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Unit information: Clinical Skills - Year 2 in 2021/22

Unit name Clinical Skills - Year 2
Unit code ORDS20025
Credit points 40
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mrs. Stockford
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Year 2:

Subject Areas:

  • Operative techniques
  • Dental Radiography


  • To develop existing clinical skills from year one and introduce operative techniques for adults and children
  • To ensure safe and competent skills to undertake Intermediate Clinical Practice
  • To introduce practical radiography techniques

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. To be competent in all restorative techniques within the scope of practice for a Dental Therapist
  2. To be competent in the re-cementation of crowns and placement of rubber dam
  3. To understand and apply the scientific principles, selection and use of dental materials appropriate to operative techniques
  4. Assess and manage caries occlusion and tooth wear, and where appropriate restore the dentition using the principle of minimal intervention maintaining function and aesthetics
  5. Be competent in the placement of preformed stainless steel crown and pulp therapy in primary molar teeth
  6. Accurately assess own ability and apply through reflective practice
  7. To be able to accurately follow a prescribed treatment plan and deliver treatment according to patients needs
  8. Contribute to relevant special investigations and diagnostic procedures, including radiography

Teaching details

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Small group Seminars and Tutorials
  • Practical classes
  • Clinical Practice (Work based learning)
  • Guided Independent study
  • Continuous Clinical Assessment logbook/portfolio (CCA) including Reflective Practice

Teaching will use a blended learning approach delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Students will be expected to engage with all learning.

Assessment Details

Summative assessment

There are two parts to the unit assessment both of which must be passed.

1. Clinical Radiography (25% of unit total)

Completion of practical logbook/ portfolio for clinical radiographs taken

2. Operative Techniques - adult and paediatric (75% of unit total)

An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) of operative procedures, 1.5 hours

Students must pass each assessment to the standard set pass mark for each part of this assessment.

Continuous Assessment of Operative Techniques (adult and paediatric). Completion of practical exercises on simulator units in Clinical Skills Lab. Students must carry out specified operative procedures to a required standard - assessment of competence required to progress to treat first restorative patients.

Clinical Skills Practical Assessment. Practical assessments on simulator units in Clinical Skills lab. Students will carry out specified operative procedures from a written treatment plan - assessment of competence required to progress to treat first restorative patients.

Formative assessment

Students are supported in their learning by a variety of directed formative assessments in the Clinical Skills Laboratory with which they must engage within this unit. Overall performance will be reviewed and discussed at the School Progress committee at regular meetings x 1 per term.

Continuous Clinical Assessment of Advanced Periodontal Instrumentation techniques, clinical assessment and student reflection for each patient seen, graded with feedback from staff and patients by completion of CAFS e-portfolio.

Marks obtained in formative assessments above do not contribute to the overall unit mark but failure to complete by the stated end of term deadlines will be raised at the Progress Committee, and may be a barrier to progression.


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