SPH307 Motor Speech and Voice (8)

In this subject, students will develop their knowledge and skills in speech pathology practice with people with acquired motor speech disorders and voice. Students will explore the causes, effects and impact of acquired disorders utilising the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to guide their learning. They will integrate case information with theory and research to plan assessment and intervention. A range of adult and paediatric cases will be used to support application of theory to practice.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH307. 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



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor Speech and Language Pathology; Bachelor Speech and Language Pathology (Hons)


SPH214 and BMS224 and BMS225

Subject Relationships

sph317 is a linked subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and neurology to explore and plan assessment for people with acquired speech and voice disorders
  • be able to apply knowledge of assessment and the ICF framework to differentially diagnose disorders of acquired motor speech and voice, and understand their impact on a person's overall wellbeing
  • be able to apply clinical reasoning to develop holistic intervention plans for individuals presenting with acquired motor speech and voice disorders
  • be able to evaluate and modify intervention based on knowledge of the literature, as well as the individual's needs


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The neuropsychological and neurolinguistic foundations of research, assessment and treatment of neurogenic communication disorders. The voice stream will deal with the physiology of the human voice and its organic, psychogenic, and functional disorders
  • Major categories of neurological impairment resulting in language and/or motor speech disorders and accompanying functional disturbances such as perceptional and motor disturbances
  • Theoretical and practical approaches to the assessment of speech and voice disorders as well as approaches to planning and delivery of intervention for these disorders

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH307 in Session 1 2020. 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
Value %
Case study- motor speech
Case study- voice
Video simulation case study: msd & voice

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.