Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Clinical Orientation for Dental Students

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Dental Surgery

DESCRIPTION Students will be introduced to the Clinical side of Dentistry through attendance at the various Operative and Consultant clinics in the Department of Dental Surgery. They will also be instructed in basic clinical procedures.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this unit are to familiarise the student with the layout and running of the Dental Clinics and to teach the first principles of basic dental care. By the end of this study unit the students should be familiar with the layout and administrative procedures belonging to the Mater Dei Hospital Dental Department and the University Teaching Clinic. They shall gain sufficient knowledge and understanding of dental procedures to reinforce the concurrent lectures in Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology. The Study Unit will also provide a sound basis for progression to the second year clinics.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- Explain the layout and running of the Dental Department;
- Describe the chairside layout;
- List the principles of chairside assistance;
- List the principles of aseptic practice;
- Explain the procedures in the Dental Laboratory;
- Explain the appointment booking system.
- Explain the principles of:
    - History taking, charting and planning of care;
    - Dental Radiography;
    - Prosthodontics;
    - Preventive Dentistry;
    - Oral Surgery;
    - Restorative Dentistry;
    - Orthodontics;
    - Paediatric Dentistry.

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

- Greet patients and escort to the chair side;
- Identify basic Dental Diagnostic Instruments;
- Assist senior Dental Students in Operative Dentistry;
- Perform tooth carving exercises;
- Perform Basic Laboratory procedures;
- Apply their knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry to the Clinical situation.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Basic Guide to Infection prevention and Control in Dentistry. Pankhurst and Coulter. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4051-7762-0.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Please note that a pass in all assessment components is obligatory for an overall pass mark to be awarded.

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 Lectures, Clinical Practice & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Online Examination [See Add. Notes] (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 40%
Practical [See Add. Notes] (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Anne-Marie Agius
Nikolai Attard
Adrienne Busuttil
Gabriella Gatt
Elizabeth Martinelli
Mario Joseph Zarb

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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.