PL2C2-Clinical Studies 2

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: All BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 1 modules
Co-requisites: All BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 2 modules
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mrs Allie Biddle


Summary module description:
The module introduces current explanations of developmental language impairment in a variety of language disorders. Students continue to develop skills in: understanding of normal language development; identifying, assessing and accounting for language impairment in children and adult clients; considering the role of the speech and language therapist. The module introduces and builds on generic clinical issues including professionalism, evidenced based practice and models of service delivery.

The aims of this module are: to introduce current explanations of developmental language impairment and to consider the features of language impairment across linguistic domains in a variety of developmental disorders; to introduce clinical assessment for paediatric and adult clients; to begin to develop clinical competence in identifying and accounting for language impairment in children; to gain deeper understanding of normal language development in the pre-school years and consider the role of the speech and language therapist within early years education settings. Students will be introduced to clinical reasoning and decision making and will begin to develop skills in reflective practice. Relevant NHS legislation, including policies and procedures are integrated into the teaching throughout the module. NHS values, the World Health Organisation's International Classification Framework and the HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics are integral to all teaching and clinical placements

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that that students will be able to:
• Evaluate different theoretical explanations of developmental language impairment
• Appraise the possible causes of language impairment in children
• Identify and account for features of language impairment in the main domains of language
• Outline the communication profiles that occur in a range of developmental disorders
• Identify the linguistic domain targeted in adult and paediatric assessments
• Collect, analyse and interpret data
• Compare the communication and play skills of a typical 2, 3 and 4 year old child
• Identify assessment and therapeutic decisions relative to the research evidence and to models of speech and language therapy service delivery
•have an understanding of clinical reasoning and clinical decision making
• Reflect on their own clinical development
• Make objective observations of adult and children's communication, language and speech within the WHO ICF and ICF-CY frameworks
• Engage in professional clinical discussions with speech and language therapists and other health and education professionals

Additional outcomes:
•Show ability to discuss the importance of inter-personal communication within the clinical setting (paediatric and adult) and be able to reflect on their own style.
•Demonstrate some reflection on their own professional development by keeping a log relating to their clinical experience and development.
•Demonstrate ability to discuss the impact of language impairment on social participation and mental well-being.

Outline content:
The lectures and seminars in the Autumn and Spring and Summer terms cover child language impairment; introduction to working with adult client groups with acquired communication disorders; evidence based practice; service delivery options; measuring outcomes; therapeutic effectiveness, clinical assessment, reflective practice, professionalism; clinical portfolios; statutory and mandatory training; case note writing; introduction to sign support; problem solving in the clinical environment

Child development assignment: Students continue with their observational study of a typically developing child and develop their first portfolio

Clinical Placements: Students observe and participate (where appropriate) in a paediatric and adult clinic for clients with speech and language difficulties in the university speech and language therapy clinic. In the Summer term they have an external paediatric placement with supporting seminars and clinical tutorials.

Students spend a week in an elderly care setting

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, clinical workshops, seminars and clinic placements and use of the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment for clinical discussions and assessments. Drop-in sessions are available every day throughout each term for support, advise and feedback on clinically related work

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8 8
Seminars 6 5 4
Tutorials 2
Fieldwork 4 4
Guided independent study 12 10 10
Placement 18 18 91
Total hours by term 48.00 45.00 107.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Portfolio 60

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework consists of a written assignment for child language impairment in the Autumn term and a portfolio which includes the child development assignment in the Spring.

Formative assessment methods:
The placement educator completes a placement report at the end of the clinical placement, providing objective comments about the student's development across the placement and identifying learning points; the placement is graded as fail/pass by the placement educator. .

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% overall for the module. All assessments must be completed/submitted with none below 30%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment by September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: Printing of clinic materials - this is very dependent on the nature of the placement and all printing may be possible on placement. On average it is 100 A4 sheets
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Depending on which placement you are allocated the average placement cost for travel will be £160 in the summer term

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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