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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Increases students’ knowledge of mechanisms underlying voice disorders, perceptual characteristics, aetiologies and sequelae. Students will work through the assessment, diagnosis and management of common voice disorders in adults and children.

Unit content

Topic 1:   Perceptual characteristics of voice disorders.
Topic 2:   Structural deficits and physiological aspects of voice disorders
Topic 3:   Neurogenic voice disorders
Topic 4:   Functional and psychogenic voice disorders
Topic 5:   Voice problems and laryngectomy in relation to the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) framework
Topic 6:   Voice and resonance assessment protocols (including perceptual measures)
Topic 7:   Appraisal of voice using instrumental measures
Topic 8:   Interpretation of clinical data and clinical reasoning in relation to intervention planning.
Topic 9:   Intervention strategies for voice, the related evidence base and augmentative and alternative communication.
Topic 10: Voice intervention strategies for actors, singers, teachers, adults and children.
Topic 11: Counselling, preventative programs and interdisciplinary practice.
Topic 12: Issues related to cultural competency and outcome measurement in relation to voice and laryngectomy.

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 differentiate structural/organic, functional, psychogenic and neurogenic voice disorders
2 identify perceptual characteristics of voice disorders
3 discuss the extent to which voice disorders and laryngectomy can impact on a client's life activities (according to the ICF framework).
4 demonstrate the processes involved in an appraisal of voice (including perceptual and instrumental measures).
5 demonstrate a variety of culturally competent, discipline specific and interdisciplinary intervention strategies for people with voice disorders.
6 describe planning processes and outcome measures pertinent to voice and laryngenctomy.
7 demonstrate the application of multimodal intervention principles for clients with voice disorders and laryngectomy.

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

  1. differentiate structural/organic, functional, psychogenic and neurogenic voice disorders
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. identify perceptual characteristics of voice disorders
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. discuss the extent to which voice disorders and laryngectomy can impact on a client's life activities (according to the ICF framework).
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. demonstrate the processes involved in an appraisal of voice (including perceptual and instrumental measures).
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. demonstrate a variety of culturally competent, discipline specific and interdisciplinary intervention strategies for people with voice disorders.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. describe planning processes and outcome measures pertinent to voice and laryngenctomy.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  7. demonstrate the application of multimodal intervention principles for clients with voice disorders and laryngectomy.
    • GA1:
    • GA4: