PL2CI1-Communication Impairment 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: All BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 1 modules
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr David Ward


Summary module description:
This module covers the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of fluency, voice, and head and neck oncology.

The aims of this module are: to enable the students to understand both the theoretical and clinical basis of normal and pathological voice, fluency related to stammering and cluttering and speech disorders, arising from head and neck oncology and other oro-facial abnormalities; to explain and evaluate different diagnostic and treatment approaches to the above disorder groups.

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

•Identify a range of procedures in order to quantify parameters of normal voice and fluency
•Distinguish the above parameters in a therapeutic diagnosis
•Analyse the impact of head and neck oncology on communication
•Formulate an appropriate treatment programme for the above client groups
•Evaluate the outcome of therapy in the above client groups

Additional outcomes:
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to synthesise and integrate information from the medical and linguistic modules which relate to the clinical population studied. They will demonstrate, through discussion, a developing understanding of wider professional issues such as clinical audit, the function of a multi-disciplinary team and the evaluation of therapeutic outcomes. The students will also develop their bibliographic and IT skills using indicated resources.

Outline content:
This module examines parameters for the quantitative and qualitative analysis of abnormal speech associated with pathological conditions, including vocal disorders, and fluency. Separate strands within the module will cover identification and treatment of disorders of speech associated with oro-facial abnormalities especially those associated with oncology as well as those affecting voice and fluency.

Fluency covers an historical perspective of stammering and cluttering, their incidence and precipitating factors and the various theoretical perspectives including motor, neurological and psychological explanations are given. The course includes discussion of different methods of assessment and intervention for both paediatric and adult clients. The students are given the opportunity to examine and evaluate examples of dysfluent speech.
Voice disorders begins with the identification of what “normal voice” is. The life cycle of the voice is described and the importance of hormonal balance to laryngeal development and function is emphasised. Assessments and differential diagnosis of disorders of the structure and function of voice are then evaluated.
Head and neck oncology includes laryngectomy (surgical removal of the larynx) and glossectomy (surgical removal of the tongue). This series of lectures covers the background to these two clinical procedures including the incidence of cancer, major lesion sites, the symptoms and related prognosis and the anatomy of the head and neck area pre-and post surgically. Postoperative care is described including such vocal rehabilitation regimes as oesophageal voice, the use of the artificial larynx and further surgical intervention. A typical case history is given to illustrate the different aspects of assessment, diagnosis and intervention, with particular attention being given to the multi-disciplinary nature of the care of these clients.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will be mainly by lectures with extensive use of video presentations. There will be some practical classes included within the lecture courses. In the Autumn term there will be ten hours on normal voice, and twenty hours on fluency, including theoretical issues, identification, assessment and treatment. In the Spring term there will be ten hours on disorders of voice, and six hours on head and neck oncology and resulting communication disorders. All courses will include practical classes, video presentations and some data analysis where appropriate.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 19 20
Practicals classes and workshops 3
Guided independent study 78 80
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

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

Other information on summative assessment:
There will be two one-hour classroom tests; one on disorders on fluency at the beginning of the Spring term (50%) and one on voice and head & neck oncology (50%) at the end of the Spring term. Both tests require students to answer 2 short essay questions from a choice of three.

Formative assessment methods:
There will be a 20 question true-false formative assessment posted on blackboard in week 6 of the autumn term to test students' understanding of the disorders of fluency course thus far.

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.

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    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment by August / September.

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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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