PL2CPH-Clinical Phonetics & Phonology

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: All BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 1 modules
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Mirjana Sokolovic-Perovic


Type of module:

Summary module description:
In this module students learn to apply knowledge of phonetics and phonology to clinical data and to collect and analyse data using instrumental and non-instrumental techniques.

The aims of this module are: to familiarise the students with the issues involved in data collection and representation in the study of speech development; to introduce the skill of applying theoretical knowledge of phonetics and phonology to clinical data; to provide a framework for phonetic and phonological analysis of normal and disordered speech using instrumental and non-instrumental techniques; familiarise the students with IPA extensions and develop the practical skills for the transcription of clinical data.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module students will be able to:
• Carry out accurate transcription of normal and disordered speech sounds and connected speech
• Identify and produce all the sounds from the IPA chart and its Extension chart
• Organise and analyse sets of phonological data from normal and atypical development
• Interpret disordered data samples by relating it to developmental norms and the adult phonological system
• Appraise the various instrumental techniques currently available for the analysis of speech and identify when they should most appropriately be used.

Additional outcomes:
• Develop critical analytical skills
• Be able to work independently and in teams, gaining and providing peer support via an ongoing process of developing practical skills
• Will encourage the students to consider the issues involved in phonological assessment with relation to efficacy and workplace constrictions.

Outline content:
In this module the students will get more practice using the symbols of the IPA; they will also be introduced to the extensions of the IPA chart used in the transcription of disordered speech. The students will practise transcription of disordered speech and they will be introduced to frameworks which will help them organise, analyse and interpret speech data, and relate it to developmental norms and to the adult phonological system. The course will also introduce different types of instrumentation used in the analysis of normal and disordered speech including spectrography, laryngography and electropalatography. Independent study in the speech laboratory is encouraged.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be 4 two-hour lectures on Clinical Phonetics and Phonology followed by 5 two-hour practical transcription and oral practice sessions. There will be additional support available from the clinical tutors, who will provide a tutorial drop-in session. Students are given three hours of pre-recorded video tutorials on methods in instrumental clinical phonetics, accessed through the Blackboard virtual learning environment.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 9
Tutorials 2
Demonstration 3
Practicals classes and workshops 9
Guided independent study 77
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 50
Set exercise 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Phonological data-analysis assignment based on the transcription of a clinical data sample, including a question related to instrumental techniques (set at the end of the Spring term). Practical assessment covers three skills: oral IPA/ExtIPA production, transcription of real-word consonant substitutions and nonword IPA transcription. Practical assessments are held at the end of the Spring term.

Formative assessment methods:

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:
    A mark of 40% averaged across all assessments.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-assessment by August / September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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