Speech Language Pathology

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Speech Language Pathology

Master of Speech Language Pathology

Students complete 96 credit points, including:
(a) 96 credit points of core units of study taken in the sequence listed below
The course is:
(a) full-time over 4 semesters study;
(b) part-time over 8 semesters study.

Part-time mode

Year 1

Semester 1 - Core
CSCD5060 Language 1: Developmental Disorder

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: An understanding of basic linguistics including traditional grammatical analysis Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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This unit introduces students to spoken language disorders from birth to the end of preschool. The nature of child developmental language disorders together with principles and practices for assessment, diagnosis, management planning and treatment are covered for the following paediatric clinical populations: pre-linguistic infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Textbooks
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CSCD5062 Voice and Resonance Impairment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Katrina Blyth Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: Normal head and neck anatomy, and neurology of the speech system including the nervous system and motor control Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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This unit of study will enable students to describe, analyse and apply their understanding of:
i) Anatomy and physiology of the laryngeal, articulatory, respiratory and neurological systems to diagnose and plan therapy for individuals with a variety of voice and resonance disorders; ii) Evidence-based practice to outline client centered assessment, management and therapy with individuals with a variety of voice and resonance disorders; iii) Principles of motor learning to facilitate voice and resonance change for individuals with a variety of voice and resonance disorders.
Textbooks
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Semester 2 - Core
CSCD5064 Language 2: Literacy and Language

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Kimberley Docking Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: CSCD5060 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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This unit continues on from CSCD5060 Language 1 - Developmental Disorders and introduces students to spoken and written reading, learning and language impairments in school-aged children and adolescents. Students will learn the principles and practices for assessment, diagnosis, management planning and treatment of spoken and written reading, learning and language impairments for school-aged children (K-6) and adolescents (Grade 7-12) that occur as a result of a variety of aetiologies.
Textbooks
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CSCD5066 Feeding and Swallowing Across the Lifespan

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Hans Bogaardt Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: Anatomy and neurology of the speech system including head, neck, nervous system and speech motor control Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to conduct clinical assessment and intervention for feeding and swallowing impairments in children and adults. Students will learn to describe, evaluate and conduct and justify interventions for these populations. A focus on case problem solving will be emphasised to achieve integration of theory and practical skills. This unit of study prepares students to conduct appropriate and evidence based clinical assessment and management for these populations.
Textbooks
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Year 2

Semester 1 - Core
CSCD5061 Speech 1: Phonological Impairment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tricia McCabe Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: Phonemic transcription of Australian English; and, normal head and neck anatomy Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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Speech 1: Phonological Impairment aims to provide students with the theoretical background to speech development and impairment in children. The nature of speech impairments in children; techniques for assessment, analysis and intervention are considered using a case based approach to learning.
Textbooks
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CSCD5063 Clinical Practice 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: CSCD5060 and CSCD5061 and CSCD5062 Assumed knowledge: Demonstrated ability in analysing English grammar and transcription of Australian English (linguistics and phonology). Knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and physics of speech including knowledge of the anatomy of the head and neck and fundamental concepts of nervous system structure and function. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Professional practice
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This unit provides an introduction to speech pathology clinical practice. Students will explore the range of practice areas for speech pathology and clinical practice through lectures, simulated clinical practice activities in tutorials and actual clinical activities. Students will also learn about the ethical and medico-legal requirements necessary to be a speech pathologist.
Textbooks
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Semester 2 - Core
CSCD5065 Speech 2: Stuttering and Motor Speech

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Kirrie Ballard Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: CSCD5061 Assumed knowledge: Anatomy and neurology of the speech system including head, neck, nervous system and speech motor control Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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This unit provides the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct clinical assessment and management for child and adult clients with the motor speech disorders of stuttering, dysarthria and apraxia of speech. Students will learn to describe, evaluate, conduct and justify interventions for these populations. A focus on case problem solving will be emphasised to achieve integration of theory and practical skills.
Textbooks
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CSCD5067 Clinical Practice 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive July,Intensive November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: CSCD5060 and CSCD5061 and CSCD5062 and CSCD5063 Corequisites: CSCD5065 and CSCD5064 and CSCD5066 Assumed knowledge: Demonstrated ability in analysing English grammar and transcription of Australian English (linguistics and phonology). Knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and physics of speech including knowledge of the anatomy of the head and neck and fundamental concepts of nervous system structure and function. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
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Clinical placement to develop clinical competencies related to client assessment and management, communication skills, report writing, case management and professional development. Students manage a client caseload and participate in a variety of clinical management and service activities within the on-campus clinic. All students participate in supervisory conferences with their clinical educators and peers. Students are expected to demonstrate competency in professional communication skills, teamwork and effective time management, as well as overall client management. Students will be mentored by final year students for part of the semester.
Textbooks
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Year 3

