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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Prepares students for speech pathology practice when working with adults with acquired disorders of language and cognitive-communication associated with aetiologies such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia. The unit will promote holistic, ethical, and inter-professional management of clients by applying principles of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as embodied by the Living with Aphasia: Framework for Outcome Measurement.

Unit content

The unit will be broadly divided into two modules: Aphasia (Topics 1-8); and Cognitive-communication disorders (Topics 9-12).

Topic 1: Introduction to aphasia and its impact across the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and Living with Aphasia: Framework for Outcome Measurement (A-FROM)
Topic 2: Introduction to the cognitive-neuropsychology of language and its application to aphasia
Topic 3: Using cognitive-neuropsychology to inform assessment of language comprehension
Topic 4: Using cognitive-neuropsychology to inform assessment of language production
Topic 5: Eliciting and analysing language and conversation of people with aphasia
Topic 6: Exploring participation, the environment, and living with aphasia
Topic 7: Planning and implementing impairment-informed intervention with people with aphasia
Topic 8: Planning and implementing socially- and environmentally-informed interventions with people with aphasia
Topic 9: Cognition and its disruption in cognitive-communication disorders
Topic 10: Speech pathology management of communication following traumatic brain injury
Topic 11: Speech pathology management of communication in cases of right hemisphere disorder
Topic 12: Speech pathology management of communication in cases of dementia and progressive language loss

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 identify, describe and justify the use of a range of speech pathology assessment procedures and tools appropriate for clients with aphasia and/or cognitive-communication disorders
2 analyse, interpret, synthesise and report speech pathology assessment data gathered from clients with aphasia and/or cognitive-communication disorders
3 appraise academic articles and resources related to assessment, diagnosis and/or intervention for clients with aphasia and/or cognitive-communication disorders in order to inform clinical reasoning and decision-making
4 plan and justify holistic speech pathology intervention for clients with aphasia and/or cognitive-communication disorders using principles of evidence-based practice.
5 identify and describe issues related to the implementation of speech pathology interventions for people with aphasia and/or cognitive-communication disorders.

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

  1. identify, describe and justify the use of a range of speech pathology assessment procedures and tools appropriate for clients with aphasia and/or cognitive-communication disorders
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. analyse, interpret, synthesise and report speech pathology assessment data gathered from clients with aphasia and/or cognitive-communication disorders
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. appraise academic articles and resources related to assessment, diagnosis and/or intervention for clients with aphasia and/or cognitive-communication disorders in order to inform clinical reasoning and decision-making
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. plan and justify holistic speech pathology intervention for clients with aphasia and/or cognitive-communication disorders using principles of evidence-based practice.
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  5. identify and describe issues related to the implementation of speech pathology interventions for people with aphasia and/or cognitive-communication disorders.
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    • GA3:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • It is expected that students will purchase, or at least have access to this textbook (which also contains two chapters relevant to acquired motor speech disorders (i.e. SPT30002): Papathanasiou, I., & Coppens, P, 2017, Aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders, 2nd edn, Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington, MA. ISBN: 9781284077315.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.