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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 concerning characteristics, aetiology and consequences of adult neurogenic communication disorders. Students develop a theoretical knowledge base pertaining to frameworks for describing aphasia and associated appraisal and intervention strategies. Communication disorders associated with traumatic brain injury and right hemisphere damage are explored. Students also learn about intervention strategies that involve family and inter-professional teams.

Unit content

Topic 1: Characteristics and aetiology of adult neurogenic communication disorders. 
Topic 2: Subtypes of aphasia. 
Topic 3: Communication in adults with right hemisphere damage. 
Topic 4: Communication in adults with traumatic brain injury. 
Topic 5: Frameworks for describing aphasia. 
Topic 6: Consequences of neurogenic communication disorders according the various frameworks. 
Topic 7: Types of assessments suitable for appraising adult neurogenic communication disorders. 
Topic 8: Analysing clinical data. 
Topic 9: Interpreting clinical data. 
Topic 10: Tailoring a variety of intervention approaches and clinic materials for adults with particular communication profiles. Topic 11: Alternative service delivery models. 
Topic 12: Strategies that involve families and inter-professional teams.
 

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 Describe general characteristics and aetiology of adult neurogenic communication disorders and subtypes of aphasia.
2 Explain the nature of communication in adults with right hemisphere damage and with traumatic brain injury.
3 Interpret frameworks for describing aphasia.
4 Describe consequences of neurogenic communication disorders according the ICF framework and the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia framework described by Chapey (2008).
5 Interpret assessment data and compare types of assessments suitable for appraising adult neurogenic communication disorders.
6 Illustrate ways of tailoring intervention for adults with particular communication profiles, alternative service delivery models and strategies that involve family and inter-professional teams.
7 Establish goals for multimodal assessment and intervention and demonstrate ways of implementing such intervention and measuring outcomes for people with language and literacy disorders.

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

  1. Describe general characteristics and aetiology of adult neurogenic communication disorders and subtypes of aphasia.
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  2. Explain the nature of communication in adults with right hemisphere damage and with traumatic brain injury.
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  3. Interpret frameworks for describing aphasia.
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  4. Describe consequences of neurogenic communication disorders according the ICF framework and the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia framework described by Chapey (2008).
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  5. Interpret assessment data and compare types of assessments suitable for appraising adult neurogenic communication disorders.
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  6. Illustrate ways of tailoring intervention for adults with particular communication profiles, alternative service delivery models and strategies that involve family and inter-professional teams.
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    • GA4:
  7. Establish goals for multimodal assessment and intervention and demonstrate ways of implementing such intervention and measuring outcomes for people with language and literacy disorders.
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Prescribed texts

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