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Postgraduate Course: Research Dissertation and Clinical Case Reports (MRES11008)

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 Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe final course is equivalent to three courses. It is designed to draw together all the teaching and clinical activity from the previous courses and allow students to present and demonstrate the accumulated knowledge. The presentation of case reports represents clinical activity and problem solving skills and the research dissertation or clinic management project represents the skills and attributes in research and enquiry.
Course description This course will use a series of resources to guide students through the preparation of clinical cases and dissertation projects. A series of deadlines throughout the year allows staged feedback and guidance from the year tutors and programme team.
Much of this year is self-directed learning with less reliance on learning tasks and weekly timetables.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 30 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 70%, Practical Exam 30%
Feedback Students receive informal feedback/ feed forward from their on-line tutor on a regular basis. Students receive formal feedback on assessed course-work and written assignments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To be able to present a review of the current dental literature pertaining to a particular research question.
  2. To be able to select a range of methods of enquiry when researching the dental literature.
  3. To present a portfolio of evidence on completion of this degree programme.
  4. To be able to present a clinical case in a logical sequence.
  5. To have knowledge and critical understanding of the essential theories, principles and concepts of evidence based dentistry and its application in dental primary care.
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 of the clinical aspects of primary dental care and the supporting evidence that informs discussions about planning treatment and longevity of treatment

Skills and abilities in research and enquiry:
Possess skills in understanding research and clinical audit in primary dental care and have the ability to critically analyse the literature in an appropriate way

Skills and abilities in personal and intellectual autonomy:
Evaluate personal clinical performance in primary dental care and be able to assess the personal success rate for different types of treatment. Understand personal training needs and identify training goals.

Technical and practical skills:
Appreciate the scope and limitations of operative techniques and understand personal skill limitations and know when it is appropriate to seek specialist help.
KeywordsResearch dissertation,clinical case report,clinical environment management,literature review
Course organiserDr Oonagh Lawrie
Tel: (0131) 536 3974
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Allison
Tel: (0131) 536 3975
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