Disorders of Fluency

Subject AUDI90036 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

85 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/


Dr Elaina Kefalianos


Speech Pathology

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 subject will provide theoretical knowledge on disorders of fluency in adults and children. The subject will address the onset of stuttering in early childhood and its natural history. Evidence based treatment approaches for children, adolescents and adults will be presented and discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this course students will:

  • understand the differences between stuttering and normal non-fluency
  • be able to apply appropriate fluency measurement and therapy techniques to child, adolescent and adult stuttering populations
  • be able to rank severity of stuttering and thus define which cases require intervention
  • be able to plan and implement an intensive stuttering treatment course

Participation in practical (application of fluency measurement techniques) and completed report at the end of this practical to be submitted after Lecture 8 - 10%.
Participation in practical (role play fluency intervention techniques) and completed report at the end of this practical to be submitted after Lecture 10 - 10%.
Completion of a written assignment (1000 words) outlining fluency treatment options for a case study to be submitted in Week 7, Semester 1 - 30%.
A one hour written examination at the end of the semester – 50%

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.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have:

  • well developed problem solving skills
  • an ability to evaluate and synthesise information in a flexible manner
  • a capacity to articulate the knowledge gained in both oral and written forms
Related Course(s): Master of Speech Pathology

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