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Undergraduate Course: Health & Disease 2a (DENT09006)

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;
Gingival Diseases: Denta Biofilm-induced
Systemic Diseases or Conditions Affecting the Periodontal Supporting Tissues
Necrotizing Periodontal Conditions
Oral Biology
Dental Caries
Non Carious Tooth Surface Loss
Periodontal Abscesses and Endodontic Periodontal Lesions
Mucogingival Deformities and Conditions
Peri-implant Disease and Conditions
Course description Year 2 Semester 1 will concentrate on the significance of microbiology within the human body and focus specifically on how it may affect the oral cavity, causing disease. You will continue to at general aspects of oral pathology whilst also building and cementing your knowledge on periodontal disease and the important associated risk factors.
You will study the principles, diagnosis and aetiology of caries which will support practical teaching with Clinical Practice 2a.

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
1.2.2 Recognise the importance of and record a comprehensive and contemporaneous patient history
1.2.3 Recognise the significance of changes in the patient's reported oral health status and take appropriate action
1.2.4 Recognise abnormalities of the oral cavity and the rest of the patient and raise concerns where appropriate
1.2.5 Contribute to relevant special investigations and diagnostic procedures, including radiography
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
1.5.5 Discuss the role of the dental therapist and other members of the dental team in the treatment plan
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
1.7.7 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
1.8.1 Recognise the risks around the clinical environment and manage these in a safe and efficient manner
1.8.2 Implement and perform effective decontamination and infection control procedures according to current guidelines
1.8.4 Take responsibility for ensuring compliance with current best practice guidelines
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
1.9.1 Recognise and manage patients with acute oral conditions ensuring involvement of appropriate dental team members
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
1.10.3 Underpin all patient care with a preventive approach that contributes to the patient's long-term oral health and general health
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
1.11.1 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
1.11.7 Recognise the role of surgical management of periodontal diseases, apply antimicrobials and provide appropriate patient care
1.11.8 Describe the risks related to dental implant therapy and manage the health of peri-implant tissues
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
1.14.5 Explain the role of the dental therapist in the restoration of teeth
4.1 Communicate appropriately with colleagues from dental and other healthcare professions in relation to the direct care of individual patients, including oral health promotion
10.7 Ensure that all aspects of practice comply with legal and regulatory requirements
11.1 Take a patient-centred approach to working with the dental and wider healthcare team
12.1 Recognise and comply with systems and processes to support safe patient care
12.2 Recognise the need for effective recorded maintenance and testing of equipment and requirements for appropriate storage, handling and use of materials
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 1
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 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination 100%
Combined assessment methods including short answer tests.
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 S1 (December)Health & Disease 2a2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Health & Disease 2a2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant aspects of microbiology and associated conditions affecting patients and the oral cavity
  2. Define the principles, aetiology and diagnosis of dental caries
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the aetiology and pathogenesis of oral disease
  4. Recognise and describe periodontium in health & disease along with other associated factors and treatment
Reading List
A reading list for the course is available through Talis Aspire and 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 fulfill 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/video recorded lectures with prior reading and tasks to be completed.
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Course organiserMrs Lucy Wands
Tel: (0131 5)36 4996
Course secretaryMs Jenny Thompson
Tel: (01315) 364964
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