PL1C1-Introduction to Clinical Studies

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: All other BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 1 modules
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mrs Allie Biddle


Summary module description:
An introduction to some of the clinical aspects of the role of a speech and language therapist, including practical work developing skills in observation and the collection & analysis of data.

The aims of this module are: to introduce the skill of applying theoretical frameworks to the collection, analysis and evaluation of data; to provide an introduction to atypical communication in children and acquired communication impairment in adults; to explore the role of a speech and language therapist and consider the service delivery context of speech and language therapy. In addition, generic clinical skills are introduced and practised.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module it is expected that the students will be able to:

•Analyse and interpret data of a child’s development in their second year of life with reference to published developmental normative data.
•Assemble and present a profile of a specific child’s development from their objective observations and data collection

Additional outcomes:
•Recognise how linguistics, medicine and psychology are related to the field of speech and language therapy.
•Recognise features of impaired communication across the life span.
•Illustrate how speech and language therapy services might be integrated in the school context, taking into account the processes in place in the UK education system to support children with special educational needs.
•Construct and give analytical peer feedback
• Demonstrate awareness of issues around ‘professionalism’ in a clinical context.

Outline content:
Child development assignment: This begins in the Autumn term as soon as Occupational Health and DBS clearance have been received. It continues throughout the year, supported by seminars in Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. Students make home visits to a typically developing infant in order to collect and evaluate data according to standard developmental theory. Students present their studies in a written report at the start of the Summer term, and continue with visits throughout the Summer term to collect data for their subsequent report.
Clinical Placements: Students will observe speech and language therapy sessions from the Autumn term. In the Summer term they participate in clinical workshops at the university, taking both an adult and paediatric focus. In addition they will visit a mainstream school and an Early Years Setting in the Summer term/vacation.
Lectures/seminars: Most of the teaching takes place via interactive lectures and seminars. Topics covered include: the context of speech and language therapy service delivery; generic clinical skills; academic writing skills; using developing knowledge of linguistics, psychology and medicine in order to recognise and explain features of communication impairment; the education system in the UK for pre-school and primary age.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures; clinical workshops; seminars; clinic placements; and use of VLE for clinical discussions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 12 11 4
Fieldwork 4 4 4
External visits 42
Guided independent study 45 45 15
Placement 4 4 6
Total hours by term 65.00 64.00 71.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
A Child Development Assignment report (2500 words), to be submitted in the Summer term.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% for coursework set in this module.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a mark of 40%. Otherwise it must be resubmitted in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Travel costs may be incurred to/from placements over the year, for:
    1) Child Development Assignment - two visits per term within Reading / surrounding Berkshire area
    2) Clinical placements - two days within the NHS LETB areas (south of England)
    3) Early Years placement - one week (5 days) within Reading / surrounding Berkshire area
    4) School placement - one day within Reading / surrounding Berkshire area

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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