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SL2002 - Language Development and Impairment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Speech Pathology IHCAP Program and the Bachelor of Speech Pathology Honours Programs.

The subject will provide the foundation theoretical and professional skills necessary for competent practice in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment/management of developmental language impairments in children and adolescents. Aetiological factors, models and processes explaining language difference and impairment, will be discussed, with comparison to typical language development. Implications across linguistic and cultural contexts will be considered, with attention to language differences among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Assessment and intervention methods will be evaluated with respect to current theories and evidence-based practice principles. The impact of language impairments on activity and participation in educational and community contexts will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse child language sample and determine appropriate intervention goals;
  • apply assessment, diagnostic and intervention planning principles to language impairment in children;
  • justify intervention priorities and approaches based on sound theoretical and evidence-based principles;
  • explain the impact of language impairments on activity and participation in educational and community contexts.
Prerequisites: SL1001 AND HS1003 AND SL1004 AND HS2402


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Ms Louise Brown, <Person not found>
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 39 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); assignments (20%); assignment - assessment plan (20%); assignment - intervention plan (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must achieve at least 50% in each individual assessment item, and achieve at least 50% overall to pass the subject. Students must attend and actively participate in at least 80% of all scheduled classes to pass the subject.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.