Speech and Language Disorders


Aims to provide students with an overview of speech and language disorders. The course is designed for students with a background in education, nursing, health sciences, psychology, and linguistics. Specific topic areas include: language impairment in children and adults (including reading disability), speech and voice disorders in children and adults, and stuttering.


On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of communication

2. Identify the main causes and consequences of communication disorders for children

3. Identify the main causes and consequences of communication disorders for adults

4. Identify ways in which understanding of communication disorders can improve communication success and access within the community


  • Communication development and change across the lifespan
  • Hearing loss and its impact on speech and language across the lifespan
  • Language disorders in early and later childhood
  • Speech disorders in children
  • Reading disabilities
  • Acquired communication disorders of neurological origin
  • Stuttering
  • Voice disorders

Assessment Items

Participation: Group Tutorial Participation and Contribution

Quiz: Online Quiz

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario

Contact Hours

On-Line from Callaghan

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online - Blackboard delivery using Discussion Groups, Case Studies, Self-Directed Learning information