PL3PD-Advanced Professional Development

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: All BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 3A modules
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Ms Carol Fairfield


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module considers current issues within professional practice for Speech and Language Therapy within Health and Education contexts and prepares the students for professional life and develops their ability to reflect on continuous personal development as preparation for the workforce. 


The aim of this module is to develop a strong understanding of and insight into current professional issues and to extend and refine professional knowledge and skills. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the changing nature of the knowledge base and modes of delivery in the context of health, education and social care and prepare them for their lifelong career learning. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

•Demonstrate and reflect on clinical processes and procedures at a level commensurate with pre-registration requirements

•Critically  identify relevant information and evidence of knowledge and clinical skills to produce a portfolio of  current personal and professional development  •Identify, outline and integrate the issues within the modern NHS and Education, relating to clinical governance and clinical effectiveness into their clinical work

•Demonstrate the ability to synthesise theory and clinical skills and knowledge to produce generic principles that can be applied to any mode of service delivery

Additional outcomes:

The module also aims to assist students in the critical evaluation of collaborative practice in the clinical and educational contexts and critically evaluate their role as a professional member of the team. Students will develop their oral communication skills and their ability to work and facilitate within a larger group context along with consideration of leadership skills 

Outline content:
This module develops and builds on knowledge, skills and professional issues developed in the previous years. Emphasis is placed on the synthesis, integration and application of theoretical knowledge to holistic case management. It will look at developing these skills within a number of specialised areas. Professional development and working within the NHS/Education is considered under topics of clinical governance, management and service delivery, evidence-based practice and the role of the RCSLT and adherence to the HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics. The final component addresses career issues, applying for jobs, preparation for interviews and continuing professional development and maintenance of professional standards.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be 18 hours of teaching delivered in lecture and seminar form in the Autumn and Spring terms. University staff, visiting speech and language therapists and other visiting lecturers and professionals will deliver teaching.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 14 4
Guided independent study 36 46
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:
Presentation of topics in small groups- peer marked and peer feedback and engagement in writing personal statements and interviewing skills.

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:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a mark of 40%. Otherwise it must be resubmitted 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: Portfolios need to e submitted in hard copy due to the high number of appendices. Students need to budget to print 1500 word narrative and all the relevant appendices (this varies between approximately 20 and 100)
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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