SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B120779
Module Leader Nikki Lafferty
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will introduce students to the aetiology, pathology, progression and presentation of dental caries and periodontal diseases. This module will be linked with oral microbiology and teaching related to clinical experience will continue throughout the programme.


1. Microbiology 2. Infection Control 3. Decontamination 4. Plaque, calculus, stain 5. Periodontology 6. Prevention 7. Caries 8. Restorative Dentistry

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: 1) Have knowledge of the aetiology, progression and presentation of periodontal diseases.2) Have knowledge of the scientific principles of sterilisation, disinfection and antisepsis.3) Be competent at implementing and performing satisfactory infection control and preventing physical, chemical and microbiological contamination in the clinic.4) Be competent at providing smoking cessation advice for patients.5) Have knowledge of the effects of smoking on the oral tissues.6) Have knowledge of the classification, aetiology, pathogenesis and process of common oral diseases.7) Have knowledge of the causes and effects of oral diseases needed for their prevention and management.8) Be competent to provide dental hygiene care for the older adult.9) Be familiar with the physiology of ageing and the management of problems associated with care of the older adult.10) Be familiar with the presentation of oral and dental diseases and disorders in the older adult.11) Be competent at instructing patients in plaque control methods, including chemical and mechanical mans incorporating modifications for patients with special needs.12) Be familiar with their role in pre and post-surgical situation.13) Have knowledge of the aetiology, pathology, progression and presentation of dental caries.14) Have knowledge of the epidemiology, histopathology, microbiology and pathogenesis of dental caries.15) Have knowledge of the classification, aetiology, clinical presentation and management of dental caries.16) Be familiar with the diagnostic methods available to detect carious lesions.17) Be competent in teaching patients about the dietary control of dental caries.18) Have knowledge of the principles of prevention of dental disease.19) Have knowledge of the use of fluoride systemically.20) Have knowledge of the importance of community-based prevention.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures to establish theoretical framework. Tutorials to clarify, reinforce and integrate knowledge. These will underpin and be supported by clinical/practical workshops and student led seminars. Seminars and practical sessions on decontamination.

Indicative Reading

Bagg, MacFarlane, Poxton, Miller and Smith. (2006) Essentials of Microbiology for Dental Students, 2 nd edition. Oxford University Press Collins WJN, Walsh TF, Figures K. (1992) A Handbook for Dental Hygienists, 4 th edition Wright Martin, Fulford, Preston. (2009) Infection Control for the Dental Team. Quintessence Kidd, Joyston-Bechal. (2005) Essentials of Dental Caries 3 rd edition. Oxford University Press. Marsh, Martin. (2009) Oral Microbiology, 5 th edition. Butterworth-Heinemann Murray JJ. (1996) Prevention of Oral Disease 4 th edition. Oxford Soame & Southam. (2005) Oral Pathology, 4 th edition. Oxford University Press Chapple, Gilbert, Wilson. (2002) Understanding Periodontal Diseases Quintessence Noble and Kellett. (2003) Decision Making for the Periodontal Team Quintessence

Transferrable Skills

Observational skills Independent study skills Problem based learning Professional team working

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 93.00
Seminars (FT) 11.00
Placement 2.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 68.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 2.00 60.00 40% 6 x Multiple short answer questions - 2 hours40% threshold allowed by exception case 206.
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 40% OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Exam) and MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions).40% threshold allowed by exception case 206.