Speech and Language Disorders - Advanced

Subject AUDI90035 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website : http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Assoc Prof Tricia Eadie



Melbourne School of Health Sciences

The University of Melbourne

Alan Gilbert Building, Level 7, 161 Barry St

Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA

T: +61 3 8344 4171

F: +61 3 8344 4188

E: audspeech-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au

W: www.healthsciences.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This unit will focus on advanced issues in the diagnosis of speech, language and swallowing disorders from childhood to adulthood. There will be an emphasis on presenting and supporting students to problem solve real-world clinical dilemmas regarding the use of existing best practice classification systems to refine diagnoses for clients. In particular, clients with complex co-morbid conditions will be presented. The subject will also cover the importance of, and processes for, working with other health professional colleagues in the measurement and interpretation of evidence to guide their diagnosis for speech, swallowing and language disorder.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Understand and describe the principles and processes of differential diagosis in speech and language disorders
  • Understand and describe a range of complex and co-morbid speech and language disorders across the lifespan, including any associated swallowing difficulties/disorder
  • Evaluate and interpret clinical data from clients with complex speech and language disorders across the lifespan
  • Evaluate and interpret the personal and environmental issues that influence the complexity of clients' speech and language disorders
  • Apply diagnostic and intervention strategies suitable to complex speech and language disorders across the lifespan
  • Understand and identify the interprofessional processes in differential diagnosis for complex speech and language disorders
  • Understand and describe the multi-modal assessment and intervention strategies required in the clinical management of clients with complex communication needs
  • Select a range of resources (low and high technology) in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

Completion of a written case study report (1500 words) Week 5 (30%)

Completion of a written case study report (1500 words) Week 10 (30%)

A two hour written examination - end of Semester 1 (40%)

Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the written exam in order to pass the subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should show:

  • an ability to evaluate and synthesise information in a flexible manner
  • a capacity to articulate their knowledge in both oral and written formats
Related Course(s): Master of Speech Pathology

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