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Gold Coast

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Students develop knowledge and skills required to assess, diagnose and treat adults and children with voice disorders; and also to conduct audiometry appraisal relevant to speech pathology practice.  Students also learn to analyse and interpret audiological assessment information. Teaching and learning occurs through lectures, workshops and practical experiential tutorials.

Unit content

Content will be delivered across two modules:

  1. Voice and voice disorders in adults and children including: types, characteristics and underlying mechanisms of voice disorders; assessment of voice, including identifying perceptual features of different voice disorders;  intervention (e.g. goal setting and treatment strategies); and multidisciplinary teams managing voice disorders.
  2. Audiology for speech pathology practice including science of hearing, links between hearing impairment and communication disorders, practical involving an otoscopic examination, tympanometry and pure tone screening.

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 describe and conduct processes involved in a hearing screening assessment and describe results
2 predict possible impact of hearing disorders on communication and speech pathology practice when working with children and/or adults
3 conduct multidimensional assessment of voice using valid, reliable and responsive voice outcome measures and document outcomes of assessment and measure treatment effect
4 identify, plan, and justify speech pathology assessment for investigating concerns related to voice production in children and/or adults
5 analyse and interpret assessment data to inform clinical description, diagnosis, and prognosis of voice disorders in children and/or adults
6 plan, describe, and justify direct and indirect speech pathology interventions to target voice disorders in children and/or adults

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe and conduct processes involved in a hearing screening assessment and describe results
  2. predict possible impact of hearing disorders on communication and speech pathology practice when working with children and/or adults
  3. conduct multidimensional assessment of voice using valid, reliable and responsive voice outcome measures and document outcomes of assessment and measure treatment effect
  4. identify, plan, and justify speech pathology assessment for investigating concerns related to voice production in children and/or adults
  5. analyse and interpret assessment data to inform clinical description, diagnosis, and prognosis of voice disorders in children and/or adults
  6. plan, describe, and justify direct and indirect speech pathology interventions to target voice disorders in children and/or adults

Prescribed texts

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