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:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Lotte Meteyard


Type of module:

Summary module description:

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. Students attend lectures given for PY1IP1

Introduction to Psychology 1 (Autumn) and PY1IP2

Introduction to Psychology 2 (Spring). Smaller group seminars are held every two weeks in which concepts from psychology are applied and related to Speech & Language Therapy.


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

Neuroscience introduces the structure and function of the nervous system, neural signalling (electrical and chemical) and principles of neuropsychology (dissociations).


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.

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 75
Class test administered by School 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Two hours

Written Exam 75%

Continuos Assessment Questions 25%

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Discussion of module topics in seminars; example answers are presented following group discussion.

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:


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-examination in the University resit period

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 21 June 2018


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