Unit description

Extends students’ knowledge and skills in relation to speech, voice and hearing sciences within an ICF framework. In relation to hearing, students increase their knowledge of structures and mechanisms involved in hearing loss and the potential impact on speech, language and other sequela. Students learn about intervention strategies for hearing loss and for central auditory processing disorder [(C)APD]. Students also learn how to conduct an audiological screening evaluation and how, to whom, and when to refer. In relation to voice, students increase their knowledge of mechanisms underlying voice disorders, perceptual characteristics, aetiologies and sequelae. Students will work through the assessment, diagnosis and management of common voice disorders in adults and children.

Unit content

  1. Respiration, phonation, articulation, resonance, hearing, feedback, speech perception and auditory processing
  2. Acoustics in relation to speech sounds, prosody, voice and hearing.
  3. Symptoms and perceptual characteristics of voice and hearing disorders
  4. Types of abnormalities of phonation and underlying mechanisms
  5. Neurogenic speech, voice and hearing disorders.
  6. Structural, physiological, functional, sensorimotor and psychogenic mechanisms associated with voice and hearing disorders
  7. Disorders of voice and hearing in relation to the ICF
  8. Assessment and treatment of voice disorders across the lifespan
  9. Assessment and treatment of hearing and perceptual disorders in adults and children

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, R. H., Casper, J. K., & 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
Lecture on-site 1 hour
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (Week 1)
Lecture on-site 1 hour (Intensive Week 1 x 7 lectures)
Lecture online 2 hours (Weeks 4,6,8,10,12)
Workshop on-site 2 hours
Practical skillsSR
Exam: closed book60%

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

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