PL3C4-Clinical Studies 4

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 50 [25 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 3A modules co-req; All obligatory BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 3B modules
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Ms Carol Fairfield


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module develops students' clinical competencies further to enable them to attain the competencies for graduate level entry to the speech and language therapy profession.

The aim of this module is to equip the students for independent clinical practice. The students should be able to assess, diagnose and treat communication and eating, drinking and swallowing disorders in children and adults using appropriate clinical skills and theoretical knowledge. The students will demonstrate competency levels in all these areas, sufficient for graduate level entry to the speech and language therapy profession.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student should be able to:

•Present a concise and professional written and verbal account of clients with communication/swallowing disorders

• Conduct appropriate assessment and analysis of assessment to produce a profile of a client’s communication/swallowing difficulties

• Identify, design and carry out appropriate individual management plans

• Measure and evaluate the effectiveness of intervention

• Demonstrate an ability for critical self reflection skills

• Produce detailed, professional case reports demonstrating synthesis of academic and clinical knowledge to produce holistic reports

• Select and organise knowledge and arguments in written and oral form

• Locate and assemble relevant information on communication disorders, education and health services

• Demonstrate appropriate clinical and professional competencies adhering to RCSLT standards and HCPC standards of proficiency and HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics

Additional outcomes:
•Can demonstrate flexibility when defining clinical diagnoses and approaches to treatment and can adapt according to changes in the workplace.
•Can engage in professional debate regarding clinical cases.
•Can work independently and as a team member.
•Can critically evaluate research and apply findings to their clinical case work.

Outline content:

Clinical placements: the students will attend a variety of clinical placements and will be increasingly responsible for assessing, diagnosing and treating a range of clients with communication/swallowing impairments with support from their placement educators.

Clinical tutorials: students attend group and individual tutorials which give the opportunity to reflect on and develop their increasing clinical skills via a number of methods such as peer group discussion, clinical reasoningand case presentations. Students have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate developing leadership skills within seminars. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Four sessions in clinical placements per week through Autumn and Spring terms; four hours of group tutorials in Autumn and Spring terms, attendance at the Linguistic Assessment Clinic within the Speech and language therapy clinic at the University.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 4 4
Practicals classes and workshops 4 4
Guided independent study 137 137
Placement 105 105
Total hours by term 250.00 250.00
Total hours for module 500.00

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
30% case report handed in in the Spring term; 10% supervising clinician report; 60% clinical examinations in the Summer term.

Formative assessment methods:

Report produced in LAC, ongoing formative feedback within clinical placements on a weekly basis. Clinical reasoning seminars with peer feedback and engagement, following same processes as required in all summative feedback

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% in the module (with all assessments submitted and a mark of no less than 30% in any one assessment).

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of coursework by September or re-examination of clinical video examination by September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: The students attend approximately 3 weekly (1 day per week) placements (60 sessions). Costs based on available information ranges from £0 to £500 per placement, with a median being £115. Every effort is made to even out the cost of placement across students.

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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