Speech and Language Therapy - Adults 2

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 22 March 2024
05 April 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC B62024 Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Module description

This module builds upon 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 is examine. Dysphagia from HS836 is integrated.

Particular emphasis is paid to the impact of difficulties on the service user and their family and the roles of the SLT as part of a team in 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.

Healthy ageing
Progressive neurological disease
Quality of life
Assessment and management
Alternative & Augmentative Communication

Module aims

1. Have knowledge of the nature and aetiology of adults with common progressive neurological disease recognising patterns of communication difficulty

2. Use critical clinical reasoning to develop management and rehabilitation strategies with reference to patient safety, choice and quality of life and models of disability

3. Develop evidence based clinical reasoning skills in the decision making process with adults with progressive neurological disease and members of the interprofessional interagency team

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the [learner] will be able to:
1. Have knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and neurology of progressive neurological disease
2. Have detailed knowledge of communication disability related to aetiology for dysarthria resulting from multiple aetiology
3. To critically evaluate the current resources and literature with relevance to assessment, diagnosis and management of people with progressive dysarthria
4. To evaluate and reflect upon the impact of progressive dysarthria and intervention strategies on the client and their significant others
5. Understand the SLT scope of practice and be ready to engage with the interprofessional interagency team including the client with progressive neurological disease

Module information

1. This module builds upon the underlying knowledge gained in earlier modules to prepare the student for the practice of speech and language therapy with the adult client with progressive neurological disease.
2. The emphasis is on the application of underlying knowledge to the understanding of aspects of speech and language disorders and the work of the speech and language therapist within current legislative, national and professional guidelines.
3. This module considers the nature and effects of progressive neurological diseases resulting in speech language, communication and swallowing difficulties and the SLT role in reducing the impact of these difficulties as part of an interprofessional interagency team.

4. There is an emphasis on dysarthria in this module, while dysphagia and cognitive communication are introduced or integrated and dealt with in more detail elsewhere (e.g. dysphagia HS836, cognitive communication HS839)

Learning and teaching methods

Overview 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. Students will also have the opportunity to develop clinical skills through their clinical placement. Lectures Fixed resource sessions. The fixed resource sessions consist of interactive seminars which will include lectures, discussion of course text and class based workshops EBL sessions: In the EBL or enquiry based learning sessions key topic are developed further to emphasize their clinical application. Independent Self guided learning This involves the student in self guided study using learning resources including recommended reading , course study notes, library resources and appropriate tutorial support this is essential for all IBL, Placement and completion of summative assessment Placement This module includes a Communication Partner placement, where students start to develop their communication and partnership working skills. This builds upon the clinical competencies of year 1 and requires the student to develop transferable skills from learning during year 1. Placement is throughout terms 1 and 2 of year 2 and includes a minimum of 12 sessions working with service users in residential or day care settings. Online Resources are available through Moodle and also websites of patient organisations in the third sector. Students are encouraged to understand the requirements of people with progressive neurological disease through listening to the patient voice through these materials. Additionally central guidance on intervention strategies are available on line (e.g. DoH, NICE) 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. Skills 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   3000-Word Assignment  15/01/2024  100% 
Coursework   CP Placement - Autumn Term Block   26/01/2024   
Coursework   CP Placement - Spring Term Block   24/04/2024   

Additional coursework information

Completion and passing of placement.

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
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Miss Hannah Atkinson, email: hatkin@essex.ac.uk.
Wayne Wilson / Teresa Eade / Sally Austin
Hannah Duncan hscsltadmin@essex.ac.uk - 01206 874496



External examiner

Ms Helen Raffell
Newcastle University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 54 hours, 48 (88.9%) hours available to students:
6 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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