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SL2002 - Language Development and Impairment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

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 of developmental language impairments in children and adolescents. Aetiological factors, and models and processes explaining normal language development, and impairment will be discussed. Implications across cultural contexts will be considered. Assessment and intervention methods will be described and demonstrated. The effects of language impairments on activity and participation in educational and community contexts will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

  • students will demonstrate knowledge of the theories and processes underlying: Normal and impaired language development; Cultural and ESL considerations for language development and impairment (including indigenous languages); assessment and diagnosis of developmental language impairments; and intervention for language impairments;
  • students will demonstrate competency in: Recording, transcribing and analysing oral language in children with normal and impaired development; Assessment procedures for language reception and expression; Analysing and interpreting assessment results; Identifying further information and referral requirements; and planning intervention for developmental language impairments.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse.
Prerequisites: SL1001 AND HS1003 AND SL1004 AND HS2402concurrent with HS2402


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 52 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (35%); quizzes or tests (20%); tutorial attendance and participation (5%); pass/fail completion of fieldwork observation and screening tasks (%); assignments (40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: All assessment components must be passed.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.