Speech and Language Therapy Modules

Year 1

Anatomy and Physiology 1

HSC1001

This module, together with Anatomy and Physiology 2, will equip students with a working knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body. The clinical relevance and the interrelationship between different body systems will be emphasized. Learning of anatomical structures will be reinforced by highlighting connections with their physiological functions. In this module, students will learn the anatomy and physiology of blood, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, integumentary system, and the musculoskeletal system. They will also gain an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal anatomy of the upper and lower extremities.


Psychological and Sociological Perspectives for Health Sciences

HSC1004

This module consists of two components: sociological and psychological perspectives. It is designed for students in their first year of undergraduate studies so that they are equipped with fundamental knowledge for modules in subsequent trimesters. Sociology is the study of society, relationships, and social behaviour. Students will consider key sociological concepts and research to broaden their understanding of health, illness, and healthcare as they relate to the individual, family, and society. Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and the behaviour. In this module, students will attain in-depth understanding of the fundamental psychological concepts, as well as their applications to both the experimental and the clinical settings, enriching their skillset as health professionals and researchers. This module will encompass the central psychological domains: biological, behavioural, cognitive, personality, emotions, and mental health. In addition to the applied learning focus pertaining to health, this module is designed to foster critical thinking. Learning activities include viewing recorded lectures, reading textbooks, accessing e-materials and participating in synchronous seminars.


Health Systems - Singapore's Perspectives

HSC1006

The World Health Organization (WHO)’s framework of a health system includes resource generation, stewardship, funding and provisioning. The goal of a health system is to improve health, respond to expectations and focus on fairness in financial contribution. In this module, the Singapore health system is described and analyzed within the WHO’s framework. Students will learn to appreciate how policies are developed, health needs identified and met, intersectoral collaborations needed and established, and services organized and evaluated. Through interprofessional studies, they will learn about the needs of patients and the roles of different professions in the health systems addressing those needs.


Speech and Communication 1

SLT1101

This module has two main components: Introduction to Language (Part One) and Speech Acquisition (Part Two). Part One introduces students to basic concepts in the study of language including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and orthographic systems. There will be particular focus on the areas of phonetics and syntax in relation to clinical application. Students will develop understanding of how communicative meanings are encoded phonetically and syntactically in Singapore Standard English, Singapore Colloquial English, spoken Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. Students will also learn about the relationship between form, content and use, and the impact of multilingualism on normal language use and variation. Part Two will focus on normal speech and language acquisition in the early years. The impact of bilingualism and its impact on language acquisition will also be considered.


Anatomy and Physiology 2

HSC1002

This module, together with Anatomy and Physiology 1, will equip students with a working knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body. The clinical relevance and the interrelationship between different body systems will be emphasized. Learning of anatomical structures will be reinforced by highlighting connections with their physiological functions. In this module, students will learn the anatomy and physiology of digestive system, endocrine system, renal system, immune system and reproductive system. They will also gain an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, head and neck.


Research - Critical Appraisal of Literature

HSC1005

The module will introduce the quantitative and qualitative methodologies in conducting research in the healthcare industry. The module will cover the common types of research design. By relating to scientific literature, different topics such as sampling, generalizability, blinding, effect size, randomization will be introduce weekly. Alongside introducing the basic methodology, this module focuses on getting students search for evidence in the literature from the different database. It aims to develop skills in searching for evidence, understanding research articles and ability to critically appraise published literature. Part the module will also focus on preparing students on academic writing, alongside working on the critical appraisal of literature.


Communication Development

SLT1201

Students will learn about typical communication development in children from birth to 6 years. The development of the form and content of spoken language is introduced alongside the importance of social context and function for its use, within a multilingual environment. Information will be integrated from multiple domains of development including sensory processing, motor skills, oromotor, social interaction, speech, language, thinking, and cognition. Students are prepared to apply and interpret norms of communication development by observing and documenting the development of young children.


Anatomy and Physiology for Human Communication and Swallowing

SLT1202

This module complements what students will learn in the common Anatomy and Physiology modules in HSS. The course is offered as both a broad overview and an in-depth exploration of the fundamental anatomy and physiology underpinning normal human communication and swallowing. Students will learn through a combination of classroom lectures and work assignments. The course will explore the human functions of hearing, speech, reading and swallowing as it brings students through close examination of all relevant anatomical structures and mechanisms of functional control. In addition, students will learn to conduct a comprehensive oromotor examination and cranial nerve evaluation.


Preschool Communication Disorders

SLT1301

Students will develop fundamental knowledge and skills to work with children with language disorders from birth to the end of pre-school, from diverse socio-linguistic backgrounds.

Topics will include the evidence-based approaches and methodology of assessment and intervention. Areas such as pre-verbal skills, oral language development, social communication skills, and emerging literacy in young children will be included.


Cognitive Neuroscience for Speech and Language Therapists

SLT1302

This module will cover normal cognition, cognitive processes and the cognitive neuropsychological approach to brain-behaviour relationships. Students will learn about brain behaviour correlates and cognitive and behavioural consequences to communication as a result of neurologic injury or disease. Students will also be introduced to approaches of cognitive rehabilitation.