PLMCPH-Clinical Phonetics and Phonology

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: All other MSc SLT Year 1 modules
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Mirjana Sokolovic-Perovic


Summary module description:

The aims of this module are: to familiarise the students with the issues involved in data collection and representation in the study of speech development; to introduce the skill of applying theoretical knowledge of phonetics and phonology to clinical data; to provide a framework for phonetic and phonological analysis of normal and disordered speech using instrumental and non-instrumental techniques; familiarise the students with IPA extensions and develop the practical skills for the transcription of clinical data.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module students will be able to:
• Carry out accurate transcription of normal and disordered speech sounds and connected speech
• Identify and produce all the sounds from the IPA chart and its Extension chart
• Organise and analyse sets of phonological data from normal and atypical development
• Interpret disordered data samples by relating it to developmental norms and the adult phonological system
• Appraise the various instrumental techniques currently available for the analysis of speech and identify when they should most appropriately be used.

Additional outcomes:
• Develop critical analytical skills
• Be able to work independently and in teams, gaining and providing peer support via an ongoing process of developing practical skills
• Will encourage the students to consider the issues involved in phonological assessment with relation to efficacy and workplace constrictions.

Outline content:
In this module the students will get more practice using the symbols of the IPA; they will also be introduced to the extensions of the IPA chart used in the transcription of disordered speech. The students will practise transcription of disordered speech and they will be introduced to frameworks which will help them organise, analyse and interpret speech data, and relate it to developmental norms and to the adult phonological system. The course will also introduce different types of instrumentation used in the analysis of normal and disordered speech including spectrography, laryngography and electropalatography. Independent study in the speech laboratory is encouraged.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be 4 two-hour lectures on Clinical Phonetics and Phonology followed by 5 two-hour practical transcription and oral practice sessions. There will be additional support available from the clinical tutors, who will provide a tutorial drop-in session. Students are given three hours of pre-recorded video tutorials on methods in instrumental clinical phonetics, accessed through the Blackboard virtual learning environment.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 9
Tutorials 2
Demonstration 3
Practicals classes and workshops 9
Guided independent study 77
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 50
Set exercise 50

Other information on summative assessment:
Phonological data-analysis assignment based on the transcription of a clinical data sample, including a question related to instrumental techniques (set at the end of Spring term). Practical assessment covers three skills: oral IPA/ExtIPA production, transcription of real-word consonant substitutions and nonword IPA transcription. Practical assessments are held at the end of the Spring term.

Formative assessment methods:

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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
Average of 50% across all assessments.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment by September.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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