Unit aim

Prepares students for speech pathology practice when working with adults with acquired disorders of language and cognitive-communication associated with aetiologies such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia. The unit will promote holistic, ethical, and inter-professional management of clients by applying principles of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as embodied by the Living with Aphasia: Framework for Outcome Measurement.

Unit content

The unit will be broadly divided into two modules: Aphasia (Topics 1-8); and Cognitive-communication disorders (Topics 9-12).

Topic 1: Introduction to aphasia and its impact across the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and Living with Aphasia: Framework for Outcome Measurement (A-FROM)
Topic 2: Introduction to the cognitive-neuropsychology of language and its application to aphasia
Topic 3: Using cognitive-neuropsychology to inform assessment of language comprehension
Topic 4: Using cognitive-neuropsychology to inform assessment of language production
Topic 5: Eliciting and analysing language and conversation of people with aphasia
Topic 6: Exploring participation, the environment, and living with aphasia
Topic 7: Planning and implementing impairment-informed intervention with people with aphasia
Topic 8: Planning and implementing socially- and environmentally-informed interventions with people with aphasia
Topic 9: Cognition and its disruption in cognitive-communication disorders
Topic 10: Speech pathology management of communication following traumatic brain injury
Topic 11: Speech pathology management of communication in cases of right hemisphere disorder
Topic 12: Speech pathology management of communication in cases of dementia and progressive language loss

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

  • It is expected that students will purchase, or at least have access to this textbook (which also contains two chapters relevant to acquired motor speech disorders (i.e. SPT30002): Papathanasiou, I., & Coppens, P, 2017, Aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders, 2nd edn, Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington, MA. ISBN: 9781284077315.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Case study30%
Presentation15%
Exam: closed book30%
Notice

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Fee information

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