PLMM1-Medicine 1

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 other MSc Speech and Language Therapy Year 1 modules
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr David Ward


Summary module description:

The module comprises five courses: three courses in the autumn term and two in the spring term. Teaching in the autumn comprises  a general introductory course to medicine for speech language therapy students and further courses looking at paediatric medicine and ears nose and throat (ENT). In the spring term, students take further courses in audiology and orthodontics.



This module provides an introduction to neuroanatomical and physiological underpinnings of human anatomy necessary for students to understand a range of disorders seen by speech language therapists. Some of the subject matter will be developed further in the medicine 2 module. Two courses on of audiology and orthodontics provide students with a grounding within these specialist areas and a knowledge of their relevance to speech and language therapists.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:


Describe the structure and functions of the respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems

Understand anatomy and physiology of the tongue and oral cavity

Understand about pre and post natal growth and common problems in childhood

Identify signs of abuse and neglect in children,

Describe dental physiology & anatomy, occlusions and malocclusions

Identify cleft lip, cleft lip and palate and discuss their relevant surgical restorations

Understand about hearing measurement and types and causes of hearing loss

Understand the range of options for aural rehabilitation programs for the hearing impaired

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:

Have practical knowledge of the functioning of a neonatal Ward within a large teaching hospital

Outline content:

Students will learn about the structure of skeletal systems; relevance of the cranial nerves to speech and language therapy; respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems; physiology of the tongue and oral cavity; the role of dental practitioners; structure and surgical restoration of cleft lip and palate; oral occlusions and malocclusions; pre-post natal growth; childhood neglect; disorders of childhood; services for children with developmental delay. 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 introduction to medicine course is taught by Clinical Language Sciences staff, all other courses are taught by medical external medics from local hospitals. The courses will mostly be face to face lectures but with an off-site visit to Royal Berkshire Hospital’s neonatal Ward scheduled in to the teaching time for the paediatric course. There will be 70 hours of guided learning in amongst the lectures of the introduction to medicine course. There will be also be two 2 hour seminars in the summer term which will consolidate students’ learning to date and prepare usage of knowledge for year 2 and year 3 modules.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 40 21
External visits 2
Guided independent study 70 63
Total hours by term 112.00 84.00
Total hours for module 196.00

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

Other information on summative assessment:

Three in class class tests:

ENT/paediatric medicine

Audiology/ othodontics.

Introduction to medicine

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):

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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