Foundation Studies 2 - Pathology for Speech and Language Therapy

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
08 November 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC B62024 Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Module description

This module builds upon foundation studies in year 1 of the programme and develops knowledge and understanding of neurological and oncological diseases which underpin pathology leading to acquired disorders of communication in adult clients.

Module aims

Relate knowledge of neurology, anatomy and physiology of disease process in stroke, progressive neurological disease, traumatic brain injury and cancer related to speech language and communication difficulty, it’s impact and the students development of professional skills

Be ready to apply underlying knowledge to further learning relating to adult acquired disorders.

Module learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate systematic understanding of the anatomy, physiology and neurology relating to adult acquired disorders of communication and dysphagia
2. Critically evaluate and reflect upon your own learning regarding the impact of disease and importance of wellbeing when working with clients and their family/friends

Module information

This module builds upon the underlying knowledge gained in foundations 1 to prepare the student for the practice of speech and language therapy with the adult client.

The emphasis is on the application of underlying knowledge to the understanding of aspects of communication difficulties and the work of the speech and language therapist within current legislative, national and professional guidelines

Learning and teaching methods

This module combines the use of lectures to introduce topics, interactive lecture, workshops and problem based learning enable to student to critically appraise their learning throughout delivery, grounding theoretical learning in practice. Lectures Fixed resource sessions. The fixed resource session consists of introductory information outlining the requirements of learning and portfolio submission of evidence Independent Self guided learning This involves the student in self guided study using learning resources including recommended reading , course study notes, library resources, posters, modles and resources in the SLT laboratory and appropriate tutorial support Placement This information underpins later learning in readiness for placement activity, it will be required when considering clients difficulties throughout placement experiences Online Resources are available through Moodle and also websites of anatomy tv and discs accompanying core texts which are made available for students in the SLT laboratory. Tutorials Students are encouraged to access individual or small group tutorial support for areas of difficulty. Academic staff make themselves available for tutorial support by appointment.


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   1000-Word Critical Reflection   09/08/2024   

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

Module is either passed or marked as not completed.


Module is either passed or marked as not completed.

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Rachael-Anne Knight, email: r.knight@essex.ac.uk.



External examiner

Ms Helen Raffell
Newcastle University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 6 hours, 6 (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), module, or event type.


Further information

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