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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Clinical Sciences : Dentistry

Undergraduate Course: Preparation for Practice 1 (DENT08004)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe areas of study in this course include safe working practices, emergency care, infection control, behavioural sciences and pain & anxiety control.
Course description Semester one; You will begin to explore the legislation that impacts on your clinical practice and the clinical environment, concentrating on the Health and Safety Policies and Fire Safety Policies that are essential in ensuring safe working practices.
You will complete the Cleanliness Champions Programme which is completed via e-learning modules, self-reflection and audits of the clinical environment and covers transmission routes of infectious agents, how to prevent the spread of infections, the scientific principles of decontamination and disinfection and their relevance to health and safety.
You will be introduced to Behavourial Sciences through lectures, group work and interactive sessions where you will begin to develop your verbal, non-verbal and listening skills which will give you the skills to communicate effectively and sensitively at all times, assisting you to become a proficient and caring practitioner.
A visit to the Anatomy Department at School of Biomedical Sciences will further enhance your knowledge and understanding.

Semester two; An important part of your clinical practice will be how to deal with a medical emergency confidently and efficiently so you will be equipped with the necessary skills through lecture base learning and the use of practical simulation cases on how to give basic life support and first aid.
In preparation of becoming a safe and effective practitioner you will be introduced to the pharmacokinetics of local analgesia which will give you an understanding of how this form of pain management works.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 62, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 100, Formative Assessment Hours 27, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 6 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination 100%
Combined assessment methods including short answer tests, audits and OSCE's are employed throughout the course. There are examinations at the end of each semester which must be passed satisfactorily before any student is permitted to continue to the next phase of study.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Preparation for Practice 11:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Preparation for Practice 11:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognise the risks around the clinical environment and manage these in a safe and efficient manner complying with national and local clinical governance and health and safety requirements
  2. Explain and understand the routes of transmission of infectious agents in the dental practice, mechanisms for the prevention of infection, the scientific principles of decontamination and disinfection and their relevance to health and safety.
  3. Communicate effectively and sensitively, recognising the importance of non-verbal communication and listening skills, and barriers to effective communication
  4. Recognise and manage medical emergencies
  5. List the different local analgesic agents, their mode of action and their uses
Reading List
A reading list for this course is available through Talis Aspire.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMiss Eilish Duffy
Tel: 0131 536 4996
Course secretaryMs Shereen Arabshahi
Tel: (0131) 536 4964
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