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Unit information: Personal and Professional Development Year 5 in 2014/15

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Unit name Personal and Professional Development Year 5
Unit code ORDSM0012
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Hague
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Year 5


  1. The Dentist in Society Year 5
  2. Elective Reporting
  3. Portfolio Year 5

The Unit aims to build on the previous years’ Dentist in Society teaching and to foster an understanding of the NHS system. It also aims to give students experience of undertaking research and reporting on findings.

Intended learning outcomes

The Dentist in Society

At the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • describe and discuss the legal regulations surrounding the provision of dental care in the community and also the rights and the responsibilities of those working with, and employing, dental care professionals

Elective Reporting

At the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Work to identified aims and objectives and illustrate the extent to which these have been met
  • Illustrate the findings or key points using the most effective graphical, pictorial or tabular format
  • Where appropriate, analyse data using statistical methods and evaluate data and scientific evidence to draw appropriate conclusions
  • Where appropriate, provide a clear account of an observational study, explaining the role of the institute/charity/practice observed and how this fits with national/international oral healthcare provision
  • Where appropriate, generate an extensive and detailed review of relevant literature, evaluating the quality of research, summarising the research field and identifying where further investigation is required
  • Present written work clearly and concisely and demonstrate consistent and accurate referencing
  • Prepare and present an effective PowerPoint presentation and respond well to questions, illustrating an in-depth understanding and awareness of the subject area

The Portfolio Reflective Account will enable students to identify the extent to which they have met the learning outcomes above and the ways in which the elective project has had an impact on their own attitudes, thoughts and behavior as a dental care professional.

Teaching details

The Dentist in Society

  • One lecture and one four hour symposium

Elective Reporting (Dissertation project)

  • Self directed learning with supporting materials on Blackboard and formative feedback from supervisor(s)


  • Reflective self-directed learning

Assessment Details

The Dentist in Society Element (10%)

Formative assessment:

  • online self-assessment (required reading)

Summative assessment online assessment of topics covered in Ethics and law symposium

Elective Reporting (70%)

Formative assessment:

  • the elective supervisor will give formative feedback on the dissertation before submission.

Summative assessment:

  • students will report their work in (1) written dissertation format (60% of the Unit marks) and (2) as an oral presentation which is presented and assessed as a team (10% of the Unit marks). All team members will be allocated the same mark.

Portfolio (20%)

Summative assessment

A reflective account of what students have learned during the Elective Project (10% of the Unit marks) and a mark for professionalism, proactivity and organization given by the Elective supervisor (10% of the Unit marks).

Reading and References

  • Brennan M, Oliver R, Harvey B, Jones G. Ethics and Law for the Dental Team. Knutsford : PasTest; 2006. ISBN 9781904627418
  • Appropriate papers and other sources for specific elective projects.