The method of teaching varies according to programme and individual modules, but is a mixture of lectures, practical, chair side teaching, seminars and directed self-learning, including IT-mediated learning environments.
Lectures: these are mainly designed as presentations, providing core knowledge and guidance in subjects being studied. Lectures should develop students' abilities in understanding and reflection. Audiovisual presentation techniques will be used to supplement their value.
Practical Sessions: Laboratory sessions will be used to reinforce a deeper understanding of topics presented in lectures as well as develop students' manual skills and dexterity, and their skills in scientific methodology.
Tutorials: these will be related to both preclinical and clinical issues or problems and will rely on discussion and interaction, as well as integration between all clinical disciplines and between basic preclinical sciences and clinical aspects. They will be mainly directed towards developing students' skills in communication, teamwork, reasoning, and critical thinking.
Seminars: weekly seminars in specialised clinics are included in the students' timetable. These are interactive ways of teaching including a variety of presentations, discussion groups, and simulations. They will emphasise and demonstrate the ideas gained and concepts comprehended, and develop communication and problem solving skills.
Personal Development Portfolios: each student has to prepare a personal portfolio in every module including all theoretical, practical and clinical work performed, as well as any assignments. This will be evaluated and will contribute to the final mark in the module.
Clinical Session: in clinical disciplines to give students adequate experience in handling clinical cases to prepare them for future clinical practice. This will be done in polyclinics under strict supervision by senior members of the staff of relevant departments. Emphasis will be focused on the transfer and continued development of practical clinical skills as well as on the acquisition of professional and ethical attributes appropriate to dental practice.
Guided Independent Study using Communications and Information Technology: these include researches and assignments associated with lectures, laboratory classes, and seminars, and depend on library references given by the lecturers, and on the internet. This represents an effective way of independent learning and will develop students' study skills, self-reliance, and independence of thought, preparing students for future continued education.
Academic Counselling: This informs students about the rationale, content aims, and objectives of the programme as a whole through open discussions about timetables and activities, especially in the early stages of the course.
The course will actually be a combination of staff providing information through lectures as well as students researching and finding information through assignments and discussing them in seminars and tutorials.
This is actually to meet the needs of our students who are not adequately prepared in their pre-university education to find information for themselves. They will be gradually tutored towards self dependence and self learning as they proceed in the course. Problem solving-based education will be increasingly used as students progress in their clinical training.
BUE Pre-Clinical Operative Laboratory is now equipped with the latest multimedia equipments thereby promoting excellence in the learning and teaching environment.
The Lab boasts:
· A state of the art Audio Visual system, allowing students' access to a screen monitor which can display everything from PC presentations to live step by step demonstrations through intra oral camera and/or magnifying Operative microscope.
· A flexible layout allowing interactive teaching of one large group, or any combination of up to 4 smaller groups.
· 45 Patient Simulators (Kavo Dummy Heads) to give students realistic clinical experience to prepare them for treating patients and getting oriented with different chair positions.
· All methods of moisture isolation and rubber dam application.
· Use of Nissin jaw model teeth that simulate the hardness of the natural teeth.
· Latest contra-angled hand pieces (low and high speeds) available in dental market and Variety of hand and rotary cutting instruments.
The endodontic laboratory is state of the art in modern equipment's and tools, the specially designed custom made student cabinet provide each student a simulation to clinical conditions with the equipped high-end dummy head.
In addition to electric motors present in each student unit, high speed hand pieces as well as triple-way air syringe and a drainage system are equipped to improve students' skills under high Light Emission Diode (LED) illumination.
Shielded x-ray room is servicing the students during steps of root canal treatment. This room contains a digital x-ray unit with low exposure doses to provide both function and safety of our students.
Modern rotary nickel titanium motor is present together with a thermo-plastized obturation unit to teach students the most recent and modern root canal techniques.
Endodontic microscopes (Seiler IQ), are the master piece of the lab, allow high magnification and resolutions (8x-12x) than the human eye facilitating demonstration of procedural steps projecting the magnified images instantly and/or recorded videos on the screen present in the lab. This piece of modern technology is uniquely available in our facility for undergraduate students.
Crown & Bridge Laboratory and Simulator
The British University in Egypt provides the highest quality crown labs and simulators for its dental students. Second year students will begin their pre – clinical studies in the crown labs where they will be start working on artificial teeth in jaw models. By the end of the school year the students will have practical and theoretical knowledge of the different crown techniques and designs, assisted by live demonstrations as well as live videos on the projector screens to provide the students with all the necessary learning tools to achieve the highest learning curve possible.
Starting from the third year, the students will begin work on state of the art dental simulators that mimic the clinical working environment that they will be exposed to in the following years. Starting from this year, the students will gain the clinical knowledge that will prepare them to enter the dental hospital in the following year by exposing them to all the steps and procedures that they will conduct on their patients.
Anatomy is the study of the structure of the body and the relationship of organs and tissues at a gross (whole organ) and microscopic level (histology).
It forms the basis of studies in physiology, biochemistry and related biomedical sciences. Sub-disciplines of anatomy include: developmental biology (embryology), neuroanatomy, osteology (bones) and cell biology.
We use a variety of teaching methods, with lectures and practical classes forming the core. In the practical classes the students learn on natural skulls, artificial plastic skulls, plastic models of the head and neck and human bodies. In addition, we use tutorials, computer-aided learning, and field excursions, as appropriate to each module.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology is that specialty of Dentistry concerned with performance and interpretation of diagnostic imaging used for examining the craniofacial, dental and adjacent structures.
Students are expected to develop the clinical and academic skills needed to function effectively in private practice, a hospital, or an educational institution, and to use complex imaging systems in the diagnosis, study, and management of oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions.
These complex imaging systems comprise conventional X-ray machines, panoramic X-ray machines, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and digital radiographic machines.