Speech and Language Therapy - Paediatrics 1

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
05 April 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC B62024 Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Module description

This module runs in parallel with HS830 Foundations 1 and together with this module develops a basic understanding of communication development and the nature of speech and language processes.

It provides the linguistic knowledge and skills which will be developed throughout the programme and will constitute the foundation for the understanding of typical and atypical speech and language functioning, description and analysis. The module runs in parallel with both HS831 and with an associated paediatric clinical placement in school or nursery.

Module aims

Through this module the student develops a thorough understanding of the nature of human communication and of the speech and language development of a typically developing child.

They will also gain an understanding of linguistic science and methods of transcription, recording an analysis to enable them to carry out a linguistic analysis of child speech and language data.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. Have an understanding of the nature of human communication in its broadest sense including verbal, non-verbal and pragmatic aspects of communication.
2. Have knowledge of speech and language development in typically developing children.
3. Have an understanding of the nature and breadth of linguistic science including syntax, phonology, phonetics and pragmatics.
4. Be able to apply an understanding of linguistics to the characterisation and analysis of speech and language at all levels- semantic, syntactic, phonological, phonetic and pragmatic.
5. Relate theoretical knowledge gained through the module to observations of child development and their interactions with children on their practice placement

Module information

This module begins in Term 1 and compliments the HS830 Foundations 1 module in providing an introduction to the principles of speech & language structure, development 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.

In this module the students are introduced to linguistic skills in the characterisation and analysis of speech and language which they will continue to develop and utilize throughout the programme.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, independent learning, placements, online, tutorials


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.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   3000-Word Assignment   15/01/2024  100% 
Practical   Pre-clinical Education Placement (assessment booklet, skills workbook, reflections)  12/01/2024   
Written Exam  Linguistics Test   13/12/2023   
Written Exam  Phonetics Test   13/12/2023   

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sara Garib-Penna, email: sgarib@essex.ac.uk.
Wayne Wilson, Sally Austin, Julie Lowe & Natasha Sore
hscsltadmin@essex.ac.uk - 01206 874496



External examiner

Prof Gary Morgan
city university
professor psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 226 hours, 145 (64.2%) hours available to students:
32 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
49 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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