PL3DS-Oropharyngeal Dysphagia

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: PL2CI2 Communication Impairment 2
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Ms Carol Fairfield


Summary module description:
Oropharyngeal Dysphagia

To develop further knowledge of the normal swallow process, breakdown of swallowing and management of eating, drinking and swallowing disorders across populations. To enable the student to identify and critically evaluate the emerging dysphagia evidence base with reference to case management of clients.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module, students will be able to:
•Identify, discuss and critically evaluate the current research literature on normal and disordered swallowing
•Discuss the appropriateness of instrumental and non instrumental assessment in the swallowing evaluation and differential diagnosis of swallowing disorders
•Identify and critique management techniques used within current dysphagia practice
•Consider the implications of swallowing disorders on the individual’s body functions, activity and participation in line with the WHO model

Additional outcomes:
Students will understand the necessity to work within a multidisciplinary framework. They will develop their practical skills of observing and analysing normal and disordered swallowing and relating these to their knowledge of anatomy and neurology. They will consider the implications of dysphagia within the current NHS and Education settings.

Outline content:
The module develops students’ theoretical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and neurology of the normal swallow by considering current research and critically evaluating the knowledge base of this relatively new field. Assessment of the normal and disordered swallow by instrumental and bedside assessment will be addressed and considered with reference to specific client groups. The options for case management based on assessment findings and current literature will be explored and considered within a multidisciplinary framework. Issues arising with swallowing disorders in specialised areas will be considered.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be lectures and case based discussion with reference to the current evidence base. This will consider assessment and management with a case based focus. Students will be expected to read identified papers before each session to ensure they can contribute to the discussions and problem solving tasks.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Practicals classes and workshops 3
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:
2-hour written exam, questions by prior disclosure

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:
    2 hours

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Exam to be retaken in the University re-examination period (August/September).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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