PL2M2-Medicine 2

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: 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 extends students' understanding of medical sciences relevant to speech and language pathology

The aims of this module are; to provide the student with an understanding of the structure and function of parts and systems of the human body and the pathology associated with them; and to explore the role of other health disciplines in the diagnosis and management of associated disorders. This knowledge forms the basis of the understanding of pathological conditions that cause or co-exist with speech and language disorders and/or with swallowing disorders.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of this module it is expected that the student will be able to: • Identify the structures of the mouth, face, dentition and occlusion and evaluate the treatment methods for modifying facial growth • Discriminate those aspects of oral surgery that have consequences for speech • Describe and evaluate the function of the ear, the central and peripheral nervous system on speech • Evaluate the measurements of hearing, diagnostic audiology, hearing aids, on adult and paediatric aural rehabilitation • Demonstrate systematic knowledge of gross anatomy of the brain and how brain function and structure can be captured, instrumentally •  Understand the nature of neural tissues and neurotransmitters and how they are affected in neurological disorders and disease• Demonstrate knowledge of the neuropathologies of a range of neurological disorders with a particular focus on those affecting speech and language and swallowing and the neurological treatments of these disorders


Additional outcomes:
Students will learn to present data and write succinct and objective reports for other professionals. They will learn to integrate their medical knowledge into their studies of communication disorders, and this medical knowledge will inform their clinical practice.

Outline content:

This module consists of three separate strands covering the following medical disciplines: Orthodontics including dental and facial anatomy; study of the structures of the mouth, face, dentition and occlusion, treatment methods for modifying facial growth and aligning teeth, management of cleft lip and palate deformity, the inter-relation of malocclusion and speech, and the provision of orthodontics in the health care setting. Audiology; the measurement of hearing, diagnostic audiology, hearing aids, adult and paediatric rehabilitation, social and psychological aspects of hearing loss and the role of teaching services for the hearing impaired. Neurology; Brain anatomy, function and structure. Types and causes of brain injury, including infarction, haemorrhage, contusion, diffuse damage, tumour, atrophy, post pathology; neuroimaging, cortical and subcortical brain functions; white and grey matter; neurons and neural functioning;  Neurovascular coupling; Neurological conditions including motor neuron disease, epilepsy, Huntington’s disease; Parkinson’s disease

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be 38 hours of medical teaching delivered as lectures and workshops.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 38
Guided independent study 162
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

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

Other information on summative assessment:

1 1/2 hour in-class test. Combined paper, Neurology (short answer questions), Orthodontics (short answer qustions), Audiology (MCQs).

Formative assessment methods:

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% for the assessments set in this module.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment by August / September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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