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Speech Science courses

Speech Science postgraduate courses are designed for students undertaking the 240 points Master of Science, Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice (MSLTPrac) or the PGDipSc in Speech Science. Each course is worth 15 points. Clinical courses (SPCHSCI 714, 724, 734, 744) are only available to MSLTPrac students.

SPCHSCI 701: Dysphagia for Speech-language Therapists (e-learning)


S1T/S2T Dysphagia (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Anna Miles. The Course Coordinator is Bianca Jackson

Assessment and management of adults and children with dysphagia. This is an e-learning course on dysphagia that meets NZSTA & SPA requirements for dysphagia training for qualified speech-language therapists. This one-semester course is designed as a professional entry-level qualification covering all aspects of swallowing and feeding rather than a professional development course for dysphagia-trained therapists. This course is offered in both Semester 1 and Semester 2. The course is taught and assessed wholly on-line. The course website includes written content, articles, videos and quizzes to work through. Practical aspects of the course relate to both adult and paediatric cases, but with a stronger emphasis on adults. Students can choose a topic for their assignments that leads them to focus on further research into a chosen topic.

Restriction:  SPCHSCI 721

Prerequisite: undergraduate level anatomy and physiology or its equivalent. Students taking this course as a Certificate of Proficiency must have a recognised SLT qualification. 
Coursework: 60% details to be advised.
Final Exam: 40%

Students must attempt all coursework and obtain a passing grade overall.

Recommended texts: The course will use the following textbook as its core text: Groher, M. & Crary, M. (2009) Dysphagia: Clinical Management in adults and children. Mosby.

There is a limit of 24 places in this course.

 

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SPCHSCI 711: Introduction to Communication in Children and Adults


S1T: Introduction to Communication in Children and Adults (15 points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Linda Hand.

Communication development and disorders. Normal communication development across the lifespan, in the context of total child development, of major changes in expectations such as school and literacy, and of variations such as cultural differences and multilingualism. Applications of these concepts in an introduction to the assessment and management of communication disorders in children and of acquired disorders in adults.

Prerequisite: MSLTPrac entry requirements (75 points at Stage III in Psychology, Education, Linguistics or Health Sciences).
Practical component: 1 compulsory 2 hour tutorial per week, on 9 of the 12 weeks. Kindergarten visits.....
Coursework: 60% details to be advised.
Final exam: 40%; Students must attempt all coursework and obtain a passing grade overall.
 

There is a limit of 24 places in this course.

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SPCHSCI 712: Linguistics for Speech Language Therapy


S1T: Linguistics for Speech Language Therapy (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Elaine Ballard

The study of articulatory phonetics, phonemic transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet, and the relationship between phonetics and phonology. Additional language analysis covering morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

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SPCHSCI 713: Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Language Therapy


S1T: Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Language Therapy (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Clare McCann

Anatomy and physiology of speech, language and hearing, including the respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, auditory and peripheral and central nervous systems underlying spoken communication. Application of this knowledge is through manipulation of human models and supported computer laboratories.

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SPCHSCI 714: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 1


S1T: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 1 (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Philippa Friary

Students spend two days per week in clinic under supervisor guidance in a variety of settings to gain direct and observational clinical experience working with people with communication disorders and to establish links between theory and practice. This course is supported by regular tutorial sessions.

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SPCHSCI 721: Dysphagia


S2T Dysphagia (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Anna Miles. The Course Coordinator is Bianca Jackson

Assessment and management of adults and children with dysphagia. This is an e-learning course on dysphagia that meets NZSTA & SPA requirements for dysphagia training. This one-semester course is designed as a professional entry-level qualification covering all aspects of swallowing and feeding. Practical aspects of the course relate to both adult and paediatric cases.

Restriction: SPCHSCI 701

Prerequisite: undergraduate level anatomy and physiology or its equivalent.
Coursework:
 60% details to be advised.
Final Exam: 40%

Students must attempt all coursework and obtain a passing grade overall. Students must achieve 50% in the OSCE in order to graduate from the MSLT(Prac) programme.

Recommended texts: The course will use the following textbook as its core text: Groher, M. & Crary, M. (2009) Dysphagia: Clinical Management in adults and children. Mosby.

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SPCHSCI 722: Communication Disorders in Children


S2T: Communication Disorders in Children (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Linda Hand

The nature of speech and language delay and disorder in children. Introduces a range of disorders focussing on: general language impairment, specific language impairment (SLI) and phonological disorders in children through pre-school and primary school ages, and language disorders in adolescence. Assessment and intervention in phonology, articulation, and all aspects of language, incorporating principles of inclusion and diversity and evidence-based practices.

