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Undergraduate Course: Health & Disease 2b (DENT09005)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits30 ECTS Credits15
SummaryThe areas of study in this course will include;
Human disease
Genetics & Development
Periodontal Disease
Course description Year 2 Semester 2 begins a more detailed look into the understanding of human disease and a range of conditions relevant to the dental care professional. This will see you building on knowledge from Year 1. You will have your introduction to pharmacology and learn about the use of drugs in dentistry and medicine. This semester will also include didactic teaching on the principles of genetics alongside craniofacial development and disorders. Students will gain a broad insight into oral medicine and should be able to identify common oral conditions and their management within the dental team.

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
1.1.5 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
1.1.8 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
1.2.2 Recognise the importance of and record a comprehensive and contemporaneous patient history
1.2.7 Discuss the importance of each component of the patient assessment process
1.5.3 Plan the delivery of, and carry out, care in the best interests of the patient
1.5.4 Identify where patients' needs may differ from the treatment plan and refer patients for advice when and where appropriate
1.7.2 Explain the impact of medical and psychological conditions in the patient
1.7.3 Recognise the need to monitor and review treatment outcomes
1.7.4 Manage patient anxiety and pain through effective communication, reassurance and relevant behavioural techniques
1.7.5 Manage patient pain through the appropriate use of analgesia
1.7.7 Refer to other members of the dental team or other health professionals.
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
1.7.10 Discuss the role of the dental therapist and other members of the dental team in the patient management process
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
1.10.6 Describe the health risks of diet, drugs and substance misuse, and substances such as tobacco and alcohol on oral and general health and provide appropriate advice, referral and support
1.11.6 Recognise and appropriately manage the complications associated with periodontal therapy
1.11.7 Recognise the role of surgical management of periodontal diseases, apply antimicrobials and provide appropriate patient care
1.12.1 Explain the risks, indications and complications of extractions
1.12.2 Extract erupted deciduous teeth under local anaesthetic
1.13.1 Identify normal and abnormal facial growth, physical, mental and dental development and explain their significance
1.14.1 Assess and manage caries, occlusion, and tooth wear, and, where appropriate, restore the dentition using the principle of minimal intervention, maintaining function and aesthetics
1.14.2 Restore teeth using a wide range of treatments and materials appropriate to the patient including permanent and temporary direct restorations, maintaining function and aesthetics
1.14.4 Restore deciduous teeth using preformed crowns
11.1 Take a patient-centred approach to working with the dental and wider healthcare team
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, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 40, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 6, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 34 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination 50% in the form of a MCQ paper with short answer questions and 50% Essay submission.
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 2(b)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Health & Disease 2(b)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognise and explain the implications of systemic disease on/for ourselves and the dental patient
  2. Have knowledge of immunological conditions which may affect our patients
  3. Have a sound knowledge of common and relevant drugs, their properties and indications for use
  4. Be aware of genetic development and disorders associated with the head and neck
  5. Recognise the clinical presentation of common oral conditions and discuss the management of these conditions by the dental team
Reading List
A reading list for this course is available through Talis Aspire can be accessed 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.
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Course organiserMrs Lucy Wands
Tel: (0131 5)36 4996
Course secretaryMs Jenny Thompson
Tel: (01315) 364964
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