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MCD8100 : Simulated Clinical Skills in Restorative Dentistry

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Giles McCracken
  • Lecturer: Dr Hawa Fathi, Professor John Whitworth, Mrs Emma Lawley, Dr Richard Holliday, Mrs Lesley Kilford, Mr Ian Ellis
  • Owning School: Dental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
ECTS Credits: 0.0


The aim of this pre-clinical simulator-based training module is to ensure students demonstrate the skills, applied knowledge and understanding to progress onto the clinical delivery care to patients.

Outline Of Syllabus

The 300-hour MCD8100 clinical simulated training module is delivered in the September to December of the first year to demonstrate sufficient clinical simulator-based skills at a sufficient level to allow progress onto the direct clinical management of patients. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be developed, demonstrated and reflected upon in the following areas of restorative dentistry:

Fundamental Endodontics
• orthograde endodontic management
• surgical endodontic management

Fundamental Periodontics
• non-surgical periodontal management
• surgical periodontal management

Fundamental Prosthodontics
• fixed prosthodontics
• removable prosthodontics
• implant supported prosthodontics

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadClinical Training3001:00300:00Dental simulator-based activities
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching on this clinical training module will be delivered as clinical simulator-based sessions and associated preparation, reflection, work-based assessments and case-based presentation and review. Students will undertake prescribed simulated activities and then review and map their simulator experience, reflections, simulator assessments, to demonstrate progression towards or where learning outcomes have been achieved.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M100Zero weighted pass/fail Portfolio of clinical evidence.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Observ of prof pract1MSimulated-based work will be recorded to capture reflection and feedback on development of skills in a clinical portfolio.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This clinical training module is non-credit bearing, however, it is a compulsory part of the programme which must be passed to allow progression to direct clinical care of patients. Satisfactory attainment in this module is aimed to indicate a basic level of safe clinical skills through a portfolio of prescribed simulation test exercises aligned to the clinical themes covered in the module to demonstrate satisfactory attainment of the following outcomes: IKOs 1-4, and ISOs 1-5.

Formative assessment will be undertaken through review, reflection and discussion of clinical simulation activity and will be used for students to discuss their development and demonstration of their clinical skills. This assessment will be captured as a reflective log along with formative performance grades that will be held in their clinical portfolio (iDentity) along with their performance in the summative assessment in this module.

In order to pass the module students must demonstrate a satisfactory level engagement with the programmed sessions in the clinical simulation unit and pass all clinical simulation assessments.

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