Module Catalogue 2023/24

MCD8001 : Applied Dental Materials Sciences

MCD8001 : Applied Dental Materials Sciences

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Hawa Fathi
  • Owning School: Dental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

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The aim of this module is for students to review, engage with and demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the fundamental and applied dental materials science underpinning Restorative Dentistry.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module considers the following areas through a series of interactive face-to-face small group teaching sessions (Seminars). Students are encouraged to undertake directed self-study and reflective practice under the following themes:

• Introduction to dental materials
• Fundamentals of materials science
• Scope of materials employed in Restorative Dentistry
• Oral biofilms and relationships with restorative dental materials
• Design criteria for restorative dental materials
• Evidence-based dentistry
• Biocompatibility
• Methods of assessing biocompatibility
• Dental materials and tissue reaction to biomaterials
• Applied Dental Materials for Endodontics
• Applied Dental Materials for Periodontics
• Applied Dental Materials for Prosthodontics
• Applied Dental Materials for Restorative Dentistry in the adult and child patient

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific principals underpinning the selection and application of dental materials/biomaterials and evaluate their limitations, with emphasis on those used in Restorative Dentistry
2. Appraise and apply relevant knowledge of dental materials science to prescribing restorations
3. Explain, evaluate, and apply the principles of an evidence-based approach to clinical and professional practice and decision making
4. Critically appraise approaches to dental materials research and integrate this with patient care
5. Identify and evaluate the impact of new techniques and technologies on clinical practice

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate decision making on materials selection
2. Select appropriate dental biomaterials by critically appraising and evaluating clinical and laboratory evidence
3. Identify and extract credible and relevant evidence from scientific sources

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Preparatory work for examinations
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities301:3045:00Preparatory work before small group teaching activities.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching301:0030:00PiP: 30 seminars or case-based discussions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study175:0075:00Supported by online discussion forum.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

For each seminar, materials will be covered based on seminars led by the session lead or assigned literature to be reviewed and discussed by students, and others will be formatted to cover fundamental aspects of applied dental materials using clinical case-studies (case-based approach) and students will be asked to do presentations on a regular basis or use a mind map, this allows students to engage in discussion, and acquire skills of critical thinking.

In the first few seminars, students’ understanding of dental materials will be reviewed formatively. Then seminars will be modified and designed based on students’ feedback and demonstration of knowledge of each topic area. Before each seminar students will be given preparation material that must be completed prior to each seminar. In some seminars, a task sheet will be issued, this will detail the essential reading required with a list of questions that will outline the topics of the seminar. These questions should always be attempted prior to the seminar although answers will only be marked formatively.

This maps to module outcomes IKOs 1-5 and ISOs 1-3.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination602M5020 MCQ question format using Inspera Assessment software (PIP) Invigilated
Digital Examination602M503 Short answer question format using Inspera Assessment software (PIP) Invigilated
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Digital Examination1M10 MCQ question format to establish current knowledge using Inspera Assessment software (PIP)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The learning outcomes are demonstrated by the student’s ability to successfully undertake and pass the module assessment that requires them to apply their knowledge and understanding of dental materials science to clinical situations (skills outcomes), and critically appraise both the literature and their approach to clinical practice within this context (knowledge outcomes). In the examinations candidates will be expected to formulate an opinion on the application of dental materials science to manage a clinical based scenario and support or defend this position through application and critique of the supporting literature in the general restorative management of patients. This maps to the module outcomes: IKOs 1-5 and ISOs 1-3.

To pass this module students must obtain a scaled mark of 50 or above for each summative assessment.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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