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Changes in BDS Curriculum 2020-21

The college has revised and updated its goals and objectives as mentioned in strategic plan 2019-2024. Program outcomes based on knowledge, skills and aspect of competence (autonomy and responsibility, self-development and role in context), has been revised as per guidelines of National Qualifications Framework United Arab Emirates (QFE).

Proposed BDS curriculum, 2020-21 Onwards is revised and updated as per the student feedback, recommendation of the curriculum development committee and instructor’s feedback. The revised curriculum is in line with the recent technology and advances in dental sciences. Moreover, 4 electives course (Optional) are added in curriculum with flexible timing. The changes are approved in the college council, college external advisory board meeting and Executive council meetings and is attached for approval. The changes in course and curriculum will be included in student catalogue after approval from CAA.

Following are the summary of the changes in study plan, program outcomes and course learning outcomes:

Proposed Changes in BDS Curriculum
BDS Curriculum 2014 BDS Curriculum 2020-21
Study Plan
Annual courses in 2014 Study Plan have been given a separate course name and code for fall and spring semester. The number of total courses and total credits for existing study plan are:

Total courses: 63

Total credits hours: 172

  • General Education, 06 courses with18 credits (10.46%)
  • Basic & Medical Education 18 courses with 47 credits (27.32%)
  • Preclinical Dental Sciences 15 courses with 42 credits (24.42%)
  • Clinical Dental Sciences 24 courses with 65 credits (37.80%)

 

   

 

Computer Skill (CSK 213): Computer Skills course, 3 credit hours in Year II, Semester I.

Preclinical Operative Dentistry-I & Biomaterials (DOD 223), Year II Semester II and Preclinical Operative Dentistry-II & Biomaterials (DOD 312), Year III Semester I.

Annual courses for fall and spring semester are merged as one course in the proposed BDS curriculum 2020-21. Course title and course codes are therefore changed accordingly. There is change in number of courses with no change in credit hours. The number of total courses and total credits for proposed study plan 2020-21 are:

Total courses: 42

Total credits hours: 172

  • General Education, 07 courses with 21 credits (12.20%)
  • Basic & Medical Education 11 courses with 44 credits (25.58 %)
  • Preclinical Dental Sciences 09 courses with 42 credits (24.42 %)
  • Clinical Dental Sciences 15 courses with 65 credits (37.80 %)

Psychology and behavioral sciences (PSY 201) is consider as General Education course

Computer Skills (CSK 101); Shifted to Year I, Semester I with no change in credit hours.

Both the courses, Preclinical Operative Dentistry & Biomaterials - I and Preclinical Operative Dentistry & Biomaterials – II are merged as one course as Preclinical Operative Dentistry & Biomaterials (DOD 205) in Year II (Fall & Spring Semester).

Elective Courses

Not Existing

 Proposed Elective Courses (Optional):

1. Esthetic Dentistry (Sem. 7)

2. Rehabilitation in Pediatric Dentistry (Sem. 8)

3. Advanced Endodontics (Sem. 9)

4. Dental Implantology (Sem. 10)

Program Outcomes

Knowledge:

On completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Explain the structure, function and pathogenesis of human body related to oral and maxillofacial region.

2. Review the nature, structure and properties of biomaterials and demonstrate their application in dentistry.

3. Integrate the basic sciences knowledge in the clinical context to diagnose and manage common diseases/conditions affecting oral region.

4. Organize basic psychological and behavioral science knowledge in relation to oral health behaviors and treatment approaches in dental setting.

5. Assess new information and data pertaining their validity and applicability to one’s professional decisions. 

Skills:

On completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Take accurate, comprehensive and focused medical and dental histories and perform physical examination of head and neck region including the oral cavity.

2. Evaluate the patient’s medical and dental problems and interpret the findings from the various diagnostic aids to formulate appropriate diagnosis

3. Formulate and implement a plan of care for both the prevention and treatment of diseases and refer the advanced cases to other health specialties

4. Perform common dental techniques and procedures in pre-clinical and clinic setting.

Aspects of Competence:

Autonomy and responsibility;

Students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate honesty, and integrity in the relationship while dealing with patients, community and the dental profession.

2. Review the scientific basis of the use of different therapeutic modalities to manage patients independently and/or work in association with other health professionals.

