SPE4007 : Dysphagia

  • Module Leader(s): Ms Helen Nazlie
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce students to the basic principles of the assessment and management of both adult and paediatric dysphagic patients.

This module contributes to a degree qualification in BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Sciences leading to a vocational qualification in Speech and Language Therapy.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       The normal swallow, including revision of anatomy and neuroanatomy of swallowing.
2.       Causes of acquired (neurological, structural, surgical) dysphagia. Recognition of dysphagic symptoms.
3.       Bed-side assessment of dysphagia, including assessing sensation and motor performance, oral and pharyngeal function.
4.       Theory and practice of routine management of dysphagic patients, including altering head position, safe swallow techniques and sensory stimulation.
5.       Further investigations, including videofluoroscopy and videoendoscopic swallow studies, clinical examples and hands-on VESS.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study156:0056:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is designed to test students’ observational and descriptive aptitude and ability to draw conclusions from swallowing status to provide a firm rationale for diagnostic decisions and intervention.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

*Please note that this module is taught in Semester 1 but assessed in Semester 2. An oral viva may be given, following the outcome of the written case report, at the discretion of the module leader.

In the case study students apply acquired skills in assessment of feeding/swallowing and in their write up demonstrate detailed case history taking and critically evaluative reporting, exposition of rationale for assessments and decision making and link their clinical detailed descriptions to issues of theory that their case highlights.

Reading Lists


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