Acquired Language Disorders: Analysis and Intervention

Course code HCS6044
(15 credits)

This module offers a study of the nature of acquired language disorders, including aphasia, traumatic brain injury and dementia, from a range of analytic perspectives including neuropsychological, psycholinguistic, psychosocial, and socio-interactional. The module also focuses on current research into clinical intervention for clients with these conditions. The usefulness and clinical utility of different analysis, assessment and intervention approaches are discussed and evaluated by applying critical analysis skills to the different approaches. Students will gain knowledge of current research into both theoretical aspects of acquired language disorders and the latest developments in clinical assessment and intervention.

Suitable for

Speech and Language Therapists and other professionals with an interest in people with acquired language, and communication difficulties.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students are expected to be able to demonstrate:

  • A knowledge of current research into language disorders associated with aphasia, dementia and traumatic brain injury
  • An understanding of impairment-focused and functional-focused approaches to the diagnosis, assessment and analysis of acquired language disorders
  • A theoretical understanding of how impairment-focused and functional-focused approaches can be used as the basis for planning, implementing and evaluating intervention for acquired language disorders

Teaching Methods

The module content is delivered online and includes guided independent study, using online reading material available from the University Library. Students are supported by University tutors via online discussion boards and email. 

Online learning will be supplemented by an optional 2-day study block in Sheffield.


The module starts in September of each year. The module runs over a period of 12 weeks, and this 15 credit module should take about 150 hours to complete (including preparation for the assignment).

See timetable for the year.


A 3,000-word assignment.

Associated programmes

CORE module on:

PGCert/PGDip/MSc Acquired Communication Disorders

Fees and funding for the module

Fully funded places may be available for NHS employees in Yorkshire and Humber, and in East Midlands – please contact us for more information.

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How to apply for the module

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