REHA 2016 Hearing, Speech and Swallowing Science
Credit Points 10
Coordinator Manisha Dayal Opens in new window
Description Speech Pathologists require a sound knowledge of the relevant structures and functions of the central and peripheral nervous system to be able to understand hearing, language and swallowing processes, and how disease or dysfunction affects them. This unit covers the anatomical and vascular structures of the head and neck, their development and functions, medical imaging and neural plasticity. Topics include the somatosensory systems, motor systems, and the role of the brainstem, cranial nerves, and executive systems in controlling hearing, speech, language and swallowing processes. Common congenital, degenerative and acquired neurological disorders are described. This unit will develop knowledge relevant to other units related to speech pathology.
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject
Pre-requisite(s) NATS 1009
Co-requisite(s) NATS 1010
Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4763 Bachelor of Speech Pathology or 4764 Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours ).
Basic knowledge of anatomical and physiological concepts as introduced in relevant first year anatomy & physiology subjects.
- Identify and apply anatomical terminology when describing the anatomy and neuroanatomy of the head and neck regions.
- Describe the blood supply to the head, neck and CNS regions.
- Describe and explain the functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal elements of the skull; face; cervical and thoracic regions of the vertebral column; ear; nasal cavity; oral cavity; pharynx and larynx.
- Review the normal structures and functions of the nervous system and relate them to medical imaging, development and developmental processes.
- Describe and explain the normal functional roles of the brainstem, cranial nerves, and executive systems in controlling speech, hearing, language and swallowing processes, and how these change in congenital, degenerative or acquired neurological conditions.
- Create, deliver, and peer evaluate oral presentations based on case scenarios
2.Embryological development of head, neck, brain and brainstem regions
3.Functional neuroanatomy of the brain, brainstem, cranial nerves, their spatial relationships with emphasis on regions associated with hearing, speech production and swallowing using cadaveric specimens, models, diagrams/images
4.Introduction to medical imaging techniques e.g. CT & MRI
5.Common congenital, degenerative and/or acquired neurological disorders that result is associated disorders of hearing, speech, and/or swallowing
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Case studies||20 minutes||10||N||Group|
|Case study report||3 x 350 words||20||N||Individual|
|Intra-session test 1||45 mins||18||N||Individual|
|Intra-session test 2||30 mins||12||N||Individual|
|Final Exam||2 hours||40||N||Individual|
- Seikel, J.A., Drumright, D.G., & King, D.W. (2016). Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Language and Hearing (5th Ed.). US: Cengage Learning.
2022 Semester 2
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