SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M1A220777
Module Leader Susanne Agar
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will introduce students to behavioural sciences, including knowledge of social and cultural influences and communication skills. It will integrate psychology and sociology with the principles of basic medical sciences. The module will facilitate effective team working through communication skills and allow students to communicate to patients the knowledge and understanding of treatment proposed.


-360 1.Information Technology Skills. -360 2.Behavioural Science. 3.Dental Public Health. 4.Oral Health Promotion. 5.Education development. 6.Communication in Education -360 7.Microteaching. 8. Equality and Diversity

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, the student should successfully be able to:-- Be competent at using information technology.- Be competent at communication with patients, their families, carers, other members of the dental team and other healthcare professionals.- Have knowledge of managing patients from different social and ethnic backgrounds.- Be familiar with the social and psychological issues relevant to the care of patients.- Be familiar with the complex interactions between oral health nutrition, general health, drugs and diseases that can have an impact on dental care and disease.- Be familiar with the social, cultural and environmental factors which contribute to health or illness.- Be competent at managing fear and anxiety with behavioural techniques and empathise with patients in stressful situations.- Be competent in the principles of health promotion, including oral health promotion.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Interactive lectures to establish a sound theoretical framework. IT teaching packages regarding equality and diversity. Tutorials to clarify, reinforce and integrate knowledge. Structured practical sessions to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge and experience. Practical and communication skills developed through application directly with patients and carers

Indicative Reading

Chadwick, Hosey. (2003) Child Taming. Quintessence Collins WJN, Walsh TF, Figures K. (1992) A Handbook for Dental Hygienists, 4 th edition. Wright Freeman Humphrey. (2010) Communicating in Dental Practice. Quintessence Ireland R. (2006)Clinical Textbook of Dental Hygiene and Therapy. Blackwell Munksgard Schou, Blinkhorn.(1993) Oral Health Promotion. Oxford University Press

Transferrable Skills

Planning and delivery of health promotion Skills of diplomacy, persuasion and empathy Communication skills, verbal, non verbal, written and computer based. Observational skills Independent study skills Reflection Psychological aspects of patient behaviour

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 48.00
Including 6 hours online training - equality and diversity; 3 hours microteaching, including OHP presentations 11.00
Lectures (FT) 25.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Oral health promotion presentation and evaluation
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Portfolio of visual aids