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Instrumental Techniques in Speech Sciences CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

Module outline and aims

This course will introduce you to the instrumental techniques used to investigate speech production and their applications in the domain of speech pathology. The course consists of a theoretical component in which you will learn about the technical aspects of the analysis equipment. Furthermore, some representative research findings will be presented with respect to normal and pathological speech.

In the applied aspect of the course you will be taken through practical demonstrations and exercises relating to aspects of speech physiology (neural, respiratory, phonatory and articulatory) and speech acoustics.

Content outline

  • Neurological: neuro-imaging techniques (e.g. CAT-scan, MRI) and neuro-physiology (e.g. electromyography, evoked-response potentials).
  • Respiratory: respiratory activity in speech (e.g. pneumotachography, pressure transduction.
  • Phonatory: phonatory activity in speech (e.g. electrolaryngography).
  • Articulatory: aspects of articulation (e.g. electropalatography, articulography).
  • Speech acoustics: the acoustic analysis of speech (e.g. signal processing software: PRAAT.

Pre-requisite Modules

You are required to have a basic knowledge of speech production processes and articulatory phonetics.

Module dates

Term 1

SEP: Thursday 26 September 2019
OCT: Thursday 3, 10, 17 and 24 October 2019
NOV: Thursday 7, 14, 21 and 28 November 2019
DEC: Thursday 5 December 2019

Module Assessment Date: TBC



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

  • First or second-class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject
  • The Licentiate Diploma of the Royal college of Speech and Language Therapists is also accepted.

Individuals with less than a second class degree will be considered where they have substantial relevant experience (Clinical, teaching or other relevant professional experience).

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Module leaders

  • Professor Johan Verhoeven

    Jo Verhoeven is Reader in Phonetics at the Division of Language and Communication Science. He joined City, University of London in 2006 and he is a specialist in acoustic phonetics and the phonetic description of motor speech disorders.

    Jo studied Germanic Languages and Linguistics at the University of Antwerp, ...