The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course will focus on the pathophysiology, speech characteristics, assessment, and treatment of the major neurologically based acquired motor speech disorders (dysarthrias and apraxia of speech).


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse the major neurological diseases, aetiology, pathophysiology, and limb/oral symptoms associated with motor speech disorders.

2. Provide detailed perceptual, acoustic, kinematic and physiologic descriptions of the speech characteristics that have been observed in motor speech disorders.

3. Analyse and interpret distinctive features of motor speech disorders for differential diagnosis.

4. Discuss treatment procedures for motor speech disorders, with particular emphasis on evidence based practice (EBP).

5. Apply the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) conceptual framework to facilitate a holistic understanding of motor speech disorders


This course will include the following topics:

  • overview of neurological speech & language disorders
  • general effects of neurological damage and neurological bases for motor speech
  • assessment of the articulatory, resonance, respiratory, phonatory systems for dysarthria
  • identification, assessment and therapy for specific dysarthrias:

               * flaccid (LMN) dysarthria

               * spastic dysarthria (UMN)

               * ataxic dysarthria

               * hypokinetic dysarthria

               * hyperkinetic dysarthrias

               * mixed dysarthrias

  • differential diagnosis of dysarthrias
  • identification, assessment and therapy for apraxia of speech
  • differential diagnosis of apraxia of speech form dysarthria and aphasia



Students need to be active in B Speech Pathology (Honours) (12318) to enrol in this course. If you have successfully completed SPTH3001 cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

SPTH1080 Introduction to Speech Pathology

SPTH2101 Paediatric Speech

SPTH2102 Paediatric Language

PSYC1010 Psychology Introduction 1

PSYC1020 Psychology Introduction 2

HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1

HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2

HUBS1107 Neuroscience and Head and Neck Anatomy

SPTH2001 Fluency Across the Lifespan

SPTH2002 Language Literacy and Hearing

SPTH2003 Multimodal Communication Across the Lifespan

SPTH2080 Clinical Practice

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quiz (10%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial exercises (10%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study (40%)

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