PL1C1L-Clinical Studies

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mrs Alison Cox


Summary module description:
An introduction to some of the aspects clinical professional work, 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.

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 and psychology are related in clinical practice
• Recognise features of impaired communication across the life span.
• 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, and continues through the Spring term, supported by seminars in Autumn and Spring 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.

Lectures/seminars: Most of the teaching takes place via interactive seminars and video workshops. Topics covered include: the context of speech and language therapy service delivery; generic clinical skills; using developing knowledge of linguistics and psychology in order to recognise and explain features of communication impairment; academic writing skills.

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

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 11 11
Fieldwork 4 4
Guided independent study 35 35
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
A Child Development Assignment report (1500 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:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-assessment by August/September.

    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 for travel to/from the client's home for 'Child Development Assignment', within Reading / surrounding Berkshire area. 4 visits will be made in total.

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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