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CSCD5066: Feeding and Swallowing Across the Lifespan

2024 unit information

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to conduct clinical assessment and intervention or service response for swallowing needs amongst children and adults. This unit of study enables students to describe, analyse and apply their understanding to authentic clinical cases and contexts with emphasis on evidenced-based practice.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Communication Sciences

Code CSCD5066
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Anatomy and neurology of the speech system including head, neck, nervous system and speech motor control

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

  • LO1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing in adults and the developmental stages of swallowing and feeding in infants
  • LO2. Critically analyse appropriate assessment and outcome measures required to assist diagnoses as well as change in a feeding and/or swallowing disorder
  • LO3. Analyse and report critical information from a case history, clinical swallowing evaluation and instrumental assessment to identify the underlying nature of swallowing and/or feeding impairment and make reliable diagnoses
  • LO4. Apply findings from a case history, clinical swallowing evaluation and instrumental swallowing assessment to the ethical management of an individual with dysphagia, considering autonomy, personal preferences, cultural, linguistic, and social contexts
  • LO5. Accurately demonstrate appropriate compensatory and rehabilitation approaches to manage swallowing and/or feeding impairments
  • LO6. Demonstrate awareness of the speech pathologist’s role within multi-disciplinary team/s in order to prevent or manage swallowing and/or feeding impairment
  • LO7. Incorporate the principles of E3BP (Dollaghan, 2007) and ICF (WHO, 2001) to SMART goals when managing a client with swallowing and/or feeding impairment, balancing the evidence from the literature, clinical skills, and individuals’ values and wishes.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 Early 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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