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SL3004 - Acquired Language 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 skill base necessary for competent practice in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment/management of acquired language impairments. Aetiological factors will be described. Theories of language processing will be discussed. Methods of assessment, diagnosis and treatment/management for aphasia and related disorders and cognitive-communication disorders will be described. The effects of aphasia and cognitive-communication disorders on the activities and participation of people with these impairments will also be a focus of discussion.

Learning Outcomes

  • students will be able to demonstrate competency in analysing and interpreting assessment results for diagnostic and management purposes and developing comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention for acquired language impairments;
  • students will be able to demonstrate competency in: selecting and administering appropriate informal and formal assessments for acquired language impairments and identifying further information and referral requirements;
  • students will be able to demonstrate competency in working with patients and their families/carers at an impairment, activity and participation level demonstrating awareness of cultural and social implications of these communication disorders as well as reporting on findings and making recommendations for future management and evaluating progress in intervention.

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 RH2002 AND SL2001 AND SL2003 AND SL2004


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Dr Samantha Siyambalapitiya
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Dr Samantha Siyambalapitiya.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); quizzes or tests (% - 20%); presentations (% - 20%); assignments (40% - 50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: All components of assessment 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.