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:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Mrs Helen Marlow


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module comprises three courses: a general introductory course to medicine for speech language therapy students, and further courses looking at paediatric medicine, and ears nose and throat (ENT).



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 will introduce the work of the paediatrician and provide students with a grounding in the specialist area of ENT, with 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 postnatal growth, and common problems in childhood

  • Identify signs of abuse and neglect in 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:

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; pre- and postnatal 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.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 28 18
External visits 2
Guided independent study: 100 52
Total hours by term 130 70 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Class test administered by School 60

Summative assessment- Examinations:

1 hour University examination in Summer term: ENT

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

1 hour classroom test in Spring term: Paediatrics and Introduction to Medicine

Formative assessment methods:

Online multiple choice test in the Autumn term 

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

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment by September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 1 May 2019


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