The four year undergraduate Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) course at UCC opened with 25 students in September 2003.
Its general outline is determined by the accreditation guidelines of the Irish association of Speech and Therapists (IASLT), the professional body of speech and language therapists in Ireland. These guidelines mandate that the following subject areas form the core knowledge base for student speech and language therapists:
Communication Disorders (Speech Pathology)
Speech and Hearing Sciences (Physics of Speech and Hearing)
Language Sciences (Linguistics)
Behavioural Sciences (Psychology)
Bio-medical Sciences (Anatomy & Physiology)
While the course is packaged into the modular structure required by the College, the department of speech and hearing sciences has planned an intra-Faculty problem-based learning (PBL) mode of delivery for a major part of the curriculum, with a significant part of the students’ learning experience being in the form of problem-based tutorials. We will however take advantage of the Faculty’s expertise, in Anatomy and Physiology especially, for the Medical Science components of the course.
UCC’s BSc Speech and Language Therapy programme is designed to ensure that graduates have the knowledge, skills and values to meet the demands and challenges of working within the healthcare profession.
Students studying on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy will have many different types of learning experiences, including small group learning, lectures, simulations, workshops, clinical placement, seminars, tutorials and study groups. Throughout the four years, students will be expected to demonstrate professional behaviours, independence and manage a busy timetable and workload.
Students are assessed throughout the year, and are assessed in a variety of ways on their acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities. Some of the methods we use include oral presentations, video case exams, clinical portfolio, essays, multiple choice exams, group projects, phonetics practical, reflective papers, and research reports. Detailed written feedback is provided to each student on their assessment performance.
Students are taught by a highly qualified and enthusiastic group of academic lecturers and senior therapists on the Practice Education team. The lecturers have trained and worked locally in Cork as well as nationally and internationally. Students will benefit from being taught Anatomy in UCC’s new state of the art FLAME laboratory. We ask clinical experts from around Ireland to come to UCC to give “master classes” on their own areas of special expertise in speech and language therapy. The staff in the Department have been recognised locally and internationally for their excellence in teaching as well as research.