Gold CoastSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Prepares students for speech pathology practice for working with adults with swallowing difficulties as a consequence of a range of structural and/or functional impairments. The unit also develops knowledge and skills related to speech pathology practice of the management of swallowing and feeding disorders in non-complex  paediatric cases.

Unit content

The unit content will be broadly divided into two modules:
  1. Speech pathology management of swallowing and feeding in children
  2. Speech pathology management of swallowing and feeding in adults

Both modules will address issues related to:

  • normal anatomy, physiology, and neurology associated with swallow function;
  • the impact of health conditions on swallowing and feeding;
  • signs, symptoms, risk factors, and prognoses associated with swallowing and feeding disorders;
  • speech pathology assessment of swallowing and feeding disorders;
  • speech pathology interventions for swallowing and feeding disorders;
  • application of principles related to client-centred practice, inter-professional practice, ethical practice, and evidence-based practice

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

  • Groher, M & Crary, M, 2016, Dysphagia: Clinical Management in adults and children, 8th edn, Mosby Elsevier, St Louis, MO.
  • Murdoch, B & Cichero, J, 2006, Dysphagia: Foundation, theory and practice, John Wiley, Chichester, UK.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Case study30%
Case study30%
Exam: viva40%

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

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