Gold CoastSession 2Session 2

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Colton, RH, Casper, JK & Leonard, R, 2011, Understanding voice problems: A physiological perspective for diagnosis and treatment, 4th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD. ISBN: 9781609138745.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

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)
Practical skills SR
Assessment and treatment plan based on Clinical Skills40%
Case study60%
Exam: vivaSR

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