Voice across the lifespan

Course code SPTH3004Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Covers voice disorders. Voice science including perceptual and instrumental measurement and description of normal and abnormal voice is studied. The assessment and management of voice disorders in children and adults provides the main focus of study. The course includes coverage of the speech rehabilitation of the person following laryngectomy.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate awareness of etiological factors involved in impairments of voice.
2. Select and administer appropriate assessments for voice disorders.
3. Analyse and interpret findings with regard to knowledge of normal voice.
4. Identify further information and referral requirements for impairments of voice.
5. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention for voice disorders.
6. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management for voice disorders.
ContentPhysiology for phonation and respiration
Acoustic aspects of voice production
Diagnostic evaluation
Classification of voice disorders in adults and children
Assessment and management of:
- Psychogenic voice disorders
- Functional voice disorders
- Organic voice disorders
- Spasmodic dysphonia
- Laryngeal hypersensitivity syndrome
- The professional voice
- Laryngeal cancer: etiology, classification, management, prognosis
Management options: education, oesophageal voice, speech aids,
surgical restoration
Tracheo-Oesophageal Prosthesis (TEP): speech retraining and trouble-shooting
Replacing Course(s)SPTH3020 Speech Pathology IIIB
10 Units
TransitionNot required - no change to course content
Students who enrol in SPTH3020 during 2011 and do not successfully complete will be able to repeat course content by enrolling in SPTH3004 in 2012.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPTH3001, HUBS1107, SPTH1080
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal30%
Other: (please specify)Ungraded clinical observation visit, as available.
Quiz - Class20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 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 SPTH3004