The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Aims to provide students with an overview of speech and language disorders. The course is designed for students with a background in education, nursing, health sciences, psychology, and linguistics. Specific topic areas include: language impairment in children and adults (including reading disability), speech and voice disorders in children and adults, and stuttering.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the anatomy and physiology of communication

2. Identify the main causes and consequences of communication disorders for children

3. Discuss the main causes and consequences of communication disorders for adults

4. Consider and discuss ways in which understanding of communication disorders can improve communication success and access within the community


  • Communication development and change across the lifespan
  • Hearing loss and its impact on speech and language across the lifespan
  • Language disorders in early and later childhood
  • Speech disorders in children
  • Reading disabilities
  • Acquired communication disorders of neurological origin
  • Stuttering
  • Voice disorders


Students cannot enrol in this course if they are active in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) (12318) program.

Assessment items

Participation: Group Tutorial Participation and Contribution (30%)

Quiz: Online Quiz (30%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario (40%)

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online - Blackboard delivery using Discussion Groups, Case Studies, Self-Directed Learning information