PLMCI2R-Communication Impairment 2

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pre-requisite: All Part 1 Modules MSc Speech and Language Therapy.
Co-requisites: PLMCI3R Communication Impairment 3 and PLMCP2 Clinical Practice 2 and PLMRD Research and Dissertation
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Tom Loucas


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module presents students with the evidence-base needed to assess, diagnose and manage disorders of speech, language and communication in children.  The main developmental disorders associated with speech, language and communication in children are covered. Students will learn how to apply the evidence-base to children with speech, language and communication using case-based materials.


The module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the evidence-base relating to disorders of speech, language and communication in children.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  1. Explain with critical insight the core features of speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders in children;

  2. Apply, in an original way, knowledge of phonetics, linguistics, psychology, medical sciences to assess speech, language, communication disorders in children;

  3. Critically evaluate the evidence-base for management of speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders in children;

  4. Show originality in solving clinical problems relating to assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders in children, applying the relevant evidence-base with critical insight;

  5. Use a holistic, client-centred approach to assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment.

  6. Provide clear and well-justified conclusions, based on accurately reported evidence and communicated in appropriate technical language for a professional audience.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The evidence-base relevant to assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of developmental language impairment; autism spectrum disorders in children; learning (intellectual) disability and complex needs in children, including cerebral palsy; speech-sound disorders in children; hearing impairment in children; disorders of fluency in children; and swallowing disorders in children.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module uses a blended approach to teaching, including lectures, online resources and case-based learning in small groups.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 10
Seminars 20 20
Guided independent study: 120 120
Total hours by term 150 150
Total hours for module

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The course will be assessed by two seen paper case-based in-class tests, each worth 50%.

Formative assessment methods:

Group work in class provides opportunities to received feedback on evidence-based clinical reasoning of the sort assessed in the summative assessment for the module.

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

At least 50% overall, with at least 50% in each individual component.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment by August/September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 16 September 2019


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