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SL3005 - Voice 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.

Students will acquire knowledge and skills in assessment, diagnosis and management of voice disorders and laryngectomy management. Specifically students will understand: the nature of voice disorders; the effects of these disorders on the ability to perform daily activities; the social and vocational restrictions that are often associated with these voice disorders and the role of the speech pathologist in minimising the occurrence and severity of voice disorders.

Learning Outcomes

  • students will understand the perceptual, acoustic and physiological features of normal and abnormal voice production and understand the core aetiologies of voice disorders and the appropriate diagnostic and evaluation procedures to be used;
  • students will be competent to conduct a case history with a client with a voice disorder and have basic understanding of symptomatic, medical and psychosocial rehabilitation approaches for psychogenic, functional, structural and neurogenic vocal pathologies;
  • students will be familiar with the speech pathologist's role in pre and post-operative counselling and speech rehabilitation (including oesphageal speech, tracheo-oesophageal puncture speech and artificial larynx training procedures) for patients requiring a laryngectomy;
  • students will develop basic skills in the perceptual analysis of voice, will be aware of the uses of instrumentation to evaluate voice and will be competent with basic instrumental assessment techniques, such as CSL.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • 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 work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies.
Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND RH2002 AND SL2001 AND SL2003 AND SL2004


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coord/Lect: Ms Louise Brown.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 26 hours professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); other exams (20%); assignments (50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to reach a passing standard in all 3 assessment components.
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.