Speech and Language Therapy - Adults 3

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring & Summer
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 28 June 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 Stroke, anatomy, physiology, neurology and linguistics taught in previous modules. Stroke is further explored 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.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

1. Have knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and neurology and aetiology of stroke related to communication difficulties following stroke
2. Have detailed knowledge of patterns of language and communication difficulty experienced following stroke
3. Critically evaluate the current resources and literature with relevance to assessment, diagnosis and management of people with communication difficulties following To evaluate and reflect upon the impact of communication difficulty on the client and their family / friends
4. Understand the SLT scope of practice and be ready to engage with the interprofessional interagency team including the client following stroke

Module information

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 communication difficulties following stroke.

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.

This module considers the nature and effects of stroke resulting in speech language and communication difficulties and the SLT role in reducing the impact of these difficulties as part of an interprofessional interagency team

The emphasis of the module is on understanding the impact of communication difficulties following stroke on the person, family and wider social context and on implementing rehabilitation and or enabling strategies to enhance quality of life and reduce impact.

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. Students will also have the opportunity to develop clinical skills through their SLT clinical placements. Fixed resource sessions consist of interactive seminars which will include lectures, discussion of course text and class based workshops. In the Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) sessions, key topic areas are developed to emphasize their clinical application. Students are expected to engage in independent learning throughout this module. Preparation for enquiry based learning, placement activity and summative assessment all require significant levels of independent working. This module includes a 5 week SLT placement, where students develop their skills with adult pathology under the supervision of an experienced SLT. This builds upon the clinical competencies of year 1 and earlier year 2 placements requiring the student to develop transferable skills in readiness for transition towards qualified practitioner. 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 aphasia through listening to the patient voice through these materials. Additionally central guidance on intervention strategies are available on line (e.g. DoH, NICE) 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 of identification of key aspects of aphasia and apraxia are taught in the classroom, this is further embedded through opportunities on clinical placements


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 Coursework Assignment  05/04/2024  100% 
Coursework   Block Placement 1  05/07/2024   
Coursework   Block Placement 2  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

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Anna Caute, email: anna.caute@essex.ac.uk.
hscsltadmin@essex.ac.uk - 01206 874496



External examiner

Ms Helen Raffell
Newcastle University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 84 hours, 81 (96.4%) hours available to students:
3 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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