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SL2003 - Acquired Speech Impairments

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 acquired motor speech impairments of neurological origin (the dysarthrias and apraxia of speech) across the lifespan. Informal and formal methods of assessment, diagnosis and treatment/management will be described and demonstrated.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of: The neuorological diseases, disorders and injuries associated with acquired speech impairments in adults and children; The underlying pathology and features associated with the dysarthrias and apraxia of speech; The limitations and restrictions acquired speech impairments can impose on the activities and participation of people with these impairments;
  • Students will demonstrate competency in: Selecting and administering appropriate informal and formal assessments for acquired speech impairments; Analysing and interpreting assessment results; Identifying further information and referral requirements for acquired speech impairments; Developing comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention for acquired speech impairments; Reporting on findings and making recommendations for future management.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
Prerequisites: BM1051 AND BM1052 AND SL1004 AND SL2006Allow concurrent for BM1051 AND BM1052 AND SL1004


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: Dr Samantha Siyambalapitiya
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Dr Samantha Siyambalapitiya.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (30% - 50%); quizzes or tests (10% - 20%); presentations (% - 20%); assignments (20% - 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.