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.
Topic 1: Cortical divisions of the central nervous system and areas of the brain linked with dimensions of speech and language functions.
Topic 2: Cortical divisions of the central nervous system and areas of the brain linked with swallowing functions.
Topic 3: The cerebellum and brainstem in relation to communication.
Topic 4: Cranial nerves involved in hearing and speech.
Topic 5: Cranial nerves relevant for swallowing.
Topic 6: Neuro-sensory organization of speech and hearing.
Topic 7: Neuro-motor control of speech.
Topic 8: Central nervous system lesions, neuropathology and general neural basis for communication problems.
Topic 9: Speech and language symptoms associated with particular central nervous system lesions and neuropathology.
Topic 10: Auditory and swallowing symptoms associated with particular central nervous system lesions and neuropathology.
Topic 11: Effects of lesions to different components of motor and sensory systems.
Topic 12: Relationships across Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Speech Pathology.
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.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||illustrate the cortical divisions of the central nervous system and areas of the brain linked with dimensions of speech, language and swallowing functions||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||explain how the cerebellum and brainstem influence communication||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||identify the cranial nerves involved in hearing, speech and swallowing||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||describe the neuro-sensory organisation of speech and hearing and the neuro-motor control of speech||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||provide examples of general speech, language, hearing and swallowing symptoms associated with particular central nervous system lesions and neuropathology||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||discuss the relationships across Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Speech Pathology.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Murdoch, B, 2011, Handbook of Acquired Communication Disorders in Childhood, Plural Publishing, San Diego, CA.
- Webb, WG & Adler, RK, Neurology for the Speech-Language Pathologist, 5th edn, Mosby Elsevier, Missouri.
Teaching and assessment
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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