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SPE8227 : MSc Brain and Behaviour across the Lifespan II: Neuropsychology and Psychiatric Disorders

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1.       To provide background knowledge about acquired neurological disorders in children and adults that can result in       speech or language impairments
2.       To enhance understanding of the cognitive communication changes that occur in healthy older adults and       individuals with various types of dementia
3.       To understand the nature of acquired neuropsychiatric impairments and how these are assessed and how these       impact on speech and language performance and therapy.
4.       To gain an understanding of different psychological disorders, their aetiologies and their effects on communication       and intervention outcomes.
5.       To understand the impact of communication disorders on psychological and social wellbeing.

In relation to HCPC Standards of Proficiency, this module addresses aspects of the following standards but is not the only module to do so:
5.2 recognise the possible contribution of social, psychological and medical factors to service users’ communication difficulties and swallowing status
13.10 understand psychology as relevant to lifespan development and change, normal and impaired communication and psychological and social wellbeing
13.11 understand sociology in relation to the practice of speech and language therapy, including its application to educational, health and workplace settings and within multi-cultural contexts
14.16 be able to apply knowledge of communication impairment, linguistics, phonetics, psychology and medical sciences to the identification, assessment and differential diagnosis of a range of communication and swallowing disorders
14.9 be able to evaluate the effects of communication difficulties and swallowing status on the psychosocial wellbeing of service users, their families and carers.

Outline Of Syllabus

Cognitive change in normal ageing
Acquired neurological problems in children and adults (including stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s)
Tumours and infections
Roles of the prefrontal lobes, executive functions and frontal lobe disorders
Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia
Action control and motor control disorders
Seizure disorders
Overview of brain imaging techniques used in diagnosis and to inform treatment of neurological problems
Introduction to concepts in social psychology relevant to communication impairment (including quality of life and the grieving process)
Introduction to psychological/psychiatric disorders relevant to speech and language therapy practice
Introduction to basic concepts in Forensic Psychology relevant to speech and language therapy practice
Classification – issues of ‘normality’
Selective mutism
Depression (including bipolar disorder)
Personality disorders
Neurosis, Psychosis
Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy workshop



In relation to the RCSLT curriculum guidance, this module focuses on a range of clinical areas including: 1. Acquired cognitive communication disorders arising from dementia 2. Acquired language disorders including aphasia and primary progressive aphasia (PPA) 3. Acquired motor speech disorders 4. Acquired neurological disorders and/or conditions 11. Mental health conditions (adults) and 12. Mental health conditions (children). Within 4.4.2 psychological and social science, there is a focus on theoretical frameworks in psychology, psychological development and change and applications of psychology to speech and language therapy practice. Within 4.4.3 biological and medical sciences, areas covered include neurology, psychiatry, gerontology and oncology.
The module provides opportunities for students to develop key graduate capabilities around the use of the evidence base to support clinical reasoning and practice (4.2.4 A) by applying knowledge of a range of disciplines relevant to speech and language therapy practice.There is also a focus on promoting inclusion and access (4.2.1.B), health promotion (4.2.1C) interprofessional practice and teamworking (4.2.2A) working with service users families and carers (4.2.2B) and advocacy (4.2.2C).

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 completion150:0050:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials172:0034:006 ageing, 9 mental health, 19 neuropsychology
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities171:0017:00Neuropsychology
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:009 one-hour sessions on Mental Health. Face to Face as sensitive topics.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study184:0084:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPE3055Brain and Behaviour across the Lifespan III: Neuropsychology and Psychiatric Disorders
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Face to face small group sessions to discuss sensitive topics around learning about mental health. Lecture materials and supported reading and research to provide introduction to and explanation of different neurological disorder complexes; theoretical perspectives on the selected neuropsychology topics; introduction of ageing; introduction of concepts in Clinical and Social Psychology; and student participation in discussing, interpreting, decision making with clinical data.

Workshops are used to support students to apply the knowledge learned in the lectures with the support of the specialist lecturers.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A75In-house, take home, class test on Clinical Neurology and Neuropsychology
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SPE3055Brain and Behaviour across the Lifespan III: Neuropsychology and Psychiatric Disorders1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A25Clinical Psychology – 1,500 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The multiple choice questions present students with questions about aspects of the pathology, presentation and course of the selected neurological disorders in relation to speech and language; with issues from the theoretical underpinnings of neuropsychological disorders and with case scenarios of neuropsychological impairments to test out understanding of differential diagnostic and assessment issues in the selected disorders.

The essay assessment gives the opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of mental health disorders within a clinical context.

Reading Lists

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