Speech Language and Swallowing Disorders

Course code SPTH6901
Not available in 2016


Aims to provide students with an overview of speech and language disorders, with particular emphasis on linguistic theories, description and methodology which underpin current knowledge and research in the area. The course is designed for students with backgrounds in linguistics, psychology, or education. Specific topic areas include: acquired and developmental language impairment, dyslexia, phonological disorders, swallowing disorders, voice disorders and stuttering.


Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Access and comprehend current theoretical literature and empirical research in the area of speech and language disorders.

2. Apply their new learning in the area of speech and language disorders to their prior knowledge or concurrent studies (for example, in linguistics, psychology or education).


  1. Physiology of communication and swallowing
  2. Taxonomies of communication & communication disorders
  3. Developmental speech disorder - including associated swallowing problems
  4. Developmental language delay/disorder
  5. Developmental dyslexia
  6. Acquired adult speech disorder (dysarthria) including associated swallowing probelms
  7. Acquired adult cognitive communication disability
  8. Acquired adult language disorder (aphasia)
  9. Stuttering
  10. Voice disorders
  11. Social perspectives on communication & communication disorders

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written assignment

In Term Test: Examination: On-line

Online Learning Activity: Contribution to online discussion forums

Contact Hours


Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term