine lectures, one 3-hour symposium on ethics and Law teaching, two small group discussion sessions, two communication skills role play sessions (breaking bad news)

Elective Preparation

  1. Regular supervisory meetings with the elective supervisor


Assessment Details

The Dentist in Society

Formative assessment:

  1. feedback from role play sessions (Comm Skills), online self-assessment (required reading)

Summative assessment (50%):

  1. 60 minute SAQ paper (closed book, compulsory questions 30%)

Elective Preparation


  1. feedback on the project idea is given in term 4.1, with guidance on ethical approvals required and how to obtain these; formative feedback will also be provided for the written introduction and for the draft methods and analysis sections of the report

Summative (30%):

  1. a Protocol and risk assessment will be submitted and assessed at the end of January (30%).

Portfolio (20%)

Reading and References

  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. Chestnutt IG, Davies L, Thomas DR. Practitioner’s perspectives and experiences of the new National Health Service dental contract. BDJ 2009; 206(9):E18; discussion :476-7.
  5. Nuttall NM, Steele JG, Evans D, Chadwick B, Morris AJ, Hill K. The reported impact of oral condition on children in the United Kingdom. BDJ 2006; 200: 551-5.
  6. Sheiham A, Watt RG. The common risk factor approach: a rational basis for promoting oral health. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2000; 28(6):399-406.
  7. Tickle M, Milsom K. The whole population approach to caries prevention in general dental practice. BDJ 2008; 205: 521.
  8. Macintyre S, Macdonald L,Ellaway A. Do poorer people have poorer access to local resources and facilities? The distribution of local resources by area deprivation in Glasgow, Scotland. Soc Sci Med. 2008; 67 (6):900-14.
  9. Assael, L.A. Disclosing risk: a potential path to inaction in surgical practice. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2006; 64:1575-6.
  10. Brennan M, Oliver R, Harvey B, Jones G. Ethics and Law for the Dental Team. Knutsford : PasTest; 2006. ISBN:9781904627418.