Course Overview

Note: this course is now not on offer for entry 2016.

This Postgraduate Certificate is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of those working with children with communication impairments in relation to using evidence in practice, e.g., speech and language therapists, healthcare workers, early educators and teachers. At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss different approaches to research and their application in relation to understanding the needs of children with developmental language and communication needs
  • Apply the principles of evidence-informed decision-making in practice with children
  • Demonstrate critical analytical skills, e.g., literature searching, critical appraisal skills
  • Elicit, analyse and use narratives in practice with children

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Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Module Leader

 

Prof Kathy Murphy

Professor of Nursing

Dr. Mary Pat O’Malley-Keighran

Lecturer in Speech & Language Therapy

Dr. Rena Lyons

Senior Lecturer & Head of Discipline

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is by means of continuous assessment. There is also a requirement in relation to participation in online learning activities.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be expected to possess a good quality degree at NFQ Level 8 (at least an upper Second Class Honours degree) or an equivalent qualification. Applicants who are in employment will be requested to provide evidence of written support.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date

Not applicable: this course is now not on offer for entry 2016.

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10

Closing Date

Offers will be issued on a continuous basis.

Next start date

Not applicable: this course is now not on offer for entry 2016.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

30

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYM73 full-time
GYM74 part-time

Course Outline

Note: this course is now not on offer for entry 2016.

There are three modules: Narratives in Childhood (10 credits):, Using Evidence in Practice (10 credits) and Advanced Research Methods (10 credits). In the Narratives in Childhood module, participants will learn about the importance of narrative in the realisation of communicative, social, and literacy skills in childhood. This module will include theoretical and practical perspsectives in relation to narratives as a means of identity construction in childhood.

There will also be skills-based training in relation to assessment and intervention using narrative approaches. The Using Evidence in Practice module will introduce participants to the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) and will facilitate them to develop skills in relation to using evidence to inform their practice. The Advanced Research Methods module will enable participants to explore the methodological and practical issues about research. It will help participants to determine the right research design for their work and is an opportunity to debate, challenge, and clarify research issues.

This programme is delivered using blended learning to meet the needs of busy practitioners. Participants will attend some sessions in NUI Galway and will also participate in online learning activities. This programme provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and will enhance the knowledge and skills of those who work with children with developmental language and communication impairments.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This new programme will enhance the knowledge and skills of those who work with children with developmental language and communication impairments. Please note that this programme does not lead to a qualification in speech and language therapy.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

Dr Rena Lyons
T: +353 91 492 918 | E: rena.lyons@nuigalway.ie