SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M2B920782
Module Leader Melissa Ferguson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of level 1 modules

Summary of Content

This module includes instruction in the properties, correct manipulation and the scientific principles underpinning the use of dental biomaterials. This module will provide the students with the knowledge to select and handle these materials safely and effectively in the clinical situation. BSc Oral Health Science undergraduates are trained in the use of the same dental materials as BDS undergraduates. This module therefore introduces students to integrated teaching with Glasgow University BDS undergraduates in the form of clinical skills teaching laboratory sessions. The Scope of Practice in this subject area for a hygienist therapist is not as extensive as the remit for dentists therefore the learning outcomes for this programme are tailored to suit. All students have access to Glasgow University's virtual learning environment "MOODLE" and additional theory lectures are provided to OHS students. This equates to notational teaching and assessment hours to the value of 10 credits.


-360 1. Material selection. -360 2. Dental amalgam. 3. Lining materials. 4. Acid etch materials. 5. Glass ionomer. 6. Composite. 7. Compomer. 8. Enamel and dentine bonding. 9. Curing lights.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning the use of materials and biomaterials. Undertake an analysis of their limitations and selection.2. Demonstrate awareness and understanding of dental biomaterials science used by dental hygienist/therapist.3. Demonstrate awareness of the safety aspects of these biomaterials.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures to establish a sound theoretical framework Demonstrations and tutorials to enable students to participate fully and apply theoretical concepts to the clinical situation.

Indicative Reading

Hatrick, Eakle, Bird. (2003) Dental Materials- Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists. Saunders Kidd, Smith, Watson. (2003) Pickards Manual of Operative Dentistry, 8 th edition. Oxford University Press McCabe JF, AWG Walls. (2001) Applied Dental Materials., 8 th edition. Blackwell Science.

Transferrable Skills

Psychomotor skills Applying evidence based dentistry Independent learning and study Skills of reflection

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Lectures (FT) 30.00
Including 10 hours of case presentations. 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Review of Scientific Journal - Presentation to peers