Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ORC2002

 
TITLE Clinical Practice 2

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 10

 
DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

 
DESCRIPTION In this study-unit, students start their clinical work with patients. The students will manage patients' treatment plans, periodontal treatments under supervision and in collaboration with dental staff.

Study-unit Aims:

This unit aims to:

- provide students with an opportunity to further develop an understanding of the role of the dental hygienist in a clinical setting;
- develop students' professionalism while providing realistic dental hygiene services for individuals and groups;
- provide students with an opportunity to integrate evidence-based dentistry in clinical settings;
- foster the integration of knowledge and theory into dental hygiene practice.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- compare and contrast theories and concepts used in clinical situations;
- explain principles related to the administration of local anesthesia;
- demonstrate various radiographic techniques and apply knowledge of radiographic interpretation to dental hygiene practice;
- interpret patients' data to develop dental hygiene diagnosis and care plan;
- provide dental hygiene services to patients in clinical settings;
- participate in the management of oral diseases;
- collaborate with dental surgeons and other professionals in providing quality health care.

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

- collect data, medical and dental histories;
- measure periodontal pockets, carry out assessments;
- record and chart gingival and periodontal indices;
- administer comprehensive advice on oral hygiene according to the patients' needs;
- carry out scaling and polishing of teeth;
- remove supra and sub gingival calculus;
- apply fluoride solutions and fissure sealants;
- promote oral health (practice placements) on a one is to one basis when treating patients;
- interpret radiographs;
- administer local infiltration anaesthesia;
- use clinical materials to help in controlling oral diseases;
- use evidence-based knowledge in decision-making.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, Tenth Edition, Text and Student Workbook Package [Hardcover] Publication Date: April 2, 2008. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN-10: 1582558388 | ISBN-13: 978-1582558387.

- Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 9 Edition, Text and Student Workbook Package [Hardcover] Publication Date: April 2, 2005. Authors: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 0-7817-4090-8.

- Evidence Based Dentistry Clinical Practice. Richards, Clarkson, Matthews, Niedernan Quintessence, 2008. ISBN 9781850971269.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: DNS1006

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 Practical

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Logbook SEM2 No 15%
Case Study (Exam Conditions) (20 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 15%
Clinical Assessment SEM1 Yes 35%
Clinical Assessment SEM2 Yes 35%

 
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