The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Focuses on normal and disordered swallowing and mealtimes. This course involves assessment and management of feeding/swallowing disorders in infants and children, and adults. Key issues related to assessment and intervention practices are addressed. Clinical assessment and specific intervention techniques are studied in relation to specific dysphagic populations.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of normal swallowing across the lifespan and etiological factors involved in impairments of swallowing.

2. Identify and justify appropriate swallowing assessments for children and adults.

3. Analyse and interpret assessment findings.

4. Determine further information needed and referral requirements.

5. Develop and provide justification for intervention plans for children and adults with swallowing disorders.

6. Report on assessment and intervention findings and make recommendations for future management.


  • Understanding of normal swallowing and feeding development

  • Anatomy, physiology and neurology of swallowing

  • Clinical populations with dysphagia across the lifespan, including behavioural issues, transition to solids, reflux, sensory issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, prematurity, enteral feeding and transition from tube feeding to oral intake

  • Understanding of cultural differences  including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • Working in Multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary teams

  • Clinical and instrumental assessment for infants and children with swallowing disorders

  • Clinical intervention for children and adults with swallowing disorders

  • Ethical issues including decision making and person-centred care


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

Assumed knowledge

It is expected that students have assumed knowledge:

SPTH2101, SPTH2102, SPTH1080, PSYC1010, PSYC1020, HUBS1107, HUBS1403, 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 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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