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: Co-requisites: All other BSc Language Science and Psychology Part 1 modules
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

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 skills of observation, analysis and interpretation of data which can be applied to clinical populations  for children and 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:

-  Assemble and present a profile of a specific child’s development from their objective observations and data collection

- Analyse and interpret data of a child’s development in their second year of life with reference to published developmental normative data. 

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:

Seminars support the development of generic clinical skills.  Students need to obtain an enhanced DBS check during the Autumn term in order to host a play session for local children and parents/carers during the Spring term.   Students present 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 health professions 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:

Seminars, clinical workshops and use of VLE for clinical discussions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10 11
Fieldwork 3
Guided independent study 40 36
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):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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