PL1M1-Medicine 1

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr David Ward


Summary module description:
This module introduces students to medical sciences relevant to speech and language pathology.

The aims of this module are: to introduce the student to the principles, structure and functioning of human anatomy and physiology, paediatrics, community medicine and ENT; and to explore how physical factors may contribute to communication problems in the individual as a child and an adult. This knowledge will form the basis of later medical and clinical studies.

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

•Describe the structure, function and significance of eukaryotic cells and enzymes
•Identify and describe the structure and function of organs and mammalian systems including the cardiac system and respiratory systems
•Identify and describe some basic neurological structures and pathways and describe the muscular system
•Distinguish the childhood diseases which relate to speech and language development
•Discriminate the factors which contribute to illness and well being of the child
•Compare the provision of community health care for children aged 0-5 years with reference to other agencies
•Identify and describe the structure and function of the vocal tract, including the larynx, pharynx, mouth and nose
•Evaluate the diseases affecting these organs and systems and how some of the diseases cause or are associated with speech and language problems.

Additional outcomes:
The module encourages students to integrate learning from the disciplines of anatomy, physiology and paediatrics in order to achieve an understanding of normal and abnormal development of language. They acquire bibliographic and IT skills when preparing for their tests and essay and this in turn will prepare them for presenting data in report form. Students will be able to use this knowledge when taking case histories of patients and when assessing and treating speech and language problems.

Outline content:
Students study introduction to medicine, paediatrics, community medicine, and ENT:

Introduction to medicine includes the study of organs and systems, histology of cells, nervous and hormonal communication between cells, autonomic nerve system, structure and function of muscles, the pulmonary system, the cardiac system as well as an introduction to the structure and function of the orofacial structures.
Paediatric medicine includes an overview of childhood diseases related to speech and language development, the study of normal pre- and post-natal growth, how child development is monitored, and consideration of environmental factors which contribute to illness and well being of the child.
Community medicine includes an overview of the current health care provision for children (0-5 years) both statutory and voluntary, and considers the role of specialist services for this age group.
ENT (otology, laryngology, rhinology) includes the study of the structure and function of the human ear, otitis media and externa, presbycusis, rhinitis, sinusitis, polyps, study of the larynx and various associated pathologies and abnormalities.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be 52 hours of medical teaching including 10 hours on introduction to medicine, 20 hours of teaching on paediatric medicine, 18 hours teaching on ENT and 4 hours on community medicine. Teaching will include interactive lectures with audiovisual aids, clinical demonstrations and case scenarios.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 48 4
Guided independent study 140 8
Total hours by term 188.00 12.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Class test administered by School 100

Other information on summative assessment:
The class test has three parts weighted 30% for the introduction to medicine, 35% for paediatrics, and 35% for ENT.

Formative assessment methods:
Students complete a formative take-home assessment for community medicine.

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:
    An average of 40% for the coursework set in this module.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment by September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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