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SL3002 - Swallowing Disabilities Across the Lifespan

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 skill base necessary for competent practice in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment/management of swallowing disabilities across the lifespan. Aetiological factors in the paediatric and adult populations will be described. Methods of assessment including informal, formal and instrumental approaches will be addressed. Diagnostic and treatment planning skills will be developed. Direct treatment approaches as well as compensatory and education intervention strategies will be described. The effects of swallowing disabilities on activities and participation across the lifespan will also be a focus of discussion.

Learning Outcomes

  • able to report on findings and make recommendations for future management for swallowing disabilities;
  • able to demonstrate awareness of aetiological factors involved in swallowing disabilities; and select and administer appropriate informal and formal assessments for analysing the swallowing function;
  • able to analyse and interpret findings with regard to knowledge of normal swallowing function across the lifespan; and identify further information and referral requirements for swallowing disabilities across the lifespan;
  • able to develop comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention for swallowing disabilities and will understand their role in working with others to ensure optimum patient management.

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 think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • 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 manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND SL2001 AND SL2003 AND SL2004 AND RH2002


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coord/Lect: Ms Louise Brown.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 18 hours professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (25%); other practical assessments (25%); assignments (50%).
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.