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CSCD2069: Voice and Voice Disorders

This unit of study enables students to describe, analyse, reflect and apply their understanding of i) Anatomy and physiology of the laryngeal, articulatory, respiratory and neurological systems to assess, diagnose and plan intervention for individuals with a variety of voice disorders; ii) Evidenced-based practice to outline client centred assessment, and intervention or service level responses for individuals with a variety of voice disorders; iii) Principles of motor learning to facilitate vocal change for individuals with a variety of voice disorders.

Code CSCD2069
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
CSCD1034 Linguistics and Phonetics or equivalent

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe vocal function in terms of anatomical structures, physiological, and acoustic principles, and differentiate the categories of voice impairment based on their aetiology, associated signs and symptoms and communicate this with other professionals using ISBAR format.
  • LO2. Using evidence-based practice principles and ICF, select appropriate assessment tasks to diagnose voice disorders, then analyse and interpret assessment results in terms of anatomical structures, physiological, biomechanical, aerodynamic, acoustic and auditory perceptual features of voice
  • LO3. Identify and describe the needs of the professional voice user – e.g., teachers, personal trainers, performers – as differentiated from the non-professional voice user.
  • LO4. Explain and facilitate (incorporating instructions, modelling, and Principles of Motor Learning feedback) change in an individual’s voice production using a variety of vocal technique and develop intervention strategies and outcome measures (SMART goals) for individuals with a voice disorder taking into consideration the ICF and culturally responsive and safe practices.
  • LO5. Identify, using evidence-based practice principles and levels of evidence, what is known and unknown about voice production and distinguish between research findings, unproven theories, anecdotes and myths to select appropriate intervention.
  • LO6. Incorporate appropriate health professionals to individual assessment plans and intervention.
  • LO7. Use relevant information critically and ethically, including acknowledging sources and following citation conventions, as well as managing confidential information.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.