Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Focuses primarily on communication disorders in older children. Developmental language disorders in children are dealt with at an advanced level for both assessment and treatment. Audiological assessment and diagnosis of hearing and the implications for communication of hearing impairment in children and adults are also studied. Hearing habilitation and rehabilitation methods are introduced.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe etiological factors involved in language impairment in older children, and in hearing impairment.

2. Interpret and critique comprehensive language assessments, and audiometric assessment procedures.

3. Analyse, interpret and report findings with regard to knowledge of normal language development and hearing function.

4. Identify further information and referral requirements.

5. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for language intervention.

6. Identify and discuss hearing habilitation and rehabilitation issues and methods.

7. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management.


  • Child language disorders - Advanced
  • Language Learning Disability
  • Acquired Childhood Aphasia as associated with Traumatic Brain Injury, and convulsive disorders, e.g. Landau-Kleffner Syndrome
  • Assessment and intervention for the school-aged child
  • Adolescent language disorder, assessment and intervention
  • Physiology of hearing
  • Hearing habilitation and rehabilitation across the lifespan including hearing associated with craniofacial anomalies and other syndromes


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology(Hons) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

Students are expected to have the following Assumed Knowledge:

SPTH2101, SPTH2102, SPTH1080, LING1111

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment (50%)

Quiz: On-line quiz (20%)

Formal Examination: Formal Examination - Closed book examination (30%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.