Speech and Language Therapy Modules

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Year 1

Anatomy and Physiology 1


This module, together with Anatomy and Physiology 2 (HSC1002), 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


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


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


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.


Digital Competency Essentials


This module focuses on equipping the students with essential digital skills incorporating all the MOE Digital Competency baseline requirements.The module consists of stackable asynchronous micro-learning e-modules. The topics covered include digital and data literacy, digital safety, ethics, data management, digital learning, and fundamental technical skills.Students’ progress and learning outcomes are assessed through online assessments such as quizzes and through practical exercises and assignment (where applicable). DiCE is a mandatory 2-credit module required to be completed by all SIT undergraduates enrolled in SIT-conferred or SIT-joint degree programmes and must be completed 6 trimesters upon matriculation into SIT. Students can plan their learning path on completing the stackable asynchronous micro-learning modules within one trimester or across six trimesters.

Communication Development


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, oro-motor, social interaction, speech, language, thinking, and cognition. Students are prepared to apply and interpret norms of communication.

Anatomy and Physiology for Human Communication and Swallowing


This module complements what students will learn in the common Anatomy and Physiology module 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, tutorials and practical sessions. The course will explore the human functions of hearing, speech, reading and swallowing as it brings students through close examination of the relevant anatomical structures and mechanisms of functional control. In addition, students will learn to conduct a comprehensive oromotor examination and cranial nerve evaluation.

Critical Thinking and Communicating


Critical Thinking and Communicating is a 4CR, 12-week, 48-hour module that aims to equip students with critical thinking skills to read and comprehend scientific texts, specific to their degree programmes, as well as foundational knowledge and skills in writing and presentation for academic success. It will incorporate critical thinking in a range of skill-based topics such reader-response writing, lab reports, design reports or proposals, writing literature reviews and delivering oral and poster presentations to choose from so that students may see the immediate relevance and applicability of the knowledge acquired. Students will be assessed through a total of 4 Continual Assessments (CAs) that will include group-based, take-home assignments as well as individual, in-class assignments. The module will also incorporate a class participation grade.

Introduction to Design Innovation


This module aims to train students in the area of applying design innovation and user-based innovation. Students will be applying the principles and mindset of being human-centered to understand key challenges of a certain real-world problem. Throughout the module, the students will explore the application of innovation in different fields and sectors. It will also allow students to learn about the synthesis of ideas and solutions through collaborative approaches. This module will introduce students the other fields and problem-solving techniques. The module is a pre-requisite for Interdisciplinary Design Innovation (UDE2001) in which the theories and frameworks will be applied in.

Communication Disorders in Children 1


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.