PL1M1-Medicine 1

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Co-requisites: All other BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 1 modules
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr David Ward


Summary module description:

The module comprises five courses: three courses in the autumn term and two in the spring term. Teaching in the autumn comprises two introductory courses: one, a general introductory course to medicine for speech language therapy students and a second on an introduction to ENT. A further course looks at paediatric medicine. In the spring term, students take further courses in audiology and orthodontics.


This module provides an introduction to neuroanatomical and physiological underpinnings of human anatomy necessary for students to understand a range of disorders seen by speech language therapists. Some of the subject matter will be developed further in the medicine 2 module. Two courses on of audiology and orthodontics provide students with a grounding within these specialist areas and a knowledge of their relevance to speech and language therapists.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

Describe the structure and functions of the respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems

Understand anatomy and physiology of the tongue and oral cavity

Understand about pre and post natal growth and common problems in childhood

Identify signs of abuse and neglect in children,

Describe dental physiology & anatomy, occlusions and malocclusions

Identify cleft lip, cleft lip and palate and discuss their relevant surgical restorations

Describe the physiology of the ear

Understand about hearing measurement and types and causes of hearing loss

Understand the range of options for aural rehabilitation programs for the hearing impaired

Additional outcomes:

Have practical knowledge of the functioning of a neonatal Ward within a large teaching hospital

Outline content:

Students will learn about the structure of skeletal systems; relevance of the cranial nerves to speech and language therapy; respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems; physiology of the tongue and oral cavity; the role of dental practitioners; structure and surgical restoration of cleft lip and palate; oral occlusions and malocclusions; physiology of the ear; the measurement of hearing; types of hearing loss; options for aural remediation; pre-post natal growth; childhood neglect; disorders of childhood; services for children with developmental delay.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The introduction to medicine course is taught by Clinical Language Sciences staff, all other courses are taught by medical external medics from local hospitals. The courses will mostly be face to face lectures but with an off-site visit to Royal Berkshire Hospital’s neonatal Ward scheduled in to the teaching time for the paediatric course. There will be 70 hours of guided learning in amongst the lectures of the introduction to medicine course. There will be also be two 2 hour seminars in the summer term which will consolidate students’ learning to date and prepare usage of knowledge for year 2 and year 3 modules.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30 21 4
External visits 2
Guided independent study 70 63 10
Total hours by term 102.00 84.00 14.00
Total hours for module 200.00

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

Other information on summative assessment:

Two written tests: 50% each. Total percentage=100.

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

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment by September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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