Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders

Course code SPTH6901Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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 available in 2014

ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
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).
Content1. 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
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: On-line30%. Available week 12; due week 14.
Essays / Written Assignments40%. Written assignment due week 10. 2000 words.
Group/tutorial participation and contribution30%. Contribution to online discussion forums; 3 forums across semester, 10% each.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentGraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics or Master of Applied Linguistics