PLMLDG-Language in Genetic Disorders (M Level)

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: PLMFG Foundations of Grammar
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Vesna Stojanovik


Type of module:

Summary module description:
The module introduces the students to current research into language development and impairment in populations affected by genetic disorders (i.e. those with Williams syndrome and those with Down syndrome). The module covers several aspects of language development in both populations including early stages of language development, phonological and lexical development, grammatical development and pragmatics.


The module aims: 1) to familiarise the students with current research on language development and impairment in populations affected by genetic disorders, and in particular those affected by Williams and Down syndrome; 2) to provide a wider theoretical context within which research on language in genetic disorders is particularly relevant. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the modules, the students will be able to:

• Show in-depth knowledge of the language characteristics of populations with Williams and Down syndrome

• Show clear understanding of, and critically evaluate the argument that individuals with Williams and Down syndrome provide evidence for innate modularity

• Clearly articulate their views on current theoretical debates in the field of language in genetic disorders

• Present their ideas logically and effectively

Additional outcomes:
•Working as part of a group
•Critical thinking
•Presentation skills

Outline content:
The module will provide the students with in depth knowledge and understanding of how speech, language and communication develops in children affected by two different genetic disorders (Williams syndrome and Down Syndrome), areas of linguistic and cognitive strengths and weaknesses in the two populations and current theoretical explanations of the language and cognitive profiles.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

There will be 3 hours of lectures and 12 hours of student-led seminars (groups of students present research papers). During the seminars, specific research papers will be discussed in depth and students will be expected to have read the papers and to contribute to the discussion. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 3
Seminars 12
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
The examination is questions by prior disclosure. Students will be provided with the paper one week before sitting the examination. 

Formative assessment methods:

Students will get verbal feedback on their presentations and there will be plenty of opportunities for getting feedback on knowledge and understanding during the sessions.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-assessment will be by a two-hour written examination by September.

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


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