School of Community and Health Sciences Programme Handbook msc Human Communication September 2010 – July 2011



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School of Community and Health Sciences


Programme Handbook
MSc Human Communication


September 2010 – July 2011

Please note: The information in this Handbook is correct at the time of going to press in September 2010 - the University reserves the right to make changes in regulations, syllabuses etc without prior notice.



Table of Contents

City University London and you 5

Purpose of the Handbook 5

Who’s who 6

LCS FAX Numbers 8

Academic Year 9

Departmental Information 9

Communications and how to find out what you need to know 9

Pigeonholes 9

E-mail 10

University website 10

Finding a member of staff to help you 10

Programme Director's office hours 10

Contingency plans for staff illness 10

Organisation and Administration 11

Committee structure for School/Department governance 11

MSc Human Communication Programme Management Team 11

Student Representation in School of Community & Health Sciences 12

Expressing your views 12

Student evaluation of teaching 13

University Complaints Procedure 13

Student Support 13

Library Information Services 13

IT Public Services 15

Educational Advice and Guidance Service 23

University’s Policy on Student Support 23

Personal Tutors 23

Other sources of support 23

Student Centre 24

Students’ Union 24

Centre for Careers & Skills Development 25

Programme 25

Background 25

Aims and Objectives of the Programme 27

Programme Organisation 27

Induction 29

Additional activities 29

MSc Human Communication Timetable: 2010-11 30

MSc Human Communication Provisional Timetable: 2011-12 31

Module Outlines: MSc in Human Communication 32

HCM001 Acquired Language Impairment Module 33

HCM021 Case-Based Clinical Application Module 36

HCM002 Clinical Management Module 39

HCM003 Cognitive Communication Impairments Module 41

HCM005 Developmental Language Impairment Module 43

HCM007 Dysphagia and Disorders of Eating and Drinking Module 46

HCM008 Evidence-based Practice Module 49

HCM009 Habilitative Audiology Module 51

HCM010 Identity, Inclusion and Living with Disability Module 54

HCM019 Language Learning and Development Module 57

HCM012 Research Design and Statistics Module A 60

HCM020 Research Design and Statistics Module B 62

HCM016 Speech Acoustics and Speech Perception 63

Teaching and Learning Issues 66

Lectures 66

Conduct in lectures 66

Tape recording lectures 66

Attendance Policy 67

Assessment 67

Coursework 67

Guidelines for oral and written presentations 67

Submission of coursework 67

Presentation of coursework 68

Word limit guidelines and penalties for exceeding word limit 68

Resubmission of coursework 68

Coursework extensions 68

Note on the use of IT in preparing coursework 69

Penalties on late or non-submission 70

Plagiarism 70

Student copyright 72

Examinations 72

Guidelines for written examinations 72

Discipline 73

Cheating 74

University policy on sickness certification 74

Extenuating circumstances 74

Assessment Board 75

External Examiners 75

Return of coursework and release of results 75

Publication and disclosure of examination results 76

Failure decisions 76

Appeal procedures 77

Application for checking of marks 77

University Statement on Data Protection 78

Assessment criteria 79

Pass marks 80

Overall aggregate 80

Distinction 80

Resits 80

Dissertation (for MSc students only) 81

General introduction 81

Ethical considerations in MSc Research 82

Procedures for the submission and examination of MSc dissertations 83

Supervisor’s role 83

Timetable for MSc dissertations 84

Guidelines for preparation of dissertation 84

Presentation of dissertation 86

Further reading 86

Notes to students about publishing research 87

Appendix 1: Guidelines for preparation of assignments 88

Guidelines for directed discussions of research articles 88

Guidelines for critical review 88

Guidelines for essays 88

Guidelines for poster presentations 97

Guidelines for referencing work 100

Appendix 2: Further guidelines for dissertation 104

Broad guidelines for journal articles reporting empirical studies 104

These typically include the following sections: 104

Additional guidelines for dissertations based on qualitative methodology 106

Appendix 3: Forms 112

Coursework Coversheet 113

MSc Human Communication - Project Proposal Form 114

Application for coursework extension 115

Dissertation Extension Request Form 117

Extenuating Circumstances Request Form 119

Appendix 4: Governance structure diagram 2010-11 120






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