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Unit information: Personal and Professional Development - Year 2 in 2022/23

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Unit name Personal and Professional Development - Year 2
Unit code ORDS20027
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Miss. Sarah Bain
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Unit Information

Year 2:

Subject areas:

  1. Professional Development
  2. Personal Development (including Reflective Practice)
  3. Team working
  4. Psychological and sociological factors contributing to poor oral health


  • To build and develop Personal and Professional Development from PPD1 with a focus on leadership and management
  • To demonstrate dental team working, instilling collaborative practice within the whole dental team.
  • To understand the oral health inequalities that contribute to the outcomes of dental treatment
  • To further develop reflective practice and feedback

Your learning on this unit

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and demonstrate the attributes of professional attitudes and behaviour in all environments and media
  2. Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills that are effective in initiating an oral health care consultation
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate risk appropriately and also to apply suitable interpersonal skills in the breaking of difficult news and dealing with complaints
  4. Recognise the importance of the duty of candour and effective communication with patients when things go wrong, knowing how and where to report any patient safety issues which arise
  5. Explain, evaluate and apply principles of an evidence-based approach to learning, clinical and professional practice and decision making
  6. Continue to develop reflective practice and understand its contribution to Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  7. Explain the impact of medical and psychological conditions in the patient

How you will learn

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Small group Seminars
  • Clinical Practice (Work based learning)
  • Placement (CBT)
  • Guided Independent study
  • Continuous Clinical Assessment logbook/portfolio (CCA) including Reflective Practice

Teaching will use a blended learning approach delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Students will be expected to engage with all learning.

How you will be assessed

Summative assessment

There is one summative assessment in this unit:

1. Written assignment on a PPD topic

  • 1500-2000 words
  • 100% of unit total

Students must pass the assessment by achieving a minimum mark of 40%.

Formative assessment and progression

Students must satisfy all engagement requirements and successfully complete all 'must pass' assessments, as set out in the student progression requirements for Year 2 in the BSc Assessment Handbook.

Satisfactory and appropriate engagement with the programme will be determined by the Progress Committee which will normally meet termly. The committee will monitor engagement against the engagement and progression criteria, review performance in formative and 'must pass' assessments and monitor levels of professionalism.

A student who has not demonstrated satisfactory and appropriate engagement with the programme, nor reached a satisfactory level of professionalism (as determined by level of engagement and any other evidence relating to professionalism presented to the Progress Committee) will not be permitted to sit the End of Year 2 Summative Assessments and thus will not be able be progress to Year 3.

In accordance with university regulations, students will be permitted two attempts at summative assessments in Year 2. Dependent on extenuating circumstances, a student may be permitted a second attempt at Year 2 or otherwise will be required to withdraw from the programme.


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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.