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CSCD5062: Voice and Resonance Impairment

2024 unit information

This unit of study enables students to describe, analyse and apply their understanding of: i) Anatomy and physiology of the laryngeal, articulatory, respiratory, and neurological systems; ii) Evidence-based practice to outline client centred assessment, planning and intervention or service response; iii) Principles of motor learning to facilitate change for individuals with a variety of voice and resonance disorders.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Communication Sciences

Code CSCD5062
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Normal head and neck anatomy, and neurology of the speech system including the nervous system and motor control

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 and resonance impairment based on their aetiology, associated signs and symptoms and communicate this with other professionals using ISBAR format.
  • LO2. Using E3BP principles and ICF, utilise appropriate assessment tasks to diagnose voice and resonance disorders.
  • LO3. Analyse and interpret assessment results in terms of anatomical structures, physiological, biomechanical, aerodynamic, acoustic and auditory perceptual features of voice and resonance.
  • LO4. Demonstrate awareness and describe the communication needs of the professional voice user – e.g., teachers, personal trainers, performers – as differentiated from the non-professional voice user.
  • LO5. Explain and facilitate (incorporating instructions, modelling and PML feedback) change in an individual’s voice production using a variety of vocal techniques.
  • LO6. Incorporate ICF and appropriate outcome measures to generate SMART goals for a voice/resonance individual and incorporate into intervention.
  • LO7. Identify, using E3BP principles and levels of evidence, what is known and unknown about voice and resonance production and distinguish between research findings, unproven theories, anecdotes and myths to select appropriate intervention or service response.
  • LO8. Use relevant information critically and ethically, including acknowledging sources and following citation conventions, as well as managing confidential information.
  • LO9. Adapt service delivery to best suit the diverse cultural, social, ethnic, and religious contexts of individuals or communities
  • LO10. Incorporate appropriate health professionals in approaches to assessment plans and intervention.
  • LO11. Demonstrate adapted professional language dependent on the audience with varied knowledge of voice and resonance disorders – for example, individual (child, professional voice user, adult, elderly adult) as well as a range of health professionals (ENT, psychologist, GP).

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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