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Unit information: Surgical Skills 1 in 2021/22

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 Mr. Heywood
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 knowledge and skills to assess, and where appropriate, to undertake simple oral surgery such as the extraction of teeth and roots and to manage common complications arising from surgery.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will obtain a knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • To assess and triage oral surgery cases in practice
  • To review the principles for removal of teeth with forceps and elevators
  • To present the theory of minor oral surgery including: flap design, bone removal, elevation, sectioning and suturing
  • To discuss the management of complications of tooth extraction including: postoperative pain, swelling and haemorrhage

The student will acquire the skills and attributes necessary:

  • To recognise your personal scope of safe practice and professional obligations
  • 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: dry socket, infection and bleeding socket
  • To be competent at giving a patient post operative advice following a surgical procedure

Teaching details

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.

A range of teaching are used in the unit including:

  • Self directed CAL sessions
  • Seminars with videos
  • Clinical skills sessions
  • Reflecting writing

Assessment Details

This Unit will have three summative assessments:

  1. Written coursework assessment of 2,000 words (50%)
  2. Practical assessment on suturing (Must Pass)
  3. Final written (multiple short answer) examination of 90 minutes duration (50%)

All assessments must be passed ≥ 50% and there is no compensation between the individual assessments.

Formative assessment will include:

  • Development of practice protocols.
  • Feedback on practical exercises.

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


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