PLMCI2-Communication Impairment 2

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: All MSc Speech and Language Therapy Year 1 modules Co-requisites; All obligatory MSc Speech and Language Therapy Year 2 modules
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mrs Alison Cox


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The aims of this module are:

-to introduce an evidence based approach to the diagnosis and management of developmental and acquired speech sound disorders in children and adults, within the context of the World Health Organisation International Classification Framework and NHS Values

-to introduce an evidence based approach to the diagnosis and management of eating and swallowing disorders in children and adults; within the context of the World Health Organisation International Classification Framework and NHS Values

-to learn how to plan and deliver evidence based therapeutic interventions for these client groups , taking an holistic based approach to client management

-to further develop the ability to integrate theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in the holistic management of these client groups at all stages of the clinical reasoning and decision making process

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the student will be able to:

Differentially diagnose developmental and acquired speech sound disorders and give theoretical rationale within an evidence based approach;

Use a range of theoretical approaches in the analysis, interpretation and management of speech sound disorders;

Evaluate the communication potential of a specified client with a developmental or acquired speech disorder;

Identify the process of normal and disordered swallowing (dysphagia);

Describe the process of assessment (instrumental and non-instrumental) in the diagnosis of dysphagia;

Critically evaluate current theories for assessment, diagnosis and management;

Formulate evidence based treatment goals within an holistic management approach.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be able to synthesise and integrate information from previous modules, such as anatomy, physiology, medicine, clinical phonetics and phonology, with specific therapeutic issues. They will be able to discuss professional issues such as clinical audit, the function of a multi-disciplinary team and the evaluation of therapeutic outcomes incorporating clinical and professional standards. The students will develop their IT, report and writing skills using audio-visual and other indicated resources.

Outline content:
The students are introduced to a range of developmental speech disorders of unknown and known aetiology, including disorders of articulation; phonology; features of developmental verbal dyspraxia; disorders of resonance and syndromes/sequences affecting oro-facial development (including cleft palate); paediatric dysarthria .

The module also examines the main motor speech disorders of acquired dysarthria and apraxia of speech. The aetiologies and clinical manifestations of each disorder are described. The module also considers the neurological and anatomical features of normal swallowing which are related to both developmental and acquired disorders of swallowing (dysphagia).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

 Fourteen hours of lectures on speech sounds disorders in children twenty hours on acquired motor speech disorders and dysphagia; six hours of practical classes (acquired motor speech disorders and dysphagia). Lectures will include video presentations, practical activities and case-based learning

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24 10
Practicals classes and workshops 2 4
Guided independent study 90 70
Total hours by term 116.00 84.00
Total hours for module 200.00

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

30% case based speech sounds disorders including disorders of resonance) open book classroom test (paediatric developmental); 

60% case based dysphagia/motor speech disorders classroom test (adult acquired) 

If no unauthorised absence a mark of 10% will be awarded 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission are in accordancewith University policy.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50% overall; with at least 50% in each individual component

Attendance is compulsory for all teaching components of this module.  Students are expected to communicate in a timely and professional manner if they are unable to attend a lecture

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment by September. Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a mark of 50% or more. Otherwise it must be resubmitted by September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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