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This course will introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of speech, swallowing and hearing. Learn how our muscles, structures and senses work to achieve human communication and how these processes coordinate with our breathing and swallowing systems.
Description / WhakamahukiThe understanding of anatomy and physiology is vital to becoming a successful speech-languagetherapist. The scope of practice has expanded so much that SLTs are now found in intensive careunits, radiology suites, respiratory care departments, and in neurology and otolaryngology offices.The patients served by our profession depend on our knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Wecan only be confident in our diagnosis and prescription of treatments when our understanding of theunderlying anatomy and pathophysiology is detailed and comprehensive.This course involves an in-depth exploration of the anatomical and physiological bases of humancommunication and swallowing. For most students, anatomy is a foreign language that first must belearned before understanding its full meaning. Like any foreign language, once the basic vocabularyis mastered, there is an ease of use that allows more complete comprehension. Learning in anatomyis cumulative. Because of the volume of material and new terminology, it is crucial that you do notfall behind in your readings. Lectures will follow the text fairly closely.
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO) / Hua AkorangaIntended learning outcomes represent what you should know and/or be able to do as a resultof active engagement in the learning process.1. Name major structures involved in speech, swallowing, and hearing processes, and provide their purpose within those functions.2. Explain the interdependence between major structures in processes of speech, swallowing, and hearing.3. Identify some of the basic neural structures involved in speech, swallowing, and hearing.4. Explain and apply information regarding the physiological role of the following systems in communication: Respiratory Phonatory Articulatory Resonatory Auditory5. Explain the commonly accepted theories and laws of speech, swallowing, and hearing.6. Link injury of major structures to basic pathology for speech, swallowing, and hearing functions.I will Learn this by: Attending and engaging in class lectures. - Participating in class activities. - Reading the required readings. - Exploring online learning resources (such as AnatomyTV).Course points and hours of studyThis is a 15-point course. It is expected you will devote approximately 150 hours to thiscourse. The weighting of each piece of assessment should provide you with some indicationof how much time to devote to that assessment. Students’ study habits and styles vary, sotake this into consideration when allocating your time.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Timetable / WātakaThursdays 1 - 3pm (F3)Fridays 9 – 10am (Ernest Rutherford 141)The Friday lecture slots will be used for a mix of tutorials, aimed at solidifying your knowledge ofthe previous lecture, or for providing further lecture content.
Course Co-ordinator / Kairuruku AkorangaPhoebe MacraeLevel 1, Leinster ChambersSt George’s Hospital249 Papanui RdChristchurch 8014Campus office meetings by appointment only: Room 310, Psychology BuildingPh: 03 369 5126Email: email@example.com
Assessment / AromatawaiThere are three scheduled assessments:Test one:Short answer and multiple choice, based on all information up till test date. Taken in class,2 hours• Thursday 24th March, 2022 40%Test two:Short answer and multiple choice, based on all information between test one and up tilltest date. Taken in class, 2 hours.• Thursday 5th May, 2022 25%Test three:Short answer, multiple choice, and clinical application questions, based on all informationbetween test two and up till test date. Taken in class, 2 hours.• Thursday 2nd June, 2022 35%The course lectures will come primarily from your textbook, although lectures will besupplemented with outside information. You will be tested on information from lecturesand assigned readings.Please note that course grades may be scaled. Please refer to the 2022 School ofPsychology, Speech and Hearing Aratohu Ākonga/Guide for Students for further information.
Fuller, D. R., Pimental, J. T., & Peregoy, B. M;
Applied Anatomy for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Wolters Kluwer, 2012.
Seikel, J., King, D., & Drumright, D;
Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language and Hearing
Thomson Delmar Learning, 2010.
AnatomyTV. http://canterbury.libguides.com/cmds (link to AnatomyTV is on the left side ofthe Ako/Learn page). This online resource enables you to examine the anatomy of thespeech, hearing and swallowing structures in 3D.
Domestic fee $1,023.00
International fee $5,250.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
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