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SPTH8852 – Swallowing and its Disorders

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Claire Layfield
Scott Barnes
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MSpchLngPath
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In this unit, students will develop advanced knowledge and clinical reasoning skills relevant for speech pathology practice with swallowing disorders. It will address the neurophysiological bases of swallowing and its disorders, comprehensive client-centred speech pathology assessment and intervention for dysphagia, and the research evidence supporting speech pathology practice. Practice with adults and children will be addressed.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Apply knowledge of the neurophysiological bases of swallowing to the assessment and differential diagnosis of dysphagia in adults and children.
  • ULO2: Integrate the outcomes of dysphagia assessment focused on body functions and structures with other sources of information, with a view to comprehensive, client-centred assessment.
  • ULO3: Apply theoretically-motivated and evidence-based principles to planning speech pathology interventions for people with dysphagia, including both rehabilitative and compensatory approaches.
  • ULO4: Identify and evaluate ethical speech pathology practice for people with dysphagia, focusing on client-centred care.
  • ULO5: Critically appraise the research evidence supporting speech pathology assessment and intervention for people experiencing dysphagia, and employ it appropriately to promote client-centred care.

General Assessment Information

Word limits

Assessment submissions with excessive word counts will receive a penalty commensurate with the amount the submission has exceeded the word limit stated in the assessment description. Excessive word counts will result in the following penalties:

  • From 11 to 20% over the word limit = reduction by one grading band.
  • More than 20% over the word limit = reduction by at least two grading bands, with further penalties applied at the discretion of the unit convenor.

For example: Word limit = 2000 words; Submission word count = 2240, i.e., 12% over the limit, and therefore a penalty is applied as follows:

  • Initial grade = D
  • Penalty = reduction of one grading band
  • Final grade = C 

Penalty for late submission

Late submission of assessments will result in the following penalties:

  • 1 day late = reduction by no more than one grading band, at the discretion of the unit convenor
  • 2 days late = reduction by no more than two grading bands, at the discretion of the unit convenor
  • 3 or more days late = reduction by at least two grading bands, with further reductions at the discretion of the unit convenor

For example: A submission is two days late, and therefore a penalty is applied as follows:

  • Initial grade = HD
  • Maximum penalty = reduction of two grading bands
  • Final grade = C 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Case based assessment: dysphagia intervention 50% Yes Week 13
Case based assessment: dysphagia assessment 50% Yes Week 8

Case based assessment: dysphagia intervention

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 38 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 50%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

In this assessment task students will be provided with case information relating to people who have dysphagia. They will also be provided with clinical scenarios, and asked to develop plans relating to speech pathology intervention for these people. The assessment task will require them to integrate and synthesise case information, case data, theory, research evidence, and routine speech pathology practices in order to formulate plans.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate the outcomes of dysphagia assessment focused on body functions and structures with other sources of information, with a view to comprehensive, client-centred assessment.
  • Apply theoretically-motivated and evidence-based principles to planning speech pathology interventions for people with dysphagia, including both rehabilitative and compensatory approaches.
  • Identify and evaluate ethical speech pathology practice for people with dysphagia, focusing on client-centred care.
  • Critically appraise the research evidence supporting speech pathology assessment and intervention for people experiencing dysphagia, and employ it appropriately to promote client-centred care.

Case based assessment: dysphagia assessment

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 39 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 50%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

In this assessment task students will be provided with case information relating to people who have dysphagia. They will also be provided with clinical scenarios, and asked to develop plans relating to speech pathology assessment for these people. The assessment task will require them to integrate and synthesise case information, case data, theory, research evidence, and routine speech pathology practices in order to formulate plans.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply knowledge of the neurophysiological bases of swallowing to the assessment and differential diagnosis of dysphagia in adults and children.
  • Integrate the outcomes of dysphagia assessment focused on body functions and structures with other sources of information, with a view to comprehensive, client-centred assessment.
  • Identify and evaluate ethical speech pathology practice for people with dysphagia, focusing on client-centred care.
  • Critically appraise the research evidence supporting speech pathology assessment and intervention for people experiencing dysphagia, and employ it appropriately to promote client-centred care.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Students will participate in 3 hour seminar classes blending teacher-fronted delivery with small group activities. Students will be expected to engage with learning materials before attending and participating in weekly classes, and then to complete learning activities following class. All learning and teaching activities will occur over the standard 13 teaching weeks of the session.

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Changes since First Published

Date Description
22/03/2021 Administrative error in the ordering of assessment tasks.