SPH312 Swallowing (8)

Within a socio-cultural framework, this subject explores the physiology, assessment, diagnosis and management of swallowing problems across the lifespan. Students will develop knowledge and skills relating to: normal swallowing and dysphagia; various forms of assessment and differential diagnosis; management, including techniques for safe swallowing and maintenance of nutrition; and working with client groups typically affected by dysphagia.

Availability

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH312. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Students enrolled in:

  • Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology
  • Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Honours)
Assumed Knowledge

BMS224
BMS255

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • across the human lifespan:
  • be able to apply physiology to function with relation to the swallowing mechanism;
  • be able to apply culturally and socially appropriate diagnostic processes and practices;
  • be able to practically distinguish between the major categories of swallowing dysfunction;
  • be able to apply evidence-based, culturally and socially appropriate intervention plans and approaches;
  • be able to demonstrate an emerging engagement with ethical issues in dysphagia management, including the rights of the client.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Normal swallowing function;
  • Dysphagia in clinical practice;
  • Dysphagia and its relationship to speech and language presentations;
  • Differential diagnosis of dysphagia;
  • Instrumental and non-instrumental assessment of dysphagia;
  • Management of dysphagia with the adult population;
  • Management of dysphagia with the paediatric population;
  • Non-oral nutrition;
  • An introduction to tracheostomy;
  • An introduction to dysphagia in people with cancer;
  • Saliva management.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH312 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Case study: adult dysphagia part 1
20
2
Case study: adult dysphagia part 2
25
3
Paediatric swallowing simulation case study
35
4
Exam
20

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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