PLMCP1-Clinical Practice 1

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: All other Speech and Language Therapy Part 1 M modules
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mrs Alison Cox

Email: a.cox@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
To introduce students to a broad variety of client groups to enable them to integrate their rapidly developing theory base to the clinical environment whilst beginning to develop personal clinical skills

Aims:
The aims of this module are: to provide an introduction to client groups who have communication problems and to consider the role of the speech and language therapist with these client groups; to begin the development of personal and professional clinical skills; to relate clinical experience to other taught modules and to demonstrate in assessed work their learning within a life span developmental framework.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module it is expected that the student should be able to:
•make objective observations of a young child’s development status;
•make objective observations of speech and language impairments acquired in adulthood;
•interpret and analyse recordings of speech and compare findings to published data;
•present oral and written accounts of speech data collected;
•describe a wide range of clinical assessments and identify the linguistic domain targeted in a variety of assessments;
•account for features of impaired language in children;
•explain why evidence based practice is important in speech and language therapy;
•integrate: case history information; information from other sources (i.e. professionals and parents); clinical observation and results from standard tests to make a full assessment of a client’s impairment and the extent of the impairment on the clients social and academic functioning;
•describe how to measure speech and language therapy in clinical practice.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Students learn through guided reading, discussion, observation and interaction with normally developing children and children with communication problems. They learn about adult communication disorders through guided reading, observation of adult clients and discussion of the presenting disorders. Students are given topics related to clinical practice to prepare and present in seminars. Students present a detailed account of the development of a normally developing child whom they observe over nine months. A personal clinical record is kept in this year as a log of clinical development and experience.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students learn through guided reading, discussion, observation and interaction with normally developing children and children with communication problems. They learn about adult communication disorders through guided reading, observation of adult clients and discussion of the presenting disorders. Students are given topics related to clinical practice to prepare and present in seminars. Students present a detailed account of the development of a normally developing child whom they observe over nine months. A log showing their evaluation of paediatric and adult assessments is developed throughout the year (supported by a virtual learning environment and seminars) and handed in during the Autumn term in year two.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 12
Seminars 10 10 8
Fieldwork 4 4 4
Guided independent study 25 26 22
Placement 30 30 105
       
Total hours by term 79.00 82.00 139.00
       
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Other information on summative assessment:
An essay on child language impairment (2000 words) in the Autumn term and oral presentation of child development study (summer term).

Formative assessment methods:
Peer feedback on presentation of assessments. Peer feedback within autumn and spring clinics on note writing and reports. Assessment by supervising clinicians in Easter and Summer term placements.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% in the module (with all assessments submitted and a mark of no less than 40% in any one assessment).

Reassessment arrangements:
Coursework will be carried forward if it satisfies the requirements for a module pass. Otherwise it must be resubmitted by September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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