PL3RD-Research Dissertation

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: All BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 3A modules
Co-requisites: All obligatory BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 3B modules
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Lotte Meteyard


Summary module description:
In this module students design, plan and implement an independent research project and write it up as a dissertation.


The aim of this module is to develop high-level skills in critical evaluation and understanding of current research issues and methodologies within the field of speech and language therapy, language sciences, clinical linguistics or a related research area. Students take an active role in designing, planning and implementing an independent research project. This is evaluated through the writing of a dissertation of 8,000 words.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that a student will have a detailed knowledge of the topic of the dissertation and will be able to: · Critically analyse and evaluate a range of relevant literature in a specified field relevant to speech and language therapy · Make use of research design and methodology to formulate the project · Write project aims, research questions and hypotheses based on theory and previous research findings · Use an analysis that is appropriate for the collected data and hypotheses (qualitative or quantitative) · Consider the implications of the data for the reviewed literature and clinical practice where appropriate · Use a recognised citation style · Present the dissertation in a clear, logical and well-written manner.

Additional outcomes:
It is also expected that students will be able to develop personal responsibility and initiative in planning, managing and executing a research project professionally; make decisions during unforeseen and complex situations as the research progresses and develop self-reliance and -direction in addressing and solving problems. It is the student’s responsibility to make contact with their supervisor and seek support when they need it. If problems occur, it is the student’s responsibility to raise these with their supervisor and the module convenor in a timely manner.

Outline content:

Dissertation research areas and approaches are wide-ranging, and cover all areas of speech and language therapy, language sciences, clinical linguistics and related disciplines (e.g., child language development in typically developing and impaired populations, adults with acquired speech and/or language disorders, adult second language learners, audit and service evaluation projects, neuroscience of language and so on). Students are given guidance on the methods, execution and analysis of their project through supervision.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Individual supervision.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 2 1
Guided independent study 148 149
Total hours by term 150.00 150.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:

A dissertation of 8000 words (please see the dissertation handbook for specific details on wordcount)

Formative assessment methods:

Students receive feedback on two sections of their dissertation, the sections to be reviewed are decided upon by the student and their supervisor.

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:
    A mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Failed dissertations may 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: Dissertations need to be printed (2 copies) and soft bound.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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