Speech and Language Therapy Modules

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Year 1

Speech and Communication 2


This module presents speech acoustics and hearing science background relevant to the study of normal and disordered communication. Students will study the acoustic characteristics of consonants and vowels with methods for analysis, and further develop their skills in speech transcription. Students will also outline the etiology, diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing impairment. This module will also discuss the interaction between speech sound acoustics, speech perception and hearing.

Clinical Practice Education 1


This compulsory module is comprised of 3 Parts.

Part 1: Students will be immersed in the speech language therapy profession to better understand the roles of the speech therapist and the processes involved in the assessment and treatment of swallowing and communication disorders.

Parts 2 and 3: Students will spend time observing both paediatric and adult clients using various participation/observation platforms (e.g., face-to-face, telepractice) so as to learn about communication and swallowing skills in children, adults and older adults. Students may also be tasked to conduct speech and language activities and/or screening interviews/questionnaires where they relate their observations to relevant academic modules in speech and language therapy clinical practice, child development and adult behaviour (e.g., speech, language, hearing, feeding, swallowing).

Students will learn how to engage, adapt and interact with individuals across the lifespan. Through their interactions with staff and/or caregivers at the observation sites, they will also develop emerging skills in professional behaviour and communication, and self-management.

Students will have classroom sessions to prepare them for the tasks required at site visits and to discuss their observations and learning.

Year 2

Dysphagia Management in Adults


This course is offered as the initial professional exposure to dysphagia assessment and management in adults. Through a combination of class lectures and practical classes, students will develop skills and knowledge in the normal aspects of swallowing, the impact of various diseases and disorders on swallowing function, and the clinical management of patients with dysphagia including assessment, treatment, and ethical aspects of care.

Communication Disorders in Children 2


This module provides students with theoretical knowledge and clinical understanding of typical language and literacy development in older children. It will explore specific communication disorders in older children. The relationships between oral language, literate language, social thinking, higher level thinking, and discourse will be discussed, and their impact on academic, personal and social development.

This module aims to equip students with skills in evidence- based assessment and management of older children with communication disorders. There will also be an emphasis on inter-professional work in the education and other settings.

Interdisciplinary 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 put aside assumptions and objectively study, through observation, interviews and various other methods. The module is part of the interdisciplinary approaches that brings students from different disciplines together. Through a project-based learning approach, student will be able to resolve and synthesize product- or service- based solutions for curated problems. This module utilises the teachings of Introduction to Design Innovation (UDE1001).

Health Research Methods


This module caters to students of various allied health disciplines. It builds upon the Critical Thinking and Communication module in Year 1, further developing students to think critically about the research literature. It also helps students acquire basic skills in qualitative and quantitative data analyses. Learning activities consist of a series of online lectures and hands-on tutorials, coupled with authentic assessments of learning outcomes. The knowledge and skills in this module support students in becoming evidence-based practitioners, and to embark on their own research.

Research – Methods and Statistics


This module caters to students of various allied health disciplines. It builds upon the critical appraisal module in Year 1 and concentrates on equipping students towards producing their own research. In addition to reinforcing knowledge and skills in literature search and critique, the module introduces literature review and research design, covering both quantitative and qualitative methods. Learning activities are structured along a series of lectures and tutorials, with an assignment providing discipline-specific context and application in the tutorials. The knowledge and skills acquired in this module support students in their honours thesis and provides a platform for them to develop further competency in research. 

Speech Disorders across the Lifespan


This module has two main components: Developmental Speech Sound Disorders (Part One) and Motor Speech Disorders (Part Two).

In Part One, students will learn about typical phonetic and phonological development in child speech. Evidence for theoretical approaches to describe speech sound disorders and their psycholinguistic correlates will be introduced. Students will develop a holistic management programme for children with speech sound disorders to assess, differentially diagnose and plan intervention, with reference to multilingualism and Singapore English. Students will also consider the impact of speech disorders on impairment, activity, and participation in family, peer, and school contexts.

Part Two of this module introduces students to the assessment and intervention approaches for motor speech disorders in children and adults. Students will be exposed to a range of motor speech disorders such as apraxia of speech (AOS) and various types of dysarthria. Through assessment of the motor speech system, students will learn to distinguish between normal and disordered speech patterns and identify the speech characteristics of each motor speech condition. Students will integrate knowledge of developmental or neurological etiologies associated with these motor speech conditions, to assess, diagnose and plan intervention for these conditions.

Fluency and Related Disorders


This module introduces students to the study of the range of fluency disorders. Students will develop knowledge about normal disfluency, the nature and epidemiology of fluency disorders, prognostic and risk factors, and causal theories of stuttering. Students will learn how to apply and integrate evidence-based practice principles to the assessment and management of individuals with fluency disorders across the lifespan. Using the WHO/ICF model, they will also develop awareness about the impact of fluency disorders on the communication and psycho- emotional well-being of the individual and/or their significant others.

Introduction to Clinical Reasoning and Professional Issues in Speech Therapy


In this module, students will be introduced to key areas of professional speech therapy practice, drawing on knowledge learnt from Year 1 and concurrent Year 2 modules. They will be required to integrate and apply acquired knowledge through problem-based learning on cases. Students will continue to develop skills of applying evidence-based practice to cases.
Case studies in the module will introduce core professional issues such as ethics and cultural competence. Students will also develop skills in self-leadership and lifelong learning that will form a foundation for their professional journey.