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.


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



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Students enrolled in:

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


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.


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 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: adult dysphagia part 1
Case study: adult dysphagia part 2
Paediatric swallowing simulation case study

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.