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LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast

Unit description

Students develop knowledge and skills required to assess, diagnose and treat adults and children with voice disorders; and also to conduct audiometry appraisal relevant to speech pathology practice.  Students also learn to analyse and interpret audiological assessment information. Teaching and learning occurs through lectures, workshops and practical experiential tutorials.

Unit content

Content will be delivered across two modules:

  1. Voice and voice disorders in adults and children including: types, characteristics and underlying mechanisms of voice disorders; assessment of voice, including identifying perceptual features of different voice disorders;  intervention (e.g. goal setting and treatment strategies); and multidisciplinary teams managing voice disorders.
  2. Audiology for speech pathology practice including science of hearing, links between hearing impairment and communication disorders, practical involving an otoscopic examination, tympanometry and pure tone screening.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe and conduct processes involved in a hearing screening assessment and describe resultsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2predict possible impact of hearing disorders on communication and speech pathology practice when working with children and/or adultsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3conduct multidimensional assessment of voice using valid, reliable and responsive voice outcome measures and document outcomes of assessment and measure treatment effectKnowledge of a discipline
4identify, plan, and justify speech pathology assessment for investigating concerns related to voice production in children and/or adultsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5analyse and interpret assessment data to inform clinical description, diagnosis, and prognosis of voice disorders in children and/or adultsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
6plan, describe, and justify direct and indirect speech pathology interventions to target voice disorders in children and/or adultsIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. describe and conduct processes involved in a hearing screening assessment and describe results
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. predict possible impact of hearing disorders on communication and speech pathology practice when working with children and/or adults
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. conduct multidimensional assessment of voice using valid, reliable and responsive voice outcome measures and document outcomes of assessment and measure treatment effect
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. identify, plan, and justify speech pathology assessment for investigating concerns related to voice production in children and/or adults
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. analyse and interpret assessment data to inform clinical description, diagnosis, and prognosis of voice disorders in children and/or adults
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. plan, describe, and justify direct and indirect speech pathology interventions to target voice disorders in children and/or adults
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Lecture on-site 6 hours across week (1 week (Wk 1))
Tutorial on-site 6 hours across week (1 week (Wk 1))
Lecture online 1 hour (11 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills SR
Assessment and treatment plan based on Clinical Skills40%
Case study60%
Exam: vivaSR
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

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