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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces communication as a construct, its purposes, alteration across the lifespan and use in different contexts. Essential characteristics of disorders of communication and swallowing and the associated impact are explored. Students examine the Scope of Practice (populations, services, purposes, approaches) in Speech Pathology and how this is situated in relation to other allied health professions.

Unit content

Topic 1: Dimensions of communication and context dependant changes.
Topic 2: Changes in communication across the lifespan.
Topic 3: Disorders of communication and swallowing.
Topic 4: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and Children and Youth version (ICF and ICF-CY) frameworks (World Health Organization, 2001 and 2007).
Topic 5: Impact of communication disorders within the ICF and ICF-Y frameworks.
Topic 6: The Scope of Practice in Speech Pathology and the Code of Ethics.
Topic 7: Competency- based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathologists (CBOS).
Topic 8: Roles within Speech Pathology and Inter Professional Practice settings.
Topic 9: Behaviours that constitute appropriate professional behaviour within allied health practice.
Topic 10: Basic skills for Speech Pathology clinical practice (observation, recording, sampling).
Topic 11: Reflection and learning.

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Explain the characteristics of communication across the lifespan and in different contexts
2 Describe (with examples) disorders of communication and swallowing and compile a glossary of related terminology.
3 Describe the general impact of disorders of communication and swallowing, using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and Children and Youth version (ICF and ICF-CY) frameworks (World Health Organization).
4 Reflect upon the Scope of Practice in Speech Pathology, the Code of Ethics and the Competency- based Occupational Standards (CBOS).
5 Demonstrate professional behaviour and describe the role of the Speech Pathologist within inter-professional practice.
6 Demonstrate skills in communication and beginning practices for lifelong learning (such as developing a reflective journal).

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

  1. Explain the characteristics of communication across the lifespan and in different contexts
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  2. Describe (with examples) disorders of communication and swallowing and compile a glossary of related terminology.
    • GA3:
    • GA5:
  3. Describe the general impact of disorders of communication and swallowing, using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and Children and Youth version (ICF and ICF-CY) frameworks (World Health Organization).
    • GA3:
    • GA5:
  4. Reflect upon the Scope of Practice in Speech Pathology, the Code of Ethics and the Competency- based Occupational Standards (CBOS).
    • GA3:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  5. Demonstrate professional behaviour and describe the role of the Speech Pathologist within inter-professional practice.
    • GA3:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  6. Demonstrate skills in communication and beginning practices for lifelong learning (such as developing a reflective journal).
    • GA3:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Gillam, RB, Marguardt, TP & Martin, FN , 2011, Communication sciences and disorders: From science to clinical practice, 2nd edn, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, San Diego.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.