Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Evidence Based Dentistry 2

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will guide students to ask properly built questions about aspects of dental clinical practice and issues in dental health education. Students will be directed to find answers through research. A significant part of this study unit will be dedicated to help students develop the skills and competencies necessary to search for scientific evidence, critique and conduct a literature review relevant to a selected topic. Students will also familiarise themselves with the quality components of studies including an overview of how to address research ethical issues.

The overall purpose of this study unit is to assist the students to define and find a good research question, search and critically appraise the relevant literature so that at the end of this study unit the student is able to conduct a literature review.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to develop the ability of the students to critique and synthesise scientific literature and to prepare the student to conduct a critical review of the literature relevant to a selected topic.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Discuss how to critically appraise and evaluate peer-reviewed literature;
- Discuss different research methodologies used in the literature;
- Demonstrate logical structure and organisation of ideas through the use of appropriate headings, summary statements, and smooth links between sections;
- Discuss ethical issues inherent to scientific research.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Critically appraise, analyze and evaluate peer-reviewed literature;
- Integrate relevant theory and evidence in a logical way and draw appropriate conclusions;
- Critically evaluate the research methodologies used in the literature;
- Debate ethical issues inherent to scientific research.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text

- Straus, S.E., Richardson, W.S., Glasziou, P., and Haynes, R.B. (2005). Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach EBM (3rd Ed.). Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.
- Lecture notes.

Supplementary Readings

- Clarkson, J., Harrison, J.E., Ismail, A.I., Needleman, I. and Worthington, H. (2002). Evidence based dentistry for effective practice. London: Martin Dunitz.
- Crombie, I.K. (1996). The pocket guide to critical appraisal: a handbook for health professionals (2nd Ed.) Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.
- Greenhalgh, T. (2006). How to read a scientific paper: the basics of evidence based medicine. London: BMJ.
- Sackett, D.L., Rosenberg, W.M., Gray, J.A., Haynes, R.B., and Richardson, W.S. (1996). Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. British Medical Journal, 13 (312), 71-2.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Project

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 Yes 50%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Veronica Montebello

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