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SPCHSCI 723: Communication Disorders in Adults


S2T: Communication Disorders in Adults (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Clare McCann

Assessment and management of adults with acquired communication disorders.

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SPCHSCI 724: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 2


S2T: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 2 (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Philippa Friary

Students start the semester by participating in a five week block clinical placement that can be anywhere within NZ to gain experience working in a real-life workplace setting. Following the block placement students spend two days per week in clinic under supervisor guidance in a variety of settings to gain direct and observational clinical experience working with people with communication disorders and to establish links between theory and practice. This course is supported by regular tutorial sessions.

Prerequisite: SPCHSCI 714

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SPCHSCI 733: Audiology for Speech Language Therapy


S1T: Audiology for Speech Language Therapy (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Professor Suzanne Purdy.

This course is primarily designed to meet the audiology requirements for speech language therapy students completing the MSLTPrac. This course is also suitable for research students with an interest in audiology and hearing and speech language therapists undertaking postgraduate course in audiology. The course involves the study of types of hearing impairment, pathologies of the hearing mechanism, tests and clinical procedures used in audiological evaluations and hearing instrumentation.

Restriction: SPCHSCI 732
Prerequisite: MSLTPrac entry requirements (75 points at Stage III in Psychology, Education, Linguistics or Health Sciences)
Practical component: Compulsory 2 hour tutorials or laboratories.
Coursework: 50% details to be advised.
Final Exam: 50%

Students must attempt all coursework and obtain a passing grade overall.

There is no recommended text for this course; prescribed readings will include chapters from a range of audiology texts and journal articles.

There is a limit of 24 places in this course.

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SPCHSCI 734: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 3


SIT: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 3 (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Philippa Friary

Students start the semester by participating in a five week block clinical placement that can be anywhere within NZ to gain experience working in a real-life workplace setting. Following the block placement students spend at least one day per week in clinic under supervisor guidance in a variety of settings to gain direct and observational clinical experience working with people with communication disorders and to establish links between theory and practice. This course is supported by regular tutorial sessions.

Prerequisite: SPCHSCI 724

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SPCHSCI 735: Research Methods and Ethics for Speech Language Therapy


S1T: Research Methods and Ethics for Speech Language Therapy (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Professor Suzanne Purdy

Research design, methods and data analysis. Critical evaluation of research literature. Ethical issues in research and clinical practice.

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SPCHSCI 736: Topics in Communication Disorders in Adults


S1T: Topics in Communication Disorders in Adults (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Clare McCann

Advanced study of speech language therapy with a focus on adult populations including evidence based practice, working with diversity, complex populations, lifelong disability and ageing effects on audition and language. Implications for SLT practice in the New Zealand context.

Restriction: SPCHSCI 741

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SPCHSCI 743: Advanced Study of Speech and Language Therapy in Children


S2T: Advanced Study of Speech and Language Therapy in Children (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Linda Hand

Develops depth in specific areas of difficulty including language disorders in adolescents, pre-verbal stages, and working with disabilities, particularly intellectual and physical disability and autism spectrum disorder. Develop best practice in cultural and linguistic diversity. Consolidate and extend knowledge of evidence-based practice in child speech and language.

Restriction: SPCHSCI 732

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SPCHSCI 744: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 4


S2T: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 4 (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Philippa Friary

Students spend at least one day per week in clinic in a variety of settings with the student demonstrating independent clinical practice and problem solving skills. Supervisory guidance will be given and the course will be supported by regular tutorials.

Prerequisite: SPCHSCI 734

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SPCHSCI 745: Speech Language Therapy Project


S1/2T: Speech Language Therapy Project (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Anna Miles.

Research project relating to diagnosis and treatment of adult or paediatric communication disorders or dysphagia.

Prerequisite: SPCHSCI 735

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SPCHSCI 746: Voice and Fluency


S2T: Voice and Fluency (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Anna Miles.

Voice science and disorders - study of the voice, and the assessment and management of voice disorders. Fluency - assessment and management of clients with dysfluency disorders (adult and paediatric). Study of causative factors and differing approaches in dysfluency treatment.

Restriction: SPCHSCI 731

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SPCHSCI 751, SPCHSCI 753, SPCHSCI 754: Special Topics


S1/2T: Special Topics (15 Points each)

The Course Director for these courses is Dr Anna Miles.

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SPCHSCI 752: Research Project


S1/2T: Research Project (15 Points)

The Course Director for this course is Dr Anna Miles.

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SPCHSCI 796 A and B: MSc Thesis in Speech Science


S1/2T: MSc Thesis in Speech Science (60 points each)

Prerequisite: To complete this course students must enrol in SPCHSCI 796 A and B.

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