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SL3005 - Voice Impairment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

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

This subject will provide the theoretical foundation and professional skill base necessary for competent practice in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment/management for organic and functional voice impairments across the lifespan. Epidemiological and aetiological factors will be discussed. The nature of voice disorders will be explored, including physiological, perceptual and acoustic features. Current methods for assessment, diagnosis, prevention and intervention will be described, demonstrated and evaluated with respect to clinical reasoning skills and evidence-in-practice principles. The impact of voice impairments on activity and participation, and multidisciplinary perspectives to management will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate understanding of laryngeal development and changes in the physiology of voice production across the lifespan; and understanding of the core aetiologies of voice disorders;
  • demonstrate competency in assessment, analysis and interpretation processes required to differentially diagnose voice disorders including: conduct of a case history; description of the perceptual, acoustic and physiologic features of normal and abnormal voice production; application of perceptual analysis methods; and use of basic instrumental assessment techniques;
  • demonstrate understanding of management approaches (symptomatic, medical and psychosocial) for psychogenic, functional, structural and neurogenic vocal pathologies; and clinical reasoning required to plan management for people with voice disorders.
Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND SL2002 AND SL2003 AND (SL2004 OR SL2012) AND RH2002


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Mr Roger Newman
Lecturers: Dr William Steed, <Person not found>, Mr Roger Newman.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); quizzes or tests (40% - 50%); assignments (20% - 30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must achieve a minimum of 50% for all assessment components. Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all tutorials, workshops and practical sessions.

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.