SPCH11001 - Introduction to Communication and Swallowing Disorders

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will be introduced to developmental and acquired communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. You will study the types of disorders that speech pathologists assess and manage across the lifespan and be familiarised with the range of intervention settings in which speech pathologists are employed. You will be oriented to the standards required, and terminology used in, contemporary speech pathology practice in Australia. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework and the principles of evidence based, interprofessional and reflective practice are embedded throughout this unit.

Details

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Online
Rockhampton

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) 50%
2. Oral Examination 50%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 36.84% 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: Have Your Say
Feedback
The students commented positively about the continued inclusion of guest speakers from the community.
Recommendation
It is recommended that guest speakers continue to be invited to participate in this unit.
Action Taken
This unit continued to invite guest speakers' participation.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The students provided positive feedback regarding the content of the unit.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the content of the unit remain similar with the inclusion of practical activities where possible.
Action Taken
The content of this unit continued to provide students with a rich learning experience on communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The students provided feedback regarding the unsuitability of the classroom for learning and teaching purposes.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator request a more appropriate classroom for 2022.
Action Taken
A more appropriate classroom to cater for the mixed mode delivery was provided in 2022.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
It is recommended that consideration be given to making the unit profile clearer.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
One student reported that the content is engaging but that sometimes the PowerPoints weren't clear.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator review PowerPoints prior to 2023 to ensure their clarity.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
One student commented that the feedback provided by the lecturer to any concerns was helpful to her learning.
Recommendation
It is recommended that timely and constructive feedback continue to be provided to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the different types of communication and swallowing disorders
  2. Identify the scope of practice for speech pathologists in accordance with Speech Pathology Australia's guidelines
  3. Discuss the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework and the principles of evidence-based and interprofessional practice in the speech pathology context
  4. Demonstrate the principles of reflective practice at an introductory level.

The learning outcomes in this unit contribute to the development of clinical and professional competencies as outlined by Speech Pathology Australia's Professional standards.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Oral Examination
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
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