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Undergraduate Course: Personal & Professional Development 3 (DENT09010)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe areas of study in this course will include a Literature review, reflective portfolios, case-based learning and journal clubs.
Course description This course comprises of interactive group work and workshops. You are required to carry out a 3000 word Literature Review as part of this course. The completed Literature Review will be available to the External Examiners during the end of year examinations. You should select an aspect of the work of a dental hygienist-therapist to study in more detail.
Case Based Learning
These meetings are introduced in year one, semester two which is more relevant at this stage in the programme as you begin to treat patients.

The content of these meetings include:
- Medical emergency scenarios
- Discussion of clinical scenarios
- Role playing: patient/clinician communication
- Evidence based dentistry
- Clinical quizzes

Occasionally, Case Based Learning meetings are attended by more than one year group. Teaching staff allocate breakout groups and each group are given clinical, patient management or medical emergency scenarios to discuss.
This encourages communication and interaction between year groups and aligns with the school┐s peer support project: Academic Families.

Journal Club
These meetings are introduced in year one, semester one. You will be sent a list of suggested scientific papers, then as a group a decision is made on which paper you would like to discuss at the next meeting. The meetings are facilitated by a University Senior Researcher who is based within the Edinburgh Dental Institute.
Journal Club encourages you to read a wider range of scientific literature which also develops your critical analysis skills in preparation for your Literature Review and dissertation your senior honour year.

Reflective Portfolios
These meetings are also introduced in year one, semester two as it allows you to build up a reflective account of your clinical practice and clinical observation sessions. This is very much student led and you are responsible for the completion of your daily logs. The meetings are facilitated by a Personal Tutor who is able to lead and direct the discussions. These meetings allow discussion and reflective on clinical activity and observational sessions in specialised areas. Reflective practice is a key in the personal and professional development of each student
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 21, Fieldwork Hours 120, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 15, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 36 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination: Literature review (3000 words)
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and respect the roles of dental and other healthcare professionals in the context of learning and working in dental and wider healthcare team
  2. Explain the range of learning and teaching methods and the importance of assessment, feedback, critical reflection, identification of learning needs and appraisal in personal development planning.
  3. Develop and maintain professional knowledge and competence and demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning.
  4. Take responsibility for personal development planning, recording of evidence and reflective practice.
  5. Recognise and demonstrate own professional responsibility in the development of self and the rest of the team
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Additional Information
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Course organiserMrs Elizabeth Conner
Tel: (0131 5)36 4996
Course secretaryMs Shereen Arabshahi
Tel: (0131) 536 4964
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