Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Clinical Practice 3

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION This study-unit continues to focus on case-studies.

In Clinical Practice 3, students are trained to manage patients' treatment plans, periodontal treatments and record keeping under supervision. Further more, this study unit gives students an opportunity to provide dental hygiene services to clients with a variety of limitations and impairments.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at:
- developing further students' professionalism while providing realistic dental hygiene services for individuals and groups.
- enhancing the development of professionalism especially in community clinical settings.
- providing the students to carry out dental hygiene services for clients with diverse limitations and impairments.
- encouraging students to practice dental hygiene in various settings under the appropriate legislation (code of practice).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- obtain a comprehensive learning outcome that will support the student development towards the achievement of overall professional dental hygiene competencies.
- analyze the environmental, educational and behavioural factors effecting oral health and services provided in all dental clinical settings.
- provide dental hygiene services as a member of the interdisciplinary team for patients with physical, behavioural, emotional, developmental and acquired conditions.
- demonstrate professionalism in all clinical settings.
- assess situations.
- access information.
- explain phenomena.
- predict outcomes.
- re-evaluate and advance dental hygiene services.
- 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 improve their skills to the maximum of their ability in order to:
- administer comprehensive advice on oral hygiene according to the patients'/group needs.
- carry out scaling and polishing of teeth.
- remove supra and sub gingival calculus.
- apply fluoride solutions and fissure sealants.
- collect data, medical and dental histories.
- promote oral health (practice placements) on a one is to one basis when treating patients.
- measure periodontal pockets, carry out assessments.
- record and chart gingival and periodontal indices.
- interpret radiographs.
- administer local infiltration anaesthesia.
- use clinical materials to help in controlling oral diseases.
- maintain peri-implant tissues.
- use evidence-based knowledge in decision-making.
- solve problems.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Boyd, LD., Wyche, CJ., Mallonee, L. (2020). Wilkons’ Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 13th Edition, LWW.
ISBN-13: 978-1496396273

Richards, D., Clarkson, J., Matthews, D., Niedernan, R. (2008). Evidence-based Dentistry: Managing Information for Better Practice, 1st Edition, Quintessence Publishing Co Ltd.
ISBN: 978-1850971269

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.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM2 Yes 10%
Clinical Assessment SEM1 Yes 20%
Yearly Clinical Performance SEM2 No 20%
Case Study (Exam Conditions) SEM2 Yes 20%
Portfolio SEM2 No 30%

LECTURER/S Edward Sammut

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