Adult Speech and Language

Course code SPTH3001Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course reviews speech and language development and change from young adults to the elderly, and includes coverage of acquired hearing loss and its management in adults. The course focuses on communication disorders typically seen in hospital settings or specialist service facilities. Acquired communication disorders of neurological origin are covered, i.e. aphasia and related disorders, apraxia of speech, dysarthria.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate awareness of normal speech, language and hearing through adulthood.
2. Describe the etiological factors involved in impairments of acquired neurological disorders of speech and language.
3. Select appropriate assessments for acquired neurological disorders of speech and language.
4. Analyse and interpret findings with regard to knowledge of normal speech and language across the adult age-span.
5. Identify further information and referral requirements for acquired neurological disorders of speech and language in adults.
6. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention for acquired neurological disorders of speech and language.
7. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management for acquired neurological disorders of speech and language.
ContentReview of assumed knowledge in neuroanatomy & physiology
Review of speech, language and hearing development and change through adulthood.
Hearing rehabilitation in adults.
Principles of assessment for acquired neurological communication disorders
Aphasia & related disorders
- Theoretical paradigms informing diagnosis of aphasia
- Cultural and linguistic implications for aphasia assessment and intervention (including bilingual aphasia, and use of interpreters)
- Cognitive-communication disorders
* Associated with dementia
* Associated with schizophrenia
* Associated with traumatic brain injury
* Non-dominant cerebral hemisphere damage
Acquired apraxia of speech
- Differential diagnosis
Evidence based practice in intervention
Replacing Course(s)SPTH3110 Speech Pathology in Medical Settings 1 (10 Units)
TransitionNot required - no change to course content.
Students who enrol in SPTH3110 during 2010 or 2011 and do not successfully complete will be able to repeat course content by enrolling in SPTH3001.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents are expected to have Assumed Knowledge:
SPTH1001, SPTH1002, SPTH1080, PSYC1010, PSYC1020, HUBS1107, HUBS 1403, HUBS1404, SPTH2001, SPTH2002, SPTH2003, SPTH2080
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class15%
Essays / Written Assignments45%
Examination: Formal40%
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to student enrolled in the Speech Pathology Program and is a core course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPTH3001