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Undergraduate Course: Health & Disease 1(b) (DENT08008)

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 Pathology
Periodontal Disease
Oral Anatomy and Physiology
Dental Development and Physiology
Human Disease
Course description Health and Disease 1b will focus on head and neck anatomy, oral physiology, and you will be introduced to the aetiology and management of oral disease using a lecture format.
You will be introduced dental anatomy, and will look at the development of the dentition and its supporting structures and the morphology and structure of the deciduous and permanent dentition. We will provide you with the information will provide you with the knowledge to discuss tooth eruption dates, recognise and describe individual teeth and understand their different functions.
You will be introduced to microbiology where you will study pathogenic and commensal micro-organisms and how they impact on human health and disease and their effect on the oral tissues.
You will learn about the differences between acute and chronic inflammation and will gain an understanding of wound healing which will support the foundations on which to build your knowledge of periodontal disease.
Students will begin teaching on the diverse aetiology and classification of periodontal disease (as per the 2017 classification update). You will go on to learn the theory behind the treatment of periodontal disease in non-surgical treatment which will form the basis of your clinical practice.

GDC Learning Outcomes (Regulatory Body);
1.1.2 Describe oral diseases and their relevance to prevention, diagnosis and treatment
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
1.1.8 Describe the properties of relevant drugs and therapeutic agents and discuss their application to patient management
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
1.5.3 Plan the delivery of, and carry out, care in the best interests of the patient
1.7.2 Explain the impact of medical and psychological conditions in the patient
1.7.8 Recognise the need for and make arrangements for appropriate follow-up care
1.7.9 Recognise local referral networks, local clinical guidelines and policies
1.8.1 Recognise the risks around the clinical environment and manage these in a safe and efficient manner
1.8.3 Recognise and take responsibility for the quality of care provided to the patient
1.8.5 Recognise and manage medical emergencies
1.8.6 Explain the importance of and maintain accurate, contemporaneous and comprehensive patient records in accordance with legal and statutory requirements and best practice
1.10.1 Recognise the responsibilities of the dental team as an access point to and from wider healthcare
1.10.2 Provide patients with comprehensive and accurate preventive education and instruction in a manner which encourages self-care and motivation
1.10.4 Advise on and apply a range of preventive materials and treatments as appropriate
1.10.5 Assess the results of treatment and provide appropriate aftercare and on-going preventive advice
1.11.1 Assess and manage the health of periodontal and soft tissues taking into account risk and lifestyle factors
1.11.2 Explain and take account of the impact of the patient¿s periodontal and general health on the overall treatment plan and outcomes
1.11.3 Undertake non-surgical treatments, under prescription where appropriate, to remove hard and soft deposits and stains using a range of methods
1.11.4 Monitor and record changes in periodontal health as necessary using appropriate indices
1.11.6 Recognise and appropriately manage the complications associated with periodontal therapy
1.13.1 Identify normal and abnormal facial growth, physical, mental and dental development and explain their significance
2.1 Describe the basic principles of a population health approach including demographic and social trends, UK and international oral health trends, determinants of health and inequalities in health, the ways in which these are measured and current patterns
3.2 Recognise the importance of non-verbal communication, including listening skills, and barriers to effective communication
11.6 Recognise, take responsibility for and act to raise concerns about own or others' health, behaviour or professional performance as described in Standards for the Dental Team Principle 8
12.5 Recognise and comply with national and local clinical governance and health and safety requirements

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
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) Combined assessment methods including essays 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 will participate in Top Hat tutorials on the listed course categories. Top Hat questions will allow students to assess their understanding of a topic during teaching and will encourage all students to participate anonymously.
Students will be given individual feedback post May examination diet, remedial teaching is offered for any subsequent resits.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Health & Disease 1(b)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Health & Disease 1(b)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 microbiology relevant to dental hygiene and therapy and be confident in applying this knowledge and understanding to the management of patients.
  2. Explain the aetiology and pathogenesis of oral disease
  3. Identify normal and abnormal facial growth, physical, mental and dental development and explain their significance
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.

Aspiration and personal development
University of Edinburgh graduates draw on their initiative and experience to expand and fulfil their potential. Making the most of a confident and reflective approach, they take personal responsibility for pursuing their goals and opportunities to grow.

Outlook and engagement
University of Edinburgh graduates draw on the quality, depth and breadth of their experiences to engage with the communities and world around them. With an informed international perspective, they seek to contribute positively, ethically and respectfully.

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/recorded lectures with prior reading and tasks to be completed.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMrs Lucy Wands
Tel: (0131 5)36 4996
Course secretaryMs Jenny Thompson
Tel: (01315) 364964
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