PLMM2-Medicine 2

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring 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 extends students' understanding of medical sciences relevant to speech and language pathology.

The aims of this module are: to introduce the student to the structure and function of systems of the human body and the pathology associated with them; to explore the role of other health disciplines in the diagnosis and management of associated disorders; and to provide an overview of the contribution this can make to disorders of speech and/or language. This knowledge forms a basis for the understanding of pathological conditions that cause or co-exist with speech and language and/or swallowing disorders.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, it is expected that the student will be able to; *Identify the structures of the mouth, face, dentition and occlusion and evaluate the treatment methods for modifying facial growth *Discriminate those aspects of oral surgery that have consequences for speech *Describe and evaluate the function of the ear and its component parts as well as the central and peripheral nervous systems *Evaluate the measurements of hearing, diagnostic audiology, hearing aids, and adult on paediatric aural rehabilitation *Differentially diagnose diseases and abnormalities of these organs and systems particularly those that cause or are associated with speech and language disorders *Synthesise their knowledge of structures and systems diagrammatically and provide written descriptions

Additional outcomes:
Students will learn to integrate their medical knowledge into their studies of communication disorders. This knowledge will inform their clinical practice. They will present data and write succinct and objective reports for other professionals.

Outline content:
This module consists of three separate strands covering Orthodontics, Audiology and Neurology: *Orthodontics and oral surgery; the study of structures of the mouth, dentition, occlusion, cleft palate, prosthetic dentistry.; *Audiology; the measurement of hearing, diagnostic audiology, hearing aids; *Neurology; diseases and abnormalities of the nervous system with special reference to disorders that cause or are associated with speech and language disorders including cerebrovascular disorders, infections of the nervous system, tumours, epilepsy, familial disorders.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be 38 hours of medical teaching delivered as lectures.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 38
Guided independent study 162
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 classroom test has three parts weighted 40% for Audiology, 40% for Neurology and 20% for Orthodontics.

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 assessments 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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