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Unit description

Prepares students for speech pathology assessment, analysis, interpretation and differential diagnosis of adults with acquired communication disability. Student applies principles of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health to promote holistic and client-centred assessment. Students are provided with an opportunity to acquire, practise and demonstrate intermediate-level speech pathology skills that underpin clinical practice.

Unit content

  1. Introduction to acquired communication disorders in adults 
  2. Assessment of aphasia 1: models, frameworks, approaches and their application
  3. Assessment of aphasia 2: integration, interpretation and synthesis  
  4. Assessment of dysarthria and differential diagnosis between other communication disabilities
  5. Assessment of apraxia of speech and differential diagnosis between other communication disabilities
  6. Assessment of cognitive communication disorders and differential diagnosis between other communication disabilities

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:
1analyse, interpret and report on speech pathology assessment data gathered from clients with acquired language and/or cognitive communication impairments
2develop skills and evaluate speech pathology assessment protocols for use with adults with acquired motor speech disorders
3analyse, synthesise and interpret speech pathology assessment data relating to adults with acquired motor speech disorders
4apply and integrate theoretical knowledge and case-based assessment data to differentially diagnose communication disorders and their subtypes and plan further assessment

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

  1. analyse, interpret and report on speech pathology assessment data gathered from clients with acquired language and/or cognitive communication impairments
  2. develop skills and evaluate speech pathology assessment protocols for use with adults with acquired motor speech disorders
  3. analyse, synthesise and interpret speech pathology assessment data relating to adults with acquired motor speech disorders
  4. apply and integrate theoretical knowledge and case-based assessment data to differentially diagnose communication disorders and their subtypes and plan further assessment

Teaching and assessment

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