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: 2017/8

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 this 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, the central and peripheral nervous system on speech • Evaluate the measurements of hearing, diagnostic audiology, hearing aids, on adult and paediatric aural rehabilitation • Demonstrate systematic knowledge of gross anatomy of the brain and how brain function and structure can be captured, instrumentally •  Understand the nature of neural tissues and neurotransmitters and how they are affected in neurological disorders and disease• Demonstrate knowledge of the neuropathologies of a range of neurological disorders with a particular focus on those affecting speech and language and swallowing and the neurological treatments of these disorders



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: Brain anatomy, function and structure; Types and causes of brain injury, including infarction, haemorrhage, contusion, diffuse damage, tumour, atrophy, post pathology; neuroimaging, cortical and subcortical brain functions; white and grey matter; neurons and neural functioning;  Neurovascular coupling; Neurological conditions including motor neuron disease, epilepsy, Huntington’s disease; Parkinson’s disease.

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: 31 March 2017

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