The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course reviews speech and language development and change from young adults to the elderly. The course focuses on communication disorders typically seen in hospital settings or specialist service facilities. Acquired communication disorders of neurological origin are covered, i.e. aphasia and related disorders, apraxia of speech and dysarthria.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of typical ageing changes in relation to communication in adults.

2. Describe the etiological factors involved in impairments of acquired neurological disorders of speech and language.

3. Select appropriate assessments for acquired neurological disorders of speech and language.

4. Analyse, interpret and report on assessment findings.

5. Identify further information and referral requirements for acquired neurological disorders of speech and language in adults.

6. Develop and provide justification for interventions plans for adults with acquired speech and language disorders.

7. Propose recommendations for future management for acquired speech and language disorders.


Review of assumed knowledge in neuroanatomy & physiology

Review of speech & language development and change through adulthood.

Principles of assessment for acquired neurological communication disorders

Aphasia & related disorders

  • Theoretical paradigms informing diagnosis of aphasia
  • Cultural and linguistic implications for aphasia assessment and intervention (including bilingual aphasia, and use of interpreters)
  • Cognitive-communication disorders:
  1. Associated with dementia
  2. Associated with schizophrenia
  3. Associated with traumatic brain injury
  4. Non-dominant cerebral hemisphere damage

Acquired apraxia of speech


  • Differential diagnosis

Evidence based practice in intervention


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 Assumed Knowledge:

SPTH1001, SPTH1002, SPTH1080, PSYC1010, PSYC1020, HUBS1107, HUBS 1403, HUBS1404, SPTH2001, SPTH2002, SPTH2003, SPTH2080

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz (15%)

Written Assignment: Written Assignment (45%)

Formal Examination: Formal Examination - closed book examination (40%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks