Type of module:

Summary module description:

To integrate developing academic knowledge with developing clinical and professional skills within a clinical environment and to develop clinical competencies in assessment, treatment and management of the paediatric population with support.  


To enable students (with support) to be clinically competent in the assessment and management of paediatric clients with speech, language, communication and eating/swallowing disorders. To develop reflective practice, clinical reasoning and decision making with this client group. To gain understanding of the communication profile of the typical elderly population.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  1. Analysis of relevant information gathered to assemble a speech/language/communication/eating and drinking profile of an individual child

  2. Explain features of impaired communication in paediatric clients relative to relevant medical, psychological and linguistic models.

  3. Manage a child’s clinical need in an holistic and culturally sensitive manner

  4. Present a concise and professional written and verbal account of children with communication/eating and drinking disorders.

  5. Evidence development of professional skills of clinical reasoning and reflective practice

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Lectures/seminars in the Autumn and Spring term develop students knowledge and skills in the processes of assessment, management and service delivery across paediatric settings. They address the further development of professional and clinical skills to be employed within the year’s placements, including reflective practice, evidence based practice, clinical reasoning, inter-professional learning and understanding of professionalism and communication skills.

Relevant NHS and Social Care/Education legislation, including policies and procedures are integrated into the teaching throughout the module. Statutory and mandatory training will be updated in the summer term. The NHS values and constitution, the World Health Organisation's International Classification Framework and the HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics are integral to the teaching and clinical placements.

Child development assignment: Students continue an observational study of a typically developing child their own home during autumn and spring term

Clinical Placements: Students attend paediatric placements external to the University during autumn, spring and summer term.  In the summer term they will also have a placement in an elderly care setting.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module comprises a varied approach to teaching and learning, utilising lectures, seminars, small group teaching, online resources, clinical placements and a focus on case based learning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8 8 4
Seminars 6 6 6
Tutorials 5 5
Fieldwork 6 6
Guided independent study 40 40 13
Placement 78 78 91
Total hours by term 143.00 143.00 114.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 60
Oral assessment and presentation 30
Practical skills assessment 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Oral presentation and viva (30%); a pass in both supervising clinician reports (graded by supervising clinicians at the completion of each placement) (10%); clinical portfolio (60%). The clinical report mark from the summer will be assigned to PL3CLIN3

Formative assessment methods:

Written and verbal feedback will be provided on group work by peers and academic staff

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: 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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    All assignments to be submitted and clinical placements attended. An overall mark of 40% in the module; a mark of no less than 30% in any one assessment; a pass in both clinical placement reports.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment arrangements Reassessment by August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 20 June 2018


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