The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Covers voice disorders. Voice science including perceptual and instrumental measurement and description of normal and abnormal voice is studied. The assessment and management of voice disorders in children and adults provides the main focus of study. The course includes coverage of the speech rehabilitation of the person following laryngectomy.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Discuss etiological factors involved in impairments of voice.

2. Select and administer appropriate assessments for voice disorders.

3. Analyse and interpret findings with regard to knowledge of normal voice.

4. Identify further information and referral requirements for impairments of voice.

5. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention for voice disorders.

6. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management for voice disorders.


Physiology for phonation and respiration

Acoustic aspects of voice production

Diagnostic evaluation

Classification of voice disorders in adults and children

Assessment and management of:

  • Psychogenic voice disorders
  • Functional voice disorders
  • Organic voice disorders
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Laryngeal hypersensitivity syndrome
  • The professional voice
  • Laryngeal cancer: etiology, classification, management, prognosis

Management options: education, oesophageal voice, speech aids, surgical restoration

Tracheo-Oesophageal Prosthesis (TEP): speech retraining and trouble-shooting


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

Assumed knowledge

SPTH3001, HUBS1107, SPTH1080

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz (20%)

Report: Report, Written Assignment, Oral Examination (50%)

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

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