PL2CI3R-Communication Impairment 3

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Arpita Bose

Email: a.bose@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module provide students with an in depth understanding of a range of language and communication impairments which occur across the lifespan and to relate this knowledge to their knowledge and understanding of linguistic theory and language development.

Aims:
This module aims to provide students with an in depth understanding of a range of language and communication impairments which occur across the lifespan and to relate this knowledge to their knowledge and understanding of linguistic theory and language development. The module provides knowledge of the nature of language and communication impairment, the assessment process and intervention.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, it is expected that the student will be able to:
•identify and interpret the main syndromes of acquired aphasia in adults and to recognise features of language impairment in children;
•discuss and evaluate the key concepts and theoretical claims about the nature and cause of language impairment in children and adults;
•synthesize and critically appraise the evidence behind theories of language disorder and aphasia;
•identify, interpret and evaluate issues in intervention with both children and adults;
•organise and articulate arguments effectively in written and oral presentations.

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to assist students in developing critical analytical skills and to synthesize information from a variety of sources. The module also aims to develop academic and professional writing skills. Students will be encouraged to develop their oral communication skills in the group context and to work collaboratively as group members.

Outline content:
This module develops the students’ understanding of current and historical concepts and theories of developmental disorders of language and communication. The students are given a theoretical and practical understanding of the nature of language and communication disorders. Students will explore a range of factors that may adversely influence child language development, and be made aware of the complex interaction of cognitive, environmental, perceptual and medical factors. The module also focuses on acquired language disorders and explores communication impairment in acquired aphasia and dementia. Students are introduced to the clinical background of aphasia, aetiologies, localization of cerebral damage, incidence, prevalence, recovery and associated disabilities. The course also covers the language of the elderly. Basic principles of assessment and intervention across different types of language impairment are explored.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, case-based learning and student led seminars/presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 10
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 130 120
       
Total hours by term 150.00 150.00
       
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Class test administered by School 50

Other information on summative assessment:
On the class-test:
Student will get marks on their individual questions. We provide the mean, sd, range for each question for each cohort and class mean, range and sd.
•Provide the model answer with details on why some aspects of the question were not answered properly.

On the assignment:
On the coursework students receive detailed inline comments, feedback against marking criteria and feed-forward on areas to focus on to improve performance.

Formative assessment methods:
On Class-test
1. Through BB and in lecture slides, we provide therapy cases and task was to work out the solutions.
2. In lecture, the lecturer worked through example cases.
3. University marking guidelines updated on the BB side. After every lecture, we recap the main points and say if you have a question on X, what would constitute a distinction, merit and pass category.
•In the revision session, we provided sample pass tests and discussed the answers again distinguishing what constitutes distinction, merit and pass.
•For revision, we provide a document on tips to do well in the exam and it provides general tips as to answer all aspects of the questions.

On assignment
Students complete group work in class with feedback from class discussion and in written form for work posted in the virtual learning environment.

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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:
    Length of class test: 1.5 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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