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Postgraduate Course: Oral health assessment and Diagnosis (MPDC11004)

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 reviews the process of assessing a patient's oral health with particular reference to adopting a consistent and reproducible process that is based on current guidelines and clinical scientific evidence.
Course description Using a mixture of video recorded lectures, tutor-led discussion, case material and group project work, this course includes the following topics;
Oral health assessment
Assessment of dental anxiety
Orthodontic treatment needs assessment
Caries assessment and risk
Periodontal disease assessment and risk
Soft tissue examination
Extra-oral examination
History taking
Review of the common oral diseases and their diagnosis
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, 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) Coursework 100%
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. Develop a reproducible system for carrying out an oral health assessment, an assessment of dental anxiety, and an orthodontic treatment need assessment and recording it in a patient record as a group project using the Wiki.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to elicit and record a full dental, medical and social history and to understand the implications for patient management and record this in a case report.
  3. Recognise and assess the common dental diseases which affect the teeth and supporting structures, using the most appropriate examination techniques and special investigations relevant to patient age and co-operation and demonstrate this in a clinical case report.
  4. Critically appraise the relevant clinical scientific literature supporting the current concepts of management of the common dental diseases and compare various behavioural management techniques on the tutor-led discussion board.
Reading List
The reading list is available through the University of Edinburgh online resource list system so that students are able to link directly to essential items and be signposted to further reading.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and understanding:
Possess core knowledge relevant to a wide range of clinical skills relevant to the practice of dentistry in a primary care setting
Skills and abilities in research and enquiry:
Apply skills to solve problems
Skills and abilities in personal effectiveness:
Be able to use problem-solving skills in a variety of clinical situations
Keywordsoral health assessment,diagnosis,common oral diseases,risk assessment
Course organiserDr Oonagh Lawrie
Tel: (0131) 536 3974
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Allison
Tel: (0131) 536 3975
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