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SPCH13012 - Voice Disorders and Clinical Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will advance your knowledge in the aetiology, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and management of voice disorders for children and adults. The use of interprofessional practice will be emphasised and you will explore evidence-based practice in the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders. You will directly apply knowledge learned by facilitating treatment sessions in a Voice Care Clinic. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health framework and current research evidence will provide context and structure to assist you in developing interventions. The principles of interprofessional and reflective practice will be embedded 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
  • ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals or ALLH12007 Research Methods for Health Professionals
  • ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Allied Health
  • SPCH13004 Communication Disorders across the School Years
  • SPCH12007 Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 2
  • SPCH12003 Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Thorax


  • SPCH13003 Neurogenic Communication Disorders 1

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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Term 1 - 2022 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. Written Assessment 50%
2. Practical Assessment 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was (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: Have Your Say
Students would like the opportunity to compare their assessed Perceptual Voice Profile with that of the correct version.
It is recommended that the lecturer continue to provide students with comprehensive feedback regarding the full range of assessment simulation components including the Perceptual Voice Profile.
Action Taken
Students were provided with extensive feedback regarding all components of their assessment results. This was done via written feedback on their marking sheet and verbal feedback in class with examples given to increase student understanding.
Source: Have Your Say
Students would like a greater practical component associated with voice therapy included.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator review the unit's class schedule to ensure a balance of experiential and theoretical teaching is maintained.
Action Taken
More practical activities were included in all scheduled classes to reflect theoretical content after a review of unit content and learning material.
Source: Have Your say
The handouts were very useful.
Continue to provide handout material to embed newly learned content.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your say
Students would like more focus on the differences between providing adult versus paediatric voice therapy.
Provide practical activities that highlight the similarities and differences in therapeutic approaches to voice rehabilitation for children and adults.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the vocal mechanism and the multifactorial elements impacting voice production in children and adults
  2. Demonstrate and justify current evidence-based practice according to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework in the evaluation, interpretation, and treatment of child and adult voice disorders.

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment