Module Catalogue 2016/17

SPE1031 : Brain and Behaviour I

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carolyn Letts
  • Lecturer: Dr Nicole Lallini
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



1. To present foundation concepts in psychology, incorporating development over the lifespan.
2. To provide a practical introduction to the theories of how we perceive ourselves and others and how this influences our interpretation of behaviour and situations.
3. To consider how these principles relate to clinical practice.
4. To consider the variety of contexts in which speech and language therapists work.
5. To provide students with the opportunity to observe, analyse and evaluate interactions between individuals and groups, considering the importance of the environmental context and the respective roles and personality types of the individuals.
6. To develop reporting skills and practice through writing essays, observational reports and logs, and giving short presentations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to:
•       Cognitive Psychology
•       Nature-nurture debate
•       Psychology of language
•       Psychology of learning

•       First impressions and intuition
•       Self, self-concept and self esteem
•       Personality, temperament and self-presentation
•       Social interaction and observing interaction
•       Professional interactions
•       Power balance and establishing equality in professional interactions
•       Group formation and structure
•       Performance and decision making in groups and observing group performance
•       Roles in groups and multidisciplinary teams

Workshop on essay writing
Workshop on referencing

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Understanding of the development of cognition across the lifespan
Appreciation of the role of genetics vs. the environment in typical development and in communication impairments
Understanding of theories of language acquisition
Understanding of theory around learning and how learning changes across the lifespan
Understanding of the theories of self-perception, other perception, personality and interaction.
Knowledge of the contexts in which speech and language therapists work and the factors that influence interaction within those contexts.
Understanding of the theories of group formation and performance and decision-making in groups

Intended Skill Outcomes

Ability to write well-structured essays and reports, and to cite sources and reference appropriately
Emerging ability to apply developmental norms and theory to individual patterns of development
Ability to contribute to oral presentations shared with the rest of the group
Working independently and with others
Ability to observe, analyse and evaluate interactions between individuals and groups.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Negotiation : Present
  • Application
    • Occupational Awareness : Present
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture152:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice42:008:00Preparation for presentations and debate
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1134:00134:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge outcomes are addressed through lectures and guided reading/study.
Skills outcomes are addressed through essay and referencing workshops, practice at giving presentations.
Lectures to introduce and provide an overview of main topics. Practical workshop sessions to provide the students with an opportunity to observe interaction skills and the impact of inappropriate interpersonal skills. Private study encompassing reading around topic areas to consolidate knowledge. Structured observation of videos to facilitate observational skills and analysis of professional interactions.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A502000 words
Essay2M40Observational Report
Reflective log2A10N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge outcomes are assessed through the essays. Skills outcomes are promoted by setting a formative essay mid-tem in semester 1 and giving feedback in good time for students to apply this in their summative essay.
Learning Log to encourage student to reflect on main knowledge outcomes from each session and to reflect on clinical applications. To encourage self-reflection and use of personal experience to supplement knowledge. Observational report to assess the main skill outcome.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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