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Unit description

Introduces students to the neural mechanisms that underlie communication and swallowing and to relationships across Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Speech Pathology. Students learn about the brain, cranial nerves and the motor and sensory systems involved in hearing, speech, language and swallowing. Information is also provided about neuropathology and symptoms associated with particular sites of lesion.

Unit content

  • Cortical divisions of the central nervous system and areas of the brain linked with dimensions of speech and language functions.
  • Cortical divisions of the central nervous system and areas of the brain linked with swallowing functions.
  • The cerebellum and brainstem in relation to communication.
  • Cranial nerves involved in hearing and speech.
  • Cranial nerves relevant for swallowing.
  • Neuro-sensory organization of speech and hearing.
  • Neuro-motor control of speech.
  • Central nervous system lesions, neuropathology and general neural basis for communication problems.
  • Speech and language symptoms associated with particular central nervous system lesions and neuropathology.
  • Auditory and swallowing symptoms associated with particular central nervous system lesions and neuropathology.
  • Effects of lesions to different components of motor and sensory systems.
  • Relationships across Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Speech Pathology.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1illustrate the cortical divisions of the central nervous system and areas of the brain linked with dimensions of speech, language and swallowing functions
2explain how the cerebellum and brainstem influence communication
3identify the cranial nerves involved in hearing, speech and swallowing
4describe the neuro-sensory organisation of speech and hearing and the neuro-motor control of speech
5provide examples of general speech, language, hearing and swallowing symptoms associated with particular central nervous system lesions and neuropathology
6discuss the relationships across Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Speech Pathology.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. illustrate the cortical divisions of the central nervous system and areas of the brain linked with dimensions of speech, language and swallowing functions
  2. explain how the cerebellum and brainstem influence communication
  3. identify the cranial nerves involved in hearing, speech and swallowing
  4. describe the neuro-sensory organisation of speech and hearing and the neuro-motor control of speech
  5. provide examples of general speech, language, hearing and swallowing symptoms associated with particular central nervous system lesions and neuropathology
  6. discuss the relationships across Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Speech Pathology.

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz40%
Exam: closed book50%
Quiz10%
Notice

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