3. Educate, motivate and convince the patient for prevention, oral health promotion, and wellness.

Role in context:

Students will be able to:

1. Diagnose the molecular basis of diseases and critique knowledge related to the management of dental problems in professional development.

2. Communicate effectively with patients, their families, colleagues and others with whom he/she must exchange information in carrying out their responsibilities.

3. Adapt the ability to work safely and effectively with oral health care providers in diverse setting by upholding professional attitude.

Self- development;

1. Continue to work effectively as part of an oral health care team, with appreciation of other health care professionals and agencies contributions.

2. Combine strategies to support self-directed life-long learning and to remain updated with the advancements in medical and dental practice.

3. Practice professionalism with ethical standards and social responsibility in all aspects of dental practice.

A. Knowledge:

On successful completion of the BDS program the graduates will be able to:

1.  Recognize and explain the structure, function and pathogenesis of human body related to oral and maxillofacial region.

2.  Integrate the nature, structure and properties of biomaterials and demonstrate their application in dentistry.

3.  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the complex interrelationship between the biomedical sciences, clinical dental behavioral, and social sciences in oral health care

4.  Assess new information and data pertaining their validity and applicability to one’s professional decisions. 

 

 

 

 

B.  Skills:

On successful completion of the BDS program the graduates will be able to:

5.  Take accurate, comprehensive and focused medical and dental histories and perform physical examination of head and neck region including the oral cavity.

6.  Evaluate the patient’s medical and dental problems and interpret the findings from the various diagnostic aids to formulate appropriate diagnosis.

7.  Collect and analyze relevant knowledge from various resources in order to make appropriate clinical decisions for patient’s oral health care

8.  Formulate and implement a plan of care for both the prevention and treatment of diseases and refer the advanced cases to other health specialties

9.  Perform common dental techniques and procedures in pre-clinical and clinical setting.

C.  Competence:

On successful completion of the BD program the graduates will be able to:

C1. Autonomy and responsibility:

10. Implement honesty and integrity in the relationship while dealing with patients, community and the dental profession.

11. Manage patients independently and/or work in association with other health professionals by applying the scientific basis of different therapeutic modalities

12. Educate, motivate and convince the patient for prevention, oral health promotion, and wellness.

C2. Role in context:

13. Diagnose the molecular basis of diseases and critique knowledge related to the management of dental problems in professional development.

14. Practice professionalism with ethical standards and social responsibility in all aspects of dental practice.

15. Communicate effectively with patients, their families, colleagues and other health care professionals, recognizing when patients have difficulties in coping with dental care and help them accept their role in prevention and treatment.

C3. Self- development:

16. Develop an effective working environment as part of an oral health care team, with appreciation of other health care professionals and agencies contributions.

17. Follow the strategies to support self-directed life-long learning, research and innovation in the field of dental sciences.

18. Adapt the ability to work safely and effectively with oral health care providers in diverse setting by upholding professional attitude.

Names and contact information of faculty are added

Course Description and Course Goals are merged and updated as Brief Course Description.

Course Learning Outcomes (LOs)

Learning outcomes of all the courses are revised and updated and aligned with the program outcomes. LOs of each course are based on Knowledge, Skill and Aspects of Competence (Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, and Self- development). 

Course Teaching Plan

Theory Plan: Title of the topics, course contents, respective LOs, number of contact hours and week wise distribution for each topic are added. The course topics and content in the individual course syllabi are designed on a weekly basis

Practical/Clinical Plan: Practical/ Clinical work, respective LOs, number of contact hours and week wise distribution are added. Lab/clinic sessions, and course assessments follows the prescribed weekly schedule. Student must have passed all the practical/ clinical components of the course.

The non-teaching sessions are reflected in the individual course weekly teaching plan with no effect on the total number of course teaching credit hours.

Course contents for all the courses are revised and updated.

Summary of Continuous Assessments

Number of in course assessments, quizzes/team based learning, OSPE/ OSCE and in course clinical examination are added.

Each course syllabus includes the summary of assessments, grading system, eligibility for the comprehensive practical/ clinical examination, pass grade, methods and dates of examinations and the relative weightage of various assessment components.

To achieve an overall pass grade a student has to obtain a minimum passing Grade (60%) in each OSPE, OSCE/ Practical/ Clinical components of the course.

Text Book and reference book

Text and reference books are updated