Personal Effectiveness

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Summer
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 23 September 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
17 November 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

FDSCB750CO Oral Health Science

Module description

Developing study skills is a vital part of effective learning and encourages independent learning so that students are successful in academic study. This module aims to encourage students to be take responsibility for their own learning, identify learning styles and equip them with a range of skills to facilitate study in higher education.

Module aims

1. To place the development of the role of the dental hygienist in the context of a learning continuum

2. To develop interpersonal and communication skills and enhance personal and professional effectiveness

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, the students are expected to be able to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to engage with technology, particularly the effective and efficient use of information communication technology. Gather relevant information from a wide range of sources including electronic data relevant to health and social care practice.
2. Review own study skills, learning styles and personal strengths as the basis for setting goals for learning.
3. Make effective notes to aid understanding and retain knowledge
4. Write in a range of different styles for different audiences and purposes
5. Produce an appropriately referenced, academic essay on a work-related topic
6. Demonstrate understanding of communication as a human interaction and the barriers to effective communication
7. Initiate rapport, respond to non-verbal cues and establish effective communication with patients and other members of the health care team
8. Communicate in a manner that is consistent with relevant legislation, policies and procedures.

Module information

The module consists of taught sessions by clinical experts in the field of oral health science covering theoretical teaching, demonstration and learning from clinical work based placement. Teaching is evidence-based and linked to contemporary literature.

* To excite and stimulate an interest in learning
* To provide students with the study skills for progression to professional practice
* To highlight interpersonal and communication skills as the foundation of successful relationships
* To enable greater use of self-awareness in learning

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, Practice placements, group work, e-learning and presentations.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Personal Effectiveness Essay    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Pelagia Kaplanidou, email: pk20937@essex.ac.uk.
Oral Health team
Jakub Kulesza E: hhsohlth@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Mrs Lorna Woodward
NHS lanarkshire
Tutor Hygiene Therapist
Available via Moodle
Of 24 hours, 15 (62.5%) hours available to students:
9 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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