Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Clinical Ethics

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides students with an overview of the ethical issues encountered in dental practice. Students will explore the concepts of ethical reasoning in the clinical context and in the clinical encounter (consent, professionalism and confidentiality). The unit will also consider specific issues and populations within clinical practice, such as the care of vulnerable populations. Learning activities will include lectures, discussions and case study activities.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at engaging students in ethical reasoning and actions which promote advocacy, collaboration, justice and good leadership as healthcare professionals and as members of the dental team.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Discuss professionalism and professional responsibility (including confidentiality and consent) when involved in clinical training and practice.
- Discuss the principles of ethics and code of professional conduct.
- Discuss the role of advocacy in clinical practice and during clinical rotations.
- Demonstrate competence and reflective practice.
- Demonstrate appreciation for professionalism and continuous development.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Recognise and discuss conflicts within the clinical situation.
- Explain the ethical aspect to all parties involved in such conflicts.
- Make decisions and justify acceptable solutions.
- Bring about change within dental practices where concerns and conflicts have been created.
- Show active listening.
- Demonstrate confidentiality.
- Demonstrate good advocacy skills to aid those who find it difficult to express themselves.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

Legal and Ethical Considerations for Dental Hygienists and Assistants
by Judith A Davison
ISBN: 1556644221/ ISBN-13: 9781556644221

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 and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Nikolai Attard
Carmen Caruana

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