Module Catalogue

SPE8309 : Advanced Theory & Practice in Developmental Language Disorders

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Cristina McKean
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to enable students to
• gain an understanding of current theory and research regarding the causes, nature and developmental
trajectories of developmental language difficulties
• develop their knowledge of current best evidence regarding effective interventions for these children
• to critically evaluate this theory and evidence
• to synthesise and apply this new knowledge to their practice with children with language difficulties

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Developmental Language Difficulties: labels, identification and diagnosis, where have we come from and where are we now?2
2.       The Nature of Developmental Language Disorders: the importance of understanding developmental trajectories
3.       Interventions in the pre-school years: what’s the best-evidence and how do we evaluate it?
4.       Interventions in the school-age years - what’s the best-evidence and how do we evaluate it?
5.       Service delivery models in Developmental Language Disorders: public health approaches, collaborative practice and dosage
6.       Synthesising evidence, theory & practice: applying learning to a work-based problem

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching33:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork19:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1122:00122:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will develop student’s understanding of current theory regarding the causes, nature and developmental trajectories of developmental language difficulties.
Seminars & group learning will allow students to review & evaluate the evidence-base for interventions and service delivery models for children with developmental language difficulties
Field work, self study and seminars with formative feedback will allow students to synthesise and apply this knowledge with their existing experience & knowledge and the specifics of the practice-based problem to develop an evidence based action plan with a clear rationale.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log1M101000 word Reflection: Identify and describe a work based “problem”
Essay1M452000 word Essay: Critical appraisal synthesis of relevant evidence base to the identified problem
Written exercise1M451000 word Plan: formulate and justify a plan using supporting evidence. See module guide for details
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

2000 word Plan: formulate and justify a plan using supporting evidence and through a synthesis of their experience, the evidence & their knowledge of the specifics of their work place & clients.

Reading Lists

Timetable