The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


The course introduces students to the concept of disability across the lifespan, assistive technology, multi-modal communication methods and Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems. Aided and unaided AAC systems are included with intentional communication. Assessment and intervention methods for people with complex communication needs and those who use AAC are considered in detail.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate awareness of etiological factors involved in populations with health conditions and/or disability and associated with complex communication needs.

2. Administer, analyse and interpret findings from comprehensive assessment of a person¿s complex communication needs.

3. Identify further information and referral requirements for people who use AAC.

4. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention, incorporating multi-modal communication, Alternative and Augmentative Communication strategies and the use of other assistive technologiesy for communication.

5. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management for people with complex communication needs and those who use AAC


  • Introduction to disability and complex communication needs
  • Assessment & intervention approaches for people with complex communication needs
  • Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC)
  • Aided & unaided communication methods
  • Assistive Technology
  • Developing language and literacy in people with complex communication needs and those who use AAC
  • Developmental Disability
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder


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

Assumed knowledge

Students are required to have successfully completed SPTH1001, SPTH1002 and SPTH1080

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Report: Report

Viva Voce: Oral Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Immunisation Requirements - Students must have up to date Vaccination Records.
  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks