This is a general resource area for the BSc & MSc Speech and Language Therapy courses.

This module includes five topic areas. Together they encompass a broad range of 'core' knowledge which is necessary for the practice of speech and language therapy. These core areas of scientific and professional study will form a foundation from which the student can build a deeper understanding of the nature and practice of speech and language therapy.

It is anticipated that students will undertake the speech and language therapy course from diverse backgrounds and with a range of underlying skills and experience. This foundations module undertaken in the first term of study will ensure that all students, whatever their background, have achieved a standard level of knowledge in core areas before proceeding with further study.

This module is delivered in Term 1. It complements the Foundations 1 module in providing an introduction to the principles of speech & language structure and processing from a linguistic perspective. This is considered to be fundamental to the development of a deeper understanding of speech & language pathology which will result from continued study in later modules.

The module provides the forum within which knowledge gained in the Foundations 1 module, together with previous learning and experience, are brought together to synthesise an integrated view of the speech and language process. This integrated knowledge base will constitute a foundation for further learning and form the frame of reference which will underpin the students understanding of communication breakdown and the work of the speech and language therapist.

While there will be some reference to aspects of disordered speech & language where necessary to develop full understanding of language processes the emphasis in this module will be on structure and function of normal speech and language. The module will also equip the student with resources or tools that can be used in the recording and analysis of language data.

The module will provide the student with the descriptive background required to support an understanding of the nature of speech and language breakdown, the rationale for clinical analysis and planned intervention strategies. The student will also be introduced to current research in Speech and Language Therapy.

1. Introduction to linguistics
2. Linguistics -Structure of language
3. Linguistics -Phonetics
4. Linguistics - Pragmatics
5. The development of communication -overview of acquisition
6. Human communication -an integrated view
7. Data recording and analysis
8. Total communication
9. Teaching and learning strategy
10. Clinical content
11. Assessment

(For full details on module content see HS831 in Module Guide)

This module is undertaken in the second term of study. It builds upon and extends the knowledge gained from the modules in term 1 to further develop the students understanding of the structure of language and introduces the basic principles of speech and language pathology in children.

The module begins with a more detailed consideration of English grammar. This represents a continuation and development of linguistic knowledge introduced within The Structure and Development of Language module to ensure a comprehensive understanding of language structure and the principles of syntactic analysis.

While the emphasis in the first term was on the development of background knowledge in the development and function of normal speech and language processes, emphasis in this, the second term, is on the application of this knowledge to the understanding of simpler speech and language pathologies. The descriptive background gained in the first term constitutes the framework upon which this critical understanding of language pathology is based.

Lastly this module introduces a number of skills and concepts fundamental to the practice of speech and language therapy. These include the process of critical review of data and evidence based practice

1) Phonological impairments
2) Language impairments
3) Evidence based practice and beginning diagnosis
4) Multidisciplinary working in theory and practice
5) Assessment tools and techniques
6) Teaching and learning strategies
7) Clinical content
8) Assessment

This module builds upon and extends the knowledge gained from modules HS830, HS831 & HS832 to further develop understanding of aspects of more complex speech and language pathology in children. An emphasis is placed on the application of this knowledge within clinical practice while considering the impact on the client and their family.

The module introduces skills and concepts fundamental to the practice of speech and language therapy at a more advanced level. These include the development of a differential diagnosis and prognosis in more complex cases. Principles of intervention planning and therapeutic tools and techniques are further developed.

This is the final module in Year 1 of the MSc Speech and Language Therapy programme. It builds upon and extends the knowledge and skills gained in HS830, HS831, HS832 & HS833 to develop your experience and understanding of specialist areas of paediatric Speech and Language Therapy. It also supports you to explore concepts fundamental to professional practice at an advanced level.

This module builds on knowledge from year 1 of the programme, introducing core adult pathology of dysphagia, voice disorders and head and neck cancer. Shared anatomy, physiology and neurology underpin understanding of the typical and pathological processes of the aero digestive tract. Attention is paid throughout to the quality of life impact of difficulties. Where information regarding disease process is required (Stroke & progressive neurological disease & cancer) this is provided at introductory level through the year 2 foundations module.

Head & Neck Cancer
Team management
Welcome to HS837!

This module builds upon your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, voice, and disease from previous modules. The nature and neurology of progressive neurological disease is examined and compared to healthy typical ageing, with particular reference to Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and tumour.

The speech, language, and communication difficulties arising from these progressive conditions are examined; dysphagia from HS836 is also integrated into discussions. Particular emphasis is paid to the impact of difficulties on the service user and their family, as well as the role of the SLT as part of a team in the assessment and management of speech, language, and communication to enhance quality of life. There is emphasis in this module on the assessment, description, transcription, and management of the dysarthrias.

You will share some of your classes with your colleagues on the BSc programme.
This module builds upon Stroke, anatomy, physiology, neurology and linguistics taught in previous modules. Stroke is further explores in the context of aphasia. Aphasia is examined from a classical, localisation approach and from a linguistic modular perspective; co-morbidity of apraxia and dysarthria is integrated into the discussion of aphasia. The impact of aphasia on client, family and friends is explored and the roles of the SLT as part of the interprofessional interagency team is considered with reference to reduction of impact and enhancement of quality of life through rehabilitation and enabling communication.

Quality of Life
Assessment and management

This module integrates and extends learning from previous year 1 and year 2 modules to examine a range of aetiologies leading to cognitive communication difficulties. Students will consider adults with learning difficulties, including those with autistic spectrum disorder, dementia, and traumatic brain injury. Similarities and differences in communication and management of communication difficulties will be examined, including reducing the impact of the difficulties through rehabilitation and enabling strategies. In addition students will integrate knowledge from throughout the programme to consider disorders of fluency, its assessment and management with children and adults. This is the final module of the programme, students enhanced clinical reasoning will be further enhanced by examination of wider management strategies and potential for service improvement.

Cognitive communication difficulty
Traumatic Brain Injury
Learning Difficulty
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Mental health difficulty
Assessment and management
Service improvement