SPCH12003 - Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Thorax

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will develop an understanding of the functional anatomy and physiology relevant to communication and swallowing. Topics covered include surface anatomy and the anatomical relationships of bones, muscles, blood vessels and nerves within each of the pertinent body regions. This unit will provide you with foundation knowledge to assist in clinical reasoning, practice and consultation in speech pathology.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites

BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1 OR ALLH11005 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 1

BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2 OR ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 2 

SPCH11001 Introduction to Communication and Swallowing Disorders

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 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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. Case Study 50%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
3. Practical Assessment 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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% 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 feedback via “Have your say” and self reflection
Feedback
Better alignment of weekly lecture and weekly tutorial
Recommendation
Teaching team to work together to align each week's case study and tutorial topics.
Action Taken
Case studies were better aligned with weekly topics.
Source: Student feedback via “Have your say” and self reflection
Feedback
Students expressed a preference to split face to face tutorials to contain (1) a practical section that consolidates the lecture content and (2) a functional section using case studies to put knowledge into working practice
Recommendation
It is recommended the teaching team consider spending the first part of tutorials reviewing anatomical models and plastinates based on the pertinent weekly lecture content. The second part of the tutorial could be focused on a case study pertinent to the weekly lecture which highlights clinical application.
Action Taken
Tutorial sessions involved reviewing anatomy content as well as a case study that helped to place the week's topic into a clinical context.
Source: Student feedback via “Have your say”
Feedback
Face to face tutorial classes are helpful in consolidating learning.
Recommendation
Weekly tutorials will continue to be delivered face to face to keep high student engagement and to consolidate learning.
Action Taken
Weekly face to face tutorials were delivered by the teaching team in the unit.
Source: Student feedback via “Have your say”
Feedback
Students requested case studies be given in advance to give more time for preparation of information related to each case.
Recommendation
Consider giving students a week’s notice for case study information and allocation of related research to allow more dedicated time during tutorials for discussion and expanding knowledge of clinical application.
Action Taken
Case studies were released to students prior to tutorial sessions so they could be better prepared to discuss during the face to face sessions.
Source: Teaching team reflection
Feedback
Weekly quizzes, with a small overall unit total, have the potential to become tedious
Recommendation
Is is recommended that the teaching team re-evaluate the total number of quizzes in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Teaching team reflection and student feedback
Feedback
Face to face tutorial classes with two distinct sessions covering foundational anatomy knowledge and clinically relevant case studies are helpful in consolidating learning
Recommendation
It is recommended that tutorial sessions continue to be delivered with a similar format to keep high student engagement and bridge the gap between book and clinical knowledge.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Weekly case studies are helpful in understanding the functional aspect of speech pathology
Recommendation
It is recommended that relevant topical case studies continue to be an integral part of weekly tutorials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define the skeletal structures, innervation and musculature serving respiration, phonation, mastication and swallowing, articulation and resonance, and hearing
  2. Describe the functional importance of each structure/muscle/nerve relative to respiration, phonation, mastication and swallowing, articulation and resonance, and hearing
  3. Explain the relationship between structure and function of the speech, hearing and swallowing mechanism in a developmental context
  4. Discuss the relevance of anatomy and physiology to clinical practice in speech pathology
  5. Discuss the relationship between physiologic functions which sustain life versus physiologic functions related to communication.

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

The Speech Pathology Australia Professional Framework states - "It is expected that an entry-level speech pathologist in Australia will be familiar with the ICF framework and competently apply the social health principles of individual functioning and well-being to their speech pathology practice. Applying the ICF to the clinical practice of speech pathology, practitioners can incorporate both the diagnosis of impairment (body function and structure) and the activity and participation of the individual to assess the impact of the communication and/or swallowing disorder on quality of life. A guiding principle of speech pathology assessment, habilitation and/or rehabilitation is a thorough evaluation of an individual’s functional abilities. Using the ICF framework, including the contextual factors (environmental and personal) and activity and participation levels, allows speech pathologists to collaboratively set goals with an individual and their caregivers."

The Learning Outcomes for this unit reflect this principle through the assessment of foundation knowledge in anatomy and physiology required to accurately evaluate human body function and structure.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Case Study
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
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
1 - Case Study
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Practical Assessment