SPCH13003 - Assessment of Neurogenic Communication Conditions

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will commence your study of neurogenic communication conditions in children and adults. You will learn about the aetiology, symptomatology and prognosis of neurogenic communication conditions that result in speech, language and cognitive communication difficulties. You will assess and classify neurogenic communication conditions using holistic decision making. You will apply the principles of evidence-based practice and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework throughout the unit.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


  • SPCH12003 Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Thorax
  • SPCH13004 Communication Goals and Needs Across the School Years
  • SPCH12007 Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 2
  • ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Allied Health

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

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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%).

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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 71.43% 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: Email
The student reported that the unit was well organised and supported her learning to ensure she was confident in administering neurological based assessments.
It is recommended that students continue to be supported in their learning and confidence to administer neurological communication assessments.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator provided the students with interactive learning opportunities to enable them to successfully conduct neurogenic communication assessments.
Source: Email
The student reported that some more time working on verbal reflections would assist the reflective components of assessment tasks.
It is recommended that future iterations of this unit explicitly detail the reflective practice requirements of the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator reinforced the principles of reflective practice throughout the term, such that assessment requirements were clearly conveyed to students.
Source: Unit and teaching evaluations
Students reported that they found the videos of the communication assessments that they were required to administer in class and assessment very helpful for their learning.
It is recommended that videos of all the neurogenic communication assessments be available for self-study by the students each year.
Action Taken
Source: Unit and teaching evaluations
Students reported that at times the slides needed to be more succinct to avoid repetition of information.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator review all slides prior to the next iteration of this unit to ensure they are comprehensive but succinct.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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