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Undergraduate Course: Health & Disease 1(a) (DENT08007)

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 Credits30 ECTS Credits15
SummaryThe areas of study in this course include;
General Histology
Anatomy & Physiology
The Nervous System
Regional Anatomy
Oral Biology
Course description This broad subject will use a lecture and self directed learning format. You will begin to construct the knowledge foundation that you will continue to build on in the next three years to cover general anatomy, physiology and biochemistry and histology. You will also begin to explore the oral cavity though lectures and practical sessions giving you the basis to further your knowledge in semester 2.
An important component of Health and Disease provides you with the knowledge to understand the relationships between human disease and oral health and how medical disorders impact on the management of the patient and their dental health.

GDC Learning Outcomes (Regulatory Body);
1.1.3 Explain general and systemic disease and their relevance to oral health
1.1.4 Explain the aetiology and pathogenesis of oral disease
1.1.5 Describe relevant and appropriate dental, oral craniofacial and general anatomy and explain their application to patient management
1.1.6 Describe relevant and appropriate physiology and explain its application to patient management
1.1.7 Explain the potential routes of transmission of infectious agents in dental practice, mechanisms for the prevention of infection, the scientific principles of decontamination and disinfection and their relevance to health and safety
1.1.11 Recognise psychological and sociological factors that contribute to poor oral health, the course of diseases and the success of treatment
1.2.1 Recognise the importance of and carry out an appropriate systematic intra- and extra-oral clinical examination
1.2.4 Recognise abnormalities of the oral cavity and the rest of the patient and raise concerns where appropriate
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Clinical Practice 1(a) (DENT08005) AND Health & Disease 1(b) (DENT08008) AND Clinical Practice 1(b) (DENT08006) AND Preparation for Practice 1 (DENT08004) AND Personal and Professional Development 1 (DENT08003)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 300 ( Lecture Hours 170, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 40, External Visit Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 18, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 6, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 34 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination 100%

Combined assessment methods including written examinations and short answer tests.
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
Feedback Students are given the opportunity to complete a mock assessment for Health and Disease 1a. The internal teaching team marks the assessment. Feedback given within a group basis setting, students can review their own examination script answers against the marking scheme.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Health & Disease 1(a)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Health & Disease 1(a)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop a knowledge of anatomy, physiology, oral biology and biochemistry relevant to dental hygiene and therapy and be confident in applying this knowledge and understanding to the management of patients
  2. Be familiar with the main medical disorders that may impinge on dental treatment
  3. Be familiar with the complex interactions between oral health, nutrition, general health, drugs and diseases that can have an impact on dental care and disease.
  4. Explain the impact of medical conditions in the patient
  5. Describe the clinical dental management of common medical conditions and emergencies
Reading List
A reading list for this course is available through Talis Aspire and can be found on LEARN.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Enquiry and lifelong learning
University of Edinburgh graduates seek personal and academic learning that makes a positive difference to themselves and to the world around them. Inspired by their exposure to world-leading research, they are innovative and lifelong learners.

Research and enquiry
University of Edinburgh graduates use their highly-developed skills in research and enquiry to identify and creatively tackle problems, and to seek out opportunities for learning.

Research and enquiry
University of Edinburgh graduates use their highly-developed skills in research and enquiry to identify and creatively tackle problems, and to seek out opportunities for learning.

Personal and intellectual autonomy
University of Edinburgh graduates use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective.

Personal effectiveness
University of Edinburgh graduates are effective and proactive individuals, skilled in influencing positively and adapting to new situations with sensitivity and integrity.

University of Edinburgh graduates use skilled communication to enhance their understanding of a topic or context and to engage effectively with others.
Additional Class Delivery Information Face-to-face lectures with prior reading and tasks to be completed. Tutorials in anatomical models and features.
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Course organiserMrs Lucy Wands
Tel: (0131 5)36 4996
Course secretaryMs Jenny Thompson
Tel: (01315) 364964
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