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Unit information: Surgical Skills 1 in 2019/20

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Unit name Surgical Skills 1
Unit code ORDSM0030
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This Unit of Teaching will be offered as an Optional Unit as part of a modular distance learning programme. The programme will allow students to build Certificate and Diploma or Masters level qualifications by combining optional 20 credit units. The Surgical Skills 1 Unit has one core element with the following general aim: -

To provide students with the underpinning knowledge and skills to carry out minor surgical procedures under clinical guidance

Intended learning outcomes

Students will obtain a knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • The assessment and triage of oral surgery cases.
  • The removal of teeth with forceps and elevators.
  • The principles of minor oral surgery including:
  • The management of the complications of tooth extraction including:
  • Giving a patient post-operative advice following a surgical procedure.

The student will acquire the skills and attributes necessary:

  • To assess and identify potentially complex cases from histories and radiographs.
  • To demonstrate suturing techniques.
  • To assess and manage the complications of the removal of teeth including:
  • To be competent at giving a patient post-operative advice following a surgical procedure.

Teaching details

Self directed CAL sessions

Seminars with videos

Clinical skills sessions

Reflecting writing

Assessment Details

This Unit will have two summative assessments:

  1. Written coursework assessment of 2,000 words (40%)
  2. Practical assessment on suturing (20%)
  3. Final written (multiple short answer and MCQ) examination of 2 hour’s duration (40%)

Formative assessment will include:

  • Service development project.
  • Development of practice protocols.
  • Feedback on practical exercises.

Feedback will be provided at the study days as small group tutorials and individual performance.

Reading and References

  • Renton T Hill CM, A clinical Guide to Oral Surgery Book 1, BDJ Books
  • Renton T Hill CM, A clinical Guide to Oral Surgery Book 2 BDJ Books
  • Cardiff University, Citing and referencing in the Harvard Style, [online]
  • Cardiff University, Critical Appraisal of healthcare literature, [online]
  • Ashcroft G and Pawsey PM, July 1957, The extraction of adult teeth, Dental Practitioner VII(II) 330-
  • 334
  • Department of Health Aug 2001, 12 key points on consent: the law in England
  • Cruz LD & Kaney H 2015, Consent- a new era begins BDJ 219 57-59