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SL3005 - Voice 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.

Module 1 Voice Impairment: This subject provides the foundation theoretical and professional skills necessary for competent practice in the assessment, diagnosis, prevention and intervention for organic and functional voice impairments across the lifespan. The nature of voice impairments will be explored, including physiological, perceptual and acoustic features. Module 2 Clinical Practicum: Students will work directly, with support from clinical educators with clients with a range of impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions related to speech, language, voice, fluency, multimodal communication and swallowing. Students will conduct assessments, plan and deliver services for clients, as well as providing community education. Students will reflect on clinical experiences and collate evidence to demonstrate their increasing clinical competence. Students will provide speech pathology services in weekly clinical sessions and will observe sessions in other settings.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate competency in assessment, analysis and interpretation processes required to differentially diagnose voice impairments;
  • apply clinical reasoning skills and evidence-based principles to develop and implement management approaches for people with voice impairments;
  • demonstrate ability to conduct voice screening and treatment techniques;
  • demonstrate progression in clinical performance, achieving intermediate level for some of the Behavioural Exemplars for Professional Units 1-4 and CBOS 2011 Units 1-4.
Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND SL2002 AND SL2003 AND SL2012 AND RH2002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Ms Louise Brown, Ms Mandi Hollins, Mr Roger Newman
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Mr Roger Newman.
Workload expectations:
  • 35 hours lectures
  • 31 hours tutorials
  • 69 hours placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (10%); hurdle - voice screening clinic and treatment demonstration (%); assignments (40%); portfolio of clinical experience - a collection of material demonstrating development competency within the cbos 2011 framework [pass/fail] (%); placement [pass/fail] (%); clinical competencies - assessment of skills in clinical practice using compass national validated assessment tool [pass/fail] (%); successful participation in observation clinics [pass/fail] (%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must achieve at least 50% for the assignment and the end of semester examination, and at least 75% for the Quizzes/Tests. Students are required to attend and actively participate in at least 80% of all scheduled classes and must complete all clinical placement hours.

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