PL1PSYCH-Psychology for Speech and Language Therapy

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Holly Robson


Summary module description:
«p»This module will introduce aspects of psychology fundamental to the practice of speech and language therapy and demonstrate the application of psychological theory to speech and language therapy.«/p»


To introduce core concepts in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology and social psychology. To raise awareness of the link between aspects of psychology and aspects of clinical speech and language therapy practice.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Explain core concepts in social psychology

  • Identify core developmental milestones including perceptual, motor, play and social development

  • Explain core concepts in developmental psychology

  • Explain core concepts in cognitive psychology

  • Understand atypical psychological processing and approaches to psychological assessment and intervention across the lifespan.

  • Analyse and evaluate how aspects of psychology apply to the practice of speech and language therapy.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

  • Social psychology will introduce theory behind human behaviour in social contexts, including: the self and self-regulation, group behaviour, bias, social influence and stereotypes, persuasion.

  • Developmental psychology will introduce the nature of change across the lifespan including developmental milestones and core theoretical concepts such as: nature vs. nurture, neural development, sociocultural impact on development and genetics

  • Cognitive psychology will introduce how humans engage in mental processes including, perception, memory, executive functioning, motivation, information processing and learning.

Atypical psychology will introduce patterns of disordered behaviour and behavioural approaches to assessment and intervention.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Face-to-face lectures and group work

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 10
Seminars 5 5
Guided independent study 85 85
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Continuously assessed multiple choice questions will be available each week for students to evaluate their understanding of lecture material.

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:

    Two hours

    Requirements for a pass:


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-examination in the University resit period

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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