Semester 1 - Core
CSCD5075 Language 3 Aphasia and Cognitive Impairment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Elise Elbourn Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: CSCD5067 Assumed knowledge: Brain anatomy, neurology, and physiology Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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In this subject, students will learn about acquired neurogenic language disorders with a focus on (i) language deficits that occur following stroke and in progressive language conditions and (ii) cognitive-communication deficits that occur following Traumatic Brain Injury. Students will identify and explain the nature of acquired neurogenic language impairments using current theoretical perspectives and develop holistic, client driven and evidenced-based approaches to assessment and management of these impairments.
Textbooks
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CSCD5069 Functional Communication in Disabililty

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Alison Purcell Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: CSCD5064 and CSCD5065 and CSCD5066 and CSCD5067 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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Students will acquire knowledge of theoretical and practical issues related to working with individuals with lifelong disability. Students will learn how lifelong disability impacts communication and how to support communication accessibility including the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems. This unit prepares students to work in a collaborative team and apply a client-focused functional approach to assessment and intervention.
Textbooks
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Semester 2 - Core
CSCD5068 Audiology and Aural Habilitation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Maree Doble Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: Anatomy and neurology of the auditory system Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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In this unit students will learn about the different varieties of hearing impairment. Students will understand the impact of hearing impairment on communication and learn how to investigate and manage these types of communication impairments. The impact of hearing loss across different culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with a focus on Aboriginal families will also be explored.
Textbooks
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CSCD5070 Clinical Practice 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Robyn Johnson Session: Intensive January,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: CSCD5064 and CSCD5065 and CSCD5066 and CSCD5067 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2
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Students attend external speech pathology services to consolidate their clinical skills in areas required for competency as an intermediate level speech pathology student.
Textbooks
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Year 4

Semester 1 - Core
CSCD5071 Interdisciplinary Practice: Complex Cases

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Alison Purcell Session: Semester 1,Session 2 Early Census Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: CSCD5068 and CSCD5069 and CSCD5070 and CSCD5075 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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Students will learn about the multifaceted clinical, communication, and swallowing issues that occur for clients with complex impairments across the lifespan. They will also extend their knowledge of interdisciplinary care and learn how to advocate for the role of the speech pathologist in these teams as well as advance the skills of other professionals to provide better support for communication and swallowing impairment.
Textbooks
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CSCD5073 Clinical Practice 4 - Child

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Robyn Johnson Session: Intensive February,Intensive November,Intensive September,Semester 1a,Semester 1b Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: CSCD5068 and CSCD5069 and CSCD5075 and CSCD5070 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Intensive February,Semester 1a,Semester 1b
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Students complete a speech pathology clinical placement to further develop and consolidate their skills with child clients in areas required for competency as an entry-level practitioner in speech pathology.
Textbooks
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Semester 2 - Core
CSCD5074 SLP Clinical Research and Leadership

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Tricia McCabe Session: Session 2 Early Census Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: CSCD5068 and CSCD5069 and CSCD5070 and CSCD5075 Assumed knowledge: None Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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In this unit students will learn how to provide leadership to a range of consumers including novice speech pathology students, clients, allied health/education assistants, volunteers, other professionals, and policy makers to ensure the provision of the highest quality speech pathology services through evaluation of current research and translation into clinical practice. Students will also learn how to proactively advocate and communicate research evidence for speech pathology practice to a range of consumers.
Textbooks
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CSCD5072 Clinical Practice 4 - Adult

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Robyn Johnson Session: Intensive February,Intensive November,Intensive September,Semester 1a,Semester 1b Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: CSCD5068 and CSCD5069 and CSCD5075 and CSCD5070 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Intensive February,Semester 1a,Semester 1b
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Students complete a speech pathology clinical placement to further develop and consolidate their skills with adult clients in areas required for competency as an entry-level practitioner in speech pathology.
Textbooks
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