SPCH11001 - Introduction to Communication and Swallowing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will be introduced to developmental and acquired communication and swallowing difficulties across the lifespan. You will study how we use person-centred, family-centred, and community-centred approaches to assist people in optimising their communication and swallowing in a variety of contexts. You will learn about the principles of evidenced-based practice and strategies to support communication access across the lifespan.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 60%
2. Presentation 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 66.67% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student evaluations
One student commented that it would suite her learning style to have an outline of the unit at the start of term. This would allow her to have clarity on the content being taught across the term.
It is recommended that consideration be given to making the unit profile clearer.
Action Taken
The unit profile was written in a clear and concise manner. The unit profile also clearly aligned with the content included on Moodle.
Source: Student evaluations
One student reported that the content is engaging but that sometimes the PowerPoints weren't clear.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator review PowerPoints prior to 2023 to ensure their clarity.
Action Taken
This unit was redesigned for the 2023 offering. PowerPoint followed a consistent format to ensure clarity.
Source: Student evaluations
One student commented that the feedback provided by the lecturer to any concerns was helpful to her learning.
It is recommended that timely and constructive feedback continue to be provided to students.
Action Taken
Timely and constructive feedback was provided to students during the in-class tutorials, in response to emails and after assessment submissions.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation data
Students commented that they enjoyed the group activities in the tutorials as a way to engage with peers and consolidate their learning.
It is recommended that the tutorials continue to contain group activities to allow students to put theory into practice.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit Evaluation data
Online students commented that the tutorial activities require more specificity on the PowerPoint slides for required tasks.
It is recommended that the tutorial PowerPoint slides are reviewed to ensure specific instructions are provided for each tutorial activity.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain anatomical basis for the development of communication and swallowing
  2. Describe the different types of communication and swallowing difficulties across the lifespan
  3. Describe strategies to support communication and swallowing goals and needs across the lifespan
  4. Discuss the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework and the principles of evidence-based practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10