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Postgraduate Course: Treatment planning (DENT11153)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is designed to review the skill of planning a course of dental treatment for a patient. By appraising the dental scientific literature students will adopt an evidence based approach to planning courses of treatment.
Course description Treatment planning is an essential clinical skill for general dentists. This course will develop the skills necessary to adopt an evidence based approach. By encouraging different methods of enquiry and applying knowledge gained to the clinical situation, this course will challenge students to justify their clinical decision making.
The use of simulated clinical scenarios and group discussions will add to the learning experience.
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 Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Contribution to tutor-led discussion, group projects and reflective writing 15%
Written assignment including a clinical case report 85%
Feedback Students receive informal feedback/ feed forward on a weekly basis from their on-line tutor.
Students receive formal feedback at the end of each semester based on assessed coursework and written assignments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Formulate a treatment plan for a patient (of any age) respecting patient¿s wishes and with an awareness of the financial implications of selecting one course of treatment over another, and record it in a case report.
  2. Critically appraise the dental scientific literature to determine the longevity of dental restorations and use that information to inform discussions with patients when selecting one course of treatment over another.
  3. Explore the guidelines relating to consent, particularly with regard to children and adults unable to consent for themselves, and apply this knowledge in clinical situations.
  4. Assess the implications of a patient¿s dental, medical and social history and be able to apply them in a treatment planning discussion so that a patient feels able to select one course of treatment over another in full knowledge of the risks, advantages and disadvantages. Record this discussion for assessment.
  5. Explore the dental scientific literature to assess the influence of a patient¿s diet, oral hygiene and life style choices on their oral health and be able to discuss these risk factors for various treatment plans on the tutor-led discussion board.
Reading List
The course reading list is provided via a series of links to electronic resources within the University of Edinburgh on-line library.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and understanding:
Have knowledge and critical understanding of the essential theories, principles and concepts of evidence based dentistry and its application in primary dental care
Skills and abilities in communication:
be able to communicate effectively with patients, relatives and all members of the dental team
Technical and practical skills:
Be clinically competent in the assessment and planning of treatment for patients in the dental primary care setting.
Keywordstreatment planning,patient consent,risk factors,longevity
Course organiserDr Oonagh Lawrie
Tel: (0131) 536 3974
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Allison
Tel: 0131 536 3975
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