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General Education Curriculum (BDS) Program

General Education Course Description

Course Prerequisite: None
Course Summary: This course provides the basic skills of the English language required in dental practice. It covers college level writing standards, reading for comprehension purposes, editing techniques, and organization of material to express themselves clearly and effectively. Students will be familiarized with basic Medical/Dental terminology. Faculty will facilitate learning through interactive lecture sessions, group discussions and team based learning.

Course Prerequisite: None
Course Summary: This course has been prepared to provide the students with the basic knowledge and skills of communication in Arabic language with patients and healthcare staff. The course also focuses on reading and listening for understanding to prepare them for real life situations. The course gives priority to pronunciation and correct articulation while speaking in Arabic. Learning is facilitated through interactive lecture sessions, group discussions, self-directed learning and practice.

Course Prerequisite: None
Course Summary: Innovation in Information Technology is a three-credit course offered in first semester of the first year Dental program. The goal of the course focuses on identifying the components of the information systems namely, the hardware, software and connectivity. It also focuses on operating system environment, Internet, social media, telecommunication; as well as the ethical use of electronic data in health informatics and health information system. It also directs the students to apply the rules of problem solving related to health sciences through the effective utilization of information technology equipped with Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, 5G technology, Internet of Things, and Machine learning. Learning is facilitated through interactive lecture sessions, group discussions, self-directed learning and demonstrations.

Course Prerequisite: ENG 101
Course Summary: This course is to provide the students with the essential skills and competencies needed for professionals in health care. The course aims to train students to be able to communicate with clarity, sensitivity, and effectiveness in their interaction as Dentists to communicate with patients and their families. The course focuses on Empathy and Active Listening Skills while interacting with patients, their families as well as their own colleagues to achieve desired patient outcomes. It also focuses on Public Speaking skills, including conference presentations. Faculty will facilitate learning through interactive lecture sessions and group discussions.

Course Prerequisite: None
Course Summary: This course has been prepared to discuss the current medical and scientific issues through the Islamic perspective. It focusses on developing an understanding and appreciation of Islamic contribution to medicine in particular and science in general. The course aims at engaging in students’ awareness about Islamic Codes related to health and medicine. Learning is facilitated through interactive lecture sessions, group discussions, self-directed learning.

Course Prerequisite: None
Course Summary: The course explains the basic knowledge related to the nature of the UAE Society. It also helps students to understand the geography, historical roots, evolution of statehood, cultural & educational development, economic development and diversification of income, social development, population structure, foreign policy, and future aspirations of UAE.

Course Prerequisite: None
Course Summary: This course is designed to teach students how to find, evaluate and apply research evidence to make decisions regarding the care of their patients. This provides the students an opportunity to perform innovative, multidisciplinary research in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and oral health related diseases. The students select a suitable topic for research in dental sciences under guidance of the course coordinator and a member of the dental faculty. Students learn how to work independently and be creative in their thoughts and ideas. The course offers knowledge on application of the basic principles of research design, methods of data collection and how to analyze them in dental health sciences. The course also provides the steps necessary to design and write a research project.