Unit description

Increases students' knowledge concerning characteristics, aetiology and consequences of adult neurogenic communication disorders. Students develop a theoretical knowledge base pertaining to frameworks for describing aphasia and associated appraisal and intervention strategies. Communication disorders associated with traumatic brain injury and right hemisphere damage are explored. Students also learn about intervention strategies that involve family and inter-professional teams.

Unit content

Topic 1: Characteristics and aetiology of adult neurogenic communication disorders. 
Topic 2: Subtypes of aphasia. 
Topic 3: Communication in adults with right hemisphere damage. 
Topic 4: Communication in adults with traumatic brain injury. 
Topic 5: Frameworks for describing aphasia. 
Topic 6: Consequences of neurogenic communication disorders according the various frameworks. 
Topic 7: Types of assessments suitable for appraising adult neurogenic communication disorders. 
Topic 8: Analysing clinical data. 
Topic 9: Interpreting clinical data. 
Topic 10: Tailoring a variety of intervention approaches and clinic materials for adults with particular communication profiles. Topic 11: Alternative service delivery models. 
Topic 12: Strategies that involve families and inter-professional teams.

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%

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