PL1CLIN1-Clinical Studies 1

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mrs Allie Biddle


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to introduce students to the skills required for development of clinical competence. The module will enable students to begin individual development of these skills and the ability to reflect on their own clinical development with understanding of the professional standards and conduct required of the Speech and Language Therapy profession. 


To introduce students to the processes of assessment management, treatment and service delivery across the lifespan. To understand what is meant by professionalism and to commence professional development.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  1. Assemble and present a profile of a child’s development from objective observations and data collection

  2. Make holistic and culturally relevant objective observations of adult and children's communication, language and speech within the WHO ICF and ICF-CY frameworks

  3. Demonstrate understanding and development of professionalism within different settings

  4. Communicate professionally using appropriate technical and  academic language

  5. Evidence development of clinical reflective skills

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Lectures/seminars in the Autumn and Spring term introduce students to the context of speech and language therapy service delivery; development of reflective skills; development of objective observation skills and problem solving skills; develop an understanding of how research skills enable critical evaluation of practice and the development of the evidence base; understanding of HCPC standards of conduct performance and ethics; understanding of professionalism and development of professional communication skills encompassing the  ability to work and communicate in a group, including in an interprofessional setting. The education system in the UK for pre-school and primary age children, clinical assessment, information governance and the development of personal clinical portfolios are core content.

Child development assignment: In the Spring term students commence an observational study of a typically developing child in their own home following DBS and Health clearance. This continues throughout the summer term.

Clinical Placements: Students observe (and participate where appropriate) paediatric and adult clients with speech, language and communication difficulties in the university speech and language therapy clinic in the Spring term and attend an observation placements external to the University during the Autumn and Spring term.  In the Summer term they will visit several early years and school settings.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module comprises a varied approach to teaching and learning, utilising lectures, seminars, small group teaching, online resources, clinical placements and a focus on case based learning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 8
Seminars 2 2 6
Fieldwork 9 12
Guided independent study 30 30 8
Placement 15 33 35
Total hours by term 57.00 82.00 61.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 65
Oral assessment and presentation 30
Practical skills assessment 5

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Written and verbal feedback will be provided on group work by peers and academic staff

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    All assignments to be submitted and clinical placements attended; the module requires a pass mark of 40%, with no individual mark below 40%, including a pass in the clinical placement report

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment by August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 21 June 2018


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