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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2

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 for working with adults who have swallowing difficulties as a consequence of a range of structural and/or functional impairments. The unit also develops knowledge and skills related to speech pathology practice of the management of swallowing and feeding disorders in non-complex paediatric cases.

Unit content

The unit content will be broadly divided into two modules:

  1. Speech pathology management of swallowing and feeding in children
  2. Speech pathology management of swallowing and feeding in adults

Both modules will address issues related to:

  • normal anatomy, physiology, and neurology associated with swallow function;
  • the impact of health conditions on swallowing and feeding;
  • signs, symptoms, risk factors, and prognoses associated with swallowing and feeding disorders;
  • speech pathology assessment of swallowing and feeding disorders;
  • speech pathology interventions for swallowing and feeding disorders;
  • application of principles related to client-centred practice, inter-professional practice, ethical practice, and evidence-based practice.

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 and evaluate risk factors, signs, and symptoms associated with swallowing and feeding disorders in children
2 plan and evaluate speech pathology practices for children with non-complex swallowing and/or feeding disorders
3 identify and explain the impact of neuroanatomical and neuropsychological changes on swallowing function in acquired health conditions
4 evaluate, plan, and justify speech pathology assessment for investigating concerns related to swallowing and/or feeding disorders in adults and/or children
5 plan and justify speech pathology interventions for adults with swallowing and/or feeding disorders.

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

  1. identify and evaluate risk factors, signs, and symptoms associated with swallowing and feeding disorders in children
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  2. plan and evaluate speech pathology practices for children with non-complex swallowing and/or feeding disorders
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    • GA4:
  3. identify and explain the impact of neuroanatomical and neuropsychological changes on swallowing function in acquired health conditions
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  4. evaluate, plan, and justify speech pathology assessment for investigating concerns related to swallowing and/or feeding disorders in adults and/or children
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  5. plan and justify speech pathology interventions for adults with swallowing and/or feeding disorders.
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Prescribed texts

  • Groher, M & Crary, M, 2016, Dysphagia: Clinical Management in adults and children, 8th edn, Mosby Elsevier, St Louis, MO.
  • Murdoch, B & Cichero, J, 2006, Dysphagia: Foundation, theory and practice, John Wiley, Chichester, UK.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.