Complex Communication Needs 1

Course code SPTH2003Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The course introduces students to the concept of disability across the lifespan, assistive technology, multi-modal communication methods and Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems. Aided and unaided AAC systems are included with intentional communication. Assessment and intervention methods for people with complex communication needs and those who use AAC are considered in detail.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate awareness of etiological factors involved in populations with health conditions and/or disability and associated with complex communication needs.
2. Administer, analyse and interpret findings from comprehensive assessment of a person’s complex communication needs.
3. Identify further information and referral requirements for people who use AAC.
4. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention, incorporating multi-modal communication, Alternative and Augmentative Communication strategies and the use of other assistive technologiesy for communication.
5. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management for people with complex communication needs and those who use AAC
ContentIntroduction to disability and complex communication needs
Assessment & intervention approaches for people with complex communication needs
Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC)
Aided & unaided communication methods
Assistive Technology
Developing language and literacy in people with complex communication needs and those who use AAC
Developmental Disability
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Replacing Course(s)This is a new course replacing SPTH2230 Complex Communication Needs (10 units).
TransitionSPTH2230 will not be offered after 2010. Students enrolled in the program at this time (i.e. 2009) will be advised of this change, in order to identify any students whose planned sequence of enrolment might need adjustment. Students who have not successfully completed SPTH2230 in 2010 will be able to undertake SPTH2003 instead. No transitional problems are envisaged, as the content coverage is sufficiently similar.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents are required to have successfully completed SPTH1001, SPTH1002 and SPTH1080
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: OralViva examination 40%
Essays / Written Assignments40%
ReportsReport- 20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Speech Pathology Program and is a core course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPTH2003