Anatomy & Physiology for Speech & Language Therapy

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
28 February 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B630 Speech and Language Therapy,
BSC B631 Speech and Language Therapy (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B632 Speech and Language Therapy (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module introduces students to anatomy and physiology relevant to the Speech & language therapy profession. Students will consider how structures and functions of the body relate to typical speech, language and swallowing processes and developmental & acquired difficulties.
Emphasis is placed on developing a solid foundation for future modules and clinical practice.

Module aims

This module aims to develop your knowledge of the structures and functions of the human body that underpin typical speech, language and swallowing processes. You will also begin to relate your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and neurology to developmental & acquired conditions.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the [learner] will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of the structure of body systems relevant to the Speech & Language Therapy profession

Demonstrate knowledge of the functions of body systems relevant to the Speech & Language Therapy profession

Apply knowledge of the structure and function of relevant body systems to describe typical speech, language and swallowing processes

Begin to understand how the structure and function of relevant body systems are involved developmental and acquired conditions relevant to Speech & Language Therapy

Module information

This module is delivered one day a week throughout the autumn term. In addition to some traditional introductory lectures where tutors will share information you will be expected to work in small groups and independently to truly understand the content at a deep level. This will help enable you to apply your knowledge in later modules and in future practice.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered through a combination of key note lecture time, learner led small groups, and individual study.


  • Seikel, John A.; King, Douglas W.; Drumright, David G. (2016) Anatomy & physiology for speech, language, and hearing, Clifton Park, NY, USA: Cengage Learning.
  • Rouse, Matthew H. (©2020) Neuroanatomy for speech-language pathology and audiology, Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Webb, Wanda G.; Love, Russell J. (©2017) Neurology for the speech-language pathologist, St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.
  • Welcome to Visible Body, http://0-ovidsp.ovid.com.serlib0.essex.ac.uk/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&CSC=Y&NEWS=n&PAGE=main&D=huaa18&pcodes=huaa18,musl18,aphy18

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Teresa Eade, email: teade@essex.ac.uk.
Mrs Teresa Eade, Dr Wayne Wilson
Cerys Somers/Hannah Duncan ipladmin@essex.ac.uk - 01206 874496



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 33 hours, 33 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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