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SPE8154 : MSc Child Development (Child Development and Speech Language Acquisition MSc)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Child Language and Development

Child Development & Child Language:
1) Outline the stages and processes in the development of the child and examine factors that influence the course of development.
2) Examine the social contexts of early child development and communication.
3) Provide an introduction to children's speech and language development.
4) Provide an opportunity to observe and interact with typically-developing children and evaluate children's language, social, cognitive and motor development.

Child Study:
1) Provide an opportunity to observe and interact with typically - developing children.
2) Provide the opportunity to practice and consider the validity of a range of data collection techniques (observation, interview, parent report, play based assessment, spontaneous language sampling)
3) Provide an opportunity to evaluate children's language, social, cognitive and motor development.
4) Apply appropriate methods for recording, transcribing and analysing (using computer software) children's speech and language.
5) Provide awareness of issues relating to reliability and validity when evaluating child language.
6) Use appropriate techniques for analysing and synthesising data from multiple data sources and data gathering techniques to create a holistic picture of a child
7) Develop awareness of developmental norms in early childhood and of methods for comparing an individual child to those norms.
8) Enable students to analyse data systematically, to describe data faithfully, to formulate hypotheses, and to use data to evaluate hypotheses.
9) Practice linguistic and phonological analysis of data from a typically developing child in order to increase skills in analysis and also to gain knowledge of typical speech and language development.

For students studying the clinical programmes (BSc Speech & Language Therapy and Masters of Speech & Language Sciences), the HCPC Standards of Proficiency are of relevance. This module addresses aspects of the following standards but is not the only module to do so:
2.6 understand the importance of and be able to obtain informed consent
13.8 understand linguistics and phonetics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and all levels of typical processing
13.10 understand psychology as relevant to lifespan development and change, normal and impaired communication and psychological and social wellbeing
14.4 be able to gather appropriate information
14.5 be able to select and use appropriate assessment techniques
14.6 be able to undertake and record a thorough, sensitive and detailed assessment, using appropriate techniques and equipment
14.9 be able to analyse and critically evaluate information collected
14.13 be aware of a range of research methodologies
14.14 be able to evaluate research and other evidence to inform their own practice

Outline Of Syllabus

Child Development & Child Language:
1) Outline the stages and processes in the development of the child and examine factors that influence the course of development.
2) Examine the social contexts of early child development and communication.
3) Provide an introduction to children's speech and language development.
4) Provide an opportunity to observe and interact with typically-developing children and evaluate children's language, social, cognitive and motor development.
Child Study:
1)       To provide an opportunity to observe and interact with typically - developing children.
2)       To provide the opportunity to practice and consider the validity of a range of data collection techniques (observation, interview, parent report, play based assessment, spontaneous language sampling)
3)       To provide an opportunity to evaluate children's language, social, cognitive and motor development.
4)       To apply appropriate methods for recording, transcribing and analysing (using computer software) children's speech and language.
5)       To become aware of issues relating to reliability and validity when evaluating child language.
6)       To use appropriate techniques for analysing and synthesising data from multiple data sources and data gathering techniques to create a holistic picture of a child
7)       To develop awareness of developmental norms in early childhood and of methods for comparing an individual child to those norms.
8)       To enable students to analyse data systematically, to describe data faithfully, to formulate hypotheses, to use data to evaluate hypotheses.
9)       To practice linguistic and phonological analysis of data from a typically developing child in order to increase skills in analysis and also to gain knowledge of typical speech and language development.

In relation to the RCSLT curriculum guidance, the module covers aspects related to phonetics and linguistics (4.4.1) with a specific focus on phonetics and clinical applications, general linguistics and clinical applications and speech and language acquisition and change over the lifespan. Within psychological and social sciences (4.4.2), there is a focus on psychological development and change and social development.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00Asynchronous online learning
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading184:0084:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical21:002:00Face to face practical to introduce students to using the Mimo language transcription software
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00Asynchronous online learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork116:0016:00This involves data collection for the child study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Synchronous online introduction and lecture introducing child study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture material, supported guided reading and research and independent study introduce and develop the knowledge outcomes (KO) 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11 and the skills outcomes (SO) 2, 6, 7 ,8

Practicals allow students to learn and practice SO of 2, 7 & 8 and KO of 7, 8, 9, 10

Field work involves students conduct a practical project (a Child Study) in which children are observed and evaluated in naturalistic (home or pre-school) settings and consider their findings in light of information learned in the classroom and in private study. Students use practical skills and theoretical knowledge and are required to synthesise across a range of fields of enquiry and data sources. The fieldwork itself and the self-directed study required to complete the fieldwork and analyse and present the resulting data have the following outcomes. KO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, SO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M1004000 words including phonetic/phonological and linguistic analysis
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The child study is a large and challenging piece of work feeding into both theoretical and clinical skills and knowledge base required to be a Speech and Language Therapist. The study involves students conduct a practical project in which children are observed and evaluated in naturalistic (home or pre-school) settings and consider their findings in light of information learned in the classroom and in private study. Students use practical skills and theoretical knowledge and are required to synthesise across a range of fields of enquiry and data sources. The fieldwork itself and the self-directed study required to complete the fieldwork and analyse and present the resulting data have the following outcomes. KO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, SO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Data collection, data analysis, relationship to theory, evaluation of reliability & validity of data, synthesis across domains individuality of approach are all assessed.

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