Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Prepares students for speech pathology practice in working with adult and child clients with acquired and/or  developmental speech disorders, particularly, motor speech disorders.  Online lectures, in class tutorials and recommended readings enable students to increase and apply knowledge and skills and consider the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and Evidence-based practice (EBP), to demonstrate the ability to assess, diagnose and treat neurogenic speech disorders in adults and children.

Unit content

The unit will be divided into two core modules:

  1. Assessment and intervention for adults with motor speech disorders, including dyspraxia and dysarthria.
  2. Assessment and intervention for children with motor speech disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech and dysarthria.

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 1

  • Yorkston, KM, Beukelman, DR, Strand, EA & Hakel, M, 2010, Management of motor speech disorders in children and adults, 3rd edn, Pro.Ed, Texas. ISBN: 9781416404347.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Case study40%
Exam: vivaSR
Case study60%

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

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Fee information


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