PLMM1-Medicine 1

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: All other MSc Speech and Language Therapy Year 1 modules
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr David Ward


Summary module description:
This module introduces students to medical sciences relevant to speech and language pathology.

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of human anatomy and the physiology of speech, and how physical factors may contribute to communication problems. It also aims to provide an overview of paediatric medicine, and the factors which contribute to illness and well being of the child as well as the structure and function of the ear, nose and throat. This knowledge will form the basis of later medical and clinical studies.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, it is expected that the students will be able to: *Identify and describe the structure and function of organs and mammalian systems including the cardiac, respiratory and vocal systems; *Differentially define some basic neurological structures; *Discriminate the diseases and abnormal conditions that affect infants and young children; *Critically evaluate the provision of community health care for young children; *Identify and describe the structure and function of the vocal tract, including the larynx, pharynx, mouth and nose; *Evaluate the diseases affecting these organs and systems and how some of the diseases cause or are associated with speech and language problems.

Additional outcomes:
The module encourages students to integrate learning from various disciplines in order to achieve an understanding of normal and abnormal development of language. They acquire bibliographic and IT skills when researching for their tests and essay and this in turn will prepare them for presenting data in report form. Students will be able to use this knowledge when taking case histories of patients and when assessing and treating speech and language problems.

Outline content:
Students study anatomy and physiology of speech, paediatrics and ENT: Introduction to Medicine begins with an overview of human anatomy and physiology with emphasis on the muscular, respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, and resonatory structures of speech. It also provides an introduction to the cardiovascular system more generally, together with an overview of some basic neurological structures. Paediatric medicine introduces students to an overview of childhood diseases related to speech and language development, the study of normal pre- and post-natal growth, an understanding of how systems can fail, as well as knowledge on how child development is monitored. ENT (otology, laryngology, rhinology) includes the study of the structure and function of the human ear, otitis media and externa, presbycusis, rhinitis, sinusitis, polyps, study of the larynx and various associated pathologies and abnormalities.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The teaching all takes place in the Autumn term. There will be 10 hours teaching on the introduction to medicine course, a further 20 hours of teaching on paediatric medicine and 18 hours teaching on ENT. Teaching methods include interactive lectures with audiovisual aids, clinical demonstrations and case scenarios.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 48
Guided independent study 152
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

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

Other information on summative assessment:
The class test has three parts weighted 30% for the introduction to medicine, 35% for paediatrics, and 35% for ENT. 

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:
An average of 50% for the coursework set in this module.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment by September.

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

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